Welcome Back Home
As followers of Christ, we’re called to gather together. We're meant to be together, to learn, to worship, to pray for each other, and to encourage each other. With Governor Abbott’s announcement that houses of worship are able to have in-person services again, we have been diligently working on a tiered approach for a safe and meaningful reopening that will honor the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and best health and safety practices. We're excited to enter Phase One and begin meeting together on-site.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY!
We're holding services at 9 & 10:45 am our Lakeline and Steiner Ranch campuses. There is no need to reserve a seat; simply show up!
9:00 am – Mask Required
10:45 am – Mask Strongly Recommended
9:00 am – Mask Required
10:45 am – Mask Strongly Recommended
Continuing to worship online may be the best option for some of you. But if you're healthy and do not have any of the limiting situations (please see below), we encourage you to prayerfully consider joining us in-person!
HILL COUNTRY CHILDREN
We're excited to be reopening Early Childhood (Birth to Pre-K) during the 10:45 am service at both our Lakeline and Steiner Ranch locations. In order to carefully follow the guidelines for class size and volunteer limits, we will offer Early Childhood Ministry by reservation. Select a location below to reserve a spot(s) for your 0- to 5-year-old child(ren). Registration closes for Sunday on Friday at 12pm.
At this time, registration is required! Please select a location below to register for August 16:
Safety Protocols for Children's
To keep our environment safe and fun while helping your child(ren) grow in their relationship with Jesus, we will all have responsibilities!
Our Role: We will be practicing the state guidelines for reopening and protection, including:
- Health Check for every child and ongoing vigilance for symptoms.
- Using caution and care in our interactions and increased hygiene and sanitizing procedures during class and between services.
- Health and temperature checks for all staff and volunteers before engaging in ministry.
Please note: Masks for volunteers will be optional in order to ease any children’s fears.
Health Check – Please confirm at check-in that you have taken the following self-health check before arrival.
- Take your household's temperature the morning of check-in to confirm your temperature is under 99.9. (We will have thermometers available on site if needed.)
- In the last 12-14 days, has anyone in your household . . .
- Had a fever (over 99.9)?
- Had respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat, or shortness of breath?
- Tested positive, been waiting on results, or been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?
(If you answer yes to any of the above, please enjoy our online worship option.)
- Photo ID – For security, please bring a photo ID (Driver’s License) for the parent planning to pick up the child (the 2 parents listed on the registration will be the only ones able to pick a child up from class).
In-Person Service Guidelines
Hill Country's Role
Our volunteers (ushers, greeters, etc.) will be standing and sitting 6 feet apart from other attendees (family units may stand and sit with each other), wearing masks, and ensuring safety precautions are followed.
Doors will be held open by volunteers
We will not be passing the offering plate, bulletins, or communion. Our Give boxes will be available at each location and other resources can be accessed digitally (sermon notes, connect card, giving online, etc.)
Surfaces and seats will be sanitized and cleaned before and after all services
Hand sanitizer will be available at every entrance; restrooms will be sanitized between all services
- Early Childhood Children's Ministry (Newborn to PreK) is available by registration at the 10:45 am Sunday service at both the Lakeline and Steiner Ranch campuses. Please scroll down this page for more details. We hope to open Elementary soon.
- Student Ministry (middle and high school students) is gathering in-person on Wednesday nights from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Lakeline campus. For those unable to attend Wednesday night, there's an online gathering on Thursdays from 7 - 7:45 pm on Zoom right here.
- Reservations are not required; we simply ask that you sit three seats apart from others not in your group
Masks are required for everyone 10 years old and up at the 9 am services, and they are strongly recommended at the 10:45 am services
Sanitize your hands at our sanitation stations at entrances
Keep physical distance from other attendees (6 feet); do not gather in groups before or after the service; please wave and say hello from a distance
Confirm that you are healthy with your personal doctor and do not attend if you:
- Have any symptoms of illness (fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, sore throat, have lost sense of taste or smell, etc.)
- Are currently awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test
- Have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days (wait until you have been symptom free for at least 3 days and are cleared by your doctor)
- Have been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed to be Covid-19 positive in the last 14 days
Should Everyone Come Back?
While we'd love to see each of you in-person, we know there are some limitations that may prevent you from attending. If you find yourself in one of the following categories, please consider continuing to worship online:
- You are over the age of 65
- You are at risk or have a compromised immune system
- You are sick or have been around anyone that has been sick
- You have small children who find it difficult to stay in a seat through a service; our Early Childhood Children's Ministry is open by reservation during the 10:45 am service. Please find details directly below.
- You are pregnant
- You are more comfortable worshiping at home
Whether or not you are able to return to physical gatherings at this time, the most important thing is that we stay spiritually and relationally connected as a church family — in person or online!
What are the safety precautions for coming to church and why should I follow them, especially if I’m healthy?
The best way to demonstrate the love and grace of Jesus is to serve one another in love and consider others’ needs and preferences more than our own. Many people with COVID are asymptomatic and “feel fine” but would unknowingly be putting others at risk. To live for others, we request you:
- Wash your hands often/thoroughly; wear a mask throughout your on-campus experience
- Practice social distancing (6 feet) with people outside of your household (even if you see others who are not doing so!)
- Stay home if you (or anyone in your household) are showing any symptoms of illness
- Walk in grace as you encounter any roadblocks or challenges; we’re all in this together and doing things we’ve never done before
What is provided for families with kids at this time?
We are offering on-site Early Childhood Children’s Ministry (Birth to Pre-K) at both our Lakeline and Steiner Ranch campuses, with required registration. To register, follow this link.
Additionally, we have many resources to help families grow relationally and spiritually every day!
- Visit our Children’ Online web age to get started: Visit Page!
- Watch weekly worship online - Family Discussion Questions for each week’s message are included on this page
- We have a sample daily schedule to provide some structure to your day (along with a variety of suggested activities)
- Weekly lessons for you and your kids are also provided
- Join our “Hill Country Children” Facebook page: Click here!
Where should I go for in-person worship if “my campus” has not been reopened yet?
It is a joy and blessing to be ONE church in multiple locations! Right now, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we truly are one church! Although there will be special and unique happenings at each campus/community in the weeks and months ahead, right now, we are only offering in-person worship at the two physical locations/buildings that we own (Lakeline and Steiner Ranch).
- We encourage anyone who is healthy and able to worship in-person to join us at either of these locations! God’s design is for us to gather together to worship Him.
- We will continue to offer services online - “Together at Home” for anyone who has limitations (health, age/stage of life, etc.) or prefers to worship at home - Watch Now
- Pray for our church, community, and country as we work together with local, state, and national leaders
What is the next phase/tier of ministry going to look like?
There are many factors to be considered as we carefully think about next steps. We desire to faithfully walk in grace, work well with local, state, and national leaders, and minister effectively for Jesus Christ in the community we love.
Stay tuned for more updates as we carefully monitor the health trends in our community and continue conversations with government and safety officials. We will continue to provide updates on our webpage, through email, social media and weekend announcements. We desire to reopen more and more ministries to spiritually serve you, your family and all the people of our community. We are grateful for the opportunities that technology provides – including online worship and ZOOM meetings for small groups and other gatherings during this unique season. We are asking God to reveal new ways that we might serve one another and grow together in unprecedented times.
For continued connection and community right now, we’d love you to explore the resources here.