How to Respond to COVID-19 as a Believer
Practical Help During COVID-19

For the most current information on Harvest Bible Chapel’s response to the Coronavirus, watch this page.

January 7, 2021

We wanted to confirm that we plan to continue offering in-person worship services on Sundays for people who are comfortable with and want to meet in-person following these guidelines:

  • We have spaced out the rows of seats or closed rows of seats in the worship centers to allow for more distance between each family.
  • We provide reserved seat signs that you may use besides, in front of, or behind you to help maintain social distance from those around you.
  • We recommend that you wear a mask while entering and exiting the building, while using the restrooms, and any other time that you are not able to maintain proper social distancing.
  • No register or offering bags.
  • Additionally, in alignment with the Illinois Department of Health, we ask that you do not attend in-person if you have a fever or do not feel well.

Regarding Harvest Kids, here’s the status of that ministry on Sundays related to our in-person services.

Rolling Meadows |  service activity bags available; children with parents, family room available
Elgin | service activity bags available, HK available by registration; sign up by noon on Friday; high mobility children through PreK
Crystal Lake | service activity bags available, HK available; check with Pastor Bryan for details
Chicago Cathedral | service activity bags available; children with parents
Aurora | service activity bags available; children with parents; family room available
North Shore | service activity bags available; children with parents; family room available

If you’re well and willing, we invite you to join us in-person on Sunday at 9:00 AM at Rolling Meadows, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Aurora and at 10:00 AM at Chicago Cathedral (reservations recommended) and North Shore. And online at 9:00 and 11:00 AM here on

—Harvest Bible Chapel

November 13, 2020

Harvest Family,

With all of the recent Covid-19 reports in the news, we wanted to address some details about our weekend worship services.

When we opened our campuses in September, we wanted to provide in-person services as an option for those who wanted to meet in person. While opening our campuses, we continued to provide the same high-quality, hosted online services as we did when online was our only option. That commitment remains today.

Because so many have asked, we wanted to confirm that we plan to continue offering in-person worship services on Sundays for people who are comfortable with and want to meet in-person following these guidelines:

  • We have spaced out the rows of seats or closed rows of seats in the worship centers to allow for more distance between each family.
  • We provide reserved seat signs that you may use beside, in front of, or behind you to help maintain social distance from those around you.
  • We recommend that you wear a mask while entering and exiting the building, while using the restrooms, and any other time that you are not able to maintain proper social distancing.
  • No register or offering bags.
  • Harvest Kids is not open yet, so kids will be with their family in the service.
  • Additionally, in alignment with the Illinois Department of Health, we ask that you do not attend in-person if you have a fever or do not feel well.

In order to prioritize our in-person Sunday services, we have limited the use of our buildings by other ministries. We continue to evaluate the on-site building usage of small groups, Harvest Students, classes, and more.

None of the new recommendations modify existing recommendations for houses of worship.

We know that not every option is for everyone. We want you to choose the option that’s best for you and your family. Lord willing, we will continue to offer both in-person and online services every weekend.

Join us online on Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM at, on the Harvest Bible Chapel Facebook page, and on

You can also join us in-person on Sunday at 9:00 AM at Rolling Meadows, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Aurora and at 10:00 AM at Chicago Cathedral (reservations recommended) and North Shore.

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:9–13

If you have specific questions or concerns, we invite you to reach out to your campus pastor.

You are loved,

—Harvest Bible Chapel

October 3, 2020

As a friendly reminder, if you have any symptoms of COVID, ask that you stay home and join us online on this website or on the Harvest Bible Chapel Facebook page or our YouTube channel. While in-person, we recommend wearing a face covering when entering the building, exiting the building, and using the restrooms—and encourage you to practice social distancing. Chicago Cathedral Campus, the city of Chicago guidelines requires you to wear a face covering at all times while indoors.

We invite you to hang out before and after the worship service outside the buildings instead of in the lobbies. The lobbies now function as hallways.

The change of season provides such a great reminder of how God is continually working, even through changes in our lives, to accomplish His purposes. He is worthy of our worship!

Wondering what’s open and what’s not? Check out the latest version of the Harvest Regathering Plan.

