Registration for Services & EVEnts

CHURCH SERVICE REGISTRATION IS OPEN SUNDAYS AT 1:00 PM TILL Saturdays at 6:00 PM

If you are staying home, our online prerecorded Services will continue to Premier on

YouTube at 9:00 AM


HBCC Health & Safety Measures

We are so excited to be back together in our building! We love you and are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment as we worship together.

 

We are doing everything we can to practice safe social distancing per the regulations of the County of Alameda and CDC. Our new guidelines and safety protocols are in place so you and your family can trust that we are doing everything we can to ensure your church experience is as safe as possible. If you do plan to attend a service, we have some new guidelines to follow. 

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

 

Reopening Protocols

  • We understand that not everyone is ready or comfortable with in-person gatherings yet, and that’s okay. Our services will be online, so we encourage you to join us from your home until you plan to rejoin us in person. You can watch online on our website or on YouTube. 
  • For your safety and the safety of others, if you are not feeling well, have an underlying medical condition, or a compromised immune system, please watch our services online from home.
  • Face coverings must be worn by everyone at all times, with the exception of the musicians on the platform and Pastors Mark and Brenda when they minister. We will have a supply of masks, but please plan to bring your own mask from home. 
  • CDC does not require that any child 12 years or younger wear a face covering and requires that no child 2 years or younger wear one.
  • Preregistration is required for every in-person service. (See FAQ section below for details.)
  • When entering the parking lot, we will have parking attendants ready to assist you. We are required to have one empty parking space between cars.
  • We ask that you enter the building through the front double doors, only.
  • Social distancing will be followed throughout our building. Maintain six feet of distance between households. When in shared spaces, i.e. restrooms, aisles, and lobby, please maintain distancing protocols.
  • We will be sitting family-style together in the Sanctuary, so children and youth will be sitting with adults. Note: Preschool, CIA and Youth ministries are not resuming at this time. (See FAQ section for details.)
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the lobby.
  • Hugs and handshakes will have to wait as we must observe social distancing of 6’.

FAQ’s

 

What are our in-person service times?

  • Our Sunday morning services are the only in-person services at this time.
  • Service time is 9:45 AM outdoors in the parking lot.

 

Can I still watch online?

  • Absolutely! You can continue to watch our Sunday morning service premiering at 9:00 AM on our website or on YouTube. You can watch them online or on-demand.
  • Our Wednesday night service will continue to be premiered at 7:30 PM through our website or on YouTube. (No Wednesday night in-person services at this time.)

 

Do I need to preregister for a service?

  • Yes! Outdoor services are limited to 200 people maximum in attendance. Those wanting to attend a service will need to preregister.
  • Registration for our Sunday morning services will begin each Sunday at 1:00 PM and will conclude the following Saturday at 6:00 PM or sooner if we reach capacity.
  • We are not able to accept registrations for future services. 

 

Will there be assigned seating?

  • No. There will not be registered seating.
  • Registered seats not filled 15 minutes after service begins, will be released.

 

How early should I arrive?

  • We ask that you plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to each Sunday morning service. 

 

How and when are you cleaning your facility?

  • Thorough cleaning will be done prior to our Sunday morning services. Chairs and frequently touched surfaces are routinely sanitized.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. 

 

Will masks and hand sanitizers be available?

  • Yes. We have masks on hand, but we do ask that you plan to bring your own face covering from home. Hand sanitizing stations are set up in the lobby.

 

What about the Sunday night and Wednesday night services?

  • No Sunday evening service at this time.
  • Our Wednesday night service will continue to be premiered at 7:30 PM through our website or on YouTube. (No Wednesday night in-person services at this time.)

 

Ways to Give:

  • Text and online giving will continue. 
  • If you prefer to give by check or cash, instructions will be given at the service. Blank envelopes will be handed out by the Ushers. (Ushers will use gloves.)
  • No envelope is needed if giving by check. Simply write on the memo line what fund you are giving to. If giving to multiple funds, write the name of the fund and the amount designated.
  • You can also mail in your offering.

 

Can I receive a bulletin?

  • Bulletins are not being printed at this time. If you need any information, please check out our website or call the church office.

 

Restrooms

  • Each restroom will be monitored to make sure there is only one person at a time. 
  • At least one touchless faucet, soap, and paper towel dispenser are in each of the four bathrooms downstairs.

 

What about Children’s and Youth Ministry, and other Ministry Groups?

  • Our Preschool, CIA, and Youth Ministries are temporarily suspended, as well as all prayer meetings. We plan to resume these areas as soon as we can after restrictions are lifted, and we are able to safely do so with leaders and the added cleaning regimen in place.
  • Our ministry groups such as Second Wind, Coupled 2gether, and Emerge are also temporarily suspended under the same conditions. 

 

Service Dismissal?

  • When service concludes, you will be dismissed to your vehicles.

 

Other Areas

  • Water fountains will not be in use. You are welcome to bring your own spill-proof water bottle.  

 

We Care

  • Due to the current restrictions, we have suspended our We Care ministry on Sunday mornings. 
  • Our Grocery Giveaway for our church family and community will continue, however, effective July 10th we will be changing from Saturdays to Fridays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
  • Preregistration is required each week to ensure proper preparations. Email Cindy at cwalters@heartofthebay.org no later than Thursday at 12 noon for Friday’s giveaway to reserve your groceries.

 

FINAL NOTE

We can’t wait to be with you all this Sunday in whatever way you choose to attend!

  • Join us onsite for our Sunday morning service.
  • Continue watching services online via our website or on YouTube.
  • Please know that we continue to pray for all of you and all of your family!