Phased Regathering Plan

Covid-19 Safeguards

Phase 1

Phase 2

 

Covid-19 Safeguards

We’re excited to be gathering with you again! 

Our goal through this season of COVID-19 is safety to protect you, our staff, and others as we comply with the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) guidelines and the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Orders.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please refrain from attending for the safety of others.  

FACE MASKS REQUIRED

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order 20-81. This order requires all Minnesotans to wear face coverings in business and indoor public settings. This includes wearing face masks while at North Heights campuses for the safety of others. Face masks are available at the COVID-19 Resource Table.

Remember to social distance at all times by maintaining at least 6 feet from others not living with you. This includes the distance from others next to, in front of, and behind you. We have placed signs to help with recommended distancing.

After services, events or gatherings, please exit right away and return to your car or mode of transportation. 

Thank you for helping each other stay safe and for your understanding through the capacity limitations.

Phase 2

A Letter from Senior Pastor TJ Anderson

 

June 19, 2020

Dear North Heights Family,

We miss you!  It seems longer than three months since we last worshiped together at our campuses. The North Heights Leadership Team and the Council of Elders have been working really hard to develop a regathering plan with your safety as a top concern. As we regather, we want to provide a safe environment so that people feel comfortable as they hear the Gospel.

In May and June, we rolled out phase one of our regathering plan with Tuesday Communion at Roseville and Drive-In Church, Counseling Clinic and small groups of 10 or less at Arden Hills.  

Now, I am so excited to share with you phase two of our regathering plan. On Sunday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m., we will hold a combined worship service with Communion in the Arden Hills Worship Center (250), Great Hall (250) and Chapel (50). 

For the rest of the summer, starting Sunday, July 12, worship services will be held at both campuses.  Roseville: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Arden Hills: 10:30 a.m. Online worship will continue for those who are most vulnerable at: 9am10:30am and 11am.

Worship at Roseville

During this current phase of COVID-19 social distancing, sanitizing and room occupancy restrictions, the Roseville campus can only accommodate 200 people for each worship service (100 in the Worship Center and 100 in the Fellowship Hall). Also, the 10:45 a.m. service is moving to 11 a.m. to allow more time to sanitize between services.  

Will you help us make these adjustments‭?  ‬

If you attend Roseville services, we are asking those with last names beginning with A-M to attend the 9 a.m. service and those with last names beginning with N-Z to attend the 11 a.m. service. Other options are to attend the 10:30 a.m. Arden Hills worship service or watch the 9 a.m. Roseville live stream worship service in the comfort of your home–a great option for those most vulnerable.  

I know this isn’t ideal, yet I hope you will agree that it is better to gather at Roseville with limitations and adjustments then to keep the campus closed.  

Worship will be different at both campuses then it was last March. We need to observe social distancing and room  capacity limitations as we follow the CDC guidelines. Please review the COVID-19 Safeguards below before we gather. 

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate through these unusual times, and please keep praying for an end to this virus.

I look forward to worshiping with you in July!

In Christ,

TJ Anderson
Senior Pastor

Phase 1

Leadership and the Council of Elders have been working on a phased regathering plan. All phases will offer Livestream worship at 9am, 10am and 10:45am and on the Facebook.com/NorthHeightsLutheranChurch page.

Leadership and the Council of Elders has rolled out phase 1 of our regathering plan working within the CDC and government guidelines with your safety as our primary concern. This includes Sunday Drive-in Church with Communion at the Arden Hills parking lot A, pre-arranged groups of 10 or less to meet for prayer and small groups at Arden Hills on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Thursday evening Counseling Clinic, and Communion Tuesdays at the Roseville Fellowship Hall for groups up to 50.

Drive-In Church with communion

Sundays, May 24–June 28, 11am, Arden Hills Parking Lot A

Working within the CDC and government guidelines, North Heights will begin phase one of our phased regathering plan beginning with Drive-In Church.

How Drive-In Church will work:

  • Parking lot attendants will direct cars into parking spots to maximize spaces in Lot A and direct cars out for a safe traffic flow
  • A pre-packaged bulletin with Communion elements and activities for kids will be distributed so you can remain in your car
  • Tune your FM radio to the frequency indicated in your bulletin that will transmit across Lot A
  • Restrooms are available inside Door A
    • Please wash your hands before and after use
    • When visiting the restroom, face masks are encouraged for the comfort of others—remember to social distance
  • Weather cancellations will be communicated by Sunday at 9am on NorthHeights.Church/BreakingNews and the Facebook.com/NorthHeightsLutheranChurch page; livestream worship will be offered rain or shine at 9am, 10am, and 10:45am

The following guidelines will be put in place with your safety as our primary concern:

  • Staff and volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear face masks (and gloves if distributing materials or cleaning)
  • Staff and volunteers will be temperature checked—anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will return home
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and enjoy the Livestream worship at 9am, 10am or 10:45am

Pre-arranged groups of 10 or less

Working within the CDC and government guidelines, the Arden Hills campus will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for pre-arranged groups of 10 or less to meet for prayer groups and small groups and Thursday evenings for the Counseling Clinic.

  • Begin the small group pre-arrangement process by contacting Pastor Jordan at Jordan.Gehlhar@nhlc.org
  • For the Counseling Clinic, begin the intake process by calling 651-797-7484
  • Once your prayer group or small group has been pre-arranged, check in with the receptionist at Door B before meeting with your small group 
  • Communion is offered at the Roseville Fellowship Hall, Tuesdays at 9:30am for up to 50 people

Pre-arranged groups of 10 or less are to follow these guidelines with your safety as our top priority:

  • Staff and volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear face masks (and gloves if distributing materials or cleaning)
  • Social distance within each space
  • Face masks are encouraged for the comfort of others
  • Wash your hands before and after using the restroom
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility
  • After each small group session, the rooms is sanitized
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home