This page will carry all relevant updates for our church family moving forward. For up to the minute news and alerts from us text “Updates” to 928-218-3111.
If you want to learn more about how you can help the community or if you have been impacted by COVID-19. Check out our community care page.
STEPPING INTO PHASE TWO
LATEST UPDATE: 06/21/20 4:06p
Hey Heights Family!
We are moving into Phase Two of our re-entry plan on Monday June 22. After a lot of time in prayer and seeking wise counsel, the Elders and Senior Leadership team feel the time is right to move forward into our second phase of re-entry into our physical spaces.
As a church, we want to honor the guidelines set by health and government officials — we also want to love our neighbors well. So, while these plans may change as the situation changes, the hope is that these next few weeks will be filled with our family celebrating as we physically gather in smaller groups in new ways all across our community.
What does Phase Two mean?
Sunday gatherings continue ONLINE only.
Life Groups are back in action.
Midweek activities for most ministries begin with 50 people and under.
Staff is back in the downtown office, so come say hello!
Pop Up Groups
Life Groups are the best place for you to connect relationally and grow spiritually, and we’ve all been longing for more of both of these the past few months. If you aren’t in a Life Group, Pop Up Groups are the very best way for you to step in.
Pop Up Groups are staff led and designed to give you an opportunity to experience what it’s like to walk through life with a small group of Jesus followers that love and support you.
There are a few different time and location options available all summer – just follow this link to signup today!
If you’re not in a group, joining a Pop Up Group will be the best decision you make this summer; Life is better together!
Outdoor Worship Nights
Be on the look out for upcoming outdoor worship nights where we will gather together in smaller groups to worship and open God’s word together. Details about these events will be headed your way soon.
PATH TOWARD RE-ENTRY
UPDATE: 06/01/20 9:53a
As our world begins the process of reopening, our hearts are longing for the time when we’ll all be back together again. WE MISS YOU!
It’s been nearly 11 weeks since we’ve begun this journey together. In seeking God’s wisdom and direction, the elders and Senior Leadership team are moving forward into a wait and see phased approach to re-entering our physical spaces.
There are so many unknowns that still lie ahead but we do know and are celebrating that PHASE TWO is coming. Check out this video as Pastor John gives some insight into how we hope to step into this phase together.
We are looking forward to gathering again as Life Groups in homes and neighborhoods all across the quad-city area as we enter PHASE TWO. We whole-heartedly believe that Life Groups are the best place for you to connect relationally and grow spiritually — two things we have all been craving more of in this season.
If you aren’t in a Life Group yet, email email@example.com or call (928) 445-1421.
These last few months have been so far from normal, and sometimes we each need a reminder that we are in this together! Heights family,we are in this together! God is giving us an incredible opportunity to BE the Church, so let’s continue to keep our eyes focused on Him and open to how we can love those around us well.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
CHURCH GATHERINGS UPDATE
UPDATE: 05/05/20 4:17p
We are unbelievably blessed to have so many ways in place that allow us to continue to connect with God and each other as a church in this season. Our heart is to gather with you on campus and in Life Groups as soon as we possibly can. We also balance that heart with our desire to love and care for our church family and our community.
On Monday, May 4th, Governor Ducey stated that his stay-at-home order remains in effect until at least May 15th. For us, this means that our physical campus remains closed and all Life Groups, Heights Youth, and Heights Kids gatherings will continue to be on pause while the stay-at-home order is in place.
We are continuing to press into the Spirit’s leading, knowing that it will take godly wisdom, discussion and prayer amongst our leadership to discern how to proceed in light of information and documents from our Federal Government, Governor Ducey, State Attorney General, CDC, Health Care Professionals, Global Christian Leaders, and local leaders in the Quad-Cities.
Our Online Campus remains open Sunday for services at 10:30 AM and 6 PM.
Stay connected with us for encouragement and news as the days ahead unfold. We’re thankful to have a number of ways to stay close even though we’re still social distancing.
- Subscribe to text alerts from us by texting the word “updates” to 928-218-3111.
- Ask questions and find community through our social media channels. Attend weekend services and Morning Coffee on our YouTube channel, find us on facebook, and follow us @heightschurchaz on instagram.
We’re always here to pray with you, too. Let us know how to pray for you.
See you Sunday online at 10:30 AM and 6 PM!
CAMPUS CLOSURE UPDATE
UPDATE: 04/01/20 7:49a
As we continue to look to our national, state and local government authorities for direction in this season, our hope is to support their efforts and recommendations as best we can to love and care for our community.
In step with the latest guidelines from the Governor’s Office, we are maintaining our closure of campus, as well as the pause of all off-campus group meetings through April 30. This includes all Life Groups, Heights Youth and Heights Kids gatherings and activities of any size.
The physical church office will be closed but our staff team will be answering phone calls, receiving mail and responding to email. We care deeply for you and are still available to connect virtually by the gift of technology.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you Sunday as we continue to gather at our Online Campus at 10:30a and 6p. Our Lobby Team can’t stop talking about how much fun and life you bring to them each week in the chat!
