Dear Family and Friends of WCC,
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:3-6
It is my privilege to announce to you, that on June 14, 2020, we are re-opening the church building where our church family meets, for in-person worship services. This decision is the result of God’s guidance through lots of prayers, work, and discussion behind the scenes. We are excited about seeing you again, face to face, and yet we are also desiring to stay connected in worship with those of you who cannot join us until later. The church has never been the building, and as we have seen over the past few months, there have been opportunities to remain the church through this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all the elders, ministry team leaders, teachers, and life group leaders, who have stayed connected and continue to serve and minister throughout these days!
We are grateful that Governor DeWine has made it clear that there have been no restrictions placed on churches throughout this crisis. However, he has also said that they appreciate how churches, for the most part, have followed the guidelines set down, and voluntarily suspended services once the schools suspended their activities. However, now that the stay at home order has been lifted, and staying safe is the guiding principle, churches are now beginning to reopen across the state. The number of people we can serve has to do with how many can we have in the same space, still abiding by safety and distancing protocols.
We have wanted to join back together as soon as possible, but our number one priority in re-opening is everyone’s health and safety. As you may know, there are people who are living their lives as they always have, and there are those who are very concerned about going out in public. We have and always will, as church leaders, model grace, mercy and love to all, regardless of their viewpoints or level of caution. We do not plan to leave anyone out, whether they are coming in person, or staying at home. Our plan is to continue to live stream our services, and to have recordings of our messages up on the website and Facebook page soon after each service is complete.
At this time, the only public meeting at our church will be the morning worship service, at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. There will be no children’s ministries, including nursery. We are asking families who choose to come, to sit in worship together, and to keep all children in 5th grade and below with them at all times. Although our services will be indoors, we will begin by having a one-hour service, with no other programs, ministries, or even fellowship times, that we hope to return to in the fall. We will encourage those who want to spend time in social distancing communication, to do so outside before and after services.
As we get started, our plan is to be very restrictive and limiting in our services, and then expanded and loosening restrictions as time goes on and it seems safe to do so. Here are some things that may help you make the decision of staying home to worship or coming to worship in person, as we get started this month:
- The only entrance to the building will be the main doors at the front entrance off the front parking lot. Park anywhere but enter only through these doors.
- We will do everything we can to make this a touchless worship experience for you. With that said, there will be hand sanitizer, masks and tissues available for anyone who needs these things for safety and cleanliness. Although optional for our attendees, our leaders who are serving on any given day will be wearing masks. We are asking you to refrain from any touching outside of family members while in the building.
- Please bring your own water bottle as the drinking fountains and kitchen will be closed off. The restrooms will be open for one family unit at a time.
- There will be no regular fellowship time in the community room, but we will resume with coffee and donuts once it seems safe to do so. Instead of fellowshipping in the common, welcome center area, please talk in the worship center, using social distancing as a guide.
- Please plan to enter the building, enter the worship center, and then once the worship service is over, to exit the building in a timely manner. Family units are encouraged to sit together, using social distancing from other families.
- Please bring your own Bible or device, as well as something to write with and on, as there will be no items available in the benches during this time. Also, bring anything you would like to provide for your younger children as the notebooks and wiggle room will not be available. The basic idea, for safety, is that everyone brings everything they need with them.
- Our announcements will be given on-screen and in all church e-mails.
- Your opportunity to worship through giving, in person, will be in the black box in the back of the worship center. As always, you can give through the mail or on our website.
Thank you for your understanding and please contact the church office with any questions or concerns. We love you and miss you! – The Elders of WCC