COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE: MONDAY, MARCH 30 AT 12:00 PM

In following Federal social distancing guidelines, all events on campus will be cancelled through Thursday, April 30. Please join us online each weekend for services at missionhills.org/live.

Join us online for Easter week services, and invite your friends and family to join you online from their homes! For more information and ideas on how to SPREAD HOPE in our communities during this time, visit our Easter page.

We are continuing to care for and support our community through the Life Center Food Bank and Mission Hills Care Finder. If you know someone with a need, or can help meet a need in your area, view our Care Finder for more information.

UPDATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 19 AT 4:00 PM

We believe that the church is not a place we come to, but a mission we choose to be part of. We are continuing to care for people, and working diligently to comply with CDC guidelines in order to support our communities and do our part. As such, all gatherings larger than 10 people at our campuses are cancelled through Friday, April 17.

  • Mission Hills Early Learning Center will be closed through Friday, April 17. ELC Director Shelley Gibson will be in contact with families with more details.
  • Easter Services will be streamed online. We are praying for how to use this opportunity to reach more people, and invite you to pray along with us!

UPDATE: MONDAY, MARCH 16 AT 4:00 PM

The health and safety of our congregation and community are important so we are working to adhere to quickly changing CDC guidelines. As such, all activities on the Mission Hills campus are suspended through Sunday, March 29.

  • Weekend Services will be on Church Online. For the next two weekends we will gather live online during our normal service times – Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 8, 9:15, and 11 AM. Join us online at missionhills.org/live and share this link with a friend.

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  • Kids Ministry is working on online options for Kids during our live stream, and will send out information later this week. Click here to sign up for Kids email updates.
  • Life Groups can choose to meet on their own. Group leaders, please contact Neil Eukel with any questions.
  • The Serve Team Appreciation event on April 2 has been cancelled. We are monitoring all other April events (including Unexpected with Lysa TerKeurst and Easter), and will keep you posted here.
  • The Life Center has suspended all activities except the Food Bank. Read more here.
  • Student Ministry will not have programming this week (previously cancelled due to Spring Break) but we will be streaming next Wednesday night. Details coming soon.
  • Have some extra time at home? Join our 24/7 prayer team – Mission Watch. Join here.

    Offering: We will put a lock box at the top of the stairs by the Administrative Offices if you would like to drop off a check or cash. You can also give online or via text; visit our Give page for more information.

    Staff: We are providing flexibility for our Mission Hills staff working environment – if people feel the need to stay home, they are allowed to work from home. If you need to reach a staff member, we encourage you to use email. Staff emails can be found on our Staff page. For general concerns, email us at connect@missionhills.org.

UPDATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 13 AT 4:00 PM

We wanted to take a moment and address our Mission Hills family for what to expect from us and how we are navigating COVID-19. We remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening.

We will NOT meet in person this weekend. Instead, we will gather live online : missionhills.org/live. It is particularly important for you to join us online this Saturday + Sunday. In addition to our regular programming, we will update you on how we plan to engage with you and your family during this season.

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  • We will also be canceling our weekend services and midweek gatherings until further notice.
  • The Early Learning Center (MHELC) will be following the Littleton Public School District guidelines and will be closed from Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27.
  • We are considering ways to Livestream for Student Ministry and other groups and we will keep you updated.
  • We are monitoring the travel restriction policies being implemented by the various governments around the world and will keep our short-term trip teams updated on the status of these trips as we get more information. We still have a little time before a firm decision needs to be made on the earliest upcoming Mission Trip.

We continue to monitor the updates from local and national agencies and taking precautions to keep the threat as low as possible:

  • While we are closed will sanitize highly touched surfaces regularly such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, and bathrooms.
  • We are providing flexibility for our Mission Hills staff working environment – if people feel the need to stay home, they are allowed to work from home.
  • While nothing has been reported yet if in the future we identify a positive case on the Mission Hills staff, we will close the campus for 14 days and have a work from home policy during which time we will continue to hold services online and provide online (Zoom, etc) options for our other ministries. We will also have additional cleaning and sanitizing of the church.

We know that in the midst of great fear, there is an opportunity for us to share the peace and hope that we have in Jesus. We pray that as you encounter those who are struggling or frustrated, that you would see an opportunity to live on mission in your community.

Update: Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 PM

Mission Hills Church Family,

As you would probably expect, we’re keeping an eye on the developing Coronavirus situation and wanted to be proactive in sharing our perspective and our plans as a church.

Above all, let’s remember that we are people of faith, not fear. The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. I’m confident that God wants us all to be reasonable in our precautions, but not lose sight of the larger reality of what it means to follow Jesus and be on mission with him.

At this point, given that the number of confirmed cases in Colorado is quite small and, following the recommendation of government officials, Mission Hills will be open for weekend services and we encourage you to join us on-campus this weekend.

Ironically, and perhaps not coincidentally, the message this weekend is all about the key to getting free from the weight of worry! I’ll give you a sneak peek: just by joining us this weekend, in spite of any worry you might have about the Coronavirus, you’ll be following one of God’s most powerful principles!

We also think it’s in everyone’s best interest to be mindful of some basic precautions. Let’s not be weighed down by worry, but let’s be wise as well. Below you’ll find some of our suggestions and a few insights into how we’re responding.

At Mission Hills Church, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be mindful of the guidance from the Colorado Department of Health and the CDC, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • While asymptomatic travelers from China are not mandated to observe a 14-day quarantine, we urge you to consider refraining from attending church events, classes and services until the 14-day time-frame has been observed. We also ask that anyone returning from a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan) consider doing the same.
  • If you choose to stay home, you can join us online for all of our weekend services. We stream live on Saturdays at 5 PM and Sundays at 9:15 + 11 AM at www.live.missionhills.org or you can catch up on the sermon via your favorite podcast platform.

During this time, here’s how we are committed to keeping our campus clean:

1. We will sanitize highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, and sinks.

2. Our staff and serve teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.

3. We are working towards providing additional hand sanitizer stations around campus for everyone to use.

4. We will refrain from shaking hands in our services.

Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

In Christ,
Craig Smith
Lead Pastor