OUR REGATHERING PLAN

COMING HOME TO HEARTLAND

Love Jesus, Love each other, and Love our world

As Pastors and Staff, there is NOTHING we desire more than to welcome our Heartland family back home to worship together in person.

We are praising God that this time seems to be coming much closer to being a reality and we have prayerfully put together the following steps and phases for how this transition will take place over the coming days, weeks and months – four phases of regathering @ Heartland.

We love you ALL and we thank you for your prayers, love, understanding, and patience as we begin this regathering process!

WE CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HOME TO HEARTLAND VERY SOON!!

PHASE 1 | 5/18/20 - 6/6/20
  • Phase 1 – Effective Monday, May 18
  • Gatherings of 10 or less meeting in person.
  • Heartland Weekend Worship: Online Only – Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45 AM (Facebook, YouTube, heartchurch.live, and Church Center app).
  • We encourage groups (10 or less) to host watch parties in homes.
  • HeartGroups: Online OR in person in homes or at common public areas (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Awana: Online Lesson (YouTube)
  • Backstage: Online Lesson (YouTube)
  • Student Ministry: Online OR in person in small group type format (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Ministry Networks (Women’s Bible Study, Heartland MOMS, etc): Online Only
PHASE 2 | 6/7/20 - TBD
  • Phase 2 – Effective Sunday, June 7
  • In-person weekend services resume at limited capacity and with required reserved seating. We will provide more info soon on this reservation process.
  • Heartland Weekend Worship: In person Sunday services will resume AND online services will continue (Facebook, YouTube, heartchurch.live, and Church Center app).
  • Heartland Kids activities and childcare will not be provided during the first two weeks of this phase (6/7 & 6/14). In person auditorium services will be considered ‘family worship’ for these two weeks.
  • Sunday only Heartland Kids ministry (Smallville & Backstage) will resume in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines beginning Sunday, 6/21.
  • Seating in all areas will be according to CDC and local government recommendations. Seating will be limited and require a prior reservation.
  • While we are an affectionate church, we will strongly discourage all physical contact (hugs, handshakes, etc). While you may be comfortable with this contact, we ask that you lovingly respect others in their concerns.
  • High touch surfaces and areas (doors, seating, bathrooms, etc) will be thoroughly sanitized between services and throughout the week.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
  • The Coffee Café will not be open and operating during this phase.
  • We will provide ‘no touch’ options for offerings (we continue to recommend online options) and will not provide any handout type materials.
  • While masks will not be required for attenders, you are absolutely encouraged to wear one if you are more comfortable doing so. Please respect others in their decision regarding this.
  • Vulnerable individuals (refer to CDC criteria in FAQ section below) are strongly encouraged to use personal wisdom in choosing whether to worship in person, or remain online for safety at this time.
  • HeartGroups: Online OR in person in homes or at common public areas (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Awana: Online Lesson (YouTube)
  • Backstage: Online Lesson (YouTube – 6/7 & 6/14). Then will resume in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines beginning Sunday, 6/21.
  • Smallville: Will resume in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines beginning Sunday, 6/21.
  • Student Ministry: Online OR in person (following CDC and local government guidelines).
PHASE 3 | Coming Soon
  • Phase 3 – Effective date TBD
  • In-person services continue at limited capacity and with reserved seating. We will provide more info soon on this reservation process.
  • Heartland Weekend Worship: In person Sunday services AND online services will continue (Facebook, YouTube, heartchurch.live, and Church Center app).
  • Kids Ministry and childcare activities will continue in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines.
  • Seating in all areas will be according to CDC and local government recommendations. Seating will be limited and require a prior reservation.
  • While we are an affectionate church, we will strongly discourage all physical contact (hugs, handshakes, etc). While you may be comfortable with this contact, we ask that you lovingly respect others in their concerns.
  • High touch surfaces and areas (doors, seating, bathrooms, etc) will be thoroughly sanitized between services and throughout the week.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
  • The Coffee Café will open and operate in a counter service type configuration.
  • We will provide ‘no touch’ options for offerings (we continue to recommend online options) and will not provide any handout type materials.
  • While masks will not be required for attenders, you are absolutely encouraged to wear one if you are more comfortable doing so. Please respect others in their decision regarding this.
  • Vulnerable individuals (refer to CDC criteria in FAQ section below) are strongly encouraged to use personal wisdom in choosing whether to worship in person, or remain online for safety at this time.
  • HeartGroups: Online OR in person in homes or at common public areas (following CDC and local government guidelines and staying within 10 or less).
  • Awana: Will resume in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines.
  • Backstage: Will continue in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines.
  • Smallville: Will continue in a limited capacity and within CDC and local government guidelines.
  • Student Ministry: MidWeek and The Gathering will resume and meet within CDC and local government guidelines.

 

PHASE 4 | Coming Soon
  • Phase 4 – Effective date TBD
  • All events and activities resume normal operation!
  • While there still may be some restrictions, even within this final phase, they should be minor in scope.
FAQ's
  1. When will each phase begin? Phase 1 begins on Monday, May 18. and Phase 2 begins on Sunday, June 7. We plan to prayerfully progress through Heartland’s remaining phases somewhat in sync with Florida’s official three-phase plan. We will continue to keep you updated on effective dates for Heartland phases three and four.
  2. How will children’s ministry function during these phases? Heartland Kids ministries will not resume in person until Heartland reaches phase three – and then will resume in a limited capacity within CDC and local government guidelines. At this phase, all children’s areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between services and throughout the week. Until we reach phase 3, our weekly auditorium services will be considered ‘family worship’.
  3. Will I be required to wear a mask as an attender? Masks will not be required for attenders, but you are absolutely encouraged to wear one if you are more comfortable doing so. Please respect others in their decision regarding this.
  4. How will seated be arranged in the auditorium? Seating in all ministry areas will be according to CDC and local government capacity and distancing guidelines. Due to this, seating will be limited and require a prior reservation. We will provide more info soon on this reservation process.
  5. Will there be additional cleaning prior to and between services? We have always strived to provide a clean facility, but we are taking extra precautions during this time. All high traffic areas and surfaces (doors, seating, bathrooms, etc) will be cleaned and sanitized between services and during the week. Also, we will provide numerous hand sanitizer stations throughout our facility.
  6. Should I attend if I am (or live with someone ) in the high risk category (refer to CDC criteria in FAQ question 7 below)Vulnerable individuals (or those who live with or care for vulnerable individuals) are very strongly encouraged to use personal wisdom in choosing whether to worship in person, or remain online for safety at this time.
  7. What are the CDC criteria for ‘high risk’ individuals (this information can also be found at cdc.gov)? Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we currently know, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
    • People 65 years and older
    • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised – Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease