• Sunday Worship exclusively online
  • Stream Sunday worship in homes, in groups as comfortable
  • WardKids and WardStudents online connection + curriculum
  • Adult groups meet exclusively online or meet in smaller groups off-campus as comfortable
  • Outdoor Worship Nights, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Building continues to serve as a hub for local outreach initiatives

JULY 19 + 26

  • Outdoor Worship Nights, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Stream Sunday worship in homes, in groups as comfortable
  • WardKids and WardStudents curriculum online + outdoor activities
  • Soft launch of worship on-campus, in the building on Sundays

CURRENTLY – AUGUST

  • Sunday worship will include live music and teaching and will be held outdoors on Ward’s campus at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Pre-registration is not required.
  • Sunday worship is also streamed online for those unable or uncomfortable gathering. This option is strongly recommended for vulnerable individuals. View all the ways you can stream worship at 9:30 + 11 a.m., 2, 4 + 6 p.m.
  • In light of latest findings on Coronavirus transmission, we are asking all attendees to wear a mask or face covering, especially when unable to physically distance (even outdoors).
  • WardKids and WardStudents programming continues primarily online, with some outdoor activities (no Sunday morning in-person programming).
  • Adult life groups meet on-campus with advance approval for rooms that accommodate social distancing.

FAQ’s

Is pre-registration required for Phase 3?

For Sunday morning outdoor worship in Phase 3, pre-registration is not required. While pre-registration was required for our indoor, Soft Launch Sundays, we are able to safely accommodate a larger capacity outdoors. For this reason, we will not require pre-registration in Phase 3.

How will I know if outdoor worship on Sunday is canceled due to weather?

In the event of adverse weather, we will make a determination on cancelation by 7 a.m. that Sunday morning at the latest. In the event of a cancelation, we will alert the congregation through a pop-up on any landing page on our website, through email, social media and an app notification as soon as the cancelation has been made. If you receive the message of cancelation and know anyone who may have been planning to attend but may not be as connected to these digital mediums, feel free to give them a call and help spread the word.

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. Even when outdoors, 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?

During Phase 3, outdoor services will include live music and teaching. We are unable to provide a projection solution to accommodate such a large, spread out gathering. This means video elements or lyrics on screen are not currently part of the plan. We will continue to utilize the Ward Church App to relay the order of service and lyrics.

Will I be able to hear the service if I'm parked and sitting in my vehicle?

Yes. Even though vehicle parking is a bit further back from the stage, you will be able to hear by turning on your radio! Once on campus, turn on 88.5 FM for optimal hearing.

I’m not sure I’m ready to return to large gatherings. What are my options?

We’re still creating an online worship experience, streaming every Sunday at 9:30 + 11 a.m., 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. Don’t forget, you can also drive over to Ward’s campus, park and worship from inside your vehicle for outdoor worship on Sundays at 11 a.m.

What kinds of things is Ward Church doing to keep the community safe?

We’re offering several 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. This applies to outdoor worship, especially where physical distancing is not observed. 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. When in the building, we’re utilizing floor decals to establish 2-way traffic and minimizing capacity in all rooms to allow for social distancing. We’ve utilized antimicrobial protectants and have increased sanitation practices.

Will social distancing be practiced?

We are asking everyone who attends Ward to practice social 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 6 feet of distance between other households.

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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 and WardStudents have been providing curriculum each week for families to engage with. Groups have been meeting over Zoom, and as comfortable, in homes or outdoors. For Phases 1-3, WardStudents and WardKids will not provide Sunday morning programming in the building. We encourage families to continue to enjoying the online curriculum. Adult Life Groups will be able to meet with pre-approval for a room that allows social distancing beginning in Phase 3.

Will there be access to any restrooms Sunday morning?

Yes! The nearest entrance to the outdoor worship service will be open if you need to use the restroom. Enter through the staff office doors between Entry 4 and 5. Our guest service team can help you find it if you have any difficulty. They’ll be wearing orange vests so you can spot them easily.

Where should I enter campus for outdoor worship on Sundays?

If you plan to enjoy the service from inside your vehicle, please use the 6 Mile Rd. entrance. If you plan to exit your vehicle and enjoy the service from your lawn chair, please use the entrance on Crossroad. Both options allow for handicap parking. When you arrive, please alert a guest service attendant that you would like to be directed to handicap parking if applicable.

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.

Is the shuttle service available for Phase 3 on Sundays?

The shuttle service will be available. Please utilize the entry off Crossroad if you would like to park in handicap parking and need the assistance of the shuttle team to transport you from your vehicle to an outdoor seating arrangement. It’s quite a walk and we’re happy to help! When you arrive, just alert a guest service attendant (wearing a bright traffic jacket) that you would like assistance of the shuttle service.

TARGETING SEPTEMBER 13 

  • Sunday worship is on-campus, in the building and includes live music and teaching
  • Sunday worship is also streamed online
  • Sunday morning programming on-campus resumes for WardStudents and WardKids
  • Adult life groups meet on-campus with advance approval for rooms that accommodate social distancing.
  • RēNū Coffee and Climb ’n Slide open with reduced hours and frequent sanitation procedures
  • Masks are recommended on campus

WHAT WE ARE DOING…

  • Enhancing sanitation practices throughout the facility
  • Requiring masks and health checks for all staff and volunteers
  • Keeping doors propped open to remove touch points
  • Utilizing floor decals to establish 2-way traffic
  • Incorporating safe giving and communion practices

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO…

  • Stay home if you’re sick or if you have had a fever or felt ill within the last 14 days.
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Bring your own coffee (no food/beverage will be served during this time