Learn More about Missio Dei Humboldt Park In-Person Services
While this year has been challenging for all of us, we are grateful for your patience and support while we tried to shift and adjust course to navigate different phases. Starting in July 2020, we made various attempts to be able to safely gather together outdoors. We were just starting to create a phased approach to meeting in larger numbers when the second surge hit, and we had to put those plans on hold.
Throughout this time, we have been watching the news, talking with other pastors, and discussing options with our leadership team. We are excited to share that we have crafted a plan to begin meeting in the church building at 10am Sunday, April 4 — almost one year from when we had to start sheltering in place! Even as we make this move, rest assured that we know this timing will not be right for everyone, so the virtual options will remain open as well. We want to be sure no one is left out as we start moving back to in-person gatherings.
Allow us to share a few bits of information that influenced this decision, and then we will get to logistics.
- Positivity rates are going down for our neighborhoods and for the city as a whole. The vaccine is currently being given out to people 65 and older as well as many other essential workers. We recognize that many of you are not in that age bracket but a primary concern has always been what this virus could do to those most vulnerable.
- Worship gatherings are permitted for 50 people or less. We remain committed to following city guidelines to consider not only our own safety, but the wellness of everyone in our community.
Some logistics to note:
- We will have families sit together (we are not yet ready to relaunch MD Kids, but we will have activity bags),
- We will usher groups (families or “pod units”) to their seats to ensure social distance, and hand out individualized communion elements at that time,
- We will require the congregation to remain masked through the service, which will look like a shorter version of our “normal” services with worship sung over us (either no singing from congregation or soft whisper max while masked), shortened sermon and communion. While these measures seem restrictive, they feel like the safe first step to gathering and worshipping together in person!
- We will ask for people to refrain from hugging and to remain physical distanced at all times in the church building.
We want to be clear about the health procedures we are taking for our services on Sunday mornings. Below are the procedures for the main service:
- Do not to come if sick or you feel like you might be sick
- Temperatures checked at the door
- Masks are required for anyone over 2 years old
- Cleaning before service, including chairs, tables, door knobs, etc.
- Masks and hand sanitizer available for anyone to use
- No shared coffee or communion
- Individual communion cups placed on seats before service
- Socially distanced seating
- Limited congregational singing
- Limited sharing of microphones
- Communication to those attending if anyone has COVID-19 after the service.