An Update from the Heritage Elders
As of Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Our elders continue to offer direction for Heritage in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and are proposing the following changes for our gatherings.
This Sunday, Jan 31st -
- 9am – Livestream and ‘masks required’ service in the sanctuary
- 10:45 – ‘Mask recommended but not required’ service in the sanctuary
- Church CGs – No limit on participation but please maintain social distancing guidelines
- Home CGs – To be held at the leader’s discretion
Next Sunday, Feb 7th we will add -
- Nursery (newborn to age 2)
- Children’s Ministries –
- Preschool Worship ages 3-5
- Children’s Church ages 6-3rd grade
Nursery, PSW and CC will be available depending on volunteers.
Pastor Joel is looking for volunteers. If interested, please contact him asap
Youth are meeting from 6:30-8:45.
Intercessory Prayer and Bible study will restart in the sanctuary this Wednesday, Feb 3rd
Other Wednesday night ministries are tentatively scheduled to begin in March.
Throughout the pandemic, our elders have recognized that people within our congregation hold differing opinions concerning the nation and church’s response to Covid-19. But we also pleased with the unified heart our congregation has exercised toward each other and has displayed to the watching world. We are grateful for your prayers and your willingness to prefer one another during this unprecedented time. Let’s continue to focus on Christ and to pray, “Your kingdom come your will be done, on earth, even as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
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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