September 24, 2020

Providing the opportunity to meet in-person for a worship service, the Chicago Cathedral and Deerfield Road Campuses open this Sunday at 10:00 AM. Watch these videos to determine if this in-person option is right for you.

These locations are in addition to in-person worship services at Rolling Meadows, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Aurora. (details below)

We continue to also meet online on Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.

Not able to meet in-person or online on Sundays? Our entire worship service is available on-demand on and on the Harvest Bible Chapel YouTube channel.

September 23, 2020

Completing the regathering of all six of our campuses, our Aurora, Chicago Cathedral, and Deerfield Road Campuses meet for in-person services starting Sunday, September 27. Watch this video from our Aurora Campus to decide if you’re ready to meet onsite at 9:00 AM this Sunday.

September 17, 2020

Ready to regather in-person at one of our campuses? Watch these videos from our Elgin Campus and our Crystal Lake Campus to decide if you’re ready to meet starting Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 AM.

Also, our Rolling Meadows Campus opened last week and continues to meet in-person on Sundays at 9:00 AM.

Not ready to meet in-person? We look forward to meeting you online on Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on this site, on the Harvest Bible Chapel Facebook page, and on our YouTube channel.

September 16, 2020

Looking forward to offering an in-person option at our Chicago Cathedral Campus, too. Watch this video to decide if this is a good option for you starting Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 AM.

Unlike the other five campuses, the Chicago Cathedral Campus requires reservations and guidelines that align with the city of Chicago. Get more details about the in-person service starting Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 AM. Ready to regather? Register today.

September 10, 2020

Ready to regather in-person at one of our campuses? Watch this video from the Rolling Meadows Campus for details on their return on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 AM.

Not ready to meet in-person? We look forward to meeting you online on Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on this site, on the Harvest Bible Chapel Facebook page, and on our YouTube channel.

September 6, 2020

We want to help you decide if an in-person worship service option is right for you or if you should continue online on Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 AM (online no longer available on Saturdays). Regardless of what you choose to do, know that we love you and want you to continue to grow in the Lord no matter where you are joining us from.

So, here’s what’s next for each campus. Click the campus name to watch a video with more details.

    • Rolling Meadows, starting Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 AM
    • Elgin, starting Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 AM
    • Crystal Lake, starting Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 AM
    • Aurora, starting Sunday, September 27 at 9:00 AM
    • Deerfield Road, starting Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 AM
    • Chicago Cathedral, starting Sunday, September 27; complying with Chicago guidelines; see details under September 16 above

We are opening for in-person worship services at the dates listed above. Here are the basics.

  • Harvest Kids will not be open yet, so kids will be with their family in the service.
  • We have every other row in the worship center to allow for more distance between each family.
  • We recommend that you wear a mask while entering and exiting the building and while using the restrooms.
  • No register or offering bags.

If you are ready to join us, we’d love to see you on one of our campuses starting on the dates listed above. If not, please continue to worship with us online on Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.

August 27, 2020

Dear Harvest Family,

I wanted to give you an exciting update about regathering on our campuses. As we’re looking to re-open our campuses and add an in-person option to our weekly worship gatherings, we have been praying and trying to sort through the complexities involved with this decision. Watch now for the next steps.

I’d like to ask you for two things.

First, prayer. As we step into what feels like new territory, we desperately need God’s presence to go with us. Pray that God would meet us as we gather in-person and also as we are worshiping online. Pray that out of this season would come stories of God’s greater glory.

Second, grace. No matter what decisions we make moving forward, we understand that it will be disappointing for some and exciting for others. Let’s always treat each other with love and respect even if we don’t agree with each other. Let’s give each other the space to learn and process all that is changing around us so quickly.

What’s next? Watch for an email in early September to your campus with the details of what weekend you will open and what that experience will be like so that you can make the decision to join us in-person or continue online.

We will be in touch again soon.

Eddie Hoagland
Lead Pastor of Worship and Production

August 2, 2020

Here’s an updated preliminary plan to regather as the church as of today. This replaces any older documents by this name. Read now for the latest information.

July 29, 2020

Harvest Family,

I hope you and your family are well and as Ephesians 6 says you are staying strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might in this unique season in our world.  We have an update regarding our plans for regathering in person for worship services on our six campuses.

