UPDATE: Friday, June 19
It has been exciting to begin the process of moving forward to a return to on-campus worship. I would like to share with you a tentative roadmap for the return of other ministries and activities to our campus. We have looked at the many different issues and factors in relation to the different ministries and activities. Some of those factors include: the size of groups in relation to meeting space, ages of participants, the type of interaction of participants, the amount of time that participants would be on campus, in-building traffic and the need for movement from one activity to the next. We thank you so much for your support, prayers, and understanding as we move forward as a church family.
WRBC Tentative Road Map for Return to Campus Ministry and Activity
June 7th Returned to Worship Service Only
July 1st Return to Some Wednesday Night Ministries
a. Adult Bible Study and Prayer Meeting Adult Chapel or Worship Center
b. Childhood Studies (Birth- 4th grade) Parent must be attending a Ministry activity and remain on campus.
c. Preteen Studies (5th & 6th Grade) Preteen Room
d. Student Midweek (7th-12th grade) Student Building
e. Choir Practice will not yet meet on campus
Other Non-Sunday Morning ministries and activities are permitted to return dependent on number of participants, location in building, and other factors. Must be scheduled through the office.
Sunday Mornings will remain the same. Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:45 will continue to take place on campus (we will still stream our services for those unable to attend). There will be NO Sunday School, NO Worship Care or Children’s Church for children.
August 2nd Sunday Mornings
a. Sunday School for all ages returns to meet on campus. This will also be our Promotion Sunday for
the Childhood, Preteen and Student Ministries.
b. Worship Services continue at 8:15 and 10:45
c. No Worship Care or Children’s Church for children. Worship Care and Children’s Church return
date will be determined at a later date.
UPDATE: Saturday, May 9
Dear Church Family,
We want you to know that your church staff and leadership team has prayerfully discussed at great length how to go about resuming our regular meetings at WRBC. We continue to consult health care officials and leaders of other churches. We have also studied at length the guidelines provided by Oklahoma State officials regarding meeting together for worship.
After much prayer, we have decided to tentatively set June 7th as our first Sunday together for worship on campus. This moves us into phase 3 of the State’s plan for places of worship. Prior to this date, those who are 65 years of age and older are being asked to shelter at home. Phase 3 allows us the first opportunity to invite our entire church family back for on-campus Worship Services. As we return to worship on campus, we will continue to provide an online worship experience for those who are not yet ready to rejoin us inside our building. Sunday School and other small groups will continue to meet exclusively online until a later date.
It continues to be our desire that when we return to worship on-site we are able to focus on engaging the Father rather than on social distancing and other restrictions. We desire that all who are healthy may join us, without restrictions based on age. WRBC is a family, and we want to come back as a family. We believe that delaying our reopening is best for our church family’s health and will allow each of us the best opportunity to worship God fully and without distraction.
In the coming days, you will receive more detailed information about our return to on-campus Worship Services and our plan to resume on-campus meetings for Sunday School and other small groups.
Thank you for your continuing to pray for wisdom as we make decisions that affect so many.
Praying all of God’s blessings for you,
Your WRBC Staff
UPDATE: Saturday, April 25
Dear Church Family,
Many of you have heard the announcement Governor Stitt made regarding the reopening of businesses and churches across our great state. In that announcement, he stated that churches may reopen after May 1st. However, during Phase One of the multistage approach to reopening, heavy restrictions and precautions would need to be followed in order for this to happen. These would include, but not be limited to:
- For worship, every other row or pew must be left open.
- Churches are not yet permitted to provide nursery areas.
- Individuals over 65 or part of a vulnerable population must continue following safer-at-home guidelines during this phase.
- Churches must also adhere to CDC recommended social distancing and sanitations protocols.
We want you to know that your church staff and leadership has prayerfully discussed at great length how we should go about resuming our regular meetings at WRBC. We have consulted health care officials and leaders of other churches. After much prayer, we have decided to delay gathering together for Worship, Sunday School, and other small groups through at least May 13th. This does not necessarily mean that we will be back together immediately following this date. We will continue to evaluate all the data and suggested restrictions as we decide when and how to resume meeting in person on our church campus.
A couple major reasons for this decision include the size of our normal attendance, the layout of our campus, and the logistics required to abide by the restrictions we are being encouraged to enforce. It is our desire that when we return to worship on-site that we be able to focus on engaging with the Father, rather than on social distancing and other restrictions. It also our desire that all those who are healthy may join us, without restricting attendance based on age. We are a family, so we want to come back as a family. If we attempted to return under these suggested restrictions, it just wouldn’t seem much like church. We know it may be frustrating to some of you to remain closed while other, smaller churches are open. We believe that delaying our opening is best for the health of our church family and will allow the best opportunity for each of us to worship God fully and without distraction.
We ask for your continued prayers for wisdom as we make decisions that affect so many. In the meantime, we will continue with our weekly schedule of Online Worship Services and utilizing Zoom and other online meeting tools for Sunday School and other small groups.
Praying all of God’s blessings for you,
Your WRBC Staff
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 8
Dear Church Family,
We have extended our on-campus cancellation date thru April 30th. We will keep you informed as we make decisions based on updated information.
