Heartland Community Church Temporary Changed Practices
Heartland Community Church (HCC) supports the decision for health or practical reasons to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Know that your attendance is voluntary and by attending in-person you are assuming the risks associated with contracting the COVID-19 virus. HCC will continue to offer live-stream service via Facebook Live.
Self-Check/Stay Home/Household members
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever (greater that 100.4) or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Definition of Higher Risk
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. 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 know now, 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 diabetes
People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
People with liver disease
You are strongly encouraged to conduct a self-check and if you or anyone in your household has any of the above symptoms or are identified to be at high risk please stay home.
The main entrance will be propped open 10-15 minutes before the service starts. Floor marking will be placed at a spacing of six feet to maintain social distancing. Greeters will conduct a screening survey to address close contacts with confirmed cases and quarantined cases, and recent out of continent travel.
Bulletins, Bibles, and Children’s Activities
Bulletins and bible will not be provided at this time. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring your own bible and children’s quiet activities.
Signage will be posted messaging that if members or visitors do not feel well or have any symptoms compatible with COVID-19, they should stay home.
If you begin to feel unwell while in the facility, you should immediately leave and isolate yourself at home.
Participants are strongly encouraged to regularly wash and/or sanitize their hands. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the worship facility.
Face Coverings and Masks
All participants are required to wear a face covering or mask when they are able. Extra face masks will be provided. During singing, please wear a mask or engage your heart and mind in worship, rather than singing along. Separate seating will be provided for participants choosing to not wear face coverings and masks.
Communion will be suspended.
Practice social distancing to maintain 6 feet of separation outside and inside between households, whenever possible. Don’t shake hands or give hugs.
Face coverings of the nose and mouth are required to be worn; by individuals this is more to protect others than yourself.
Practice good hygiene by using hand sanitizer upon entering the building and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior after touching surfaces and prior to touching your face. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, your arm or a face covering.
Please proceed to the Worship Center, rather than lingering in the lobby or hallway.
If the Worship Center reaches capacity, we will provide directions to sit in alternate locations in the building.
No coffee, hot water or food will be provided at this time. Please bring your own beverage, if absolutely needed.
Giving boxes for offering and the Building Fund will be provided. We continue to encourage electronic giving or by mail at 824 Church Ave.
The downstairs bathrooms are open; however, we are discouraging their use due to inability to disinfect after use.
This will be a worship gathering only; no child or adult Sunday school will be offered at this time.
At conclusion of the service, please go directly to the exit. We can spread out and greet one another outside in the parking lot. We need time to wipe down the worship areas and bathrooms in accordance with State of Minnesota guidelines.
United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall occupancy limit is 80 people. HCC will limit occupancy to that identified by the State of Minnesota during current COVID-19 phase recommendations.