Last month we shared a target date of the weekend of August 15–16 to begin on-campus weekend services in a limited capacity.  Given the current state of the pandemic in our region, we’ve decided to postpone this regathering date for in-person worship services.

While we may not be meeting inside our worship centers at this time, let me share with you what I’m calling our “Harvest Meeting Plan”.  It involves meeting in three very important ways.

  • Meet with Jesus
  • Meet in Community
    • This can be done in homes, in backyards, in the parking lots of our campuses, or local parks.
    • This will include outdoor worship nights on all of our campuses. Watch for more details on these in the Harvest Weekly email on August 14.
  • Meet Others’ Needs

God is moving in His church. God is moving in this church. And when I mean church, I mean you and me, not a building or name or logo. I am so looking forward to the fall—can’t wait to share later this month our fall preaching series—and of course, all of our various ministries, like Harvest Kids and Harvest Students are busy planning their fall programming. So be encouraged and be expectant, Harvest.

You are the church and you are loved.

June 26, 2020

Church Survey Results 

Thank you to the more than 2100 of you who completed the Return to Church Survey. Together, you communicated that about half of the people in our church want to return to meeting together at our campuses at the first opportunity. Additionally, we found that many more are open to coming back at the first opportunity, but with restrictions in place, which could include things like wearing masks, social distancing, etc.

In general, our church family seems to be spiritually and emotionally healthy and still feels supported and connected to the church body during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stage 3 of the Church Regathering Plan Begins Monday, July 6

Small groups can meet offsite (not at the church campuses) at your discretion.

Our weekend worship services will continue to meet online only on Saturdays at 5:00 PM and Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 AM at

Church offices on all campuses will open with regular office hours from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Tuesday through Thursdays on most campuses. On Fridays, the buildings remain closed and our staff will work from home.

We begin to host approved non-recurring ministry events of 50 people or less on campuses. Check with your campus for approvals and more details.

Stage 4 of the Church Regathering Plan with restrictions and limited capacity begins on August 15–16 

We plan to begin weekend worship services on all of our campuses on August 15–16 with restrictions. We will continue to meet only online each weekend from now through August 8–9 and we will continue to offer online worship services once we open our buildings for worship services with restrictions and limited capacity.

The two weekends prior to the opening of our buildings, August 1–2 and August 8–9 will be used for volunteer training. If you serve in a weekend ministry, watch for communication from your team leader for training details.

Church family, stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date about returning to our church buildings on August 15–16 for worship services with restrictions and limited capacity.

All of these plans are contingent on the continued progress of the COVID-19 recovery. Our staff is monitoring the latest updates carefully.

June 7, 2020

As we prayerfully plan the next steps towards returning to our buildings for services and ministry events, we invite you to take this Return to Church Survey.

We want to hear from you and are aiming for 100% participation from our church family. Your feedback is valuable and will help us serve you better. Thank you for your participation.

May 26, 2020

Harvest Family,

Thanking the Lord today that a virus cannot stop Jesus’ love for you nor has it stopped Jesus’ love through you.

Romans 8:35 says, “Who shall separate us from the love that is in Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Then verse 37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

We’ve been so blessed by the way our church family has displayed this conquering spirit. Praise God for His work in and through us!

As stated in our email on Saturday, here are the next steps we’re taking as a church to Restart Harvest.

See Preliminary Harvest Restart Plan, as referenced in the video. We invite you to review it.

Also, I want you to remember the factors involved in Restart Harvest.

  • Factor #1: The safety and protection of our church family and staff.
  • Factor #2: The biblical mandate to be subject to our governing authorities.
  • Factor #3: Our desire to resume meeting on our campuses as soon as it is safely possible.

I hope you’re encouraged that in Stage 2 you can meet with your small group in-personoff-site if no one in your group is at risk and you have 10 or fewer people in your group. I know this is an answer to the prayers of many. If your group is ready, you can begin to meet under these guidelines.

Let me encourage you to not give in to fear, frustration, and fatigue. Instead, lean into the Lord and find communion with Him, community with others, and live out the Great Commission for His glory.

