BELOW IS THE Latest News Regarding HMCC and the COVID-19 Crisis

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During this season of crisis, we want you know that we are practicing social distancing as prescribed by the CDC and we are operating in compliance with the various local, state, and federal guidelines/orders. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our church offices.

CURRENT OPERATING CONDITIONS (Please read in It's entirety)

  • Our offices are on a limited schedule and restricting access to non-essential visitors
        •    Since July 5th we have been offering the following:
        •    Socially Distanced Campus - Live in the HMCC Auditorium
        •    Live-Stream Campus at www.HMCCfamily.com, our YouTube Channel AND on Facebook Live - All at the same time

        •    Children/Family Programing at each of the services (in-person only)

        •    Students - See the website and social media for plans
        •    Wednesday night Bible Study has returned in person and online (on Facebook, YouTube, and our website).  Children and student programing is in-person only on Wednesday nights.


Tue, January 19th 2:31 PM

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Hey Friend,

 in keeping with our announcement last week, we DO plan to offer in-person ministry again here at HMCC starting tomorrow night.  Children and student will return to in-person ministry starting at 6:45 for the students and 7pm for the children.  Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Bob's Bible Study will be online only.  This Sunday we will return to in-person ministry at 10:30 am.

Please take a minute to read through the following guidelines that the leadership of HMCC has put in place to keep all safe and feeling comfortable in our midst.
  • Please refrain from in person attendance:
    • If you are unwilling to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the facilities,
    • If you are unwilling to refrain from using gloves, or
    • If you are unwilling to practice social distancing protocol according to CDC guidelines.
  • Please refrain from joining us in person if you, or anyone in your family has any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Other symptoms may include chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste
  • If you or anyone in your family has had immediate contact with a person with a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please refrain from joining us in person.
  • It is STRONGLY encouraged that you wear a mask while entering, moving around, and exiting the facility.  Removing it only while seated or after you are outside.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: why are we doing this?  It is not an abundance of caution, political narrative or media bias that we practice these things.....it is an ABUNDANCE OF LOVE FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AND OUR COMMUNITY AT LARGE THAT WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THESE PRACTICES.


Brothers and Sisters, I can not wait to worship you all once again this Sunday, either in-person OR online.
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Tue, January 12th 5:00

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Hey friend,

I wanted to reach out to you to give you a couple updates on the "pause" that HMCC took this past past week in our weekly in-person services.

First off, thank you so much for all the responses that we have received in support of the cautious approach to this past week.  Our leadership is absolutely determined to take reasonable measures to keep everyone safe while still providing options for ministry.

Based on the information that we have to go on right now, HMCC plans to return to in-person ministry options for all ages on Wednesday January 20th for our Mid-Week activities.  Until that point all our regular activities will be hosted on our usual platforms (HMCC.com/LIVE, Facebook & YouTube).

As we have said all along, HMCC has been, and continues to be, data driven not date driven with regards to our response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Please pray for our leadership, pray for our staff, and pray for our church family as we navigate these interesting times.

I love you all and can't wait to be back together again.
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Sat, January 9th 4:33 PM

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 Hey, Church Family
 
We just learned that a person that attended a Wednesday night ministry function began to show symptoms of COVID-19 on Thursday and was tested later that day.  Those results were just received and they were positive for COVID-19.  However due to the vast amount of exposed persons (& families) on Wednesday night, the short amount of time to the test swab being taken on Thursday and the rising case numbers in our area, the Elders and myself feel that a pause in our in-person services is a necessary and wise step.  Tomorrow's church services will be ONLINE ONLY - no in-person church service.  Please understand that this measure is taken in order that we may evaluate any further risk and make the necessary decisions that can best guarantee everyone's safety while they are here in our midst.

God is still sovereign and worthy of His church to gather (although electronically) regardless of the circumstances, so get your devices charged and your comfy pj's ready and let's all gather tomorrow at 10:30am.
 
We will be live at 10:20 on Facebook, YouTube and HMCCFamily.com.  Be sure to have your communion supplies ready before we will start at 10:30.

