May 7 Ph1 &Ph2 Opening

Woodland Family!  
 
God is still at work in His people and at work reaching out to those who don’t know Him. I am so encouraged to hear about the many positive results of what is happening through our ministries, including the salvations that occurred because of the influence of last weeks worship experience. God really is good!
 
Once again, I want to give you an update on our future plans.
 
We will be gathering through PHASE ONE WORSHIP ON CAMPUS and ONLINE WORSHIP this weekend, May 10th, at 9:00 and 10:55 am. Yes – you read that correctly. We will begin worshipping on campus this weekend. We will be following the guidelines that have been set for us by our national and state governments to practice “strict” social distancing during this phase. Strict distancing is maintaining a six feet space between ourselves and others. Our priority in developing this plan has been the health of those who attend. Because of this, the setup of the room and the way in which we enter and leave the building will be done keeping our distance in mind.
 
As you read the guidelines set for Woodland, we know that there will be many who will not have a comfort level in the way in which we will be conducting worship during Phase One. It is our hope that guidelines will change by our government to Phase Two within the following two weeks. Phase Two will be much different as we move from strict social distancing to moderate. The difference in our guidelines for these phases at Woodland are defined below:

PHASE ONE ON CAMPUS WORSHIP (Beginning May 10th)
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING & SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • We will have hand sanitizing stations located at each entrance. We ask that everyone sanitize their hands before entering.
  • To avoid gatherings that would be within the six feet regulation, we are asking that you go directly to your place to sit when entering the building without lingering in the lobby areas. We encourage you to meet with friends and family outside of the main entrance maintaining six feet distancing. 
  • We will have masks at the entrance ways for your use, although wearing them has not been made a requirement. Our preference is that they be used. We have a limited number of masks available. Because of this, we are encouraging you to bring a face covering with you if possible. We especially ask that you wear a face covering if you plan on singing during the worship time, knowing that this act releases spray at a distance. 
  • All doors will be left open to avoid the need of touching of handles.
  • The worship center is being set up with the exact number of chairs placed apart from each other according to the 6 feet guideline. All other chairs are being stored. With distancing, there will be approximately 180 chairs. Our typical on campus attendance ranges from 350 to 500 per service. Because of this, we will have an overflow area set up in the Recreation Outreach Center (gymnasium) with seating arranged with six feet distancing. 
  • The offering will be received by utilizing buckets at the entrance way to the worship areas for you to drop in your investment. We encourage you to also continue using online giving which can be accessed through gowoodland.com, woodlandlive.com or through the Woodland App. 
  • We will dismiss attenders after the service in sections to avoid gathering and ask that you move directly out of the building. Doorways in the back of the worship center and on the sides adjacent to the drive will be open for your use. 
  • We will also be using th 6 foot social distancing method with our restroom facilities. 
 
FAMILIES WITH KIDS & STUDENTS
  • We know that there are those who want to sit close to your families. We understand this but ask you not to move the chairs. If this is of high value to you, we encourage you to continue to worship with us online at www.woodlandlive.com and join us on campus during Phase Two. Again, we are hopeful that we will move into this phase in a short time period. 
  • We will not be providing preschool, children or student ministry on campus during Phase One. This will be added during Phase Two when social distancing will move from strict to moderate. Because of this, we encourage families with children to begin on campus worship during Phase Two. Having children in the worship center is not practical with chairs being spaced at distances where proper care for them is difficult. Our Family Ministry Team is working diligently to create plans for their re-introduction of gathering in Phase 2.
 
COMMUNITY GROUPS & ON CAMPUS GROUP GATHERINGS
  • We will not be having community groups meet on campus during Phase One. We encourage you to continue meeting via zoom. We will begin meeting on campus during Phase Two.  
 
PHASE TWO ON CAMPUS WORSHIP (Beginning date to be determined).

SOCIAL DISTANCING & SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • We will have hand sanitizing stations located at each entrance for your use.
  • You may gather in the lobby areas while maintaining six feet distancing. However, we encourage you to gather outside on the entrance way patio to greet and catch up with others.
  • Wearing masks will not be a requirement (unless specified by government regulations during Phase Two).  
  • All doors will be left open to avoid the need of touching of handles.
  • The worship center will be set up in complete rows. However, every other row will be removed to maintain a six feet distancing between you and those sitting in front of you. You may sit together with family members. We ask you to leave two seats empty between you (or your family unit) and those sitting next to you to maintain distancing. 
  • The offering will be received by utilizing buckets at the entrance way to the worship areas for you to drop in your investment. We encourage you to also continue using online giving which can be accessed through gowoodland.com, woodlandlive.com or through the Woodland App. 
FAMILIES WITH KIDS & STUDENTS
  • Children’s, Preschool and Student Ministries will begin, with our taking special precautions to maintain distancing and safety while in both large group and small group settings. This will be done through seating arrangements and limiting the number of attenders in each small group room. Be on the lookout for communication from your Family Ministry Team about specifics.
COMMUNITY GROUPS & ON CAMPUS GROUP GATHERINGS
  • Adult Community Groups will begin meeting on campus once again. We will be placing groups in rooms that safely accommodate the number of participants as we maintain proper social distancing. This means that some groups may be asked to relocate to another area during this phase.
I hope the above information will be helpful to you in determining which phase is best for you.  For those of you who choose to wait until Phase Two, be sure to continue to worship with us online at www.woodlandlive.com. God speaks to us and we can speak to Him no matter where we are. Let’s have another great weekend connecting with Him!
 
YOU’RE AWESOME!!!
 
Pastor Tim

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