Coronavirus (COVID -19) Update

This page will be updated as needed with information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID -19) and its impact to Heights Christian Church and Heights Christian Preschool and Day Care.



5/15/2020

We will resume meeting inside our sanctuary on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 25% capacity. We are also still offering our LIVE service. Watch on Facebook Live



3/18/2020 - 10:24 a.m.

Dear Heights Christian Church FAMILY,

After much prayer, discussion, and study of the Word of God, the Pastors and Eldership of Heights Christian Church have decided to suspend Sunday’s Worship Service in the Sanctuary at Heights until further notice, in prayerful response to the Coronavirus crisis. Please know that this decision was not made lightly. The Pastors and Elders wish to obey God by not forsaking the meeting together (Hebrews 10), and to honor God by considering the suggestions of our government and joining with our community to slow down the spread of the virus.

INSTEAD, we are boldly transforming our Life Groups into Heights House Churches! We are meeting this challenge by reorganizing our Sunday Worship on the model of the Book of Acts. We encourage you to joyfully gather at the homes of the Life Group leaders for Sunday worship.
  • What does this look like and what are we asking you to do? In lieu of Sunday morning at Heights, attend a new Heights House Church small group church gathering! Contact us for the list of the homes and phone numbers. Please call the group you wish to attend so that the leader is aware of your attendance (the number of people is limited per venue). Or, start your own Heights House Church worship service with your family and loved ones!

  • Typically, the meetings on Sunday mornings will go something like this: 1) meet at 10:30; 2) find unique and creative ways of worshiping the Lord in song; 3) Participate in communion/Lord’s Supper; 4) share testimonies among each other of God’s faithfulness in your lives; 5) at approximately 11:15 am, Pastor Mark will go live on Facebook for our continuing message of 1 & 2 Samuel; 6) prayer requests and tithes/offerings can be given to the leader OR you can utilize textinchurch for prayer requests and egiving for tithes/offerings.

  • We are encouraging you to continue to meet with your Life Group during the week; yet, we understand if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Each Life Group is free to establish its own schedule.
For those of you that are in the “vulnerable categories” and/or wish to stay home, we completely understand. Please contact the church office at 881-9889 if you want an elder to come pray and give you communion. Pastor Mark’s message will be available via audio, or live on Facebook at approximately 11:15 am.

As of now, we will not have any large gathering fellowships, which means we will NOT have Sunday’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Fellowship. We do not know how long this will last, but for the immediate future, this is the way we will do church!

Lord bless you and keep you!
Pastors Mark & Jeremy
Elders Chris Nordquist, Chris Pierce, Craig Jones, Mike Roark, Sam Hatchell, David Shepherd



3/12/2020 - 3:47 p.m.

To My Precious Church and Daycare Community,

We know that the Coronavirus (COVID -19) has become a worldwide concern and on most of our minds. As followers of Jesus, we choose love over fear—perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18). We are praying for those who have already been affected, their families, caregivers, and medical professionals working tirelessly responding to this crisis.

I firmly believe that God is in control. We choose to live in faith and not give into panic.

We want you to know that Heights is committed to providing engaging, safe and sanitized spaces for our entire church family, from kids to adults.

A few things you need to know:
  • Our Heights facilities are thoroughly cleaned regularly. Professionally twice a week.
  • Hand soap is available in each bathroom. We also have hand sanitizer located just inside the sanctuary door on the sound/video booth.
  • Our daycare is committed to sanitizing toys, check-in desk areas, and other frequently used spaces, every day.
A few best practices to keep in mind:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice good health habits
  • You should not go to church or to preschool/daycare if you or your child have a fever of 100.4 or greater. We are asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.
  • Reminders: It is our school policy that children must be free of the following symptoms for a full 24 hours before coming to school. If a child has a communicable disease the school must be notified. All children absent from school because of a communicable disease will be readmitted only with a note from the doctor stating he/she is no longer contagious.
Precious people, even as we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that spiritual health and protection comes from Jesus. This is the time when our unsaved friends and neighbors are looking at us to see if our faith is real or are we panicking like everyone else. Let’s continue to commit ourselves to changing lives. That’s what God does! HE is on the move in and through this church.

Let’s also continue to pray that this virus will be contained and conquered.

Pastor Mark Scales
Carol Baird, Director of Preschool & Day Care


Resources:
CDC page on Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment
New Mexico Childcare Guide to help stop or slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19