Updated October 19, 2021
Q: Are masks required?
A: Yes. Every person over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask indoors.
Q: Is WellSprings asking for proof of vaccination?
A: Yes, for some, but not for all attendees. We are requiring proof of vaccination for all paid staff, for all volunteers in YouthSpirit or the Nursery, and for all preachers, worship leaders, and musicians.
Q: Will Bell Hall be packed full?
A: No. We are planning for limited attendance, asking you to RSVP to attend in-person, and spacing seats to allow for social distancing. The first row of chairs at the front of Bell Hall will be set back from the stage. Rows and clusters of chairs will be set farther apart than usual. Weather permitting, we plan to open as many windows as we can, prop doors, and run the overhead fans.
Q: Can we bring food or drink inside?
A: No. At the moment, we are not allowing food or drink inside Bell Hall. We will set up for an outdoor Coffee Hour after the 10am service, on the patio in front of Bell Hall. The only exception will be for our speakers and musicians who need to protect their voices to lead worship. You may see them sip water or tea during our gathering.
Q: Can we sing along with the band?
A: Sadly, singing together is still considered a high-risk activity. The risk in our space is greatly reduced when only one or two of our band’s singers create the music, so we ask you to refrain from singing along. Your sweetest dance moves are abundantly welcome!
Q: Are we passing the hats?
A: Not hand to hand, but our greeters will bring the hats around to you. We will still open space for generosity during the service, and will offer instructions for giving by text message, on your mobile device. We will also have boxes available on the patio outside of Bell Hall for you to give by cash or check.
Q: Are we offering a time to greet one another, in the service?
A: Yes. Please feel free to stay seated during the greeting time, as a sign that you wish to keep distance from others. If you choose to rise and greet others, always ask before approaching, touching or hugging. Remember that it’s okay to say “no, thank you” or “I’m not hugging yet,” and that there are lots of options besides hugging for greeting each other warmly: you can offer an eager wave, a hand on the heart, a bow of the head, or an elbow bump.
Q: How will YouthSpirit work? What about the Nursery?
Children age 5-12 will join us in Bell Hall for the beginning of the service, then will be invited to gather with YouthSpirit. YouthSpirit will be held outdoors as long as weather permits. If indoors, we will gather in the Dining Hall to allow for a more distanced, open space and better airflow.
All children will be required to mask while in YouthSpirit, whether indoors or outdoors. Socially-distanced, outdoor mask breaks may be offered during supervised program time. We encourage families to consider keeping kids masked at all times while on the campus.
We intend to offer Nursery care for children ages 0-5 each Sunday, but are still building up our staffing. Be sure to check your WellSprings Weekly e-mail, or the WellSprings app, to find out whether the Nursery is open on a given week you plan to attend.
If you are not ready to have your children join us in person yet, please let our YouthSpirit Director, Carol Breslin, know if your family is interested in receiving materials for spiritual exploration at home.
Q: Can I still attend online, from home?
A: Yes! At 10am, a live video and audio stream of what’s happening in Bell Hall will be available on our YouTube channel. The live chat will still be available during the service, and we will continue to hold an online Coffee Hour on Zoom at 11am. Online and in-person attendees can connect and talk at our Zoom Coffee Hour “stations” just to the left of the Coffee Hour table, outside on the patio.
This effort is requiring all of us to learn new skills, so we appreciate your patience.
Regathering is so exciting – but in some ways, it’s also challenging. The mix of the familiar with the new will likely have us feeling things that are all over the map, on Sunday mornings. We’ve been and continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in different ways, and yet each of us deserves to be held by our spiritual community as we navigate these new changes.
Know that your Ministers and Staff, leaders, and volunteers will continue to do our best with the resources we have available to us. The Board and the Staff all welcome your feedback, just as much as we appreciate your grace and understanding. It is the strength of our connections, and our kindness as we tend to them, that charges us full and brings meaning and joy to our community at WellSprings.
Whether you join us online or in-person, we can’t wait to be with you, this Sunday morning!