- This Sunday during the online services, we will be partaking the Lord’s Supper. Set time aside to gather the elements and reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice. For an unleavened bread recipe, click here.
- Utilize the chat function during the online services to fellowship.
- Daily Holy Week Devotionals are available on YouTube! Subscribe to our “WRBC Media” channel or watch our Facebook page for a link every morning by 10:00.
- Resurrection Revolution Children’s Easter Event is online this year! Click here to participate: https://youtu.be/05UpGPAhWYg
- WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET FOR ONLINE SERVICES VIA OUR WEBSITE. BOTH OUR 8:15 AND 10:45 SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT THEIR NORMAL TIME; YOU CAN WATCH ANY TIME AFTER THAT AS WELL.
- Childhood & Preteen Sunday School materials can be accessed at https://digitalpass.lifeway.com/home/. If it’s your first time accessing the lessons, you will need to go to my.lifeway.com/redeemand enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38
- Childhood & Preteen Wednesday night materials can be accessed on the “WRBC TEACHING” YouTube channel. Contact [email protected] to receive the weekly email with additional activities and videos.
- Many of our Sunday School classes are making plans to meet via zoom online meetings.
- How To Use ZOOM:
- Open Zoom.us in a web browser or mobile app (apple device, android device, chrome web browser extension)
- Click “Host a meeting with video on”
- Click “Invite participants”
- Select how you’d like to send an invite: Default, Email, Gmail, Yahoo to send email invite
- Copy link and send via FB Messenger, email, etc.
- You can also schedule a meeting on the zoom website and send an invite to join you at a specific time, including a link to your online meeting. (See Instructions)
- Zoom Getting started video
- How To Use ZOOM:
As we move forward in faith, please keep the following in mind.
Stay connected online: Make a commitment to continue to gather for online services (via our website). Both our 8:15 and 10:45 services will begin at their normal time; you can also watch any time after that as well.
- Pray. Pray that this season in our lives will help refine our faith in the Lord, strengthen our relationships with one another, and ultimately give opportunities for hope in the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to flourish. Pray that the Lord will use us amid this crisis to be ambassadors of the Gospel. Remember, we are His image-bearers, demonstrating His love and grace!
- Be faithful in giving. You can give your tithes and offerings online at waterlooroad.org thru our website or by texting “GIVE” to 405-467-2323. You can also mail your offering to the church 3100 E. Waterloo Road, Edmond, Ok 73034. You can also bring your offering to the church office. One of our staff members will meet you at the west door. Church Office hours are M-Th 8:30-4:30, Friday 8:30-12:30
- Stay connected through Facebook Groups, emails, calls and texts with your Sunday School class.
- Care for our senior adults. Calling and emailing to stay connected will be very important. If someone needs assistance with necessities, please call the church office at 405-341-9024.
Safety precautions: We want to practice safety precautions and everyday preventive actions as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO):
Church Office: We will instruct you regarding any WRBC cancellations via email, our website and social media. Our Church Offices will remain open for you to call and email us. We are limiting those allowed into the building to Staff and cleaning crew. Contact us at 405-341-9024.
Church Office hours M-Th 8:30-4:30, Friday 8:30-12:30
Hospital/Pastoral Visitation: We are committed to providing meaningful pastoral care to those in need. We will, however, adjust our methods to do this primarily through phone calls, texts, and emails. We are limiting personal visits in order to protect everyone from any virus or illness. Please continue sharing prayer needs by calling the church office (405-341-9024) or emailing [email protected].
UPDATE: Thursday, March 19
The COVID19 virus is on people’s hearts and minds, and rightly so. The significant impact on the health and economy of our communities is apparent. As we continue to monitor COVID-19, and as we receive new information and recommendations for how we are all to move forward, we ask you to join our staff and our church leadership as we seek God’s wisdom in how to move forward as a church during this time.
We know that there will be many difficult decisions that will need to be made regarding our services and activities in the days ahead. We want to take a minute and let you know where we are at currently, and how we plan to make these decisions moving forward.
– First, we will pray, pray, pray, and then pray some more. We want our first line of direction coming from above.
– Decisions that are made will be based on extensive prayer, factual information, recommendations from health care professionals, and counsel with church leadership. They will not be based on speculation, fear, or misinformation.
– Not everyone will agree with the decisions that are made, but we ask that everyone respond with grace, patience, and understanding. We may not all agree, but we will still be united in Christ during this time.
As we have begun to come to grips with all that is going on in the world, it is clear that we have some very unique challenges and difficult decisions for every individual, family, and for our church leadership. After much prayer, our deacons and staff met tonight and made a very tough choice.
- ALL ON CAMPUS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (MARCH 19th – APRIL 1st) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET FOR ONLINE SERVICES (VIA OUR WEBSITE). BOTH OUR 8:15 AND 10:45 SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT THEIR NORMAL TIME; YOU CAN ALSO WATCH ANY TIME AFTER THAT AS WELL.
