Update from the COVID Task Force:

Beginning June 6 worship will:

  • Continue with one service at each campus and livestream at 10:15 am
  • No capacity limits or registrations required
  • Masking is no longer for those who are fully vaccinated. 
  • Expect that those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will continue to wear masks

Beginning July 11 worship will: 

  • Increase to two services at MPLS (8:45 am and 10:15 am) and move MTKA service to 9:30 am
  • Continue with livestream at 10:15 am
  • No capacity limits or registrations required

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP

We are constructing a new way of showing up in space together. Everyone will do that at a different speed and with different expectations. We need to continue to create space for people to show up and be treated the way they want to be treated, not the way we expect they should. So we ask that you leave room for celebration and trepidation and everything in between.

We are committed to being a hybrid church. We know that being able to worship at home, up north, or on the road has been a huge gift to many of you this past year and we’ll keep connecting this way.

If you wish to be on-site for worship, please familiarize yourself with the protocols below. Some things will feel different, but these are important to the ongoing success and safety of in-person worship.

  • Plan to arrive 20 minutes before the service begins to allow time and space to social distance. Please keep your belongings with you.
  • Restrooms are limited to one household at a time. Plan ahead as best you can!
  • Ushers and volunteers will be available to help with any questions you may have.
  • Congregational singing is welcomed.
  • Spaces are marked in the pews to allow for some space between groups of worshippers.

  • Some portions of the worship experience will be live and in-person. Others will be pre-recorded and viewed by screen. Please remember that we are a congregation gathered across time and space, in the sanctuary and from homes around the country.  The service is planned with the whole of who we are in mind.
  • Please share the peace from your designated seating area. You’re welcome to use your phone to participate in the chat on YouTube with those worshipping online.
  • Communion is served with individual wafers and cups of wine and grape juice. Ushers will direct you forward to receive the meal.

Hospitality and leadership roles for worship look different right now. If you are interested in a volunteer role on Sunday mornings, we ask that you first register and attend as a worship participant and experience these changes. For more information about volunteering, contact Steph Smith (MPLS) or Sue Lungstrom (MTKA).

In-Person Worship FAQ’s

How does social distancing in the sanctuary work?
Spaces are marked in the pews to allow for some space between groups of worshippers.
Will child care or children’s programming be provided?

Children’s programming will resume in the fall.

What are your cleaning procedures?

Following every worship service, our cleaning teams will be sanitizing all areas of the building. There will also be limited building access.

Where should I park and what door should I go in?

For both campuses please park in the main/south parking lot and enter through the main/south entrance. We ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of worship to provide ample time for a health screening and check-in process.

What are you doing to stay safe during this time?
  • All services will be as touchless as possible and all high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized after each service.
  • To minimize touch points;
    • There will be no bibles or hymnals available in the pew – all content needed for worship will be available in your bulletin.
    • Offering baskets will not be passed. We encourage you to give online, but if you want to give during worship there will be an offering basket at the entrance and exit.
    • No water fountains will be open.
    • There are dedicated entry and exit points, defined traffic patterns, ongoing sanitization in all areas and an adjustable seating plan to accommodate social distancing.
    • There are posted signs reminding of proper distancing and masking practices
    • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building.
What steps can I take to stay safe?
  • Continue joining us for livestream worship if you’re not ready to come back. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands often.
  • If you have traveled out-of-state, please consider quarantining yourself according to CDC guidelines.