After careful consideration and much prayer, the leadership of Wake Chapel feels it is time that we begin taking steps to resume in-person attendance of our Sunday worship services.
We will be sending specific details in the days to come, but want to address a few obvious questions up front.
When: Our plan is to begin opening our church for limited in-person attendance starting Sunday, June 14, for our regular morning worship service at 10:30AM only. *However, we plan to invite our high school graduates and their families (by invitation ONLY) for Graduate Sunday on June 7.
How: With guidance from the CDC and the state of North Carolina, we will calculate a limited seating number based on families sitting together and distanced from others. We will then ask families to sign up to attend until that number is reached for each service.
We will be implementing a number of safety measures that involve a common-sense approach to mitigating viral risk, including but not limited to, refraining from hugs or handshakes, use of hand sanitizer, the availability of masks, specific plans for entering and exiting the building, and regular hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting.
Where: These plans for in-person on-campus attendance are limited to our Sunday worship services only. At this time we still think it best to continue to meet for Sunday School and Wednesday Evening Bible Study remotely via Zoom.
What: We will continue to order our worship service similarly to the way you've seen it over the past few weeks on our livestream. We plan to keep a simplified structure and limit our time to less than an hour. We do not plan to offer childcare at this time. These are temporary measures, as we intend to resume full services with childcare when it is safe to do so.
Who: Signing up to attend on-campus services in-person will be available to anyone starting June 14. However, we would caution those who may be at higher risk for illness according to CDC guidance to consider continuing to watch our livestream from home. And because we will not be able to offer nursery or Children’s Church, those with small children that may find it challenging to sit quietly may prefer the livestream as well.
What happens next?
During the week before our first Sunday together on June 14, we will send you a separate email to further address these specific details:
- How to sign up to attend
- What to know before you arrive
- What to expect upon arrival
- What we expect of you regarding safety measures
- How to assess the risk between attending in-person and watching from home
Though we have been careful to plan this process with the best interest of the entire church family at heart, we realize there will be some measure of trial and error involved in carrying out its many details. Please continue to be prayerfully mindful of each other through this ongoing process and please feel free to respond to this email with your questions, concerns, or encouragement.
Church staff, and Deacons
*Those families involved in our graduate recognition on June 7 will be contacted via separate email.