IN-PERSON WORSHIP

Contemporary Worship in person: Saturday 5 pm, Great Hall

Traditional Worship in person: Sunday 9 am, Sanctuary

April 1, 2021 – With vaccinations ramping up, we are making the following changes to our in-person worship services. We will continue to look to the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC for guidance as we move into this next phase of the pandemic. 

Attending worship in person:

  • After Easter, registration and reservations for in-person services (5 pm Saturday Contemporary and 9 am Sunday Traditional) will no longer be required. You may simply arrive for worship!
  • Seating capacity will be 100 in the Great Hall, and 400 in the Sanctuary.
  • Masks will be required, and we will maintain social distancing protocol.
  • Online worship will continue as it is scheduled now: Contemporary Services online at 5 pm Saturday and 10:15 am Sunday; Traditional Service at 9 am Sunday.  Click here to watch.
  • Contemporary Worship is also broadcast at 2pm Sundays on FOX9+. If you do not have internet access, we encourage you to dial-in at any time via phone 651-337-8284.

The service:

  • We will add more worship elements during the in-person services as the weeks go on and restrictions are lifted.

Music:

  • The Contemporary Worship band will continue to play during Contemporary Services. Additional soloists, small choral groups and instrumental groups will be added as part of musical offerings during Traditional Worship.
  • We will continue to monitor the MDH and CDC about the feasibility of congregational singing during worship and will adjust as appropriate.

Please review the following prior to attending in-person worship

Health Precautions and Guidelines for Attending an On-Campus Event

We ask that you do not attend on-campus worship if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last month?
  2. Have you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks?
  3. Have you developed any of the following symptoms in the last 2 weeks?
    • New or worsening cough or shortness of breath?
    • Sore throat?
    • New loss of sense of smell or taste?
    • Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more and/or have you taken medication to reduce a fever in the last 24 hours?
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?

FAQ

How does social distancing work in St. Andrew’s buildings?

When you enter the Sanctuary or Great Hall, you will be directed to designated, physically distanced seating areas by household.

Are masks required?

Yes. Following the MN state mandate, masks are required to be worn inside public buildings at all times. This includes all St. Andrew’s buildings. Children under the age of 5 do not need to wear a mask. Upon arrival, there will be hand sanitizing stations with face coverings available for those who didn’t bring their own.

What is a Modified Traditional Worship Service?

Modifications have been made to in-person worship services to limit risk of unknowingly spreading the virus. This includes no congregational singing, shorter duration of service time and the requirement of face coverings in worship. Traditional 9am in-person worship will be a shortened Service of the Word. 

Will child care or children’s programming be provided?

No. We will not have child care or children’s programming. As always, your children can participate in worship by sitting with you. When you register for worship, please register your children as well.

What are your cleaning procedures, and what does “Limited Building Access” mean?

Following every worship service, our cleaning teams will be sanitizing all areas of the building in preparation for the next worship service. There will also be limited building access. The nursery, DOCK rooms, and balcony seats will be unavailable.

What should I bring to the worship service?

You will also need to have a mask on and may want to bring a Bible, pen, paper, etc. as we will not be distributing these items to limit touchpoints.

What are we doing to stay safe during this time?

  • All services will be as touchless as possible, and all high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized between services.
  • To minimize touchpoints;
    • We will not be passing out programs, Bibles, or pens.
    • Offering baskets will not be passed. We encourage you to, but if you want to give during worship, there will be non-contact offering kiosks at building entrance and exit spaces.
    • No water fountains will be open.
    • No cookies or coffee will be served.
  • We also plan to have dedicated entry and exit points, defined traffic patterns, ongoing sanitization in all areas, and a flexible seating plan to accommodate additional spacing. 
  • There are posted signs reminding of proper hygiene practices and to join us online if you have experienced symptoms or are at risk of COVID-19.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building.
  • No outside food or beverages will be permitted.

What steps can I take to stay safe?

  • We continue to encourage online worship. If you’re sick, have been exposed to the virus, please stay home.
  • We strongly encourage those in the high-risk category (65+ or have a pre-existing condition) to continue to worship online.
  • If you have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, have been near someone who does or is in contact with people who are more susceptible to contracting an illness, please continue to watch online.
  • Practice good hygiene: cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, wear masks.
  • Maintain a distance of six or more feet between yourself and others.

What about those who are considered more vulnerable or caring for those who are?

If you’re vulnerable for any reason, we encourage you to stay home. If you have any symptoms of sickness or have been around anyone who has shown symptoms, please remain home from St. Andrew’s buildings for at least 14 days.

If you have traveled to a “hot spot,” please consider quarantining yourself for at least 14 days.

The best information we have from both public health officials and our own health team of medical professionals concludes that older adults and those with underlying medical conditions may be at greater risk if they contract the virus. Understanding these risks, if you are in one of these vulnerable categories, please make your own decision about whether or not to attend in person worship services.

Appropriate masks or face coverings are required inside St. Andrew’s buildings at this time.

When you enter the campus, please remain six feet apart from others not in your particular group. We will be identifying certain areas for registering and have seating areas designated

A collection box will be available at the registration desk to drop in your tithes and offerings.  You are also welcome to continue giving online. Questions about giving, please contact finance@saintandrews.org

Holy Communion is celebrated in all weekend worship services online and in-person. We will practice appropriate protocols to ensure you have a safe and meaningful communion experience.

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