All of us long to be together again. How we do that will matter. We want to make sure we do it in a way that is safe and healthy for our whole church family. We are now ready to share a plan with you.
Our Church Council took considerable time to walk through a proposal on how we might open our church facilities for worship again. The proposal was based on input from a congregation member that is an active epidemiologist; CDC guidelines for religious organizations; information gleaned from other churches; and resources provided by CBFNC and other church-focused organizations. After an extended conversation, the Church Council has agreed upon a June 28th target date for our first in-person worship opportunity within our church sanctuary. It will be the first step in a three stage process that we will use to guide our efforts to fully open our church facility.
As you would imagine, our approved plan is detailed. We want to do what is right. We will begin by only providing a single Sunday morning worship opportunity, at our normal 10:30 am worship time. We will implement thorough cleaning protocols before and after each worship service. We will have the external glass doors and sanctuary doors open so you will not need to touch a door on the way in, or on the way out.
We will have hand-sanitizing stations in multiple locations. We will close every other pew, constrain how many people can be in the sanctuary, and do all we can to help ensure healthy physical distancing. We will ask that everyone wear a face mask.
There are additional steps, but we will share them as we draw closer to our first Sunday together. What I want you to hear now is that we have a plan, and I believe it will serve us well. I know that other churches in our area will make different choices. I bless them in their endeavors. However, each church has to make the best choices for their church family. Our plan is unique to Westwood. It seeks to speak to our church demographic and way of worship.
We also want to continue to try to do everything we can to foster our connections with each other. So, you can be sure that we will continue to offer online worship services, nightly devotional and informational video posts, and our weekly Wednesday night Facebook Live Prayer Time. Sunday school classes will continue to seek to be creative in how they help provide connection and spiritual encouragement for you. Check back here for more information as the date draws closer.