March 9, 2022
Protocol Changes from the WCC Safety Team
We are instituting a reduction in our safety protocols surrounding COVID-19. In response to rapidly declining infection rates and also to follow prevailing guidance from health and community leadership, the following changes are being made effective 3/9/2022 for immediate implementation.
- Vaccinations continue to be strongly recommended for all members of the WCC community but will generally no longer be required. Individuals who are working or volunteering directly with youth under age 5 are still required to be vaccinated.
- Masks continue to be strongly recommended for individuals that are unvaccinated but will generally no longer be required. Individuals who are working or volunteering directly with youth under age 5 are still required to wear a mask. Those serving food (Community Meals, special functions, etc.) are NOT required to wear a mask.
- We ask that all members of the WCC community continue to pay attention and monitor themselves and household members for symptoms of COVID-19, get tested if symptoms are experienced, and to please not come to church or events if they are sick or suspect exposure or illness.
- Special guidance that may apply to Camps, Retreats, and other special events and gatherings will be communicated as needed directly to the groups that are affected. Proof of a negative PCR test remains an important tool to best assure the safety of all when warranted.
We have reached a time in this pandemic for us to trust each individual to follow these guidelines for the safety and welfare of everyone. It is up to each of us to make reasoned choices for the good of all as we are learning to live with COVID-19 and other kinds of contagious threats.
As always, these guidelines are subject to review and change as new information and resources become available.
The Wayzata Community Church Safety Team
February 23, 2022
Protocol Changes from the WCC Safety Team
Effective immediately, the following are the WCC Safety Team COVID-19 Updates:
1. Volunteers and Staff must still be fully vaccinated (includes any recommended booster) or be in-progress and on track for completion of the recommended process.
2. Volunteers and Staff must wear masks when working around child populations and other vulnerable populations. This may not mirror the WCC Nursery School who follows their own protocols and guidance provided by their governing authorities and consulted resources.
3. Masks in worship are strongly recommended, but are not required.
4. Special guidance will be provided for other large gatherings (i.e. Musical, Congregational Meetings, Community Meals, Music Performances, etc.)
5. Individual events and gatherings may still require masks by group member consensus (i.e. Choir Rehearsals, Bible Studies, Council Meetings, Deacons, Board and Committee Meetings, etc.)
As always, these guidelines are subject to change at any time based on community conditions and guidance from governmental and consulted resources.
The Wayzata Community Church Safety Committee
January 12, 2022
Dear Congregation and Friends,
We have heard from so many that Wednesday and Sunday gatherings are important times for you and your family. It is our intent to stay open, and continue to provide consistent opportunities for personal and spiritual connection. As we closely monitor the rapid rise of COVID cases in our area, we are making adjustments that will help you feel safe and cared for as we gather together weekly. Here are some of the steps we are taking:
As of the beginning of the year, we are requiring that masks be worn in our building at all times. If you forget a mask, no problem— masks are available at every entrance. And there is plenty of room in all of our gatherings to spread out. Taking advantage of this space greatly reduces the possibility of transmission.
As of today, January 12th, we will not be serving food in the church. The goal is to facilitate the wearing of masks in all gatherings. The programs affected by this change are:
- Wednesday Night Community Meals (canceled through the end of January)
- Soup, Salad and Song Luncheon (canceled through the end of January)
- Sunday Morning Worship (pastries will not be served, please no food or beverage in gatherings)
- Coffeehouse Concert Series (programs will still be provided, but without food or beverage)
Many Committee meetings and small group gatherings are moving online for the month of January. Please consider this as an alternative to meeting in person. As always, our Sunday morning worship gatherings are offered online and on-demand.
We are continually assessing best practices with your safety in mind. As we approach the two-year mark of living in this reality together, it is important to acknowledge the impact this prolonged season has had on each of us and those we live alongside, whether at home or at work. Our daily prayers are with you — our church family. May you know that God is close to you, even in uncertainty, in sickness, and in the stress this time has created. If you need someone to talk to or pray with you, please do not hesitate to call the church.
We will provide another update by the end of January.
Wayzata Community Church Clergy, Staff & Lay Leaders
COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE
December 30, 2021
Recognizing the current surge of COVID-19 cases due to the highly-transmittable Omicron variant, we are immediately instituting a mandatory face covering policy for anyone attending worship, programs, meetings or classes in the church building. Even if you are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, this policy will help protect everyone from a possible exposure, including yourself.
We institute this policy in the spirit of shared community and grace. Wayzata Community Church welcomes members and visitors from every age group and every circumstance of life, and it is our desire to make sure everyone feels safe when they walk through our doors to participate in church life.
Face coverings and hand sanitizer are available at the South, East and West entrances to the church.
In worship services:
• All participants, including clergy, worship leaders, volunteer lay leaders, as well as attendees, are required to wear a face covering in the Sanctuary or Chapel.
• If speaking from the pulpit or chancel, worship leaders may temporarily remove their face covering.
• Choir members will wear face coverings while singing.
• For the time being, we ask that attendees keep their masks on even when singing. (This policy will be updated as we continue to assess the situation.)
In small groups, board or committee meetings, and Adult, High School, Middle School and Elementary programs:
• All participants are required to wear face coverings at all times.
• No food or beverages will be allowed to minimize exposure possibilities.
• Please consider meeting via Zoom for your small group, board or committee meetings.
At the Community Meal:
• Vaccinations are required for all vaccine eligible participants (not kids).
• Face coverings are required for all participants regardless of vaccination
• Face coverings can be removed when eating at tables.
• A 6 foot distance will be maintained during the serving process in the serving line.
• Staff members will be required to wear face coverings any time they are outside of their individual office space, or in any shared spaces, including meetings.
If you have questions, please contact the WCC Safety Team at welcome@