OUR GATHERING PLAN
WORSHIPING TOGETHER AT 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 to worship together in person.
With the current increase in Covid activity, we want to come together as safely as possible and have developed the following guidelines.
We love you ALL and we thank you for your prayers, love, understanding, and patience as we seek God for wisdom during these times!
WE LOVE WORSHIPING TOGETHER WITH YOU, HEARTLAND!!
CURRENT MINISTRY GATHERING GUIDELINES
- be In-person Sunday worship services continue at limited capacity. Service times are 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00.
- All Sunday worship services are available live and online at several viewing locations (Facebook, YouTube, heartchurch.live, and the Church Center app).
- If you have any Covid-related symptoms, or have knowingly been exposed, PLEASE do not attend in-person services. Instead, worship together with us online.
- Heartland Kids (including Smallville, Backstage & Awana) activities and childcare will resume beginning Sunday, January 31st & Wednesday, February 3rd.
- Heartland Students (including MidWeek & The Gathering) activities will resume beginning Sunday, January 31st & Wednesday, February 3rd.
- The main exterior entrance doors will remain locked until 15 minutes prior to the start of each service. This will provide time for people to exit the building from the previous service and time for our crews to sanitize the facilities.
- Auditorium seating will be according to CDC and local government recommendations. Please leave two chairs vacant between seated parties.
- While we are an affectionate church, we 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. Please utilize these stations regularly.
- The Coffee Café will operate in a limited counter service type configuration.
- We will provide online (heartchurch.org/give) and ‘no touch’ wall box options for giving.
- While masks are not required for attenders, you are strongly encouraged to wear one until you reach your socially distanced seating area. Masks will be available for you as you enter the lobby, if needed.
- Masks are required for all church staff and volunteers serving in all positions.
- 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).
- Men’s Bible Study, Women’s Bible Study and Heartland MOMS will be utilizing a combination of online/in-person formats during this time.
- Will I be required to wear a mask as an attender? Masks will not be required for attenders, but you are strongly encouraged to wear one until you reach your socially distanced seating area. Masks will be available for you as you enter the lobby, if needed.
- How will seating be arranged in the auditorium? Seating will be according to CDC and local government capacity and distancing guidelines. Please leave two chairs vacant between seated parties.
- 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.
- Should I attend if I am (or live with someone ) in the high risk category (refer to CDC criteria in FAQ question 5 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.
- 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