See You in the Sanctuary
- In-person worship services are held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday in the Sanctuary.
- Services include live teaching and music with a mix of familiar hymns, new arrangements, instruments and congregational singing.
- We are asking all attendees to wear a mask or face covering for the duration of their visit + follow additional safety guidelines outlined below.
- For the time being, WardKids Sunday programming has shifted online.
Do I need to pre-register for a worship service?
No, not at this time. We are still utilizing limited capacity and physical distancing. During our first few months back in the building, we utilized a pre-registration system to better anticipate and plan. As the months have gone on, we now know we are safely able to accommodate those attending in-person services without pre-registration. If at any time we experience a sharp increase in attendance, we will utilize Knox Hall as an overflow option. For now, we look forward to welcoming you in the Sanctuary at 9:30 or 11 a.m.
Do I have to wear a mask?
In light of latest findings on Coronavirus transmission, we are asking all attendees to wear a mask or face covering while in the building. This is for the safety and consideration of others. We’re asking everyone in attendance to wear a mask or face covering, especially when unable to observe physical distancing.
What will the service be like?
Worship will include live music and teaching. You may hear familiar hymns mixed and newer worship songs expressed through congregational singing, piano, guitar and vocalists. Our online services will be live streamed from the Sanctuary at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and rebroadcast at 2, 4 + 6 p.m.
Where should I park or enter?
Worship services will be held in the Sanctuary. Only the entrances nearest the Sanctuary will be open. Please use Entry 4, 5 or 6. In the event of rain, we will open the covered entry, Entry 1.
I’m not sure I’m ready to return to large gatherings. What are my options?
We’re live streaming services for an online worship experience every Sunday at 9:30 + 11 a.m. We rebroadcast these services at 2, 4 + 6 p.m. Not ready to come to an in-person gathering but craving community? Invite friends, family, neighbors or your small group over for church at your home, as safe and able.
What kinds of things is Ward Church doing to keep the community safe?
We’re offering worship options to allow for individuals to engage as they’re able and safe. Volunteers and staff will complete health checks and wear masks while on campus. We are asking all attendees to wear masks at all times. When together, we’re taking steps to create the most touch-free experience possible including automated faucets, keeping doors propped open, practicing safe giving and communion methods and eliminating the passing out of printed materials for now. We’re utilizing floor decals to establish 2-way traffic and minimizing capacity in all rooms to allow for physical distancing. We’ve utilized antimicrobial protectants and have increased sanitation practices.
Will physical distancing be practiced?
We are asking everyone who attends Ward to practice physical distancing while on the property. This is for the safety of all who are in attendance. We ask that all families stay together and maintain at least 8 feet of distance between other households. In the Sanctuary, this looks like at least 4 seats between households. The numbers on the back of the pews indicate seat spacing.
When should I stay home?
Please stay home if in the past 14 days you have had, or have been in contact with anyone with:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
We also encourage anyone who has heightened risk of complications from the virus to continue to worship at home for now.
What about WardKids, WardStudents and adult life groups? When do they return?
WardKids will meet online for the time being, discontinuing on-campus Sunday morning programming. However, children are invited to join you in the Sanctuary for worship if you prefer to attend in-person. The WardKids team continues to provide digital curriculum for families with children Birth through Grade 5.
WardStudents are not meeting Sunday morning for the time being. However, Middle and High School students are invited to Wednesday Connect online every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Adult Life Groups will meet online or begin a holiday break. Please connect with the leader of your group to confirm the current format of your group and to support them in prayer.
Is ReNu Coffee or the Climb ’n Slide open?
Not currently. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the state and allow our Session and Covid task force to make decisions with the safety and witness of the church as a priority.
Not Ready? Worship Online.
Not ready to join us in-person yet? That is completely okay! We’ve created an engaging online experience where you can connect with a digital host and others through our chat feature. Or invite your small group, friends or neighbors over and enjoy house-church together. You can choose from one of five streaming times – 9:30 + 11 a.m., 2, 4 + 6 p.m.HOW TO STREAM