OUR REGATHERING PLAN

COMING HOME TO HEARTLAND

Love Jesus, Love each other, and Love our world

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

We are praising God that we have finally reached that time and 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 continue this regathering process!

WE LOVE HAVING YOU HOME @ HEARTLAND!!

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 - 6/20/20
  • Phase 2 – Effective Sunday, June 7
  • In-person weekend services resume at limited capacity.
  • 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. In person auditorium services will be considered ‘family worship’ for these two weeks.
  • Auditorium seating will be according to CDC and local government recommendations.
  • 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.
  • 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 (except when required by local ordinance) 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 AND/OR in person in homes or at common public areas (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Backstage: Online Lesson (YouTube – 6/7 & 6/14). Then will resume in a limited capacity (following CDC and local government guidelines) beginning Sunday, 6/21.
  • Smallville: Will resume in a limited capacity (following CDC and local government guidelines) beginning Sunday, 6/21.
  • Student Ministry: Online AND/OR in person (following CDC and local government guidelines).
PHASE 3 | 6/21/20 - TBD
  • Phase 3 – Effective Sunday, June 21
  • In-person services continue at limited (but increasing) capacity.
  • Heartland Weekend Worship: In person Sunday services AND online services will continue (Facebook, YouTube, heartchurch.live, and Church Center app).
  • Auditorium seating will be according to CDC and local government recommendations.
  • 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 operate in a limited 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 (except when required by local ordinance) 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 AND/OR in person in homes or at common public areas (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Awana: Will resume in a limited capacity (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Backstage: Will resume in a limited capacity (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Smallville: Will resume in a limited capacity (following CDC and local government guidelines).
  • Student Ministry: MidWeek and The Gathering will resume (following 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.
Children and Student Ministry Guidelines For Covid-19 Response

As we gather, Heartland Church is putting certain requirements in place to keep everyone as safe and healthy as we can, while at the same time continuing to serve our community, grow in the knowledge of God, and come together to worship. These guidelines are adapted from Polk County Public Schools.

Policies and Guidelines:

• Parents are asked to monitor the wellness of their child(ren) before bringing them to any Heartland function. Please check temperatures before coming. Adult leaders are asked to do the same.
• Church staff and leaders will have training on identifying symptoms, proper mask wearing, and hand washing.
• Staff and leaders will remind children and students of policies and guidelines.
• Signage will be placed throughout the church as reminders of policies and guidelines.
• All people in Kindergarten and up, including staff and leaders, will be required to wear a face covering when not able to social distance.
• Adjustments to rooms will be made to maximize space for social distancing.
• Children, students, staff, and leaders will be asked to not share personal devices, pens, etc.
• Hand sanitizer will be available at entry points and throughout utilized areas.
• Children and students will be socially distanced as much as possible.

Face-Covering:

• All people in Kindergarten and up, including staff and leaders, will be required to wear a face covering when not able to social distance.
• Face coverings must cover nose and mouth and fit snugly against face.
• Face shields may be worn in addition to but not in lieu of face coverings.
• All people should provide their own face covering and wash them frequently if reusable.

Cleaning:

• Facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized.
• High-touch surfaces (light-switches, handles, computers, restrooms, etc) will be sanitized frequently.

Confirmed Case Response:

• In the event an attendee has a confirmed case, all participant’s parents will be notified via email address on file. Email addresses can be updated via the Church Center App.
• Facilities will be cleaned and sanitized.
• Individual testing positive will be restricted from participating for two weeks.

*By leaving your child for any event, you agree to the above guidelines.

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. 
  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