 
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
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Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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SAT, Jan 9th 4:23 pm

Parents, 


HMCC was just informed that a student that attended this past Wednesday night has tested positive for COVID-19. This student was at Wednesday Small Group and developed symptoms the following day (Thursday the 9th). Please take precautions as necessary and consult your family physician for your family's next steps.  


As for Forward, it will move to online only tomorrow along with the rest of the church. We will still have small groups and play among us as a group tomorrow from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Will send more details via "Remind" tomorrow.

Fri, September 11th 3:44 PM

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Hi, Family,


We wanted to let you know that there has been a slight  change in the location of our live stream location moving forward.  It used to be that you saw our stream as you landed on our HMCCFamily.com home page and on the Watch a message Page, but for simplicity and ease on our staff, we have created a NEW page that will be the PERMANENT home for all our live stream activity (Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights).


For all LIVE content, simply go to HMCCFamily.com/LIVE


Thanks, and sorry for any stress this may cause with your shortcuts and bookmarks in your browser.
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Wed, September 9th 12:26 PM

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Hey Friend,

We are excited to announce that starting tonight, our Wednesday night Bible Study is BACK in person AND online at 7pm.

Here is the info you need to know:

If you are attending online:  All of our Sunday morning and Wednesday night services will be streamed to https://hmccfamily.com/live and to our Facebook page.

If you are attending in person: You will be asked to acknowledge the same guidelines as you would on Sunday mornings in person.  These include: social distancing, hand sanitizer usage, not attending if you show any symptoms, not attending if you have had contact with an individual who tested positive, etc.  In addition, it is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask while entering and exiting the facility.

If you are attending in person with your children/students:  There will be full programing for your children (temperature checks required) and students (students start at 6:45).

We are excited to see some of the ministries that we all know and love return to in-person gatherings again.
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Fri, August 7th 2:30 PM

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Hey Church Fam,

I wanted to reach out to you today to offer a little encouragement as well as a reminder.

I am excited, and a little hopeful, to let ya know that we have completed a week of a generally downward trending COVID data for our area.  While this is a good thing for our community and our state, it can also lead to good things for our church family.  Please keep praying for this trend to continue.  I, like most of you, am so anxious to get back to a sense of normalcy that more resembles what we've come to know and love about our church and our gatherings.

I also want to take a moment to remind you to stay diligent while at church to follow along with the guidelines that we have in place.  There's a term that's developed over the past few months: COVID Fatigue!

I get it, we are all so ready for this to be over.  But don't let that feeling cause you to usurp the known things that we all need to be doing to help get this season done and over with.

Here are a few areas the staff and leadership have seen that needs improvement:
  • Keeping our distance: please try to practice social distancing while at church
  • Designated seating:  please do not sit in an area that has been taped off.  Great work was put in to to return our seating areas to "normal" (not little pockets of seating) but we must only sit in the designated ares...yes, even if it means you have to find a new area that accommodates your group
  • Masks: while we have not required masks at this time, we DO urge their use while entering and exiting. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY: why are we doing this?  It is not an abundance of caution, political narrative or media bias that we practice these things.....it is an ABUNDANCE OF LOVE FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AND OUR COMMUNITY AT LARGE THAT WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THESE PRACTICES.


With regards to our Sunday mornings, our biggest desire is to continue to allow everyone the freedom to choose to attend.  If an "outbreak" occurred as a result of our Sunday morning and a lack of practicing the guidelines, then the church would be forced to return to services only online......ain't nobody want none of that!

As a reminder, here are the original guidelines that we are asking all those who attend in person:
  • Please refrain from in person attendance:
    • If you are unwilling to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the facilities,
    • If you are unwilling to refrain from using gloves, or
    • If you are unwilling to practice social distancing protocol according to CDC guidelines.
  • Please refrain from joining us in person if you, or anyone in your family has any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Other symptoms may include chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste
  • If you or anyone in your family has had immediate contact with a person with a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please refrain from joining us in person.
Brothers and sisters, I love you all dearly, and I deeply want to see a day that our ENTIRE church family worships under ONE roof.  I believe all these items above are really easy things to observe in order to show Christ's love and get us all back to what we want to see in our Sunday mornings again.
 
