After the last meeting in October, the Leadership Team made a few adjustments to the Regathering Guidelines.

 

The Guidelines for In-Person Worship:

 

When you join us in-person for worship on Sunday mornings here's a look at what to expect from us and what we are asking of each of you:

We have added hand sanitizer stations in several places around the church.  Hand washing is encouraged.

We spend a lot more time cleaning the church thoroughly during the week so that when you visit everything will be clean for you. We have been sanitizing bathrooms, doorknobs, light switches, railings and countertops every week.  If you see Zach, give him a big thank you for his hard work this year!  We have placed Clorox wipes in the bathroom in case a surface has been used during the service; these are for your convenience, so feel free to use them as needed.

Bathroom waste baskets will be next to the door so can use a paper towel to open the door and won’t have to touch the door handle directly. 

An offering drop box will be located at the back of the Sanctuary near the double-doors.  You may put your offering in the basket on the way into worship. We also provide secure online giving if you'd like to donate electronically. 

Bulletins are located on a table in the back of the Sanctuary. There will be a ushers near the table if you need any assistance

The nursery has been reopened!  We've made a few changes to do our best at making it a safe enviroment for those little ones.  As the kids are checked-in we will have them wash their hands or sanitize (parent's choice), our volunteers will be wearing masks, and some of the toys that are harded to clean have been put away for now.  We hope this ministry will be a blessing parents! 

 

We won't be serving coffee, but the drinking fountains have been turned back on.  We encourage you to bring your own coffee or water bottles if you desire.

We are using pre-packaged single-serve communion elements.  On the Sundays we have communion they will be on a table in the back of the Sanctuary, and you should grab one as you come in.

We have put the busy bags for children away for now, but there are some coloring sheets on the table where the bulletins are located.

The rows of chairs in the Sanctuary have been spread out to allow for greater distance between families.  We have removed the taped off rows so that there will be more room for families to spread out.  Please use the space we've provided to give other families the recommended space (use the 6-foot rule).

 

Please maintain social distancing before and after the service as you spend time talking with each other.  Part of that means avoiding handshaking or hugs.

Due to the public spaces mask mandate, we are asking that you please wear a mask when you attend.  It is required in our kids and youth Sunday School classes, but we will not turn away anyone not wearing a mask from our service.

We ask that if you have a fever, are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick to please stay home and not come to the building until you have been cleared.  If you have attended a church service or event and discovered afterward that you tested positive for COVID-19, please contact our office.

We should have room for all who would like to attend in our Sanctuary. For your convenience we are livestreaming the worship service in the Great Room, and you are welcome to use that space if you would like to.

We ask that you come to the building when you feel comfortable.  There is no pressure to return until you are ready.  With our online livestream on YouTube and Facebook each week, you can still participate in worship with us each week, or catch up on a sermon series if you miss it.  Thanks for your patience as we've learned how to use this technology, we hope to continually make it a better experience for those watching online.  

 

We will be evaluating fairly regularly, keeping in mind how it is going and what the state regulations are.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Leadership Team, Pastor Rudy or Nancy King.

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320-573-2672

covenant@upsalacov.org

122 S Main Street

PO Box 278

Upsala, MN 56384

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