You are loved,

Greg Bradshaw
Lead Ministry Pastor

May 23, 2020

In response to President Trump’s statement on Friday, May 21, regarding church services, we want to give you an update about our church and the Coronavirus situation.
If you did not see the President’s statement yesterday, President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend. See the video here.
We’re encouraged and thankful that our President deemed places of worship as essential. This aligns with a previous statement from Governor Pritzker. Though deemed essential, current Illinois restrictions limit religious services to 10 people or fewer when abiding by social distancing guidelines.
For that reason, we will continue to meet together online. Though ministry continues, our buildings currently remain closed. We’ll see you online this weekend at one of our three services on Saturday (today) at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on our website as well as on Facebook and YouTube. Pastor Eddie Hoagland will continue to lead us in our teaching series, Just Jesus: Bold Servant this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedom.  
As you know, things continue to change quickly. Know that our leaders have been working on a framework that will be used to decide when and how to open our campuses within this ever-changing environment. This Tuesday, May 26, watch for an email from our Harvest leaders that will outline this framework.

May 17, 2020

May 1, 2020

As our shelter-in-place directive continues, many of you have asked about summer ministries. As of this week, we made the difficult decision that all of our summer ministries in June will be canceled. This includes Palooza for men and High Five for children. We will give updates as soon as possible regarding any ministry events beyond June. We trust the Lord and look forward to the ways He will continue to lead and provide in this season.

April 24, 2020

Following the announcement on Thursday, April 23 from Governor J.D. Pritzker, we wanted to confirm:

  • Our weekend worship services will continue online indefinitely on Saturdays at 5:00 PM and Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.
  • Our campus buildings will remain closed through the end of May.
  • Our staff will continue to work from home, but will continue to be available to you by email and phone.

We invite you to continue to join us online on the weekends, stay connected through the resources on, and to meet with your small group online. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to care for those in need. If you’re in need, reach out and take advantage of the services available on our Benevolence page.

For additional help during COVID-19, check out this page.

For more details on the Governor’s statement, you can read this article.

April 17, 2020

Coronavirus Resources

Need assistance at this time? Our Benevolence team offers a number of resources for you, your family, and even your small business. Visit Benevolence for more details.

Support to all navigating this unprecedented time. You will find information about utilities, rent, unemployment and more. Check out these helpful resources.

Financial Resources

And, use this link to access Dave Ramsey’s, Message of Hope to assist you in this season.

March 24, 2020

Harvest Family,

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.  1 Thessalonians 3:9–12

While we are all dealing with unprecedented challenges in our families, communities, businesses, and ministries, I wanted to send you a note of encouragement as well as some updates for our church.

Praise God that 25 people chose to accept Christ this past weekend through our online services! Thank you all for your prayers for salvation this past weekend and for those of you who joined us at our online prayer meeting last Friday night. I’m also thankful for Pastor Eddie Hoagland for delivering God’s Word and following the Spirit, as we continued our series Just Jesus: A Radical Teacher.

God is working at our church and our school in new, fresh, and powerful ways. People are getting saved (25 said “yes” to Jesus this weekend!), more people are watching our on-line service than attend our campuses on the weekend, HCA students are e-learning and staying connected with their pastors, small groups are meeting electronically, parents are using our curriculum to teach their children about Jesus, students are staying connected, all our buildings are getting deep-cleaned, and care calls have been made to every Harvest household. I could go on and on!

Thank you for your partnership, your prayers, and the ways you are trusting the Lord with us in this season.

Next Two Weeks
As you know, the Coronavirus situation continues to be ever-changing. Last Friday, the Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the state has issued a “shelter in place” running through April 7 and will require all 12.7 million Illinois residents to stay home with few exceptions. You can see the full announcement here.

We want to continue to abide by all guidelines and precautions and will continue gathering as a church online for the next two weekends, March 28–29 and April 4–5. We will share more updates as the next two weeks progress.

We also are committed to not gathering in groups of more than 10 people for the time being, including the recording of our weekend services. As it relates to small groups, see an update about Recommendations and Resources for Groups.

