COVID-19 Updates

Updated October 15, 2020

A Special In-Person Worship Service

We are having our first in-person worship service on Sunday, NOV 1, 2020 from 4PM-5PM, after more than seven months! We are looking forward to this gathering! This is a special time to see each other, worship together, and hear the Word of God in-person as we make our way back toward in-person Sunday Worship.

The NOV 1st afternoon service will be a simple worship service, with bilingual worship and an English sermon, with no translation and a limit of 100 in-person attendees. This will be the first of, hopefully, more in-person afternoon services in the next few months as we continue to monitor COVID-19 in greater Houston. As the situation continues to improve, we will plan more opportunities for the body to gather in-person. The afternoon time allows for our regular Sunday online services and ministries to be held in the morning while providing an additional option in the afternoon for those interested in attending our small in-person gatherings.

 
While our building has been closed, we have been making several upgrades to our facility to reduce the risk of disease transmission in order to welcome you back! We have:
  • upgraded our HVAC units to include UV light disinfection and MERV-13 filters
  • converted all of our faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers to touchless units
  • installed additional touchless hand sanitizers around our facility
  • installed sneeze guards at critical locations where social distancing is not possible
  • set up temperature check points upon entry
  • set up a single flow of traffic with designated entry and exit doors to minimize cross traffic flow
  • rearranged our sanctuary seating to allow for more aisles to access seats
  • activated an online seating reservation system with social distancing rules to allow worshippers to select their seats before they come to worship
We know that many are eager to return and attend. We miss you as well! However, since we are still living through a pandemic, we are encouraging the following groups of people to prayerfully consider not attending this NOV 1st in-person service at this time, and to join our online service in the morning if you:
  • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • have been in close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past two weeks of the service date
  • are immuno-compromised
  • are over the age of 65 years of age

As you prayerfully consider and prepare to attend the NOV 1st in-person service, we kindly ask that you:

Before Service

  • Select your seats through our TouchPoint reservation system
  • Read our Health Screening Questions and check the box to inform us that you have read the questions
  • After registration is complete, please expect a confirmation email containing the special service QRC and your seat number. Please save this email or print and bring it to WHCC on SUN, NOV 1. Max attendance is set at 100 so we encourage you to register early!
  • Check your email inbox on Friday, Oct 30 for a reminder with a welcome message, your ticket and seat info, and our health screening questions for you to self-administer before coming to church. If you meet any of the conditions listed, we kindly request that you do not attend.

Coming to Service

  • Park in the back parking lot. The back entrance will be the only entrance available for the in-person service
  • Wear a mask upon entering the back entrance doors
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet while waiting in lines
  • Scan your QRC at the check-in table
  • Submit to a temperature check
  • Put on the wristband signifying you have passed the check-in points
  • Follow the directional arrows on the floor to enter the sanctuary
During Service
  • Wear a mask the entire time you and your family are in the sanctuary
 
After Service
  • Follow the directional arrows on the floor to exit the church building back into the back parking lot
  • We appreciate your prayers and cooperation as we take steps forward in restarting our in-person services! If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you in a timely manner
 
With the love of Christ,
Pastor Nathan
 

Updated September 10, 2020

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As we enter into the fall, we continue to praise God for His faithfulness through your ongoing participation and and engagement online during this time! As we continue to monitor COVID in our city, we are formally moving from the RED stage to the ORANGE stage for the following reasons:

 

  • Since August, we have been recording our sermons as well as worship teams for our Sunday service while observing all safety precautions;
  • The COVID situation in our city is trending better. We will continue to monitor the situation following the Labor Day holiday for the next two weeks for any further changes
  • As part of some of our ministry changes this fall, we have provided some guidelines for outdoor small groups and are encouraging small groups, if possible while observing the appropriate safety guidelines, to meet outdoors in person to reconnect with one another. We have also designated spaces in our church’s parking lot to help groups meet together outdoors. To reserve a spot, please visit this link to do so. Our outdoor small group guidelines can also be found here.
Please continue to lift our church, our city, and nation up in your prayers as we look forward to the day when we can come together again!
 
 
 
In Christ,
Nathan
 

Updated August 26, 2020

Updated August 20, 2020

 

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.

In Christ,
Nathan

 

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,
Nathan Wang
Executive Minister

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

WHCC’s Response

WHAT IS WHCC DOING?
WHCC leadership is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. WHCC is in the process of activating its crisis response plan and is convening its response team to coordinate preparedness and response activities. Members of the team continue to closely monitor the situation, relying on local, state, and federal health officials to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. WHCC is coordinating with area Chinese churches to ensure that issues related to our communities are appropriately addressed. We would like to remind the community to practice good hygiene to lower the risk of becoming ill.

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?
Some may ask why we don’t just stop service altogether and go entirely online right now.  As you know we have been saying all along that we will follow CDC and local health authority’s guidelines closely, and we will not prematurely stop meeting until the last possible moment. This conviction is related to our belief about the priority of believers coming together physically in the name of Jesus for worship is something special that cannot be fully replicated in an online experience. In addition, we considered the powerful witness from both Christian history and believers in persecuted parts of the world where Christ followers risk their lives regularly to continue their worship together.  This is why we intend to continue our Sunday service even with a much-reduced attendance, until the government has issued school closings and push us into the final red stage. Keep in mind that this situation is very fluid and things can still change at any time, we will communicate any change as soon as possible.

General COVID-19 Information

WHAT IS COVID-19 AND HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

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?
According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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?
Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website. Take care of yourself by doing the following:

  • 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?
If you are healthy, you only need to wear a face mask while you are in a room taking care of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Those who are coughing or sneezing should also consider wearing a mask to protect others.

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.

Travel Guidance

WHERE SHOULD I AVOID TRAVEL?
CDC provides travel notices and makes recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at on the CDC website travel page.

  • 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?
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from foreign travel or from a domestic city with community spread, you should stay off campus and remain home for 14 days.

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.