Safe worship options for the whole family, in-person + online!

See You in the Sanctuary

  • Please save a seat at one of the two in-person services at 9:30 or 11 a.m. each Sunday.
  • Kids birth through Grade 5 should be pre-registered for WardKids programming separately (see below).
  • 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.

FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to pre-register?
While we’re utilizing limited capacity seating for the safety of our community, it’s most helpful for us to know how many plan to attend. If needed, we are prepared to accommodate more in designated overflow areas and pre-registration helps us know if this is needed ahead of time.


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 include many of the same elements as our live services but will be pre-recorded and streamed online at 9:30 + 11 a.m., 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 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.


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 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 warmly welcome you to Sunday programming beginning October 4. You’ll need to register each child so we can plan to safely accommodate a reduced capacity (instructions are below on this page). You can still catch their fresh weekly content online by signing-up for their email list.

WardStudents are not meeting Sunday morning for the time being. However, Party on the Patio continues each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. while weather allows.

Adult Life Groups will be able to meet on-campus with pre-approval for a room that allows physical distancing or they may continue online.


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.

Pre-Registration

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Cancellations

If you wish to cancel your reservation (in part or in whole), please email cancel@ward.church with your name, number of seats, service hour and venue.

Welcome Back, WardKids!

Sunday morning programming for infants through 5th grade beginning Sunday, October 4.

  • We can’t wait to see you! We’ve been working hard to implement enhanced safety measures, and we need your help. Be sure to pre-register any child(ren) you plan to check-in to WardKids.
  • If you or your family is not ready to come back yet, no worries! We will continue sending out WardKids weekly material for you and your family to learn and grow together.

When does Pre-Registration open?

Pre-registration is open the Monday through Thursday prior to the Sunday for which you are registering.

How to Pre-Register:

  1. You must download the Ward Church App to pre-register a child.*
  2. Login to the app using your mobile phone number or email address that Ward Church has on file.
  3. Tap the “WK Pre-Registration” button on the App’s main screen (the Dashboard).
  4. Select the child(ren) you would like to pre-register for WK programming.
  5. Don’t forget, you will need to pre-register your attendance in the Sanctuary separately.

*IMPORTANT: The “WK Pre-Registration” button and individual children will only appear if they were actively attending Sunday morning WardKids prior to the pandemic. If your child is new to WardKids OR you do not have a smartphone that can run our app, please contact brenda.stilley@ward.church to pre-register.

If your child(ren) were attending WardKids prior to the pandemic and you do not see the “WK Pre-Registration” button or their name(s) on the list, then the group they are in is full for that week.

How to Check-In:

  1. Park nearest Entries 4, 5 or 6 as these are the doors that will be open (and closest to the Sanctuary). In the event of rain, we’ll open Entry 1 with the covered drive.
  2. Head to the WardKids area and look for a Check-In Kiosk.
  3. Open the Ward Church App and tap “Your FastPass” on the Dashboard.
  4. Scan the QR code on the scanner located next to the check-in monitor. Your tags will print automatically after a few seconds.
  5. Place one name tag on your child, give one to your child’s leader and keep one for yourself for when you pick-up.
  6. We’re asking for only one grown-up per household to drop each child off at their room so we may maintain space for physical distancing in the hallways.

Please note a few additional safety procedures we will work together on:

  • We are limiting capacity of each grade-level in order to have smaller classrooms.
  • All of our leaders will be wearing masks as we greet and hang out with your child(ren).
  • We are asking for all Kindergarten and up to wear masks inside Ward Church and WardKids.
  • Please help wash or have your child wash their hands prior to going into classroom (soap or sanitizer).
  • Please no personal belongings. Diaper bags are okay, just leave your favorite toy or stuffed animal in the car.
  • After service, please come pick-up your child(ren) so we can disinfect our classrooms and highly touched surfaces before the next service.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or if you have had a fever or felt ill within the last 14 days. Please worship online instead.
  • We’re limiting the drop-off and pick-up process in the WardKids hallways to only one grown-up per family at one time. This will allow for better physical distancing outside of classrooms.

DOWNLOAD THE APP TO GET STARTED ON PRE-REGISTERING YOUR CHILD(REN)

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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

Sign Up to Serve

Want to help us launch the new program year? You can stand in the gap for high-risk volunteers who aren’t able to return to their posts just yet. We have both short-term and long-term opportunities available.

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