COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
Dear Faithful Members and Supporters,
We have developed guidelines for physical worship services of the church following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Hawaii, the County of Hawaii, and other independent sources.
• Attendees are required to practice CDC Recommended Preventative Actions. Signs are on-site to remind us all.
• Attendees who do not follow these guidelines will be required to leave.
• Attendees are encouraged to bring their own masks & hand-sanitizing supplies, though we will have some available.
• Attendance is limited because of distancing rules.
• We use a Reservation System to assist in complying with these Guidelines which allows the maximum number of attendees to physically participate in the church service. More information in the FAQ section below.
• All participants, including greeters and volunteers, are required to wear face masks while on church property.
• Social distancing with a minimum of six (6) feet of separation between households and groups is required.
• Proper ventilation requires the use of fans, and all doors are to remain fully open throughout the service. Barring strong Waikoloa winds.
• “No Touch” greetings amongst attendees will be used to comply with the social distancing guidance above.
• Announcements, song lyrics and Scriptures will be presented via video. No handouts will be shared.
• Financial support offerings can still be made on-line, by mail, or placed in the YAY GOD BOXES while on premises.
• Please provide your own envelope with your contact information for cash offerings if you need IRS tax credit.
• Persons over age 60 should use their own discretion in attending services as they are more vulnerable to illness.
• Persons who are ill are to stay at home to protect the safety of others.
• Persons who become ill during the service will be required to seek immediate medical assistance and areas they occupied will be immediately cleaned. These persons will be required to provide the Church with any medical information regarding this incident. If you become ill after attending worship please let the church office know promptly.
• All hymnals, Bibles, and other materials have been removed from the sanctuary.
• The pews have been replaced with chairs to better assist with social distancing requirements and easy sanitizing.
• Chairs and “high-touch” surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each worship experience.
• The nursery/cry room will remain closed until further notice and is not available for use.
• Sunday School, Children’s Ministry, and our Bus/Van Ministry will remain closed and unavailable until further notice.
Mahalo Nui Loa On Behalf of The Waikoloa Community Church Council!
1) WHAT IF I FEEL ILL IN ANY WAY PRIOR TO ATTENDING?
Please stay home. Better safe than sorry to avoid making others ill. Please join our live online worship instead.
2) WHAT IF I BEGIN TO FEEL ILL DURING WORSHIP OR AFTER ATTENDING WORSHIP?
Ill during service? Please exit the worship service quickly and tell the staff so we can provide medical assistance and ensure the safety of others.
Ill after attending? Please notify the office promptly so safety precautions can be taken.
3) ARE FACE MASKS REQUIRED TO ATTEND?
Yes. Face Masks are required. If you cannot wear a face mask, please stay home and participate in our live online worship instead. If you need a mask we will provide one, but if you have one, please use it to help us conserve supplies.
4) WHEN ARE WORSHIP EXPERIENCES EACH WEEK?
To keep groups as small as possible we will resume our normal weekly schedule of:
9:00 am Modern Worship on Sundays.
10:30 am Traditional Worship on Sundays.
7:00 pm Modern Worship on Wednesdays.
5) HOW DO I RESERVE SEATS?
To ensure adequate distancing between households and groups we need everyone to RESERVE SEATS for your household or group as early in the week as possible. Contact Annette at email@example.com or 808-883-8944 with the name and number of people in your “household” or “group.” Annette will then create a “seating chart” and you will be notified of which row and which side of the sanctuary your household/group will be seated. You’ll find your household/group name on the floor in front of your chairs when you arrive.
6) WHAT IS A “GROUP”? WHAT IS A “HOUSEHOLD?”
Household refers to a family who all live in the same home.
Group refers to a group 25 or less people who do not live in the same home, but are close friends or family, and feel comfortable gathering together closer than six feet apart.
Currently, the state and county allow groups of 25 or less to gather closer than six feet – even if you are not living in the same household. However, masks are still required.
At WCC, a GROUP or a HOUSEHOLD can reserve a block of up to NINE (9) seats all together in one row.
7) WILL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY BE AVAILABLE?
No. We are sorry, but at this time we cannot safely offer children’s ministry or the cry room at this time. Your children are, of course, welcome to attend with you in the adult worship, but if they are very young, please bring something to hold their attention and prevent distractions to others in attendance.
8) WILL THERE BE HAND SANITIZER /MASKS ON SITE?
We currently have BOTH available but please bring your own, if possible, to help us conserve supplies.
9) WHAT IS “NO-TOUCH” WORSHIP?
Please refrain from hugs, handshakes, high fives, elbow bumps, fist bumps, etc. (Shakas, waves or “air-hugs” only.) Even if you are comfortable touching, others may not be. Let’s be sensitive to everyone’s comfort levels. No hymnals or Bibles or offering envelopes will be provided. All announcements, lyrics, Scriptures and Sermon Points will be displayed on the TV screens.
10) WILL THERE BE “FELLOWSHIP/MEET & GREET TIME”?
Not at this time. We are encouraging all to practice quick in-and-out movements. Since the services are shortened, no “meet and greet” will take place, and you will have reserved seating waiting for you, there is no need to come early or stay late to fellowship at this time.
11) WILL REFRESHMENTS BE SERVED?
Not at this time. No refreshments will be served. However, you are encouraged to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage in a spill-proof lid cup. The drinking fountain will be closed so no drinking water is available on site.
12) WILL THE RESTROOMS BE AVAILABLE?
Since we are keeping worship experiences short, we encourage everyone to use the restroom at home and avoid (if possible) using the restrooms at the church. The church restrooms will be open for those urgent and emergency needs.
13) HOW CAN I GIVE MY OFFERING?
A) Give online at WaikoloaCC.org/GIVE/
B) Mail a check to:
Waikoloa Community Church
P.O. Box 383433
Waikoloa, HI 96738
C) Drop check/cash offerings in a lobby YAY GOD BOX.
NOTE: If you bring a cash offering for the YAY GOD BOX and desire IRS Tax Credit, please bring it in your own envelope with your name, address and phone number on it. No envelopes or writing utensils will be available at the church.
14) HOW WILL WE PRACTICE COMMUNION?
On Communion Sundays we will provide pre-packaged wafer and juice containers at each seat, so no one is touching each other’s elements.