This was not an easy decision to come to, but we truly appreciate the hearts of our deacons as they seek to protect those who are most vulnerable among us. But as we discussed in our meeting, the church is the people of God, not the building where they meet. At the end of the two weeks, our leadership will re-evaluate the situation and where things stand in regard to the coronavirus, and we will make decisions for the next few weeks at that point.
1. Moving forward in faith – We first want to center our response by relying on God and His Word. God is in control. We trust Him, and our faith is in Him through all seasons of life. Psalm 56:3 guides us: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” As we continue to seek God, we ask that you continue to support the fellowship of believers by:
- Staying connected online and making a commitment to continue to gather for online services (via our website). Both our 8:15 and 10:45 services will begin at their normal time; you can also watch any time after that as well.
- Praying. Continue to pray that this season in our lives will help refine our faith in the Lord, strengthen our relationships with one another, and ultimately give opportunity for hope in the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to flourish. Pray that the Lord will use us amid this crisis to be ambassadors of the Gospel. Remember, we are His image-bearers, demonstrating His love and grace!
- Continuing to be faithful in giving. You can give your tithes and offerings online at waterlooroad.org thru our website or by texting “GIVE” to 405-467-2323.
- Staying connected through Facebook Groups, emails, calls and texts with your Sunday School class.
- Caring for our senior adults. Calling and emailing to stay connected will be very important. If someone needs assistance with necessities, please call the church office at 405-341-9024.
2. Safety precautions – We want to practice safety precautions and everyday preventive actions as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO):
We are continuing efforts to keep our building and surfaces clean and sanitized.
3. Church Office – We will instruct you regarding any WRBC cancellations via email, our website and social media.
- Expect to see a lot more communication from the church office. Please be sure to pay attention to emails, texts, etc. as they will contain important information that you will want to know.
Our Church Offices will remain open for you to call and email us. We are limiting those allowed into the building to Staff and cleaning crew. Contact us at 405-341-9024.
4. Hospital/Pastoral visitation – We are committed to providing meaningful pastoral care to those in need. We will, however, adjust our methods to do this primarily through phone calls, texts, and emails. We are limiting personal visits in order to protect everyone from any virus or illness. Please continue sharing prayer needs by calling the church office (405-341-9024) or emailing [email protected].
UPDATE: Sunday, March 15
If you choose to stay home this morning, don’t forget you can worship with us online! Just go to www.waterlooroad.org/live to join either the 8:15 Classic Worship Service or the 10:45 Modern Worship Service.
UPDATE: Saturday, March 14
Good afternoon, brothers and sisters! Your church staff has been hard at work preparing our response to the Coronavirus. In the coming days, we will continue to make adjustments as needed in order to keep our church family and community safe. We will keep you informed of our plans via these emails, our website, and social media.
Specifically regarding tomorrow’s services, here are a few things you need to know:
1. We encourage anyone whose immune system may be compromised, or anyone who feels sick at all, to please stay home in order to minimize the spread of any sickness.
2. We will forego our normal Greeting Time and ask that everyone refrain from handshakes, hugs, and close contact.
3. We will not pass the offering plates. Instead, we encourage you to give tithes & offerings in one of the tall Black Boxes found in the Lobby or the West hallway outside the Worship Center. Online giving is also an option, as found on our website at www.waterlooroad.org/giving
4. Regarding our coffee/donut fellowship time: – Donuts will be served individually in order to minimize the number of people who potentially touch the food. – Please use caution with the coffee. Only use the provided disposable cups (don’t bring cups from home) and use a new/clean cup for every refill. – Obviously, you’re free to brew a cup of your favorite specialty java at home and bring it with you!
5. Parents: we will have designated helpers at each check-in station, again to minimize the number of people touching the check-in keyboards/surfaces.
Your staff is committed to keeping everyone safe while still ministering to the needs of our community. Thank you for continuing to pray for wisdom as we make difficult decisions.
In the meantime, thank you for continuing to:
- Pray. Continue to pray that this season in our lives will help refine our faith in the Lord, strengthen our relationships with one another, and ultimately give opportunity for the our hope in the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to flourish.
- Be faithful in giving. You can give your tithes and offerings online anytime at www.waterlooroad.org/giving
- Stay connected through emails, calls and texts with your Sunday school class and the church at large, especially our senior adults and those affected by the virus the coming days.
The WRBC staff is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state. It is our desire that our church family remains safe and healthy while going about the Kingdom work to which God has called us. We will keep you informed regarding our response and ways you can help.
Here are some of the things we do as standard practice to ensure a virus-free environment :
- Common areas are frequently cleaned, including fogging large areas with an anti-bacterial/anti-viral agent.
- Toys, equipment, and surfaces in the Preschool/Children’s Wing are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- We will encourage you to choose an alternate form of greeting one another during the Welcome Time in our worship services.
What should you be doing?
- Pray for the containment of the virus, the emergence of effective treatments, the minimization of its impact throughout the world, and for wisdom for the WRBC team in being prepared for activities in the building.
- Wash your hands FREQUENTLY.
- Be careful when handling common utensils, coffee pots, donut trays, etc.
- Don’t be afraid! Be smart, be diligent, and trust God! As Psalm 56:3 encourages us, “when I am afraid I put my trust in You.”
- The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommend the following measures: