As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are conducting our services outside. We are providing covered/distanced seating, hand sanitizer, and face masks upon request. Please join us at 10:30am. To prepare, we encourage you to bring a) a mask, b) a chair, and c) a Bible so you can enjoy worshiping the Lord with us. We are thankful that he provides us an opportunity to worship Him in this time. For those who are not yet able to join us, we are streaming our worship services every week and offering Zoom access to our Sunday school hour.
As of this posting (October 27) we are still in modified Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 plan. It has been a blessing to be able to meet in-person outdoors for worship, but as we move into the fall and winter season, this will be more challenging to do. Beginning on November 1, we will move our worship services indoors. In order to comply with current guidelines put out by the governor, we will have two worship services, one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. The hour in-between will be used to clean in preparation for the next service. During both services, we will have 44 seats available in the sanctuary and 33 available to watch the service in the gym. The service will be live-streamed as well.
To attend either service, participants will need to reserve seats through our church's website or emailing the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cloth face coverings are required for all participants. People attending either service must use a specific entrance and restroom designated for that room. Along with these are additional requirements that the church must provide, such as temperature checks at the door, hand sanitizers, soap for washing hands, and space markings on the floor to assist everyone in keep our social distancing.
Please continue to pray for our government leaders and wisdom for our church leadership as we continue to adjust with the coming changes. Continue to pray and care for one another as you all are important and play a huge role in our church family. It is a pleasure to serve you and to see you help serve the church alongside one another. For that we are grateful.
In His Service and for God’s Glory,
Bryan, Michael and David
Hello WestHill Church,
Especially in these difficult times, we miss all of you and look forward to the opportunity when we can worship together in person. We would like to share our plans for the future, Lord willing.
As most of you are aware, Governor Inslee has moved many Washington counties into Phase II of his COVID-19 plan. Unfortunately, King County remains in modified Phase I until further notice. Until we are cleared to meet together, we will continue with our 10:30 online services and our 11:30 Sunday school classes using Zoom.
When we are allowed to worship together, we will take precautionary measures, both to continue to comply with the government’s regulations and to ensure the safety of our church family. We recognize that many people have different health considerations. What might be acceptable for some may not be for others. That is okay. We will not put pressure on anyone to meet or refrain from meeting, and we ask that others do the same.
What will services look like when we are able to meet corporately?
Under the latest guidelines given, when we move into Phase II, we will be allowed to meet under these restrictions:
- Only 44 people can meet indoors in our sanctuary.
- 100 people can meet outdoors.
Our goal is to worship together, so until we are allowed to meet indoors without social distancing measures, we plan to meet outdoors in our parking lot for services, under canopies for shade and if we have inclement weather.
How will we stay safe as we meet outside?
Sunday school and nursery will resume at a later time. We will also do our best to establish a touchfree environment by using an offering box instead of passing around offering bags, taking communion with a sealed communion cup and wafer instead of passing trays, not serving coffee or refreshments, etc.
We will also need to sanitize the canopies, chairs, and anything that we use on a weekly basis. We will be asking for volunteers to help our existing janitorial team.
Please bring your own masks, but we will have a small supply for those who forget to bring them or who don’t have access to them.
We have not established a start date yet, but will keep you updated on that status. As we navigate uncharted waters, we will stay flexible and adjust as we move forward. We really do appreciate your patience and understanding.
Pastors Bryan, David, and Michael