Our pastoral staff, in coordination with the health and safety task force and deacons, has outlined an intentional process allowing for Heritage Baptist Church to resume live, in-person gatherings. In conjunction with federal, state, and local health recommendations and requirements regarding COVID-19, we intend to introduce a re-gathering of our main worship environment on Sunday, May 24.
May 24, 2020
Main Text: Sunday Worship
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
How? When? Where? What?
- We will offer two worship services at 9am and 11am--this allows us to maintain proper social distance between families and allows for enough time to clean and sanitize the building between services, including restrooms.
- We will offer a modified, one-hour format at each service.
- We will not require face coverings across campus; however, you are welcome to attend with a mask.
- We will provide a "safer area"* for those with immunodeficiencies and underlying health concerns--we ask that all seated in this area wear face masks.
- We will not provide Sunday ministry environments for nursery, preschool, or elementary--we encourage and welcome children to sit with parents in the Worship Center
- We will record and upload the preaching segment on Sunday afternoon to our online platforms, e.g. Facebook, website, etc.
*This section will be located in the front, right of the Worship Center nearest the stage. Heritage attenders will be able to enter and exit through the front, right double doors of the Worship Center allowing for immediate access to this section.
Our Confidence as Christians
As Christians we realize that our hope and well-being is tied into something, actually Someone, much greater than a virus--Jesus Christ. As a church, we desire to lead from a position of humility to a watching world. One of the best ways we can lead in humility and serve our Lakeland neighbors during this present crisis is in our deference to civil authorities in abiding by publicly endorsed health recommendations. As a church corporately and as Christians individually, we will continue seeking ways in which to minister the love of Christ. We believe the measures implemented in our "new normal" prioritize the primacy of the gospel in our lives while humbly abiding by federal, state, and local recommendations.
How should I respond?
As we begin to implement measures to re-gather, we encourage you to:
(1) Pray for patience, understanding, and unity of mind as we enter this new phase of ministry together.
(2) Stay connected to the church body through in-person gatherings or online engagement.
(3) Continue to faithfully give financially in a spirit of benevolence to our church family and on-going ministry efforts—you will find a link to Elexio Giving above and contribution boxes will be available in the Worship Center on Sundays for cash or checks.
(4) Eagerly await Christ's return when he brings about a day without sickness, suffering, and death. What a glorious day it will be!