Harvest Christian Academy (HCA) Update
As previously communicated, a spouse of an HCA staff member was tested for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are pleased to share that the test came back negative. This is good news. Please continue to follow instructions from Illinois authorities and pray for protection over our church family, our communities, and our world. See more HCA updates regarding the Coronavirus here.

Engage Online
We want to encourage you to continue to engage, connect, and reach out during this time. There are all kinds of ways to stay connected. To see all of our online ministries, you can go to This webpage gives details and online plans for Harvest Kids, Students, Small Groups, Weekend Services, local campus ministries, and more.

As always, please reach out to one of our staff members if there is any way we can serve you during this time. You can email or call. The main number to the church is 847-398-7005.

You are loved,

Greg Bradshaw
Lead Ministry Pastor

March 16, 2020

“Let not your hearts be troubled. believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

Church Family,

Thanking the Lord for a great weekend “together” online. Thankful for Vertical Worship leading us. Thankful for our ministry staff as they cared for our online family through chats and phone calls. So grateful for the opportunity to bring a message of hope and help from God’s Word. If you missed it, you can watch it online now.

As we start into a new week, I know that these days look very different for many of you. Life as you know it has temporarily changed in lots of ways. Grateful that the Lord does not change. He remains the same no matter our circumstances.

We’ve asked our church staff to work from home this week, March 16–20. This is a precautionary measure; no cases of Coronavirus have been detected among our staff. However, we want to continue to be available to you and to do everything we can to care for you in this unprecedented chapter in the story of our church and our world.

We want to offer these ways to stay connected.

  • Our website, will continue to provide updates on the ministries and events of our church.
  • Our staff continues to be available to you. Though they will not be working in our buildings, they can be reached by email and extension on the church phone number, 847-398-7005. Most staff emails are the first letter of their first name followed by their last name For example, mine is gro.lepahcelbibtsevrahnull@wahsdarbg. You can find a list of staff phone extensions here. Our staff’s extensions will be rerouted to their cell phones this week.
  • Harvest social media will provide updates as they arise. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well as your campus Instagram accounts.

As you experienced over the weekend, the buildings on our six campuses will be closed this week. Staff will not be working in those buildings or meeting with people there. All classes, small groups, Student Ministry, Harvest Kids, Harvest Christian Academy, etc. are canceled for March 16–22. During this time, our building services team will conduct a deep clean of all of our campuses. Again, these are precautionary measures.
We encourage you to continue meeting with your small groups in your homes and continue your small group community and discipleship.

Our school (HCA) was notified that a spouse of an HCA staff member was exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This person was tested and is awaiting the results, which takes 48 hours. For that reason and the governor’s mandate, HCA is not meeting on campus this week. For more details, you can visit the HCA website.

Church family, this is our time to depend on the Lord and dig into His Word. It’s a great time to reach out to the most vulnerable people in your sphere of influence and show the love of Jesus to them. We encourage you to check on the elderly in our church and community and see how we can serve them during this time. Offer to get their groceries, pick up prescriptions, walk their dog—whatever you can do to care for them.

This is a time to shine the light of Jesus to a world that’s living in fear. Reach out to your friends. Stay connected with your small group. Don’t isolate. Let us know if you’re looking for ways to serve. And let us know how we can care for you at this time.

We look forward to meeting together as His church online next weekend, March 21–22. Until then, let’s be found living out Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,”—even if that’s not face-to-face.

With hope,

Greg Bradshaw
Lead Ministry Pastor

Link to CDC Key Facts about COVID-19.
Link to CDC What to do if you are sick with COVID-19.
Link to Q&A about COVID-19.

March 13, 2020

Watch this 10-minute message from Pastor Greg, Pastor Eddie, and Sarah Portz with more details on the next two weeks at Harvest.

Also, in case you missed them, the latest updates on the Coronavirus can be read on this page below.

And here’s a guide to help you engage digitally in this season.


Church Family,

We trust the Lord as our leadership team continues to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation and are actively seeking information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), various churches, and other online resources.

Yesterday, the State of Illinois mandated that all public gatherings of more than 1,000 people be canceled for the next 30 days and recommended the canceling of gatherings of more than 250 people until May 1. For that reason, we will not be gathering on any of our campuses for weekend services for the next two weekends, March 14–15 and March 21–22.

