After over a year apart, we have prayerfully decided to gather together again in-person. Since vaccines are available for those who are at highest risk, we feel it’s the right time to provide services in our building again. (We will continue to live-stream, and we welcome you to worship with us in whatever environment you feel most comfortable.)
We’re committed to providing a welcoming and healthy environment for our congregants, staff, on-site partner organizations and visitors. To ensure we have a safe facility, we’ve developed a COVID Preparedness Plan, which is outlined below. Our staff and volunteers will oversee the plan, but we need your help to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19. We would appreciate your cooperative effort to maintain everyone’s safety and health.
Please review the following before registering for a service:
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Stay home if you’re sick
Please watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Prior to any service, you should determine if you are sick or experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) and stay home if you are feeling ill. This also applies if you have been in contact with others who have shown signs of illness in the last 14 days.
Stay home if you’re high-risk
If you haven’t been vaccinated and you’re at increased risk for COVID-19, consider staying home and participating in the service through our Sunday Livestream. Virtual services are the safest option for those at high risk.
Registration is required
To help us seat everyone safely, registration is required for attendance. Use the link at the bottom of this page or call 651-487-0001 to let us know you’re planning to come to church (including your kids!). Registration opens each week at 9am on Monday. After you register, you’ll get a confirmation email that you will need on Sunday. You can print it out for our Welcome team, or just show them the email on your phone.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Aim to arrive no more than 15 minutes early.
- Our Welcome team will greet you and check registration through our main doors A and B.
- If you have children participating in Heroes Gate, you can enter through Door C, on the Plaza Theater side of the building.
- Please remember to wear your mask. Children 5 years old and under do not need to wear masks, but we encourage masks for anyone over age 2.
- Please observe six feet social distancing from members of other households at all times.
DURING OUR SERVICES
What about my kids?
Our Heroes Gate ministry has information about their plans here!
Mingling or gathering before or after the service
To honor CDC guidelines and to help stop the spread of COVID, we want to keep mingling inside the building to a minimum. We ask that you socialize with others before or after services outside the building.
Singing with masks
The state of MN requires all people over the age of 5 to wear face coverings while indoors, including while singing. We will have face masks or shields available if you need one.
In order to provide a touchless worship experience, there’ll be no doors to open, no bulletins to take, no kiosks to touch, and no offering buckets to pass.
Cleaning and disinfecting
High-touch surfaces will be sanitized before and after each gathering in our building. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building.
Our restrooms will have a lower maximum capacity to help maintain safe distancing. Floor markers will be used outside each restroom to help create lines. After services, a volunteer or staff person will be at each restroom to help maintain capacity.
Our drinking fountains have been shut off, but feel free to bring your own beverage with a secure lid.
What if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID, or I’ve exposed others while attending a service?
In the event of exposure, please contact Jodi Cremers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-287-2043. By law we will not release the identities of any individuals who notify us of sickness.
Click below to register for the in-person service this coming Sunday, May 16.