SUNDAY GATHERING TIMES UPDATE
UPDATE: 03/27/20 2:44p
We are so grateful for the way you all have embraced the online campus these past few weeks! For some of us, this is all completely new – we are so thankful we have the opportunity to gather virtually.
In an effort to continue to bring everyone together on Sunday, the 10:30a Service will be LIVE with a rebroadcast at 6p. In both services, the Lobby will be filled with our amazing Lobby Team that will be there to connect with you, pray with you, and enjoy some coffee with you.
We are so excited to spend Sunday with you and we can’t wait to see you at our Online Campus this weekend!
LIFE GROUP MEETINGS ON PAUSE THROUGH 3/29
UPDATE: 03/20/20 1:24p
With our continued heart to love and care for our church family and neighbors, Heights Church is now pausing all off-campus group meetings now through the end of next week. This includes all Life Groups, Heights Youth and Heights Kids meetings and activities of any size. We are taking these steps to support the requests of national, state, and local government health officials.
Heights physical campus will also remain closed through next week. Any on-campus events will be rescheduled for a later time.
Our weekend gatherings will be happening ONLY at our online campus this Sunday. Join at our regular service times (8:45 | 10:30 | 11:59 & 6 PM) for connection, worship, prayer, and teaching from God’s Word. We can’t wait to gather with you online this Sunday!
CAMPUS CLOSES SATURDAY
UPDATE: 03/13/20 6:59p
Beginning Saturday, March 14 our physical campus will be closed for all meetings and activities. This closure includes all scheduled groups, classes, events, and gatherings.
On Friday afternoon, several members of the Senior Leadership team attended a live webinar with the Arizona Department of Health Services for faith-based organizations. During the webinar, ADHS officials asked us to, “Identify activities that involve those with higher risk such as individuals over age 60 and those with pre-existing medical conditions, and consider modifying those activities to limit their exposure.”
Based on the information provided in the webinar, we believe it is loving our church family well to pause all activity on our campus at this time. This is a fluid situation. We continue to pray, listen, and evaluate on a week-by-week basis. Visit this page and sign up for text alerts from us to stay informed on Heights Church schedule, campus closures, and other essential information.
OUR POSTURE AND WEEKEND PLANS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
UPDATE: 03/12/20 7:03p
Since there are growing concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share with you how Heights Church is currently responding with an important update to our weekend service plans.
Like you, we are following the news surrounding COVID–19. Like you, our phones are constantly pinging with alerts. Like you, we are tempted to react to what we’re seeing and hearing based on our fears, assumptions, and anxieties. But as a church family – and as people who follow Jesus – we seek to respond based on what we know is true.
This is what we know to be true.
We know that our protection and hope rests in the power and goodness of God.
We can trust in God. He is the Creator and Sustainer of our lives. We can stand firm in troubled times because He will never abandon or forsake us.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
We know that prayer is our best and first response to our feelings of worry and fear.
We are thankful we have a God who invites us to bring our requests to Him in times of uncertainty.
We are praying for those impacted by this virus in our community, our state, our country, and around the world, especially for those who have been diagnosed.
We are praying for the first responders, medical professionals, and those in authority making decisions, setting policies, and directing all that is involved in this large-scale response.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)
We know that we are called to love our neighbors and carry one another’s burdens.
We are looking for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, or oppressed. Over the next few weeks we will continue to seek opportunities to help our neighbors and express God’s heart of love and compassion.
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” (Galatians 6:2-3)
Based on these things we know, we are taking the following steps to love, protect, and care for you, our church family, and our community.
We are not canceling Sunday services, but we are moving our services exclusively to our online church experience.
This Sunday, all our gatherings are taking place ONLY at our online campus because government health experts say large public gatherings contribute to the spread COVID-19. For this reason, our physical campus will be closed for kids, youth, and adults. Click here to join our online church experience from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
For some, this may seem like a surprising decision. However, our heart is to love our church family well. We have looked to God’s Word, wise counsel, and government health experts for wisdom and information. Knowing that a significant population of our church family falls within the most vulnerable demographic for COVID-19, we are taking the proactive step to move all our gatherings this weekend online as a way to express care and concern for those whose age or health status puts them at an elevated risk.
Church services will happen this Sunday ONLY at our online campus during our regular gathering times: 8:45am, 10:30am, 11:59am, and 6pm (PT).
Gather in your Life Groups for church this week.
We value community. We also know that fear, anxiety, depression grows best in isolation. So, this is a time when your Life Group needs each other. We would encourage you make plans to worship at one of these times together with your Life Group. While we are practicing social distancing to help keep everyone healthy, thanks to technology we won’t have to practice spiritual distancing this weekend.
We remain alert and attentive to national, state, and local government authorities and will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines they communicate to us. We encourage you to also follow our governing authorities for ways to maintain your health and prevent the further spread of disease.
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Arizona Dept. of Health Services for how to best respond to the developing situation.
If you have questions about what is happening in Arizona, how the virus is spread, and what we all can do to help prevent its spread, information and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the CDC and AZDHS websites:
If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at (928) 445-1421.