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Cell: 770-500-4337
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Fri, July 17th 2:21 PM

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Hey Church Family
 
I hope you all have had an incredible week and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead.  In every decision that we have as the church has returned to in-person gatherings, we have prioritized an approach that truly embodies the golden rule as our guide.  With all those decisions, love for our brothers and sisters in Christ was of the highest priority.  Right now, in the country and even in some churches, we are seeing a great divide over the response to this virus.  I just want to urge all of you to remain resistant to the patterns of the world, especially now.  We must love each other.  We must stay united.  We must remain the Bride of Christ.
 
You may have seen our plans to bring back our 9:30 Bible study hour this Sunday morning.  It is our desire to get our church “back to normal” as soon as possible, but in the safest manner possible.  After looking at our community and evaluating the various sources of data, we simply believe that it’s no longer the wisest decision to start back the 9:30 Bible study hour.  In all things moving forward (and in the decisions we have already made) we desire to look more seriously at data than we do dates; this means dates will change as the data reflects the need.
 
Now, we also understand there are so many that either 1) want to attend a Bible study; or 2) want to attend but can’t; and so, to honor both, we are currently looking at other options utilizing the various technologies that we have available to us.  We know that in-person is the preferred method, but if we can’t accommodate this safely, let’s all embrace a way to gather and still study God’s Word.
 
There will be more information coming soon regarding the plans to host a Bible Study.  Until they are, please reserve 4 o-clock on Sundays as a possible time slot to gather.
 
Church family, most of all, let’s not give up the habit of gathering together each and every week.  I know you have the option to watch our services “after-the-fact”, but I would just like to encourage you to make it a priority to gather together WITH us all over the two environments (online & in person).
 
I love you all dearly.

See you all Sunday.
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Tue, July 14th 2:05 PM

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Hey HMCC Family, as we look ahead to our original plan to bring back our 9:30 Bible Study hour this Sunday in the auditorium, we wanted to reach out to see who would be interested in attending this if it were offered.  Please understand that you will be asked to support our efforts to keep everyone safe with protections like, hand sanitizer, sitting in the same seat that you would for the 10:30 service, limiting class size (especially the lady’s class) and/or wearing a mask.

Please note that we will not be offering any Kids Ministry during this hour at first.

Based on all the above, would take a moment to RSVP for the 9:30 Bible Study hour by clicking the button below.
 

"RSVP" HERE
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Wed, July 8th 8:00 AM

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Hey Friend,
In light of the on-going COVID-19 concerns and numbers, we have to make some VERY difficult decisions regarding some planned events for July.

Our incredible outreach team, headed up by Don & Lynda Owen have been so excited to get some events planned.  But this pandemic has put a huge kink in their plans.  This month is no different, the Movie Night planned for the 10th has been canceled.

You may have heard that we were wanting to bring back our 9:30 am Sunday Bible Study Groups.  I hope that you also have heard us say that all our decisions associated with reopening HMCC will be data driven and not date driven.  In keeping with this line of thinking, we have decided to delay the start of the 9:30 hour till July 19th.

Lastly, and the hardest news to relay, we have made the difficult decision of postponing this year’s VBS program until next year. This decision was not made lightly and was made as a precaution due to concerns about the safety and health of our kids, the volunteers and our reputation within the community. Even with the news to cancel, we are already looking forward to next year’s VBS program. Mark your calendars for July 11-15, 2021!
 
We still want to engage with you and your family. In light of that fact, we are planning on having a fun-filled night one night next week. We are planning on having this event outdoors next Wednesday, July 15, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. More details will be sent your way by the end of this week.

Please know that in each of these cases, we have made these decisions not just with an abundance of caution, but also with an abundance of love for all our church family and for our community.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the shepherd/elders, Jonathan or myself.

In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Fri, May 29th 4:27 PM

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Hey Church Family.
 
Just a friendly reminder that this Sunday HMCC returns to in-person ministry in four separate environments.  We will have drive-in campus, a lawn chair campus, a socially distanced campus, and our online campus.  All four campuses will gather together at 10:30 this Sunday.
 
