Sunday Worship Service March 2021 Update
Updated: 16 hours ago
Our desire is to be the local church God has called us to be. We know that gathering together for community worship is vital to the body of believers, which is why we want to continue providing ways to assemble. We believe that, by putting the right safety measures and precautions in place, we are able to safely gather to worship in a way that glorifies God and considers the needs of our neighbors.
In light of the CDC and the Governor's recommendation encouraging kids to return to school with safety protocols in place, the Waypoint elders and pastoral team have prayerfully made the decision to move forward with modified Sunday worship services and Waypoint Kids ministry inside the building starting in March.
We will continue to livestream the worship service at 10:30 for those who are not able to, or prefer not to attend the service in-person.
We invite each member to trust God with how they will choose to worship at this time. The in-person worship service and Waypoint Kids ministry will be modified and include enhanced safety protocols. We understand that not everyone is able to or will feel comfortable worshipping inside the building at this time, which is why we will also continue to encourage worshipping via the livestream.
We have created a list of FAQs to better explain what our modified service will entail. You can find this information, as well as how to RSVP, on the Waypoint website and here. Any additional questions can be directed to Pastor Lawrence - email@example.com.
Please continue with us in prayer, as we trust God with each day during the pandemic.
In Christ’s love,
The Waypoint Elders and Staff
A Call For Volunteers
In the past we have relied heavily on multiple kids ministry volunteers each Sunday. As we resume a modified Waypoint Kids we are in need of volunteers to serve. Please email Megan@waypointRDU.com if you are able to volunteer.
We are also in need of AV volunteers to help run sound and slides each Sunday. Please contact Danny@waypointRDU.com if you can assist with slides or video, and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to assist with sound on Sunday mornings.
If you are interested in helping with the welcome team, please contact Grace@waypointRDU.com.
Waypoint Church-March Worship Service Update and FAQs
What is the first Sunday this will begin?
This updated plan will go into effect for Sunday, March 7th, at 10:30am.
Will the online service be pre-recorded?
No, the in-person worship service will be livestreamed for those worshipping at home.
Why not continue the outdoor service?
While the outdoor service was a great option on Sundays when the weather was nice, the unpredictable weather caused us to cancel worshipping together multiple times in the fall. Moving back inside will provide the most consistent worship service option and allow us to have Waypoint Kids.
March 2021 will mark 1 full year of not having worship services in the sanctuary. And now, in accordance with state guidelines, we feel that we can safely have people re-enter the building for a modified worship service and kid’s ministry.
How many people are allowed to attend the worship service in-person?
After looking at state guidelines and recommendations, we decided that we can safely open the sanctuary up to 70 people (not including the pastoral team, worship team, and AV volunteers). If you would like to attend the service in the sanctuary you will need to reserve your seats online in advance and agree to adhere to specific safety protocols. (More information about this listed below).
At Waypoint we are blessed to have many families with young (and active) children. We are so excited to be able to reopen the Pre-school, & Lower Elementary Waypoint Kids classes. Each class will have a limit of 15 kids at this time while we are still recruiting volunteers. (See below for more information about what Waypoint kids will look like).
What if more than 70 people sign up?
Please sign up even if all the spots are full, as there will be a waiting list. If anyone cancels, you will be notified by email from Eventbrite that a spot is available.
If the waiting list has a large number of people on it, we will evaluate and seek to provide a way for more people to attend in-person worship services.
What additional safety protocols will be in place for the worship service?
Requiring an answer of “no” to the following COVID-19 screening questions before reserving a seat for the service.
Am I showing any flu-like symptoms (E.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache)?
Have I had a fever of 100.4°F or higher in the past 14 days?
Have I been in close contact (spent more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Requiring anyone over the age of 5 to wear a face mask that fully covers your nose and mouth at all times while inside the building.
Limiting the number of people (85 in the sanctuary) to allow people to leave 6 feet between families or individuals.
Having hand sanitizer readily available.
Encouraging greeting each other with an air high-five or wave.
Asking people to move outside if they would like to stay and talk after service (which is the Waypoint tradition).
What time will we need to arrive to go through the screening process?
If you’re coming to the service in the main sanctuary, please arrive no later than 10:15 so you can go through the screening and get to your seat before the livestream begins.
What if I’m running late to the service?
