Social distancing and safety measures

Regathering at WCS

Walnut Creek South family, we are so grateful for all of you and recognize that COVID-19 has affected each individual and family uniquely. As we regather in person, it is our hope and intention to do so in a way that communicates Christ’s love, care, and compassion for the entire church body. If you have any questions or concerns throughout this process, please reach out to Pastor Jon Crane at jon.crane@walnutcreekchurch.org.

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Walnut Creek South

3516 SE 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50320


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What to expect

What is your COVID-19 policy?

If you have confirmed or likely case of COVID-19:

Walnut Creek recommends that you quarantine at home for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. You may return to church gatherings:1. 10 days after first having symptoms;2. AND at least 24 hours after being fever-free without having to take fever-reducing medications;3. AND your symptoms must be improving.

If you have no symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, you may return to church gatherings after 10 days from your positive test.

If you have been directly exposed to a person that has COVID-19:

Walnut Creek recommends that you self-quarantine for 14 days after exposure in compliance with CDC guidelines. A direct exposure is to have been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, had direct physical contact with an infected individual, shared eating or drinking utensils, or you came into contact with the droplets of an infected individual (you were sneezed or coughed on).

If there has been a major COVID-19 exposure at one of the Walnut Creek services:

Walnut Creek will notify the church members at the affected campus. The name of the individual will not be communicated by Walnut Creek, in order to protect privacy rights. Contact tracing may occur through the Iowa Department of Public Health or at the discretion of the individual.

How will you encourage social distancing?
  • Services will be shortened to reduce the amount of time spent together.
  • Services will be limited to 50 percent capacity or less in terms of available seats in our main sanctuary.
  • Seats will be organized in clusters with social distancing in mind — members of the same household are encouraged to sit together.
  • We will have specific entrances and exits marked to reduce the flow of people.
  • We will have additional safe and sanitary seating available throughout the building, with services being live-streamed to various rooms. We will utilize kids’ rooms with clear capacity limits noted on the doors, as well as the downstairs fellowship area.
  • In order to clean in-between services, we ask that visitors clear the building 10 minutes after their ends, and to not re-enter the building until 10 minutes before the next service.
What safety measures are being put in place?

One of the most important parts of the regathering process is ensuring a safe and responsible environment for everyone who comes through our doors. With that in mind, we have increased the frequency and extent of cleaning procedures. Cleaning will take place prior to each weekend service and in between services.

Areas routinely sanitized:

  • Door handles
  • Counters
  • Chairs
  • Bathrooms
  • Light switches
  • iPads/Check-in stations

Additional Safety Measures:

  • Offering — no baskets passed; we will have a basket at the back of the sanctuary, in addition to virtual options for giving
  • Communion — sterilized, single-serve elements picked up on the way in to avoid gathering in one area
  • Hand Sanitizer — use will be encouraged
  • Greeters — will help us all practice social distancing from start to finish
  • Refreshments — none initially
Will childcare be available?

Upon first regathering, we will not offer Kids’ Classes or nursery care. In order to help support families with children who may find it difficult to sit through the service in the main sanctuary, we will have several spaces available for families to view a streamed version of the service. We will not have any toys, crayons, coloring books, or other activities available. Instead, families are welcome to bring their own activities for their children if needed. We will also be live-streaming our 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on our app and website for anyone unable to immediately regather in our physical locations.

Classroom expectations:

  • Sanitize hands
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Don’t exceed room capacity

When and how to reintroduce Kids’ Classes will be treated with a phased approach and evaluated by each location moving forward. We anticipate moving from offering no classes, to offering a limited scope of classes, to eventually offering the full scope of classes and nursery care. The timing of this process depends greatly on many things we just don’t know at this point. However, Justin Sleeth (WCS Kids Coordinator) will be in consistent communication to help parents know what to expect and how to prepare.

Will there be an option to watch the service online?

We will livestream the 8:30am and 10 a.m. services through our app and website for those who are not immediately able to rejoin us. We want those unable to physically gather with us to still feel part of the church service.

Opportunities to Serve

As we begin to regather in our services, we anticipate heightened needs in several areas. If you're interested in serving in these areas over the next several months (on a short-term basis), please reach out to the team leads listed below, or visit our teams link.

Production (A/V) Team

Coordinator: Zac Oler

Cleaning Team

Coordinator: Molly Hipp

Join a volunteer team

Ready to roll up your sleeves? Browse our current ministry team needs.