Worship Gatherings FAQ
Join us for worship this Sunday in Edmonds at 9 a.m., Wallingford at 10:30 a.m., or West Seattle at 10:30 a.m. You can also join us on YouTube at 10:30 a.m.!
How do we worship on Sundays during the Pandemic? Check out this FAQ page. (Last update 12-03-2021)
Are in-person Sunday worship gatherings at all three Hallows locations?
Good question! After a long year and a half, we are excited to say YES, all of our locations are meeting for in-person, masked worship on Sundays.
Update to Restrictions and Safety Protocol for Sunday Worship Gatherings
Starting August 23, 2021, WA state requires mask-wearing for indoor gatherings for all participants 5 and older. Please note that we are following this mandate for all our Hallows gatherings.
–As mask-wearing is not a central tenant to the gospel, we encourage all participants to err on the side of grace–to give and receive grace from one another as a variety of approaches may be represented in a diverse body like ours that ultimately unites around the gospel and the gospel alone.
–We no longer assign seating but encourage social distancing at the discretion of each individual, and we provide plenty of space, air flow and room at each gathering. We know some will choose to social distance on their own and others will choose to sit closer to friends.
–We livestream every gathering and encourage you to keep watching/sharing them if you are unable to attend in-person on a Sunday. We have invested time, money, and energy to make our livestream an excellent means of connecting, reaching and enabling the gospel to be heard, considered, and enjoyed beyond our walls. We encourage you to share our YouTube links with those who are looking to connect with a local church and/or explore the gospel. It’s an easy first step into gospel community for them and an easy way for you to share your faith with your circles of influence!
-Note: We also ask anyone exhibiting any symptoms of sickness to please stay at home and worship via our livestream.
-Note: We continue to keep doors and windows open when able so as the weather turns colder, we highly recommend bringing a jacket or blanket if you are concerned about being cold during worship.
What about Kids Ministry?
Currently, we offer Kids Ministry for 0-3 year-olds at our West Seattle worship gathering, and Kids Ministry for 0-7-year-olds at our Wallingford and Edmonds worship gatherings. We plan to open the older kids’ community groups on Sundays as our volunteer pool increases (praying its very soon!). We also provide a once-a-month Friday Night Youth Fellowship for children 10-15-years-old! (For more details about the Youth Fellowship, contact Jenny Kuester.)
If you have children that are beyond the age range of Kids Ministry groups offered at this time, we encourage you to allow your kids to worship with you at the in-person gathering. This time of paired down Kids Ministry has proven to be a sweet, fruitful time for both kids and adults in the church as children get the blessing of seeing adults worship through prayer, through singing, through studying God’s Word together. We’ve seen children hear and believe the gospel, begin to engage authentically with the songs as they see adults do so, and to even consider and desire to be baptized!
If you are concerned about your kids being less-than-engaged or too wiggly to be able to focus in worship (or for you to focus in worship ;)), don’t worry! We believe the church is meant to reflect the Kingdom of God, which is diverse and multi-generational. So our church body as a whole is excited to worship with you and your children, wiggles and all! We also provide fresh returnable Kids Worship Activity Bags for in-person gatherings with activities to keep your preschooler-elementary-aged child engaged physically as they hear and consider the gospel in the Sunday worship gatherings. We will let you know ASAP when we have Sunday Kids Ministry available again. To ensure you are in the loop, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are committed to helping families thrive spiritually in this season, so in addition, if you would like suggestions of how to start a weekday family worship time at home, please check out these blogs: The Significance of Family of Worship and How to Lead Family Worship. Please also contact Pastor Mark or Jessie Heaviland for a free family worship resource and/or to talk through how to lead daily family worship considering your particular family dynamics.
Will I still be able to watch online?
What happens if I start to show symptoms or have a confirmed positive of COVID-19 within 7 days of attending an in-person Hallows gathering?
- We ask that if you are showing symptoms (or had sustained close proximity with a confirmed case before attending the Hallows gathering) and have recently attended a Hallows gathering, please consider being tested.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, please inform email@example.com (West Seattle), firstname.lastname@example.org (Fremont), or email@example.com immediately so we can be praying for you and preparing any additional steps that may be needed–including anonymous contact tracing/informing those who may have high risk exposure. (We will not release your name without consent).