What to Expect
Update on return to In-Person worship, Pentecost Sunday, May 23
The session of Heartland church is excited to identify Pentecost Sunday for our return to in-person worship. The committees of the church are working hard to get ready for this long awaited and anticipated return to our embodied worship. We are still committed to providing a meaningful online worship experience for those not yet ready to return to in-person. In fact, we recently upgraded our internet at the church along with cameras and microphones so that Facebook Live will seem like you are there in the sanctuary.
While it will be joyful to be together again in person, it will still feel a little different because of our Covid 19 restrictions. Here is what you can expect:
- In order to love ourselves and our neighbors, everyone will wear masks
- Chairs will be social distanced into family pods
- Community Center will be available for spill over if needed
- Community Center will be a family-friendly worship space (nursery will be closed)
- Bulletins and pew pads will be reserved for use at a later time; offering baskets will be placed at the back of the sanctuary.
- “Passing the Peace” in place, where you are sitting
- Liturgist, musicians, and preacher will be at least 13 feet from congregation either from pulpit or behind table
- Hymns will be played and enjoyed by ear, singing will be reintroduced at a later date.
Worship at Heartland is an experience of warmth and community. As a first-timer, you will find the sanctuary bustling with activity as those gathered are greeting each other and sharing conversation. There is a good chance you will be welcomed by more than one family as you find your way to an empty pew. Attire of those gathered ranges from Sunday best to jeans and sneakers. There is no right or wrong way to dress for worship with us!
Our service is of traditional format, with the addition of jazz music. We follow the theology and liturgy of the PCUSA and sing traditional hymns together. You will find yourself moved and lifted up by the way our band is able to capture God’s spirit through music! A bulletin will be given to each adult upon entry of our sanctuary. This bulletin will outline the order of worship for that day and allows everyone to easily follow along and participate in the service.
At Heartland, we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of each month. All who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcome to take communion; no baptism or prior ceremony required. (This includes children of any age.)
Children are invited to worship with us and are always welcome. A child’s voice in worship is a blessing for all to hear! As a parent, if you would like a more tranquil time for your own worship, childcare if available off the main hallway.