In light of the recent update from Governor Walz, which allows churches to hold services at 50% capacity with no maximum number of participants, we would like to share some details about our current plans at Woodland.
At this time, we are not quite ready to offer on-site weekend services. Instead, we will remain focused on reaching all our attendees (both local and throughout the world) through online services, gatherings and classes, and also provide smaller gatherings on-site. Our primary concern is still the continued safety of our church body and the most vulnerable among us. We believe cautiously approaching the high possibility of another infection surge, and giving the vaccine rollout more time, will help reduce the spread of infection. We remain flexible with our timeline for providing on-site services, however. Church leadership groups will continue to be in prayer about the right approach for our congregation, and closely monitor local infection rates and health guidelines to determine our next steps.
We want to thank everyone for your patience as we work through these difficult decisions. We believe we’re nearing the end of this trying period of time, and are very excited to gather in person again! We’ve all waited a long time, and believe that given the risks that still exist for our people, it’s best to wait just a little bit longer.