Town Hall FAQ

The following Frequently Asked Questions have been compiled following our virtual Town Hall on May 15, 2020.

If you have not watched the Town Hall, click here to view it on our YouTube Channel.

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Outdoor Worship Service

Beginning June 7th, 2020, Wildwood Church will offer an outdoor worship service at 8:30am at the Northside Community Center.
Where will the outdoor service be held?

The outdoor service will take place near the recreation pavilion at the Northside Community Center at 8005 Oak Grove Rd. Click here for directions. Signs and parking volunteers will guide you when you arrive. Please follow their directions to ensure proper social distancing and easy entry and exist from the location.

What happens if it rains the day before?

If it rains on Saturday, the service will not be held on Sunday. This is due to parking and walking conditions. If you are uncertain, check our website, Facebook page or Instagram.

Will I be able to remain in my vehicle?

Yes, and we are planning to implement a way for you to listen to the worship and preaching over your FM stereo. Instructions will be sent ahead of time and announced at the outdoor service. There will also be space set aside for you to bring a lawn chair and sit for the service, while maintaining the appropriate social distance.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Though we would of course advise you to observe all public health recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will not require you to wear a mask. Keep in mind, a mask is largely meant to help prevent the spread from asymptomatic carriers to those who are higher risk, including those 65 and older and those with compromised health conditions.

Will the outdoor service be recorded or streamed to watch online?

No, the outdoor service will be a live service only.

Will the words to the worship music for the outdoor service be available?

Yes, you will be able to access them each week in our Wildwood Church TLH app. They will be included for the Worship Outline attached to the sermon for that Sunday.

Is the outdoor service replacing our online worship services?

No, we will continue to provide online worship services at 9:15 and 11:00.

Reopening Phases

For an overview of Wildwood Church's Reopening Plan, click here.

Will our online worship services continue?

Yes, our online worship services are here to stay. We strongly advise those who are 65 years or older, those with compromised health conditions and anyone who is ill to worship with us online at 9:15 or 11:00 at wildwoodtlh.com/live.

Even when we resume in-person corporate worship in full, we will continue to provide online streaming for those traveling or who are ill to worship with us.

Aren't all churches now considered "essential business", and therefore exempt from the guidelines and restrictions of the State of Florida and Leon County?

The State of Florida FAQs for Executive Order 20-112 states, "The Governor's Executive Order 20-91, identified attending religious services at churches, synagogues and places of worship as an open activity. While that order did not place restrictions directly on any building or venue, many local orders have done so. " However, it also goes on to say, "Any building or venue that is open should continue to follow appropriate social distancing and sanitation procedures." 

So while the government did not close us down, we voluntarily placed ourselves underneath their guidance to determine what was wise and prudent for reopening.  All of the local churches with whom we work closely together have done the same.  In short, though we are considered an essential service, we still have a responsibility to maintain social distancing and the health and wellbeing of our entire congregation while the COVID-19 pandemic is still a threat.

When will Wildwood Church enter into Phase 2 of our reopening plan?

We will follow the same schedule as Leon County and the State of Florida. We will thus enter Phase 2 when the County and State transition. At this time, we cannot anticipate when that will happen.

What about Baptisms and Communion?

Our leadership are preparing ways for the congregation to partake of communion safely while minimizing contact. Most likely communion will be served in individual packets prepared ahead of time, which is a solution many churches are implementing.

Regarding baptisms, until we safely resume in-person corporate worship gatherings, any requests for baptism should be directed to our pastoral team. You can reach them by contacting [email protected]

CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program

For a thorough explanation or the Finance Team's decision to apply for a grant from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security) Act and Paycheck Protection Program, please read the letter linked here from Senior Pastor David McNeely.

What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

The PPP is a federal program administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a local bank.  The program functions as a loan with zero closing costs.  The SBA determines the amount of the loan based on documentation requested in the application.  The funds are to be used for payroll costs as well as utility payments and interest payments incurred during the 60 days immediately following the receipt of the funds from the bank.  If the funds are used for these purposes the loan is forgiven.  Any funds not used for this purpose must be paid back as well as interest for the period before the funds are repaid.  The interest rate is 1% annually which is 1/12th of 1% per month.

Did the Session or E-Team of Wildwood approve the PPP application?

The Book of Church Order (BCO) entrusts the finances of the church to the Deacons, and in our case the Deacons established a Finance Team to fulfill its financial responsibilities per the By-Laws. The BCO does state that the Finance Team operates under the authority of the Session although it is commissioned/established by the Deacons. The Finance Team made the decision to submit an application to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act). The E-Team, functioning as the Session, met and reviewed the Finance Team decision to submit an application. The Session determined that they would not over-turn the Finance Team decision. The application was not submitted until after the Session had the opportunity to review and discuss the Finance Team’s plans.

Why should we give when the government is providing for our church's needs?

Tithing is not based on what the government does or does not do; and it is not based on if someone else gives then I don’t need to give. In the new Testament, tithing is less about a strict 10% and more about positioning your heart to be generous. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 Christians are called to generously give in response to the gospel of the Lord Jesus, based on faith in God as Provider.

Has Wildwood taken on extra support of others who do not have means of support due to the crisis?

In April, Wildwood gave $5,000 to an smaller local church; $10,000 was transferred to the Partners Team (local missions) to help with our local ministries; and $5,000 was sent to the Presbyterian Church in America's (our denomination) headquarters in Atlanta. Thus far, nine of our local partners have received extra checks. Additional funds may be distributed as we see where there is need and we have available resources.

Has the Northside Community Center applied for or received government money?

The Community Center did not apply for or receive government money.

Are community center workers employees of Wildwood or the LLC? Did the LLC also get a PPP loan?

Northside Community Center workers are not employees of Wildwood Church, although they are not prohibited from being employed by both organizations. Several staff members are employed by both the Community Center and Wildwood. The Community Center did not submit an application to participate in the PPP CARES Act.