Throughout the pandemic, The Trinity Health Committee has advised the Church Council about disease threats and measures we can take to mitigate those threats to keep people safe while also providing opportunities for in-person worship, gatherings, and meetings. To that end, our Covid-19 prevention protocols have changed over time, reflecting the advice of leading authorities, such as the US Centers for Disease Control, and the local risk of disease transmission.
Under the framework of a “Covid-19 Covenant,” the church is committed to maintaining a safe environment for worship and other indoor gatherings. Specific measures include sanitation, ventilation, and organizing activities and spaces to help maintain social distancing. We also adapt different aspects of our worship service, such as the taking of communion, singing, and passing of the peace, to foster community while also promoting safety.
As part of the covenant, we’ve asked our members to help keep themselves and others safe through such measures as distancing, masking, hand sanitation and remaining at home if they have symptoms that might indicate Covid-19 infection.
Please click here for an up-to-date summary of member expectations under our Covid-19 Covenant.
Trinity In-Person Worship – Frequently Asked Questions about In-Person Worship During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Do I have to wear a mask? Mask requirements will change depending on recommendations from the US CDC and local risk of disease transmission. For current masking requirements, check out our latest weekly newsletter.
What if I don’t have a mask or forget to bring one? Cloth and disposable masks will be provided at the main entrance.
Can I worship online? Yes. Visit Trinity’s Facebook page shortly before 8 a.m. on Sundays to join the service as it happens. Even if you are not a Facebook user, you will be able to “attend” services remotely at www.facebook.com/trinitywaupaca.
Can I listen to services on the radio? Yes. Tune into Lakes 92.7 FM (WDUX) on Sundays at 9:30a.m. for the broadcast.
What if I am especially vulnerable to the coronavirus? Those who are at increased risk due to age or health conditions may want to consider attending worship online or over the radio if disease transmission risk is high in our area.
Are children welcome? Yes, but keep in mind that the nursery is currently closed.
Is child care provided? Not at this time.
Is communion being served? Yes. We have developed different practices to serve communion, based on the risk of disease in our community.
Questions About Keeping Each Other Safe
How do I know if I may have COVID-19? What are the symptoms? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
What if someone who has COVID-19 attends in-person worship? Trinity is implementing a comprehensive covenant approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Surface disinfecting, ventilation, hand-sanitizing, physical distancing, and mask-wearing when needed all work together so that we can keep each other safe.
Do children need to wear a mask? Children 2 4 and older are expected to wear a mask, and parents can opt to have children younger than 4 wear masks.
Is hand sanitizer be available? Yes. You will find hand sanitizer at key locations (e.g., at the top and bottom of the stairs and elevator) as well as in each available pew.
Whom can I contact with questions or concerns? Alicia Dorsett, our church administrator, is the person you should contact with questions or concerns about the church’s COVID-19 response. You can reach Alicia by calling (715) 258-7688.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Address: 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981
Phone: (715) 258-7688 Fax: (715) 258-0426