Worship Gatherings FAQ
How do we worship on Sundays during the Pandemic? Check out this FAQ page. (Last update 07/01/21)
Are in-person Sunday worship gatherings at all three Hallows locations and at their pre-Covid times?
Good question! They are not. In re-launching the in-person worship gathering option October 2020, we shifted all our worship times to one new time and began only offering one Sunday in-person gathering per week through the summer of 2021 rotating between our expressions each week.
This summer, we are reintroducing live worship gatherings to our Edmonds Expression while we transition out of our rented Fremont Expression church building and move that ministry hub to a permanent location in neighboring Wallingford. So, for June and July 2021, we are rotating our Sunday in-person live worship gathering between our Edmonds Expression and West Seattle Expression each Sunday.
On weeks that our Edmonds Expression hosts the live worship gathering, our gathering will start at 9 a.m.
On the weeks that West Seattle hosts our live worship gathering, the worship gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Our YouTube livestream will reflect the time of that week’s worship gathering. We post the YouTube direct link on our frontpage every week, which enables you to worship online at any point after it begins.
Our front page has the quick link button to worship each week by watching the YouTube livestream or on Facebook.
For July, Edmonds and West Seattle will host Satellite Worship Gatherings to enable people in their area to worship together watching the projected livestream at 10:30 a.m. every week they are not hosting the live, in-person gathering.
How can you quickly figure out which location and time to worship with us each Sunday? Simply go to our Calendar for the most up-to-date info to worship in person with us.
Update to Restrictions and Safety Protocol for Sunday Worship Gatherings
On June 30, 2021, WA state officially reopened, moving religious organizations from 50% capacity to fully reopening! At this point, most high-risk and general adult populations in our area have had a chance to be fully vaccinated should they desire so we are excited to announce starting this Sunday, July 4th, we will officially lift our restricted in-person gatherings policies and implement the following changes:
–Masks will be optional for all attendees. We will honor the personal choices of those attending, trusting their integrity to make wise decisions about how to love God and love their neighbors well during this time. As mask-wearing is not a central tentant to the gospel, we encourage all participants to err on the side of grace–to give and receive grace from one another as variety of approaches may be demonstrated in a diverse body that ultimately unites around the gospel and the gospel alone.
–We will no longer be requiring guests and members to RSVP for the in-person gatherings. We will also lift our gathering capacity–no longer limiting our gatherings to 50% capacity. As such, we no longer will assign seating though social distancing at the discretion of individuals can still be maintained, knowing some will choose to social distance with their families and others will choose to sit closer to friends.
–We will continue to 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 worship for those currently in our church and those who are exploring the gospel online. 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 will continue offering our hand sanitizing stations and ask anyone exhibiting any symptoms or sickness to please stay at home and worship via our livestream.
What about Kids Ministry?
We are not providing Kids Ministry at this time but are preparing to do so once again in the near future! During this time we encourage you to allow kids to worship with you at the in-person gathering or even online via our Livestream. We will provide Kids Worship Activity Bags for in-person 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 if you would like suggestions of how to start a 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 family worship with 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).