FROM SCATTERED TO GATHERED
Over the last few months, we have been a church scattered, and we are so excited to be able to begin regathering in person! Due to physical distancing requirements, church will look a little different. Our building will be limited in capacity so we created a new SAVE YOUR SEAT system for our in-person gatherings. Learn more below.
We know that some of you may not be ready or able to gather in person, or are uncomfortable with our regathering policies, and that’s okay! We will continue to have Central Onlineavailable on Sundays at 9 & 10:45AM.
SAVE YOUR SEAT
To accommodate physical distancing guidelines determined by Central leadership, based on recommendations from the public health department, we are limiting the capacity for our gatherings. With seating being limited, in order to make this a good experience for those planning to attend, we ask that you register in advance, using our new SAVE YOUR SEAT system.
We are asking that every attendee save their seat for the gathering time of their choice—check out the available gatherings to choose from below!
When saving your seat you will be able to reserve seats for your entire household by selecting the number of seats you want—please be sure to include all kids and students joining you in the service. Middle school students (IGNITE) will meet for a fun, flexible, and physically distanced experience on Sundays at 9 & 10:45AM as well. If your student(s) would like to join our team there, no need to include them in the Sunday ‘save your seat’ option, they will check-in when they arrive to IGNITE.
Please note: we will be utilizing our “Save Your Seat” feature to reserve seats each week until we no longer have to observe current social distancing requirements.
Celebrate Recovery is meeting in person on Mondays, in the Chapel at 6:30PM, following physical distancing guidelines and limited capacity. Please use the SAVE YOUR SEAT system. Learn more at centralwesleyan.org/cr or follow Celebrate Recovery on Facebook.
IN PERSON WORSHIP GATHERINGS:
Thursdays, 6:30PM • Central Chapel
Central Chapel will be an evening service where you will be able to hear the same message you would on Sunday morning, with live worship from our team—unplugged—and see your church family in person.
Sundays, 9 & 10:45AM • Worship Center
Gather with us on Sunday morning in the Worship Center; sit in familiar pews and worship together in community with a sixty-minute service to allow cleaning between services.
Sundays, 9 & 10:45AM • Worship Center Balcony
Guests wanting to take higher precautions—join us in the Worship Center Balcony (masks will be required) Gather with us; sit in familiar pews and worship together in community with a sixty-minute service to allow cleaning between services.
Below you will find more details about how we plan to observe proper guidelines to keep you and your family safe while on campus.
How will church look different?
In order to help keep everyone healthy, we’ve made a few simple changes to in-person gatherings
No served coffee
Hand sanitizer stations
No passing offering plates
Park a space apart
Seating physically distanced
50% limited capacity
No Central Kids Programing
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are excited to regather in person! To ensure physical distancing we request everyone who plans to attend a gathering in person to pre-register using the Save Your Seat website. This step also enables us to work with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and is an added layer of safety for our congregation. If an individual or family forgets to register, they will not be turned away unless the building is at capacity. They will, however, have their names entered into the system.
We will begin to gather at a 50% capacity and our online registration has been limited to 45% of those seats, making room for attendees who do not have the ability to register, whether they are first time guests who simply show up and were not aware of the Save Your Seat process or they drove by the church and see that we are hosting gatherings and their church has not yet begun meeting. They will, however, be requested to have their names added to the Save Your Seat system.
When you pull onto Central’s property, you will be greeted by our phenomenal parking team volunteers and will follow the normal pattern throughout the parking lot. We ask that you park leaving one parking space between your car and the car beside you.
We want to continue to share Hope + Life to ALL people, so wearing a mask is highly encouraged. Each of our volunteers and staff will wear a mask in order to provide a layer of protection for our vulnerable attendees, but you will not be turned away for not wearing a mask. Central Chapel services will be a more intimate worship experience given the confined nature of the chapel—if you would like to opt for a higher precaution service we encourage you to opt for a Sunday morning service.
Yes. For your safety and security, we will continue to limit the number of entrances that are open. On Sundays, in the Worship Center, Entrances A and I doors will be propped opened 15 minutes prior to worship for a touch-less experience. On Thursdays in the Chapel, Entrances D and G will be propped open 15 minutes prior to worship for a touch-less experience.
We will be limiting the entrances to the Worship Center to Entrance A and I. The Chapel will be limited to Entrances D and G. Doors throughout the building will be propped open. We encourage guests to go directly into the worship center or chapel and find their seats and not hang out in the lobby area for long periods of time (tables will be removed from the lobby). We want to make the experience as touch-free as possible and we will not have any consumables in any of our services. That means, we will not be handing out programs and will have removed paper and pens from seatbacks. The Gathering Grounds will be closed and coffee will not be served. Restroom doors will be propped open and will be staffed with a facilities team member to clean and sanitize surfaces regularly.
A smile to share with everyone. A mask if desired. A spirit of expectancy. A heart of worship. A presence of prayer.
Yes! Located throughout the building will be touch-free hand sanitizer stations.
Our team is excited to provide a one-hour worship gathering on Sundays at 9 AM and 10:45 AM with dynamic live teaching and meaningful worship. This will be a service for you to bring the whole family and allow for our cleaning team to sanitize between services.