We are encouraging everyone to gather earlier than 10:30 since there will be a lot of “new” methods and ways of entering that we want you to not feel rushed.  For this reason, we will be opening the doors at 10:10 for those entering the facility for our socially distanced campus.
 
As you prepare to attend with us this Sunday, please be aware that for those wishing to attend our lawn chair and socially distanced campus, you will need to acknowledge a few conditions.  These are not to restrict attendance, but rather to better love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  THAT is the why behind all we are doing as we return to church.  Here is what we are asking you to acknowledge:
  • Please refrain from in person attendance:
    • If you are unwilling to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the facilities,
    • If you are unwilling to refrain from using gloves, or
    • If you are unwilling to practice social distancing protocol according to CDC guidelines.
  • Please refrain from joining us in person if you, or anyone in your family has any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Other symptoms may include chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste
  • If you or anyone in your family has had immediate contact with a person with a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please refrain from joining us in person.
 
If you cannot observe these statements, you are welcome to join the drive-in campus or our online campus. Again, the reason for these guidelines is to show ultimate love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
If you are attending the drive-in campus or the lawn chair campus, please pull into our main drive and stay to the left at the cones.  You will be given further instructions and your communion under your windshield wiper.  After receiving these, lawn chair campus can pull straight ahead to park, while the drive-in campus can signal and turn left.  You will be directed where to park.  For safety, wheel chalks will be used to chalk your tires.
 
If you are attending at our online campus and you need more communion supplies, please use the button below to request a delivery of a 3 weeks supply of communion for use at home.
 
If you are coming with kids that will be in the kids’ ministry, please park at the Kids Lobby and enter the facility to be checked in before heading to the service.  Please note that all our kids will have their temperatures checked as an extra precaution.  The kids will then join the parents in the worship service (with activities as needed) and then be dismissed before the message.
 
Our students will be in with the rest of the church at 10:30, but Sunday nights will have a socially distanced campfire ministry time with s’mores, worship and a message.  This will be from 8-9pm at HMCC’s fire-side area (if weather becomes an issue, there will be a back-up plan).  If you have any questions, please reach out to Tyler Tinsley at Tyler@HMCCFamily.com.
 
 
HMCC Family, on behalf of the elders, staff and ministry team leaders, we can’t wait to worship together again with you.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
 
“See” ya Sunday.
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
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Cell: 770-500-4337
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Fri, May 22nd 6:30 PM

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I am so excited that I get to update you on the plans regarding a phased return to in-person ministry here at HMCC.  We’ve said from day one that real life change happens in person and we cannot wait to see you again.
 
Before I get to the “plan,” I want to first remind you of a few things that have been the main consideration since the beginning of the crisis. 

First, we are not looking at dates as our driving factor…..we are looking for data points.  The data suggests that a safe, well-planned, and thought-out phased return is ok and can bring people back together safely.
 
Second, our desire is to see all our people participate with a one-church mentality therefore we will avoid the multi-service idea.  The staff, elders, and ministry team leaders have worked so incredibly hard to craft a plan that will speak directly to this.
 
Lastly, there are no easy decisions, no one-size-fits-all options, and certainly no one decision will be pleasing to all.  It’s with this in mind that I personally ask for your patience, understanding and grace as we seek to do our best and implement a plan as wise as possible.  Our deepest desire with these plans is to accommodate all those who call HMCC home…. no matter what level of sensitivity they may have to the COVID-19 crisis.
 
So, the plan:
 
Starting May 31st at 10:30am, we will be hosting FOUR simultaneous ministry environments to accommodate everyone’s level of comfort while gathering together.
 
The first environment will be for those who have compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions that require extreme caution.  There will be a section of the parking lot that you can attend church from your car.  You will be able to tune your FM radio to our station so you can hear the service live (with ZERO lag or delay).  There will also be a massive screen outside for you to view all that is happening inside.  There will be contact-less bathroom facilities available to only your group.  You will have communion provided to you upon arrival as well as worship lyrics in case you have difficulty reading them off the screen.
 
