What Does “Stay at Home” Orders from our Governor Mean for our Online Services?
Thursday, March 26
The Governor’s directive to stay at home has given provision for us to provide online services from Highlands. While we have closed our facility and our staff has transitioned to working remotely, we are allowed to utilize the resources at Highlands for the purpose of continuing to offer online services during this time.
Coronavirus Response Update
Updated Thursday, March 19
Highlands family, as we continue to follow the latest recommendations from health authorities, out of care for our church family and community, we will not be holding on site activities & events until otherwise announced. We look forward to having you join with us in worship online this weekend! We can’t wait to come together again in person once it is wise to do so. As Pastor Jesse shared previously, it will be a party and a beautiful reunion. In the meantime, let’s continue to BE THE CHURCH together, wherever we are at! For the latest health updates, continue to check this page.
Important New Information – Coronavirus Response Update
Updated Wednesday, March 11
Today Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced that gatherings of 250 or more are currently prohibited until the end of March in King County to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
In accordance with this directive and out of continued care for our church family and community, we will not be holding any in person services and events through March 31. We will be holding services online for the next three weekends. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you regularly (check this page for the latest). The church office will remain open.
While this is obviously not the course any of us would have chosen, we are seeing God at work, in the midst of it all. The coronavirus cannot stop the Church! As we held services online last weekend, people tuned in and heard the Gospel from around the world. People were prayed for online, and encouraged one another. We saw people give generously. We saw people boldly share the services with their friends, and be a light for Jesus to a world desperately looking for hope.
Highlands- let’s continue to “be the church” even while not physically together. Join us this weekend for worship online. Take time for your personal and family devotions, as we walk through the book of Romans (view the reading guide here). Look for opportunities to love and serve your neighbors.
In times like this, the world is looking at how the Church will respond, and how you will respond personally as a believer. Scripture says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. [2 Timothy 1:7] Don’t miss this opportunity to share the hope that you have in Jesus.
We look forward to joining together online this weekend. Thank you for your prayers for our community and world, during this unprecedented time. God is still in control. We have a good Heavenly Father, and we can place our full trust and confidence in Him.
Coronavirus Response Update
Updated Sunday, March 8
Our leadership team continues to actively monitor developments including current recommendations from multiple sources that discourage large group gatherings to assist with slowing the spread of coronavirus. Currently, there are no known confirmed cases on our staff or within our congregation.
In response to this recommendation, all midweek activities and events on campus at Highlands are canceled this week, through the end of the day Friday, March 13. As of this update, the church office will be open normal hours. If you are feeling sick, please do not come to the church office.
We will leave it to the discretion of our Small Group leaders and individuals to decide if they want to meet off campus. We believe that with the proper precautions and common sense, many small groups may feel comfortable gathering.
The response we’re taking has two main considerations. First, these are initial steps to do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Second, we want to be extra cautious for those in our church family with a higher risk of severe illness.
Our response is not out of fear or panic. While we all do our part to slow the spread of the virus, don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to love our neighbors and to serve our city in any way God should provide. Our mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Use these weeks ahead by praying and looking for open doors and open hearts to share the hope that we have in Christ.
He is our peace in times like this:
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High God will abide in the shadow of the almighty. I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress. My God in whom I trust.
Thank you for joining us online for our services this past weekend. We had a strong response and people joined us from around the world.
Please continue to check highlandscc.org for the latest updates. For more information about how each of us can continue to do our part to limit the impact of the virus, we recommend the CDC official website.
Important Coronavirus Update Regarding this Weekend
Friday, March 6, 2PM
After much prayer, consideration and consultation of available resources and health authorities, we have decided to take proactive steps in helping our community to slow the continuing spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Please know, this is not a decision made out of fear. While we are not legally obligated at this time, the love of Christ compels us to do the right thing to help protect the health and safety of our Highlands family, as well as our greater community at large.
Out of an abundance of caution, all in person activities and services at Highlands are canceled through the end of the day Sunday, March 8, including weekend services in Renton and Kent.
While we won’t be gathering in person, we will be offering special online services, streaming at all our regular service times on our website and on Facebook. As a reminder, this weekend is daylight saving time, and we “spring forward” one hour beginning Sunday, March 8.
We encourage you, don’t miss this opportunity to be the church, even though we are not physically together:
- Gather with your family in your home, to worship together and hear from God’s word.
- Remain faithful in your giving online, so we can continue to fulfill our mission.
- Share the service with your friends online and on social media.
- Look for opportunities to care for and support your neighbors and community.
Please continue to check highlandscc.org for the most up to date information regarding next week, as our leadership team actively monitors the developments including current recommendations from multiple sources.
Please continue to be in prayer for those impacted, locally and around the world. We know God will continue to “work all things together for good” in spite of this virus (Romans 8:28). Our prayer is that many will experience the hope of Jesus who would not have otherwise!
Coronavirus Response Update
Thursday, March 5
Our leadership team is actively monitoring the developments including current recommendations from multiple sources. Currently, there are no confirmed cases on our staff or within our congregation.
Out of an abundance of caution, all church activities for Thursday, March 5 are canceled. We continue to monitor recommendations from health professionals and will make decisions day-by-day.
We want you to know that we are committed to the safety and well-being of our church family and community. Please continue to check highlandscc.org for the latest updates. For more information about how each of us can continue to do our part to limit the impact of the virus, we recommend the CDC official website.
Monday, March 2
As you are well aware, coronavirus has been a topic of conversation and concern in our community. We want to share with you what we are doing as a church and remind you of our health policies. At this point given the information that we have, we are asking individuals to use wise judgement, and if they have symptoms to stay home.
If you have kids, please review our healthy kids policy. Out of an abundance of caution, if any children in your family are experiencing symptoms, please stay home from church activities. Also, we would like to remind you that HCC practices regular cleaning of our facilities, including regular sanitation of all our kids classrooms and equipment. We have hand sanitation stations in multiple areas of the building.
Here are a few practical tips for all ages:
When should I stay home?
- If you are experiencing fever, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive coughing, or any symptoms of a potentially communicable disease, please stay home.
- We ask that you be symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to church activities.
- Staying home will not only speed your healing process, but will help lessen the spread of any illness.
What can I do to stay healthy?
- Frequent hand washing is the very BEST way to prevent and combat the spread of germs! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink lots of water!
For the most up to date information about the coronavirus, we recommend the official CDC website.
Thanks for doing your part to keep our church family healthy! Please also join us in prayer for those impacted locally and in different parts of the world. If you have any questions about HCC’s response, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.