We are also excited to introduce Thursdays at 6:30 PM in the Chapel. This worship gathering will feature live teaching of the same Sunday message and a stripped-down version of the worship set.
We encourage those attending in person to prioritize expression over singing. By expression, we refer raising hands and clapping and standing among other great expressions. We are not saying don't sing, but in our physically distanced environments, expression is a powerful form of participation that inspires us all.
We encourage those attending in person to prioritize expression over singing. By expression, we refer to raising hands and clapping and standing among other great expressions. We are not saying don't sing, but in our physically distanced environments, expression is a powerful form of participation that inspires us all.
Your safety is a high priority for our leadership. Our security team will operate as normal inside the lobby and main worship center on Sundays, wearing a mask and gloves and practice physical distancing.
There is a possibility that some of our church family are unable to register online for a gathering. We ask that they contact the church office at 616.392.7083 and one of our team will make the registration in the system.
For this initial season of re-gathering we ask that everyone in attendance practice physical distancing and refrain from sitting with friends. We believe our role as church leaders is to provide a safe, spacious, and sanitized gathering for families to come and worship together.
We ask that everyone in attendance practice physical distancing and use common sense. Those who want to take higher precautions are encouraged to remain seated until the majority of guests have left or until they feel comfortable exiting.
Yes! On Sundays, the Worship Center balcony will be open for our most vulnerable guests. We ask you to use Save Your Seat to claim your spot in our balcony location. Entrance A is the best entrance to utilize the balcony and if needed an elevator is located close to this entrance.
To support our vulnerable guests in wheelchairs, we have clear pathways and spaces for you to access. Please find a host to assist you.
We have designated the restrooms on balcony level to be reserved for our our guests in the balcony.
For the safety and security of our guests needing more assistance: our medical, security, and usher teams will personally support each person needing assistance down a small flight of stairs and onto a short ramp to places of safety. This includes any type of fire or other emergency.
Absolutely! Our Central Online campus launched in the fall of 2015 and will continue to be a source for those who are unable to attend church physically, those who are feeling ill, or anyone who would like to further isolate. Live services will be available on Sundays at 9AM and 10:45AM on our Church Online Platform and Facebook.
Central is committed to professional cleaning and medically sanitization before and after each gathering to insure our worship gatherings exceed the CDC requirements. Our main restroom facilities will be cleaned between each use to ensure we are meeting the sanitation requirements. All surfaces and worship center pews will be sanitized between each gathering. Central will be replenishing the worship center with fresh outside air after each service with our venting system. Central has also invested in new cleaning equipment to ensure our spaces are ready to welcome families back on Sundays.
There are multiple ways to give, and each option is safe and secure.
1. Give online at centralwesleyan.org/give and simply click the set up a new gift, or give a one time gift.
2. Give in person. Drop your offering into the giving kiosk when you arrive or leave at entrances A or I (Sundays) or entrances D or G (Thursdays).
3. Give by mail to Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W. 40th Street, Holland, MI 49423
More of our community groups pause for the summer, which makes the decision to not resume them now a lot easier. We are continuing to monitor federal and state guidelines to determine when to begin our Community Groups again in person. Small groups are encouraged to continue to meet through Zoom gatherings or outdoors at group members’ homes. Not connected in a small group? Visit centralwesleyan.org/groups to get connected today!
Celebrate Recovery will begin meeting in-person on Mondays at 6:30PM, starting June 22, in the Chapel and the Landing (recovery for students) will meet in Room D309 (Entrance C).
We love your families and can't wait to open Central Kids, however, we will not be offering Central Kids in person until guidelines for physical distancing and wearing masks are not highly encouraged. When saving your seat for a worship gathering include your child(ren) in your reservation! Making our services more family-friendly is another reason that we are reducing the services to 60-minutes.
Be sure to stop by the Central Kids welcome area at Entrance A Sundays and Entrance D in the Central Chapel lobby on Thursday nights, where parents can pick up a Kids Welcome Bag with coloring sheets, crayons, and instructions for accessing Central Kids Online service (no need to return them after the service). Feel comfortable to bring headphones for your child to listen to Central Kids Online Service on a mobile device during the worship experience.
Prefer to stay at home with your family? No problem! We’ll continue Central Kids Online on Sundays at 8 AM and provide weekly at-home materials at centralwesleyan.org/kids
Middle School students (IGNITE) will be gathering this summer on Sunday mornings at 9 & 10:45 AM for a fun, flexible, and physically distanced experience. Students will check-in when they arrive, so no need to include them in your Sunday Save Your Seat numbers. Students should bring their own towel/blanket to sit on. For more information on all Summer programming for both Middle and High School go to centralwesleyan.org/students.
We have a ton of other opportunities for students to connect! Stay in the loop with IGNITE and FUEL on social media to find out about our upcoming events that will be taking place outside while practicing social distancing!
If a guest is identified as a COVID-19 positive and identify Central as a location they have attended, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) will contact Central. Central staff will identify close contacts based on dates and Save Your Seat registrations and send an OCDPH exposure letter to those attendees who may have been exposed in the same service(s). Learn more and stay up to date at miOttawa.org/miHealth.
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