Heritage ReOpening Plans September 2020

September 11, 2020

Dear Heritage CRC Family and Friends,

We are living in a time when all of our best plans still just feel like experiments.  None of us have ever done this before.  As we move forward, may our community be filled with enough grace so that there is the freedom to try and fail together, and then try together again.  The Council views the guidelines below as a working document that will likely need to be tweaked and adjusted in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you for doing all that you can to keep our focus on Christ our Savior and to share his love with those around us.  Let us continue to remember the words of Jesus for us His church:

Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Pastor Bob Huisman


On September 8, 2020, the Heritage CRC Council adopted the following policies for opening up buildings for worship and church programs in the fall of 2020 based on state guidelines and recommendations.  More worship details about how to sign up for Sunday morning in-person services will be sent out sometime next week in a separate communication.  Our pre-recorded Sunday morning worship service and Sunday Night Connect will remain available online each week.

  1. Face Masks: Face masks are required to enter and move about the building at all times for persons 1st grade and above.
    1. Once you are seated for a worship service or a church meeting, masks are optional with social distancing.
    2. Masks and gloves will be available at all entrances.


  1. Worship
    1. Indoor morning worship will resume Sunday, October 4.
    2. Two morning services are scheduled for 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM with Sunday School/Catechism taking place from 10:15-10:45.
    3. Social distancing to allow singing without masks.
    4. Ushers will seat and release worshippers.
    5. Masks to be worn when entering and exiting and moving about the building.


  1. Transportation: Face masks are required in all church transportation at all times.


  1. Group Meetings
    1. No more than 12 people in a classroom at a time.
    2. No more than 50 people in the ARK or Fellowship Room at a time.


  1. Food and Drink: Prepackaged individual-sized snacks and beverages are acceptable. No large meals or shared food. Drinking fountains will not be available.


  1. Child Care: Nursery, Children’s Worship, and Just Betweens will be reintroduced after September 13.  This is subject to Cleaning Procedures and having volunteers available to staff.


  1. Discipleship/Education: Sunday School and Catechism to start on October 4, based on students being in school.  We will follow Byron Center Christian School and South Christian High School’s protocols with regard to in-person student opportunities.


  1. Cleaning
    1. Standing sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.
    2. Sanctuary, ARK, Fellowship Room, and Restrooms will be sanitized by staff after each event.
    3. Each teacher and group will be responsible to clean and disinfect their classroom/area after each use.
      1. Wipes and disinfectants will be available to wipe down all tables, chairs and door handles after each use.
      2. There will be a document in each room to record cleaning and must be signed and dated by the teacher or group, so we know it has been done.

May God go before us to lead us and behind us to protect us,
May God go beneath us to support us and beside us to befriend us.
    Do not be afraid.
May the blessing of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit
be upon us.  Amen.