We will complete screening at the rear entrance and lock the door by 10:30. If you are running late, we ask that you park in the front and come to the front foyer entrance. We will have a designated screener waiting to admit people from the front entrance as late as 10:45. Because we have shortened our service (~1 hour), if you think you will arrive after 10:45 we recommend staying home and worshipping over the livestream.
Where do I park?
If you are attending the service in the sanctuary please park in the back and enter in the back doors.
If you arrive late please park in the front and enter in the front foyer.
How do I sign up and reserve my seats for the worship service?
In order to attend the worship service, you will need to reserve your seats via the Eventbrite. You will also reserve spots in Waypoint Kids for your children through Eventbrite.
The Monday before each upcoming Sunday, the link to the Eventbrite will be posted here on the Waypoint website. The link will also be sent out via email and posted on the Realm.
You can reserve you and your family’s seats by “purchasing” a ticket on the Eventbrite. The tickets are free and simply function as a way for us to keep track of how many seats have been reserved. When 70 seats have been reserved there will be no more available seats in the sanctuary for that week, but we encourage you to either:
Put your name on the waiting list to be notified if a seat becomes available.
Livestream the worship service from home.
By reserving a seat, you are answering no to the COVID-19 screener questions. Should you or someone in your family’s answer to the screening questions become a yes, please cancel your Eventbrite registration before Sunday so that someone on the waiting list can have the opportunity to worship in person.
What if someone who attends the in-person service later tests positive for COVID-19?
We will have a full protocol in place:
Everyone in attendance will immediately be contacted to know of the potential exposure.
We will follow all state guidelines for reporting and quarantining.
I’m a first time guest who has never attended Waypoint in person before, what should I do?
Welcome, we look forward to meeting you! Please feel free to reserve your seats in the sanctuary and for your children in Waypoint Kids via the Eventbrite. If there are no more seats available on the Eventbrite, please email Grace@WaypointRDU.com.
What if things get worse with COVID-19 and North Carolina moves back into Phase 2?
We will keep this plan in place as long as it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines.
Waypoint Kids FAQS:
Will this look like the full Waypoint Kids program we had before the pandemic?
No, this will be a simplified program to accommodate for a smaller number of kids volunteers. We are also planning to spend more time outside utilizing the playgrounds (weather permitting), so please have your kids dress accordingly.
How do I reserve a spot for my child in Waypoint Kids on Sunday?
When reserving your ticket for the sanctuary on Eventbrite, you will also have the option to reserve tickets for each Waypoint Kids class. Please select the correct class you plan for your child to attend.
We are planning to use these RSVPs to make up our classroom rosters on Sunday morning. These rosters will be used to check your kids into their respective classrooms.
How many kids will be in each class?
At this time, we will only be opening two classes: Pre-school (ages 2-4yos), & Lower Elementary (ages 5yos-2nd grade). Each class will have a limit of 15 kids.
This means we are consolidating Cruisers, Lower and Upper Preschool to one class. Additionally, there will be no Snugglers or Bridge 35 classes at this time.
What if my child’s class is full and there are no more spots left on Sunday?
If your child is able to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, you are welcome to reserve a spot for them in the sanctuary. Please be mindful that the service will be live-streamed.
You can also email Megan@WaypointRDU.com to have your child on the waitlist if a spot becomes available.
You are also welcome to sit out in the lobby with your child and watch the livestream of the worship service.
What safety precautions will be in place in Waypoint Kids at this time ?
Kids 5 years old & up need to wear a mask. We strongly encourage kids who are younger than 5 to wear a mask if they are able.
Classes will be kept separate. This means kids from different classes will not share spaces (E.g., playground, fellowship hall, bathrooms). We will also have multiple designated check-in locations for drop-off and pick-up.
All kids and volunteers will have temperature checks and screening questions as part of the check-in process.
There will be no snack served during Waypoint Kids.
Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after Waypoint Kids.
We are asking that you wait to pick up your kids until after the service is over. We love having our kids be brought into worship with us at the end of service. However, during this time, we want to reduce the amount of movement in the building and the number of people in the sanctuary.
Do I have to put my child in Waypoint Kids if I prefer to have them with me in the service?
If your child is able to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, you are welcome to reserve a spot for them in the sanctuary. Please be mindful that the service will be livestreamed.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Lawrence@WaypointRDU.com.