On the recommendation of the Reopening Task Force, the Wildflower Board of Trustees announced that face masks are once again required for the sanctuary, but they remain optional in other Wildflower rooms. Social distance is still required in the sanctuary, but classroom and community room social distancing is optional based on personal preferences or health concerns.
The children and youth continue to meet in-person at the time of the Sunday service, beginning in the sanctuary for the Time for All Ages and then going to their classes either inside or outdoors. We also plan to open for other in-person, small group gatherings and are working with the Facilities Team to revise those policies and procedures.
You may find some other description of our services or children and youth religious education on our website. However, this information is the most up-to-date as we are navigating the pandemic.
Below are details about what to expect at an in-person worship service.
In-person attendance in the sanctuary will be limited to 70 people. If you are not vaccinated, feel uncomfortable with other risk factors, or prefer that modality, please continue to attend via Zoom
In order to ensure that we limit services to a safe number of attendees and collect contact information, we will continue a registration system for services. You are asked to register those who will attend in-person, children and youth for the RE classes and children who need childcare. Signing up ensures that you will have a spot. Each Monday following Sunday’s service, we will update the Eventbrite registration link on the home page website. On Sunday In the foyer of the sanctuary, we’ll check you in. Social distancing is expected.
Children and Youth
Our Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program offers in-person indoor or outdoor classes during the time of the Sunday Service using distancing protocols that are appropriate for the situation. Children and youth begin in the worship service in the sanctuary and leave after the Time for All Ages to go to their classes. All of the RE classrooms have HEPA and UV air purifiers.
Our home page description of the Sunday Service will indicate if the CYRE classes are meeting on that Sunday. The pattern will usually be that the second Sunday of the month is a Zoom-only service when there will be no CYRE classes.
Childcare will be available for Sunday worship services from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is an air purifier in the nursery, and the caregivers are vaccinated.
After-service conversation may be in the courtyard or in the Community Room. The Community Room has a powerful HEPA/UV air purifier. Masks and social distancing are optional in the Community Room and outdoors. For outdoor seating, you are also welcome to bring your own chair or blanket from home, or bring chairs from the Community Room and sit outside on the concrete. We are not yet serving food or drinks but you are welcome to bring your own.
If you are attending on Zoom, the Zoom host will invite you to stay for conversation after the service.
If you test positive for Covid-19 after attending a worship service in person, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so that the other people who attended that service can be informed.
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about this plan. We are working hard to balance safety, inclusiveness, and our very real need to be together in person. You may reach the Reopening Task Force at email@example.com. Thank you!
On 5/16/21, the Wildflower Board appointed a Task Force to develop a reopening plan. The Reopening Task Force members are Dee A., Paula V., and Cathy C.
The Reopening Task Force has set forth the following Promises and Values:
⬩ We will do all we can to not put people’s lives at risk while at Wildflower.
⬩ We will use only vetted up-to-date medical and public health information from reliable sources to make decisions.
⬩ Beyond science, we will base our decisions upon our mission, our values, and the Seven Principles.
⬩ We will obey the laws and guidelines set by the State of Texas and guidelines given by the CDC.
⬩ We will be transparent with the congregation and consider the congregation’s input.
⬩ We will apply all recommendations consistently, not making exceptions for individual desires, organizations who use our space, a person’s status at Wildflower, or a decision’s financial impact.
Safety. We value the safety of everyone who attends and works at Wildflower, as well as the safety of every person that they are in contact with. In sum, we value the safety of everyone, everywhere, of any age, both inside and outside our congregation.
Inclusivity. We are committed to finding ways for all members/friends to be included, regardless of health status, health vulnerability, or disability. This may mean that we offer a multiplatform approach that reaches out to people in different ways. Many people may not be able to gather in person for quite some time due to various reasons. As a community that values inclusion, we don’t want to create in-person situations that inadvertently exclude those at higher risk or who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, nor do we want to create situations that force those at higher risk to publicly identify themselves.
Transparency. We are committed to communicating clearly at all times with the congregation and visitors regarding what they can expect at any church gathering in terms of cleanliness policies, social distancing policies, mask policies, vaccination policies, and technological options.
Patience. We value patience over hurriedness. While many of us are eager to see our church friends again in person, we know that patiently examining the pros and cons of each option before implementation is more important than rushing things.