How does social distancing work with the registration system?
Our registration system will assist with ensuring we maintain safe capacity for each worship service. 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 the morning of worship service?
Check-in will be done by last name. 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 if I need to cancel my reservation?
Due to our limited capacities, we ask that you please be considerate and let us know by calling the church office or managing your registration through our Connect accounts.
What if the service I’m interested in attending is full?
If you are unable to register for the weekend service you wanted to attend, you will be directed to a waitlist. We will contact people off the waitlist. At this time, we are unable to safely accommodate walk-in registrations. People on the waitlist will receive priority registration access for the following week’s service. We encourage you to continue to join us for online services and Morning Devotions on Facebook Live.
What else should I know about reservations?
- Registration is done by household. Please indicate the number of people you are bringing from your household. It is not necessary for each person to fill out a registration form.
- Register for your immediate household only, please.
- Our venues are currently limited to 50% occupancy, with a maximum of 250 people in a single self-contained space. This occupancy includes staff and volunteers serving in the venue.
- Doors will open fifteen minutes before services start.
- Before you click “confirm,” please be sure you are adhering to CDC guidelines.
- You will be asked to provide your name, email, and phone number for any contact tracing that may become necessary. Your information will not be shared with anyone or any organization that does not need this information to complete the contact tracing process.
- There is no charge for the reservations.
- For any other help with your reservation, please call the church office.
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 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.
While our gradual return to in-person worship will be slower than some would like and faster than others desire, we continue in mission to serve the spiritual needs of our community, with health and safety a top priority. We continue to believe online worship provides the safest option for our community regardless of age or medical condition. We also know there is a very real need for worship and spiritual care in this time and are committed to doing everything we can to meet those needs safely.
Over the summer months, we have been working diligently to understand best practices and training regarding the health and safety of our community, congregation, staff, and volunteers. We have hosted limited gatherings on campus for funerals and weddings in our sanctuary this summer and hosted outdoor worship experiences that have helped us prepare for in-person worship. We will continue to abide by the safety recommendations and guidelines put forth by the MN Department of Health and seek counsel from state and local health experts.