Our second environment will be for those that need to practice more severe social distancing but are ok with the in-person gathering.  For you, you are encouraged to park in the general parking area and bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the service just in front of those parked in their cars.  Out of respect for those gathering in this space, you will be asked to keep social distancing protocols to the extreme.  You will be able to hear the service without the need for the FM radio from your car.  Please note, we ask that you refrain from bringing large umbrellas and shade tents as these would obstruct the view of those behind you. There will be contact-less bathroom facilities available to only your group.  You will have communion provided to you upon arrival as well as worship lyrics in case you have difficulty reading them off the screen.
 
The third environment will be held within the auditorium but with several changes to the way you will enter & exit, the way you will be seated, elements of the service, and the process for kids' ministry.  This indoor service will be a phased re-opening with benchmarked transitions to the next phase.  Families will be asked to sit as a family and to keep a close watch on their children so as not to cause an issue with another attender.  Please note, if you are attending with us in the third environment, you will be asked to acknowledge several questions pertaining to your health, contact with others, and our safety protocols. These protocols include: the use of hand sanitizer, following social distancing and the prohibited use of gloves.  We ask that at this environment (all of them really) you refrain from handshakes, hugs, and fist-bumps while opting for friendly waves and air-hugs.  You are also encouraged to wear a face mask if you are willing and able. 
 
The fourth environment is our online platform.  The attention to detail, connection and quality that we have striven for over the past 10 weeks will not change as we move forward.  You can rest assured that we will keep the same emphasis, on this environment, as we tend to all the others.
 
So, I hope that you can see that we are trying our hardest to provide each and every person in the HMCC family a way to worship together.
 
Would you do me a favor though?  Please click the button below to “RSVP” for one of the environments listed above.  By doing so it allows us to be the most prepared for YOU and your family.
 
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So, the purpose of this email is to convey the return date and to advise that a well-thought-out plan is in place to return to church.  The purpose is not to get into the nitty-gritty details of the plan simply for time’s sake.  Rest assured we have tried to think through every detail; from bathroom usage, entry and exit process, separated seating, sanitizing between services, dismissal to water fountain usage.  However, we know that with so much to consider you may have questions…questions that deserve a full answer…so to accommodate this need, I will be hosting a zoom call on Tuesday @ 3:30.  I would encourage you to jump on the call to hear others’ questions and to ask any of your own.  Here are the details of the zoom Q&A:
 
Topic: Re-Opening HMCC Q&A
Time: May 26, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
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Children’s ministry will be available starting May 31st, but in an augmented format to start.  Families will need to park by our kids’ lobby and check their kids into the kids’ ministry prior to the start of the 10:30 service.  All kids will sit with their families during our worship time and will be dismissed to kids’ ministry after the worship time.  Every effort will be made to help our kids ministry stay social distanced…. but please keep in mind that kids aren’t very good at social distancing (laughing emoji). If this is an issue for you and your family, you are more than welcome to keep them with you throughout the entire service.  There are more details to the kids’ ministry phased re-opening that you will receive when you drop off your child.
 
As for our students, I am working with our student ministry intern and our prospective student minister to draft a plan. Lauren, Tyler, and myself have the preliminary steps in place for a great plan so our students can return to in-person ministry.  There will be a separate email next week to address that with the parents.
 
I want you to be aware, small groups, 9:30 Sunday Bible Study groups, and Wednesday nights are included in the phased re-opening, but none of those are included in phase 1.  We will be sure to communicate with you and keep you posted as to when these things will resume.  Again, none are date driven, but data driven.
 
HMCC Family, we are so excited to see you in person which-ever environment you choose to join.  I know that there are so many different stances on this return and I hope that we have been able to accommodate as many stances as possible.  Please pray for us as we transition back to in-person ministry, pray for unity of the Body, pray for all those working so hard to put all these pieces together and pray that God be glorified as the church gathers together again.
 
I love each and every one of you dearly.  Can’t wait to “see” you on the 31st.
In H^m,
Nathan Holmes
Sr. Minister
Hamilton Mill Christian Church
Office: 678-714-7200
Cell: 770-500-4337
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