1. Should I attend worship in person or should I stay at home and join the broadcast? 

That is a personal decision, however, we are taking substantial precautions to provide for your well being while at Highlands. You may attend either the 8:30am or 10:50am worship service. We will continue to offer a live broadcast of the 10:50am service from our website highlandspca.org or on Facebook. We encourage those who are most at risk due to underlying health conditions, compromised immunity, or age, to continue to join us online. 

2. Will there be special precautions for people who are more At Risk?

If your circumstances place you a little more “At Risk”, please park in the East Parking Lot and enter the Atrium through the East Doors. These doors are the designated entrance for those who are considered At Risk. There will also be an identified section on the main floor of the Sanctuary in which this group will be seated.

3. Where should I enter the building?

If you do not consider yourself to be in an “At Risk” situation, please park in the West Parking Lot and enter the Atrium through either set of West Doors. The doors that access the Education Building will not be available for entrance on Sunday morning. The East Atrium Doors are reserved for our more At Risk members and visitors – please help reserve this entrance for those most in need of precaution. Seating will be available on the main floor and balcony of the Sanctuary during both services.

4. What will Sunday Worship look like?

Highlands offers two Worship Services at the following times: 8:30am and 10:50am. Beginning August 2, a nursery will be provided with appropriate guidelines and protocol in place. Until further notice, Children’s, Youth, and Adult Sunday School Classes will not be held. Seating will be available on the main floor and the balcony of the sanctuary. Seating will be restricted to every other pew to provide for appropriate physical distancing. Our praise team will be present to lead music from the platform. During this first phase of reopening our Sanctuary, the congregation will not be participating in singing. Many of our national and state authorities have suggested this course of action at the present time to prevent the possible spread of the virus. Although we look forward to the time when we can sing again together as a congregation, we are taking this step to make the best provision for your health and safety.

5. Will there be bulletins available?

At the present time we will not be distributing a printed bulletin on Sunday mornings. You may follow along with music and Scripture readings on the front screen or with your emailed PDF bulletin. This is also available on highlandspca.org.

6. Where will we be allowed to sit in the sanctuary?

Ushers will be on hand at all entrances to the Sanctuary to assist you finding a place to be seated. To maintain appropriate physical distancing while in the Sanctuary, we will be only using every other pew. The pews designated for non-use will be clearly marked at both ends. When selecting a seat, please maintain at least six (6) feet between family units. At this time, pew Bibles, prayer cards, and pencils have been removed. At the conclusion of the Worship Service, the Ushers will release the congregation row-by-row to avoid congestion in the aisles.

7. How will the offering be collected?

We will not pass a physical offering plate during the worship service. Offering boxes have been mounted on the walls outside the main Sanctuary doors, by the Welcome Desk, and by the Balcony exit. Please feel free to place your offering in one of these boxes on your way in or out of the Sanctuary. You may also make your gift online before, during, or after the service.

8. Should I wear a mask?

The Session of Highlands is encouraging, but not requiring, our members and visitors to wear masks while attending Worship Services. While it is always prudent to wear a mask when indoors in public, it is most important that they are worn while walking in close proximity to others. Please feel free to bring your favorite (most comfortable) mask with you. If you would like to wear a mask but are not able to bring one, you may get one at the Welcome Desk or request one from a Greeter.

9. How will we avoid crowds in the aisles and Atrium after the service is over?

At the conclusion of the Worship Service, the Ushers will release the congregation row-by-row beginning at the rear of the sanctuary to avoid congestion in the aisles. Please wait for your row to be released before exiting the sanctuary. We also ask that you not linger in the Atrium to avoid congestion of this space and to allow our housekeeping staff to properly clean high contact surfaces before and after the service.