WSPC Coronavirus Reopening

Our core gospel value during this pandemic is to partner well with our community
to work toward the life and health of the most vulnerable.

Task Force Update - 7/15/2020

Pop-Up Prayer Gathering

We held our first pop-up outdoor prayer gathering on Sunday evening, July 12. It was beautiful weather and we were excited to see some of our West Side family gathered around the beautiful cherry tree. We prayed for the church, leaders, our city, state, country and world and for each other. We discovered California Avenue is quite noisy at 7:00pm on a Sunday night, so we are considering quieter times and locations for future gatherings.
We are working through the logistics of potentially hosting an outdoor worship service in August. If you would like to help, please contact Blythe Meigs, 425-922-3955.

Connection Groups

We are also working on forming Connection Groups based on your responses to the recent survey. Look for communication directly from a group coordinator in the next few weeks.

If you are interested in joining a Connection Group, but didn’t respond to the survey, please contact Ann Vander Hijde at [email protected]

What does Phase 2 Look like at West Side?

As we enter phase 2 of re-opening in King County, we wanted to update you on what that means for us at West Side.

Focus on Connection Groups – Outdoor Worship – Indoor Prayer Gatherings

We have had 2 priorities in considering where to focus as we re-open:
  • To make disciples, which requires worship and connection with other believers
  • To resist decisions that further isolate those who are at risk for severe illness from the Coronavirus

This means that in phase 2 we will:
  • focus our energy on forming Connection Groups based on risk tolerance and in alignment with WA State and King County Public Health guidelines, adjusting this as we learn more
  • continue Online / Livestream worship every Sunday
  • explore opportunities for Outdoor Worship Gatherings
  • provide opportunity for Smaller Daily Prayer Services in our building with every precaution, in a format that can be safely attended by any person who is re-entering society on a limited basis (face masks, physical distancing, no singing or handouts, less than 20 minutes start to finish in building)

Frequently Asked Questions...

How do I join a Connection Group?

Respond to the survey that was emailed out. If you did not receive the survey, please email us at [email protected]

What about Zoom Connection Groups or online Bible classes?

We received some fantastic ideas about this on the last survey and Pastor Laurie is following up on those with elders and staff. The focus in Phase 2 of reopening is how we manage face-to-face connections well.

When will the building reopen?

Phase 2 Washington State guidelines are specific to worship services. At present, our building is closed for anything other than worship related uses. We anticipate a change in Phase 3.

What if I'm in that "Vulnerable category" but I want to participate in a Connection Group or other gathering?

We are aligned with the strong recommendation in King County that those in vulnerable categories self-isolate, and will also take every available precaution to safeguard the health of members who choose to participate in a group or gathering (through physical distancing, face masks, symptom monitoring and Connection Group covenants that identify the exposure risk of those involved).

Why are face masks required?

King County Public health requires the wearing of face masks to inhibit the spread of the virus. If you forget yours don't worry — we will have one on hand that you can use!

What about smaller group gatherings in the church building?

The task force is working on the logistics of this, and will update this page as we are able to use our facility more broadly in Phase 3.

** Note that the bridge steps are only taken if King County has moved to the next phase but West Side is adopting a more conservative pace.