Updated June 29, 2020
In light of the Stay Home, Work Safe advisory issued by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Friday, June 26, 2020 in response to the worsening situation of COVID-19 in our city, we have also moved our response stage to RED, effective Sunday, June 28, 2020. This means that until further notice, our church building will remain closed as we continue to conduct our ministries online. Please continue to pray for our city, nation, and our world in the face of this pandemic and that the Lord would strengthen us all in our faith in Him.
Updated June 19, 2020
Dear W family,
Over the past several months, our pastoral team has felt the burden and strain the pandemic has had on you all and yearns for the day when we as the body of Christ can gather in person once again. While the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our city, we believe that there is a crucial role in the growth and development of our spiritual lives that a safe, in-person gathering of the body has that a Zoom meeting simply cannot replace. Therefore, we are prayerfully making plans for a limited re-opening of our Sunday worship service for Sunday, July 19.
Many factors led to this date: your participation in the church surveys we sent out, much prayer and discussion among our church leadership, our city’s hospital system and healthcare workers to serve the sick, as well as a two-week window to observe the July 4 holiday for any increase in cases. Please note that should there by any significant changes in the situation in the week or two leading up to the our planned reopening date, we will not hesitate to postpone that date and will update you all accordingly.
While this date is tentative, it also allows our staff and co-worker teams to begin preparing our church building for a limited service. We have put together a list of precautions we will take as part of the limited re-opening and we ask those of you who will join us in-person to abide by them. We will post those guidelines on our website shortly.
Thank you for your prayers for our church and city during this time, your perseverance in meeting in small groups, and your patience with us as we navigate these uncharted waters. May the Lord and His Spirit continue to guide us each step of the way forward as we seek to glorify Him where He has us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected] and we will get back with you.
Updated June 10, 2020
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In order to better serve you and our church, we have a new survey on how you’re connecting with WHCC during the pandemic. Please click the button on the Right to participate in the survey. Your response is greatly appreciated!
Our COVID-19 recovery plan is outlined in the stages below. As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our city, we will update our plan accordingly. At this time, we do not have a projected date of reopening our church building for worship services; however, once a reopening is determined, we will communicate that date at least two weeks in advance. Our summer plan to further equip and engage our people and our communities for gospel impact will be posted soon. Please continue to lift up our city, nation, and world to the Lord for His mercy on us in this pandemic and for His calling on each of us to be light and salt in our communities.
On behalf of the COVID-19 Response team,
If you missed our Town Hall on Sunday, 5/24, here’s the recording of it:
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: March 11, 2020 9:30 a.m. CDT
WHAT IS WHCC DOING?
WHCC will continue to address questions and concerns through regular communications and additions to the FAQ section of this page.
WHY CONTINUE TO MEET IN YELLOW AND ORANGE STAGES?
General COVID-19 Information
WHAT IS COVID-19 AND HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses from the CDC website transmission page.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SELF-MONITOR?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
- Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE VIRUS?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
SHOULD I WEAR A MASK?
Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
WHERE SHOULD I AVOID TRAVEL?
- Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
- Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
- Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
However, at this time, we are asking that if you have traveled internationally or to any domestic cities with community spread within the last 14 days, please self-isolate at home upon returning before returning to church. (See ‘What Does It Mean To Self -Isolate?’ FAQ).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SELF-QUARANTINE?
Please follow these guidelines for self-quarantine:
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
- Stay in your room. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.