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We want your time at Heartland to be a safe experience where you can worship God, hear from the Word of God, and enjoy community. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives in a variety of ways and we join with the community attempting to limit the spread of this virus. While fighting against this virus, we believe it is important for people to engage in worship as a part of church family and that we all need to do our part to protect others so that we can continue to meet. Below are some of the frequently asked questions that we get about COVID-19 protections that Heartland is taking.

Is it safe?

We believe that it is as safe to go to church as it is go to the grocery store, work, school, or any other public place that is open right now. We actually believe that it is even safer to come to church because of the precautions that we have taken. Our team takes special care to make sure the church is cleaned each week. We have hand sanitation stands at all entrances. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Heartland is a safe place for you and your family to spend Sunday morning and evening.

Are masks required?

Masks are strongly encouraged at Heartland especially when entering and exiting the building as it is difficult to maintain social distancing in these spaces. We do NOT require masks however since there are people that are unable to wear masks for their own health reasons. We want everyone to make a wise decision regarding not only their own health, but the health of others. 

Are reservations for worship required?

We do not require you to reserve a seat in our worship gatherings or small groups. We have every other row closed in our Sanctuary which allows there to be 6 feet between all family groups. Groups are encouraged to maintain 6 feet social distancing when sitting on the same row with someone outside of your family.

How are small groups functioning during the COVID pandemic?

Our small groups are back on campus. Once again masks are not required, but distancing is encouraged. This is left up to the discretion of the small group and their leader. Some groups are all wearing masks, while some are a mixture of masks and distancing. Each small group has a Zoom option available for those that would like to participate, but are unable to join in person at this time. Contact the church office for the Zoom links.

Is worship available online?

Absolutely! Each morning we have many that join us via Facebook Live. The livestream begins at 10:25 am each Sunday with the service beginning at 10:30 am. If you are unable to join us live, the recording will be available by Monday on our Sermon page.

When should I stay home or keep my children home?

In accordance with CDC guidance, we ask anybody to stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are showing symptoms (fever >100.4, dry cough, chest tightness, lack of taste/smell, runny nose, etc.), or have experienced them in the past 10 days. Additionally if you have come in contact with someone that you know has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

What about events with food?

We certainly look forward to getting back to having a church potluck, but now is not the time. Events with food are not numerous at this time. If there is food that will be shared, people are asked to bring prepackaged items. We will also have people to help serve.

My question was not answered

Please contact our church office and speak to one of our pastors. We want you to be able to engage in worship and find community with others while feeling safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.

What to expect

Welcoming Community

We are created for relationship and community. You can expect to find that at Heartland as people welcome you into the family at Heartland. Whether you have grown up in the church or never been inside a church before, you will experience the love of Jesus through His people. 

Engaging Worship

Each Sunday morning, we gather to worship Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Our worship band will lead the congregation in upbeat and Gospel-centered worship that focuses us on the truth of who Jesus is and what He did for us. Pastor Alex will speak each week from the Bible as we grow together as followers of Jesus.

Safe & fun Kids Ministry

For kids of all ages, you will find a safe and fun space for your kids to learn about Jesus and how much He loves them. Childcare is provided for our children pre-K and younger, while K-5th grades will be dismissed during the Worship Gathering for Children's Church. All of our children's activities happen in our secure children's wing.

Heartland Baptist Church

4500 Humbert Rd., Alton, IL 62002

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