HPC Re-Gathering Plan

See details below, or click here to download the full policy document.

Ministry Area                         Format

Worship                                  In Person & Streaming

Adult Sunday School              In Person & Streaming

Children’s Ministry                 Online thru Labor Day

Current plan is to offer in-person and online after Labor Day

Nursery                                   No Nursery thru Labor Day

Current plan is to offer nursery after Labor Day for Sunday School & Worship

Youth Ministry                       In-Person & Online

Small Groups                          In-Person & Online

Each Group Determines how they meet – see mask policy below

Ministry Committees             In-Person & Online

Each Group Determines how they meet – see mask policy below

Building Use                           Building is available for groups to use, but they must follow the guidelines

    Please contact the church office so that we know who is using the building

Church Office                          Monday-Friday 8-5

Events & Activities                 We are planning Church-Wide events outside, e.g. movie-night, cookout


**Please read all of this document as you consider the opportunities listed above


What ‘Social Distancing’ looks like at Hixson Pres

  • If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay home and participate online.
  • Symptoms of Coronavirus include: Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Muscle pain, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell
  • If you or someone in your household has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus, please stay home and participate online.
  • If you are at high risk to the Coronavirus, or someone in your household is at high risk, we encourage you to stay home and participate online. 
  • Please maintain 6’ of separation at all times with anyone not living in your household.
  • Two or more members of the same household can sit next to one another as long as there is six feet of separation on either side of them as a group.
  • Wash your hands often – Hand Sanitizer will be available at a few stations.


Worship In the Sanctuary

  • Take your temperature at home Sunday morning to make sure it is normal.
  • Facial Coverings are required. Please read the mask policy below.
  • Please follow the directional flow, to the right as you come in and down the People Street. We will exit through the sanctuary main doors. The left hall is only for bathroom traffic.
  • Please do not block the traffic flow or cause a ‘traffic jam.’
  • Please allow those in the back to exit first, through the main sanctuary doors, then follow by row, maintaining 6 ft of distance.
  • The children’s wing and kitchen are closed, and the office area accessible only to staff.
  • Chairs are set up with six feet of separation between individuals and families. Two or more members of the same household can sit next to one another. Chairs are set in groups.
  • Bathrooms will be open and clean and trash cans will be near the exit. Wash your hands.
  • No coffee will be served.
  • There will be no water fountains available for use.


HPC On-Site Mask Policy

  • We are guided by the biblical principles of protecting the vulnerable and loving our neighbors. With humility, we want to consider others more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). We do not intend to imply that this is the only way to accomplish these biblical goals, just the way we have chosen for HPC. We are also complying with the recommendations made in the “Guidance for Gathering Together in Houses of Worship” published by the Tennessee Governor’s Office.
  • Masks are generally required whenever inside the church building, specifically including worship services.  This requirement does not apply to a speaker at the podium who is well-distanced from any other person.
  • Masks are generally not required when outdoors on church property.  However, if a group of people gather and are unable to maintain adequate distance among themselves, then they are expected to wear masks.  Adequate distance depends on the circumstances, but it is generally at least six feet.
  • Small Groups and other groups can be formed on the predetermined basis that masks will either be required, or not required, during the meeting. Individuals may then sign up for these groups based on their personal preference and comfort level.
  • Attendees will be reminded to don masks before leaving the group and reentering common areas of the building.