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Together Again

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 attending 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 NOT required

We are happy to say you no longer need to register to attend our Sunday services! We’re confident we can safely fit everyone in the Worship Center, and we look forward to having you! However, we do ask that you please hold a spot for your kids in the Heroes Gate ministry. Details and that form can be found here.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • Aim to arrive no more than 15 minutes early.
  • Our Welcome team will greet you 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 Hold a Spot for your kids ahead of time!
  • Children 5 years old and under do not need to wear masks, but we encourage masks for children over age 2.
  • If you have been fully vaccinated, feel free to not wear a mask.
  • We do ask that those who have not been fully vaccinated, or who otherwise prefer to, do continue to wear a mask while in the building.
  • Please observe six feet social distancing from members of other households at all times.

DURING OUR SERVICES

What about my kids?

Although registration is not required for our main service, we do ask that you please Hold a Spot for your kids in the Heroes Gate ministry! Information and the Hold a Spot form can be found 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 who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings while singing. We will have face masks or shields available if you need one.

Touchless and safe experience

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. High touch surfaces will be sanitized before our gatherings.  Hand sanitizers will be available through out the building.

Restrooms

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.

Drinks

Our drinking fountains have been shut off, but feel free to bring your own beverage with a secure lid.

Possible Exposure

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 jcremers@whchurch.org or 651-287-2043. By law we will not release the identities of any individuals who notify us of sickness.

We are happy to continue welcoming you back into the building – see you Sundays at 10am, in-person or online!

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