What will re-entry look like?

Wellspring’s COVID SAFETY plan

We are all eager to worship and gather again! A Re-entry Team has been formed to guide our efforts to resume ministries on campus. The goal is that we return to worship gatherings in a safe and healthy manner.

Updated Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Wellspring follows the public health orders issued by St. Louis County

Worship Service
  • Indoor worship at 50% room capacity
  • Outdoor worship under tents, weather permitting
  • Children stay with parents in worship
  • Nursery open for parents to use, but no staff available to provide care
  • Service livestreamed
Sunday Fellowship Time
  • Please fellowship wisely, and outdoors weather permitting
Adult Bible Fellowship
  • Adult Bible Fellowship at 50% room capacity
  • Livestreamed
Children’s Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
  • Masks required for K-5
Sunday Youth Class
  • Indoors at 50% room capacity
  • Meets outside, weather permitting
Small Groups
  • On campus— in-person meetings at 50% room capacity
  • At-home groups— limited to people in your defined support bubbles, with a max of 10.
Mid-week Bible Studies
  • Via teleconferencing; or
  • In-person meetings based on room capacity at Wellspring. Online Facility Request form needed
Mid-week K’Motion & Youth Group
  • Children’s events at 50% room capacity
  • Youth Group at 50% room capacity, or outside weather permitting
Staff Use & Visitors
  • All Staff on campus, any time
  • Office hours for visitors are Mon-Thur, 8am-1pm
Facility Use by Any Group
  • Resume consideration of all requests per online form
Social Distancing Practices
  • Screen for symptoms at home
  • Maintain 6’ distancing
  • Wash hands frequently
  • As a demonstration of love and concern to one another, and to follow current County Guidelines, face masks are required indoors & outdoors at all times for those over 5 yrs;  (3-5 years strongly recommended), and outdoors when social distancing is not possible
Minimal Contact
  • Doors will be propped open
  • Avoid lingering in halls
  • Households sit 6’ apart
  • Offering by drop-box, online, text-to-give, or mail-in
  • Dismissal staggered as needed (when in Sanctuary)
  • Other safety considerations may be implemented
Pedestrian Traffic Flow
  • Ushers will guide you in a “counter clockwise” pattern as you walk toward the Sanctuary;
    upon dismissal, Ushers will guide you to the exit
Special Needs Traffic Flow
  • Ushers will guide you into and out of the Sanctuary using the doors off circle drive
Drinking Fountains
  • Not available; please provide your own bottle of water
  • Pre-packaged servings provided both indoors & outdoors


Wednesday, August 19—What if I test positive for COVID-19?

Wellspring Steps for Notification of Positive Test for COVID-19
In accordance with the CDC and the ADA 

Individual Responsibility:

• Notify Pastor Craig Diestelkamp of your situation; include where in the building you were and individuals with whom you had close contact (ushers, pastors or other congregants)
• Notify congregants w/ whom you had close contact while at church, or ask Pastor Craig to contact these individuals for you; if Pastor Craig makes these notifications, he will keep your identify confidential unless otherwise directed by you
• Remain at home until you have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation

Church Responsibility:

• Assure the individual that the church will maintain confidentiality at all times unless otherwise directed by the individual
• Offer prayer & care for the individual and his/her family
• Encourage individual to seek assistance from his/her Small Group
• Notify local health officials (per CDC Guidelines)
• Communicate with staff and congregants about potential exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act); advise those with exposure to the person with COVID-19 to self-monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days from date of exposure
• Clean and disinfect areas used by the sick person

Interview Info:

• Date of first symptoms
• Date of positive test result
• Date on WFC campus & areas visited
• People in close proximity

If you had close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or greater) with:

  • A person with COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from 2 days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness).
  • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the 2 days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation).

Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE).

You should:

  • Stay home until 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Check temperature twice a day
  • Watch for fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop


Sunday, August 2—Wellspring Enters Phase 3 (Revised)

Worship will be in the Sanctuary but limited to 100 or 25% of capacity. Worship services will continue to be streamed live, with video available online later in the day. The chart below outlines in detail our reentry plan.

We understand that some may not be ready to gather with others at this time. You should feel no pressure to attend. Outdoor tents and worship on a large screen for those who prefer not to be indoors at this time. 

As we begin worship services indoors, here are some things we can expect to see and do: 

  • Entry / Exit and directional signs 
  • Practice of social distancing (greater than 6 feet)
  • Ushers and greeters will wear masks
  • Giving will be touchless; drop box, mail in, online giving, or text-to-give
  • The church will make sure that the building is thoroughly cleaned prior to the worship service
  • Fellowship encouraged, but outdoors only please

Use of safe practices:

  • Masks required indoors at all times
  • We ask that you refrain from hugs, handshakes, and other physical contact 
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Use your elbow to cover cough
  • Do not touch your face

As Phase 3 with on-campus activities begin, please remain home if you are in a high-risk category or feel you should stay at home a little longer.

Please screen at home. Do not attend if you feel any of the COVID-19 symptoms, including: chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, fever above 99.6, cough and shortness of breath. We all need to take personal responsibility for our decision.

Please pray God will provide wisdom, grace, and mercy as we continue on the path to re-entry.