A New Directive for Heritage:
A Good Samaritan Strategy
As of 1/4/21
Governor Bill Lee recently provided new guidelines for our state which, sadly, has become the epicenter of the pandemic in America. In response, the Governor has limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and asked churches to consider livestreaming and if not, to maintain the highest standards of protection for the people who gather.
Heritage continues to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in our area with a Good Samaritan heart attitude. As the church, we must be at the forefront of healing our world and not hurting it. Jesus taught this in the parable of the Good Samaritan. On the cross, he also acted as the ultimate Good Samaritan, healing us of our temporal and eternal wounds.
At present, we are gathering only on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:45. The 9am service is livestreamed. We are not hosting any Sunday morning children’s ministries.
To facilitate the health of everyone who physically attends on Sunday mornings,
- Everyone will sanitize their hands entering and leaving the building.
- Everyone will wear masks at all times and everywhere in the building, even while singing. (The Praise Team is exempted from this while on the platform because they are appropriately socially distanced from each other and the congregation)
- Adult and youth Church-based CGs that do not meet in the youth center, an 800 or 200 room cannot host more than 10 people. Those who meet in larger rooms should ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
- Because social distancing is difficult, if not impossible in homes, all Home-based CGs should meet virtually or opt to meet on Sundays on campus for a while.
- All youth/children ministries are postponed until further notice.
Every elder, pastor, deacon, ministry leader will exercise the utmost caution and encourage our entire congregation to do likewise. We will all honor our authorities and each other. We will all joyfully lead each other to wellness.
As always, let’s keep these temporary inconveniences/requirements in the light of a cradle and a cross. Jesus was inconvenienced the whole of his life and the cross is the penultimate expression of his sacrificial life. As the Scripture encourages us, “Think on him” (Hb 12:1-2) and you will not grow weary. If you do go weary, look to Christ and all he has done for you.
Pastor Reggie on behalf of the elders