COVID-19 And HBC Updates

Update: 7/1/2020, 6:10pm


Update: 6/2/2020, 12:00pm


Update: 6/1/2020, 7:00pm

Update: 5/24/2020, 3:00pm


Update: 5/21/2020, 11:38am

Highland Family, 

The Leadership of HBC is aware of the Federal Judge's motion to override Gov. Cooper's Executive Order and allow indoor worship services throughout the state of North Carolina. This ruling is to be a temporary fix (lasting only 14 days), with a permanent decision to be made on May 29th. Your Pastoral Staff and Deacon Body will convene Saturday morning (5/23) to discuss all of the appropriate actions that deal with the potential reopening of Highland Baptist Church. Our goal is to have a final decision by the end of that meeting and present the church with an official update and/or plan for reopening in a seperate video from Dr. Gray Little that will be posted on the afternoon of Sunday, May 24th. 

If you have not done so already through your Sunday School class, please email us to provide any feedback or suggestions regarding the reopening of the church building you might have. We understand that, for many, this is a sensitive issue. We know that our enemy would like nothing more than to use our current situation to divide and create disunity in our church. To help us guard against that temptation, please check out this article from Brett McCracken at the Gospel Coalition.


Update: 5/12/2020, 12:00pm


Update: 3/24/2020, 12:00pm


The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us! 

Update: 3/21/2020, 4:45pm

Highland Family, 

First off, we want to thank you for your grace and mercy towards us as your pastoral staff as we attempt to embrace what "church" looks like over the next few days and weeks. These times remind us that the church is not a building, it's a body. It's us. It's me. It's you. And while we are unable to congregate in-person, we are not prohibited from converging altogether as a “church.” We can still come together as individual families and be encouraged and edified through worship and the study of God's Word. 

With that said, we would like to formally invite you to join us tomorrow morning at 10:30am for our first installment of "Highland At Home!" Clearly, this event will be offered only via digital sources, i.e. computer, phones, and tablets. So, if you are aware of anyone who does not have access to a screen, you are encouraged to invite them to come over to your house and worship with you and your family. What a blessing that will be for you and for them!  

Our video service can be found on three different platforms: Our church website, our church Facebook page, and our new church Vimeo page. "Highland At Home" will include a few videos, a brief message for our kids and students from Pastor Ryan, some worship songs, a sermon from Dr. Gray, and some closing announcements. For those who are interested, we will also provide the sermon notes as you would typically find in your bulletin, as well as a small group study guide that allows you to go even deeper with Dr. Gray's message. 

We hope this service is a source of encouragement and serves as a blessing for you and your family. And hopefully, we will “see” you soon! 

Here are the necessary links for tomorrow's "Highland At Home”: 





Update: 3/18/2020, 11:22am

Our country (even the world) has never shut down like this in our lifetime, so we all walk together through uncharted waters as we seek to live and even thrive in the work and service of Jesus. Not meeting with each other face to face is already impacting "church" as we have always known it. In response to that, we will not back away from our mission, we will not cower in fear, and we will strive to thrive in the service of Christ! The homepage of our church web site will serve as the focal hub for Highland communication. Though facilities are temporarily shuttered, Highland remains "on call" 24/7, standing ready to serve Christ in our community.

HIGHLAND'S HOMEPAGE will offer continual, informational updates as to our collective situation during the current times. It is is on our homepage where you will find a link to the prayer needs of our church, and it is where you can submit your requests for prayer, as well as any other needs you might have. You may contact your staff 24/7 by clicking the "HAVE ANY NEEDS?" link, or by simpl calling or texting them. There will be links to additional study materials and other supportive resources that connect with upcoming sermons. Our weekly worship service will be posted on the home page just below these important links around 10:30am Sunday morning. This will allow us to, in a sense, continue to gather around the Word of God and praise and worship our Redeemer together, even as we are momentarily apart.

The HBC Facebook page will also be continually updated with posts and information and opportunities to serve. Our church app will quickly become even more active and valuable than it has ever been. As app development takes place over the next week, you will become able to receive notifications, sing along with our praise team, listen to sermons from Pastor Gray and Pastor Ryan, pray for each other's specific needs, and even give your tithes and offerings right from your device. We will be working hard to keep ministries moving forward for all age groups.

What can you do to stay connected and informed? Make the Highland homepage a regular stop as you employ the internet throughout your day. Frequently check the HBC Facebook page. Keep a diligent watch on your email inbox. Download the HBC Hickory Church app, and use it often.

Pray for our church - the people of Highland. Pray for our country and her leaders in a time of global pandemic. Connect with each otehr often and watching for needs that can be addressed. Continue to support the work of Highland financially with your tithes and offerigns. Set before you Jesus as your focus, and we'll all run straight through this season...together!


How should I respond to COVID-19?


Though situations like these can stir up fear and anxiety, God is sovereign over all things, and our ultimate hope is found in Jesus. Although we won't be gathering for services and events, we encourage you to stay connected to the church body through calls, texts, and online engagement. To minimize the risk of illness, here are a few practical things you can do to love your neighbor:

     -Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

     -If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

     -Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

     -Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

     -Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inside fo your elbow.


For the lastest information on COVID-19, visit the CDC's website ( We will be be updating this page with the latest updates regarding HBC.