Covid-19 Update: Regathering Update 5

Hello Woodland Park family,

We are so thankful to God for how He continues to graciously lead us through this unique season in the life of our church. We also want to thank you for your patience and prayers along the way.

I’m writing to provide you with an update on Woodland Park’s regathering plans. Our leaders have been praying and seeking wisdom from God regarding how and when to take next steps. In doing so, we sense God leading us to make a few changes in the coming weeks that we feel will enable us to better shepherd the whole of our Body.

Effective immediately, we have adjusted our policies to allow small groups that meet onsite in our building to have the option to remove their masks once seated and socially distanced inside the room where they meet. We will ask you to continue to wear masks as you enter and leave the building and classrooms but will now allow the option for individuals to remove their mask if they are comfortable doing so.

Beginning the weekend of October 31 and November 1, we will make the following  adjustments to our onsite Weekend Services.

1.On Saturday, October 31, we will transition our Saturday 6:00pm service to allow individuals the option to remove their masks once seated and socially distanced in the worship center. We will continue to follow all other present protocols, including wearing masks as you enter and exit the building. We are providing this option on Saturday as an opportunity to minister to those who may be unable or uncomfortable wearing a mask throughout the service.

2.We will also plan for children’s groups to meet during the Saturday 6:00pm service similar to what is currently offered during the Sunday 11:00am service and will make this available as soon as we have the needed volunteers to do so safely and with excellence. Please contact Carl Willis at [email protected] if you feel led to serve in this ministry. We will keep you posted as this opportunity becomes available.

3.Additionally, on October 31 and November 1 we will expand the option for all children grade 5 and under (currently grade 2 and under) to remove their masks while attending their group. Children are certainly welcomed to wear their masks if they or their parents are more comfortable with them doing so.

4.Finally, on November 1 we will return to previous Sunday service times, 9:15am and 10:45am. In our initial regathering we made adjustments to allow for more time between services for cleaning and for the movement of people in and out of the building. We have found that we have enough time for these transitions. Again, this change will begin November 1. The three Weekend Service times will be Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 9:15am and 10:45am.  

Outside of these changes, we will continue to follow the procedures and protocols that we have been following throughout this regathering process. We will continue our processes of sanitizing rooms, encouraging social distance, registering for services, and other steps we have taken to protect one another. We will also continue to offer our online services for those who are not yet comfortable attending in person.

The reason we are sharing these upcoming changes now and waiting a couple of weeks before acting on them is to make you fully aware of these plans so you can have time to ask questions and make appropriate plans for you and your family. This is important: each of you needs to carefully consider the unique needs and possible risks for your family and make wise, prayerful decisions regarding the service you attend and the other areas of your involvement.  

We certainly do not want to act foolishly and ignore the reality that the coronavirus is still a real threat and one to be taken seriously. We have not arrived at these steps lightly nor without differing opinions. However, we feel that God is leading us to take steps that we hope will help us better shepherd and minister to more of our church family.    

If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email or reach out to another one of our pastors or elders. We want to do our best to continue to lovingly lead through this time together.

Let’s continue to pray for God’s ongoing work in and through Woodland Park for His glory.

Brian Kinlaw, Senior Pastor, and the Woodland Park Pastors and Elders