Online Services

Our worship continues, however, as we take our services online through the Harvest website. We are planning a special online service for you this weekend, and I am excited to bring a timely message that’s on my heart for our church family that I pray will bring hope and clarity during this troubling and confusing time.

I encourage you to gather your family and engage with one of our online services this weekend: 5:00 PM on Saturday, 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM on Sunday.  We will also have ways for you to communicate with a pastor digitally.  We will be providing more information about how you can make the most of weekend services online.

This unprecedented time provides special opportunities to stay connected with one another as you gather in homes around the online services and for your weekly small group. This could be the perfect opportunity you’ve been waiting for to invite your neighbor to experience church with you or to visit your small group!

Weekly Ministries

In addition to the Governor’s mandate, we have decided to halt all ministry (regardless of size) that happens on campus over the next two weeks. This includes Awana, Hope Groups, classes, and counseling. Harvest Kids will be providing some unique online opportunities, Student Ministries will provide alternatives to their weekly campus gathering, and Small Groups will work together to find the best option for meeting offsite. This coming week, you will hear more from your campus leadership on how we all can maximize this opportunity from the Lord to advance his mission.

Harvest Christian Academy (HCA) has additional updates regarding the school specifically. You can see these updates here.

Please continue to pray for our church, our communities, and all those at risk. I know this can be a time of processing various emotions and questions. We are praying for you and for our church as we continue in the work of ministry.

Since this situation is fluid, we will continue to send updates through email, our website, and social media. Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube to stay up to date.


Greg Bradshaw
Lead Ministry Pastor

March 12, 2020

Harvest Family,

We want to let you know that Harvest Bible Chapel is closely monitoring the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. The health and well-being of our church family and weekend guests are very important to us, and we want to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our church. For that reason, we are following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Though the spread of the virus has caused various levels of fear and anxiety, we want to remind ourselves what Scripture says about the peace we have through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:6–7) and the command to cast our cares on Him (Psalm 55:22), knowing that He is ultimately in control.

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”  Isaiah 41:10

However, this does not negate our desire and responsibility to maintain safe and healthy environments across all of our campuses.

Here are some basic good practices we invite our church family to follow as advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue whenever you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

Weekend Services
We also want to take precautionary measures as we gather in worship.
Beginning this weekend, March 14-15, through Easter (at a minimum):

  • We will take a break from doing our traditional greeting in service, and as you meet and greet people in the lobbies or worship centers feel free to pass on shaking hands or giving hugs and replacing with a smile and verbal greeting.
  • We will not pass The Register in service. Instead, we want to encourage you to download the Harvest App on your mobile device and check-in through the App.
  • Instead of the offering being passed in service, the offering bags will be at the doors as you exit the service. You can also give securely online through the Harvest App or on
  • We will suspend the coffee/food services in our lobbies.
  • All volunteers serving on the weekend will be required to wash their hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer before serving.
  • Volunteer greeters will hold doors open so that you do not have to touch door handles as you make your way to the Worship Center.
  • Harvest Kids team continues their on-going best-practices of keeping the Harvest Kids rooms clean, changing toys between services, and wiping down shared surfaces with child-friendly, but germ-killing solutions.
  • The building services staff has increased the frequency of their cleaning cycles utilizing recommended products for disinfecting on all public areas, including bathrooms and all entrance areas.

Let’s be prayerful and practice healthy habits during this time. If the situation escalates, additional steps will be taken to continue to ensure the health and safety of people who attend Harvest Bible Chapel. Any other updates will be sent to our church family and posted to our website.

If you find yourself sick, we encourage you to join us digitally on the Harvest website. We stream our service live on Saturdays at 5:00 PM and you can watch back the service at any time on Sundays.

The Worship Night/Album Release tonight, Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM), will continue as scheduled at the Rolling Meadows Campus with these measures in place. This is a great opportunity to seek the Lord and bring our focus on Him. All events and ministries on our campuses will proceed as scheduled unless you hear directly from your Campus Pastor or ministry leader. We’ll also continue our time in the book of Mark in our Just Jesus series this weekend.

Serving together,

Greg Bradshaw
Lead Ministry Pastor