Colonial Heights Campus, 9:15 & 10:45am
Midlothian Campus, 9:30 & 11am
Here at The Heights we are continually researching the latest innovations and best products for safely cleaning our building and for ensuring the safest environment for those attending here. We are consistently the first in our area to discover and utilize these products as they are tested and available. Among those products is a proven, longer-lasting formulation from BIOPROTECT. This innovation allows us to reduce our time between services. As we introduce new products and procedures, we continue to meet and exceed all the mandatory state and CDC requirements for cleaning and maintenance.
As has been our practice, all team members/volunteers in direct contact with church attendees are asked to wear a face mask. It is recommended that everyone wear a face mask. No offering plates are passed. Drop off stations for offering are available outside the Worship Center doors. Giving online is encouraged. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized before and after all services. Hand sanitizing station are provided throughout the building. Physical contact with non-family members is discouraged.
Our Colonial Heights Campus offers a full schedule of Sunday activities. Adult Life Groups are offered at both hours very similar to before the onset of the Coronavirus (see the Life Group brochure or check with your group’s leaders for exact details), Youth Worship and Life Groups happen at 9:15am, Kids Worship for K-5th is at 9:15 and Life Groups at 10:45, Preschool and Nursery is available at both hours and Puppet Theatre happens at 9:15. Our worship services are at both hours and on all of our regular online venues. We look forward worshiping, learning, and serving together!
Our Midlothian Campus continues to offer two services (9:30 and 11am) with preschool and nursery at 9:30 and options for Life Groups as follows:
Young Adults – Sundays, 11am on campus
Adults 50 plus – Sundays, 9am via Zoom
Adults 40s – Wednesdays, 6:30pm on campus (childcare available)
Youth – Wednesdays, 6:30pm via Zoom
Both services are online in all of the usual formats: live.thb.church, our church app (click here to download), our main Facebook page: theheightsbaptist, Roku, and AppleTV. Please download our church app for sermon notes and access to our online bulletin.
Planning our Fall: Understanding our plan and our process
Throughout our lives, we have heard the benefits of 20/20 vision. If you had 20/20, it was a good thing. We could never have imagined how difficult actual 2020 vision would be when it came to the year that is both behind and still in front of us!
We are navigating uncharted waters. Never has a business owner or CEO operating today guided his or her company amid a worldwide pandemic. There is not a single pastor on the planet who has led a church ministry through a time like this. No one has been through it before to offer advice from experience. So, weighing the needs, the safety, the desires and the concerns of the church and the community, we try to plan a path and move forward in faith.
We have started back many things such as our morning worship for all ages and now Sunday morning Life Groups. We have delayed other activities, such as DU. How have we decided what to do and what not to do?
Prayer, research, and advice have all factored into the choices we have made. Are they all the perfect decisions? Maybe not, but the choices reflect our desire to be a church both gathered for those who feel comfortable with that and to provide an option for those who are not yet ready. We have sought ways to operate, but to do so safely within restrictions and to be sensitive to the concerns of our congregation.
With that mindset, we have made the decision not to add back any more programs for the fall of 2020.
We believe that reflects a commitment to our church family without being a compromise to our calling. Hopefully in January we will be looking at a different situation and more freedom in terms of both guidelines and a sense of comfort and safety.
We know there are those who wish we were moving faster and those who think we have gone too far too fast. We understand both your perspectives. Please know we have made our decisions in prayer and with a purpose of being the church God wants The Heights Baptist to be in this season.
He has blessed in so many ways in the past 6 months as our membership has been “the church the 804 cannot imagine being without”. Thank you!
We will continue to seek to be His Church in This Place for This Time. We are still a church about the mission of “building relationships that connect all people to God-sized life and love”.
Online Schedule of Events
during COVID-19 Social Distancing
Sundays at 9:15am & 10:45am
Both hours will be on our livestream: live.thb.church, church app (click here to download), and main Facebook page: theheightsbaptist
Missed the livestream? Catch it on-demand at thb.church/watch-read
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays at 7pm
on our Children’s Ministry Facebook page: theheightschildren
At The Heights we often say that “life is better connected.” While that may be different and more challenging these days, we still believe that to be true. We would love to connect you to a life group, talk to you about a relationship with Jesus, or be able to pray for you! Click here to let us know how we can best connect with you.
Volunteers to Make Fabric Masks
We have a unique opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic to help the 804 community by making and distributing fabric face masks to area healthcare facilities. Please sign up to help fulfill the needs in the following ways: fabric cutting, sewing, delivery, and donations. Details and sign up here!
There is currently a critical need for donation of blood and platelets. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. The Heights Colonial Heights Campus is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, September 2. The Midlothian Campus is hosting a drive on Tuesday, September 8. You MUST make an appointment. Register here.
“Hello Neighbor” Cards
We know many of you have already reached out to neighbors to help in the ways that you can. Feel free to download this card to be filled out and given to those neighbors that live around you or others that you may know may be hesitant to go out or need a call.
Bless Every Home
We may not be able to physically gather together as the church, but we are well equipped and have plenty of opportunity to “be” the church to those around us. The Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia has developed this tool which allows you to pray for your neighbors by name. We want to encourage you to use this resource so you can be praying specifically for your neighbors, by name, during this time. To sign up visit blesseveryhome.com.
Chesterfield Food Bank
Those that would like to volunteer, need to call 804.414.8885 the day BEFORE they want to volunteer in order to make sure the food bank needs volunteers that day. The Chesterfield Food Bank is located at 12211 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Project Volunteers
Volunteers are wanted for VCU Health-sponsored projects that are currently ongoing in Richmond, VA surrounding PPE manufacturing for VCU Health and other local health systems. Volunteer duties would mostly be related to assembling 3D printed face masks and other manufactured PPE. Register to help here.
Three Simple Ideas for Our Peace:
Notes from Our Pastor’s March 15, 2020 Sermon
- Be Still
Crisis leads to anxiety leads to “do something, anything”. the Bible calls us to do just the opposite. Our first response is to stop, be still; “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)
The beginning of Psalm 46 says He is our very present help in trouble. So be still until you recognize that presence and know that help.
Philippians 4:6 tells us not to be anxious, but instead pray. Ask God for wisdom, strength, help in what to do, when to act, how to respond; and then be willing to be still until He reveals His answer. He always does.
- Take the step that most responds to God
Our steps should acknowledge God, not our fears, not our crisis. Our actions should acknowledge God, not the world. That is the fear of the Lord. Fearing anything in the world leads to more fear, but “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence…” (Proverbs 14:26)
We understand that COVID and social distancing can be very isolating and stressful for people living with or in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, as well as caregivers and family members of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.
If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, contact your local behavioral health emergency services department, call 9-1-1, or visit the nearest emergency room
Dial 211 – 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer.
Information from our local government and public health officials:
Chesterfield County COVID-19 Updates
Virginia Department of Health:
VDH COVID-19 Updates
Nationwide information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC COVID-19 Updates
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America:
15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources for those in need:
CCHASM Alliance for Social Ministry
Celebrate Recovery Official YouTube Channel
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Phone Meetings or Online Groups
Al-Anon Electronic Meetings
Chesterfield Crisis Line: 804.748.6356
District 19 Crisis Line: 804.862.8000
Chesterfield Police Non-Emergency Number: 804.748.1251
Mental Health America Warmline: 866.400.6428
Alive RVA Warmline: 1.833.473.3782
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Cope with Coronavirus
Coping with COVID-19 in the context of PTSD
Military Service Members Veterans and Family Resources
Families First Information (English/Español)
Current Food Resources and Distribution Locations
Greater Richmond Area Resources (Alphabetical)