- Phone: 425-372-7420
- Church Office: 158 1st Place NW Issaquah, WA 98027
Soma Eastside Church is committed to caring for the health and safety of our church members as well as our community.
In light of the CDC and Governor Inslee’s guideline updates last week, we have updated the guidelines for our church gatherings. Those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks AFTER the final vaccine) will no longer be required to wear a mask, indoors or outdoors. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear a mask indoors at our gatherings. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is welcome to do so, and we will continue to have masks available in the lobby. In order to keep a welcoming environment, we will not be checking or monitoring vaccine status.
For many, this is exciting news! It will be a welcome relief to see smiles and feel a bit of normalcy again. For others, this is frustrating and may feel uncomfortable that some people will not be wearing masks. Our goals are to follow the Biblical directive to respect our authorities, and to love and care for one another within our community. We have an opportunity to practice putting others’ needs before our own in how we respond to and treat each other. We ask that everyone who attends our Sunday gatherings remember that there are people present who feel differently than you – please be respectful and considerate in the way you interact with others.
Please note that we are NOT taking a stance on the vaccine or recommending whether or not people should get it - that is a personal choice. We have been and will continue to follow the Washington state guidelines for reopening, and will do what it takes for us to be able to meet in person. These guidelines will likely change frequently during the next several months - we appreciate your understanding and kindness as we do our best to make wise choices.
In line with Phase 3 re-opening guidance, we are currently offering two in-person services, indoors, at Bellevue Way Community Church. Indoor services can accommodate 127 people in the main sanctuary and up to 80 people in the Fellowship Hall.
Beginning June 6th, we will move to ONE outdoor service at 10:00am in the BWCC parking lot, weather permitting. Each week we will decide on Saturday if the Sunday service will go forward outdoors, based on the weather. Make sure to stay connected to our website and social media channels to keep up on any changes.
Soma Kids has options for babies through 5th grade. Find our more on our Sunday Service page.
Use the link on the Sunday Service page to register your household to help us keep an accurate headcount. Those who attend will need to follow state and local Phase 3 guidelines, which are listed below.
You can find answers to FAQs about in-person services here.
View statewide guidance at coronavirus.wa.gov
View statement from Pastor Paul sent out November 19th, 2020.
Keep 6 feet distance between households
INDOORS: People who are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks AFTER the final vaccine) wear a face covering/mask (does not apply to young children or those with a disability/medical situation that could prevent them from removing the mask easily)
OUTDOORS: Masks are encouraged and must be worn if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained or when going inside the building if not fully vaccinated
Maintain social distancing while waiting to use restrooms
If you or anyone in your house has any symptoms (fever over 100.4, cough, etc) or you have been around anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home
Clean lobby, sanctuary, and bathrooms before and after each service
Limit attendance to 50% of building capacity (indoor services)
Ask every attendee to self-screen for symptoms and stay home if they or anyone in their house has any, or if they have been exposed to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19
Masks must be worn in the building at all times (exceptions: young children and anyone with a medical exemption)
Households must remain 6 feet apart with no direct contact
Hand sanitizer and extra masks available
Communion is prepackaged in individual containers