The Plan for Resuming In Person Worship
Things are rapidly changing and conversations with other lead us to consider things unthought of previously. The ELCA has set out some guidelines for worship resumption. Some of these guidelines would make worship a non-event, like suspension of singing, responsive reading (the liturgy) and many other aspects of worship that make it worship. You can see the guidelines in totality by going clicking on this link:
The pastors and staff will be talking about how we are going to move forward and if a June 7 timeline is still a good target. A quick check of the local churches seems to indicate that not a lot of our brothers and sisters are rushing to get back to in-person worship and a July start may make more sense given the recent projections or CoVid Cases. You can track ongoing cases by clicking on this link:
When we do resume - our schedule will be:
- Traditional Worship 9 am (downtown campus),
- Contemporary Worship 10:30 am (south campus - outdoor),
- Wednesday Mid Week Worship 6:30pm (Downtown Campus - outdoor)
In the event of bad weather (not like that ever happens in ND) we have made contingencies for moving both outdoor worship indoor. However - because of social distancing issues - we will not have an indoor option for the 10:30 am Sunday Service until that guideline is lifted.
We are also considering adding worship services to our schedule in order to decrease the number of worshippers as any one service and we will continue to live stream all worship services. See the website for a more detailed discussion of the process of moving back to in-person worship.
ND has released some guidelines for worship once we all get started - see the graph on the upper right of this section: