covid faqs

why is hcc asking for rsvps?

We are asking for RSVPs each week because we want to be prepared for the amount of people who may join us in-person. We want to make sure we have enough chairs prepared. We want to make sure there is enough distance between chairs. Finally, we want to track in-person attendance trends as we head into the Easter season, when attendance is normally higher.

why do i have to check-in when i arrive?

We are asking that each attendee provide their name and contact information so that, if there is possible exposure to COViD in a church gathering, we can notify those who were in attendance. We are taking, but not recording temperatures for your safety as well as the safety of other attendees.

why is hcc requiring masks indoors for all larger gatherings?

We recognize that there is a wide spectrum of opinions when it comes to masks. We also recognize that recommendations have not always been clear or consistent. We are requiring masks for two reasons. We want you to have an additional layer of protection, but mostly because we want to show our brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends that inconveniences like wearing masks will not hinder our showing we care about them.

what if i test positive for covid?

If you attended a worship gathering or other ministry gathering, we ask that you call the HCC office immediately. We will then disclose to the other attendees that they may have been exposed to COViD. We will not disclose your name or other details.

Please follow the CDC guidelines ( Quarantine for at least 14-days. Out of an abundance of care for others who may have drastically adverse effects from COViD, we ask that you do not return to church gatherings until you test negative or have no symptoms for 14 days.

what if i have been exposed to covid?

Please follow the CDC guidelines ( Quarantine for at least 14-days or until you receive a negative COViD test. Contact your medical professional if you have symptoms.

to what groups is the hcc facility open?

The office is open, but we are still asking for a phone call or appointment before dropping by the office. Currently, the facility is open to church ministries that emphasize evangelism, discipleship, worship and compassion/justice activities. This means that our youth, children, worship and food ministries are open. We will be opening up to Bible Studies as soon as we have determined rooms large enough to allow for distancing. Fellowship-based church activities will then begin using the facility. Finally, we will reopen to community activities.

why are we not meeting in the sanctuary for worshiP?

We are not currently meeting in the Sanctuary for worship because we can better control the environment in the Family Life Center Gym. Sanitizing is easier and so is producing our livestream. While we may use the Sanctuary for special events and worship, we will continue to meet predominantly in the Family Life Center for the foreseeable future.

what are we doing easter sunday?

We are monitoring our current attendance, our RSVPs and the status of COViD in north Merced and south Stanislaus Counties. Although we have not decided upon particulars, we are committed to an in-person Easter Service in some format. RSVP for Easter Sunday here, and Palm Sunday here.

when will all restrictions lift?

Hopefully, soon! We will be keeping close track of how vaccinations are being distributed and how cases are declining in north Merced and south Stanislaus counties.

how's the staff doing?

Our staff and ministry leaders have adapted well to COViD. The uncertain and constantly changing communication has been wearisome. Unpredictability and the unique nature of this pandemic has required more mental, emotional and time investment from our staff.

Please pray for them as they continue to minister in this environment. Just like you, our staff have family and loved ones with pre-existing conditions whom they are trying to protect from being exposed to COViD.

Hilmar Covenant Church


1-209-449-9448 - text

20056 American Ave

P.O. Box 340

Hilmar, CA 95324

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