In-person worship 9:30 am service in the church
In-person Worship Protocols during COVID19
Following Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines for Worship Gatherings, our purpose is to maintain a safe and sanitary environment for all participants.
Be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. Phillipians 2:3 (GNT)
For the health of all, please abide by the following guidelines:
- Stay Home if you are sick
- Stay Home if you are part of a vulnerable population
Live Online Services will continue during in-person gatherings.
Single Entry to the Building – east doors under the carport
- Masks are required in the building at all times. Pastors and other performers may remove mask when they get up front to speak or perform. When leaving the platform masks will be worn.
- Attendant will open doors for all persons.
- Upon entry, person/s will be directed to worship seating.
In the Building
- Must maintain 6 feet social distance.
- Every other pew will be used and only same households can sit together.
- Overflow and Special Seating is in the fellowship hall.
- Service attendants will dismiss congregants maintaining appropriate social distancing.
- This summer following worship fellowship is encouraged outside. We have plenty of green space around the building and in the parsonage yard. Bring a chair, and catch up at a safe distance.
- For emergency use only.
- If bathroom is used – A Service Attendant must be told so it can be sanitized.
- All elements of worship, songs, announcements, will be projected.
- A stationary box will be available for those bringing offering. We encourage text to give, and online giving.
May 22, 2020 Important Update
Bethlehem Church Family,
I know many of you are aware of Governor Walz’s decision on Wednesday to keep tight restrictions on group gatherings which directly impact the church, and President Trump’s announcement Friday, calling on Governors to open up houses of worship. These announcements reflect vastly different approaches to reopening for worship. As we wait on further guidelines, and continue to counsel with our Northwest Conference, we encourage you to remain calm and steadfast in your faith during this season of being physically apart.
Below are a few updates that are important for you to know as a church family.
- We have not scheduled a reopening date. However, the Leadership Team is working on a “Re-Opening” of the church building plan. We have chosen to meet from a distance for a season during this pandemic to keep people safe and to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19.
- The goal is to have a re-opening plan for the church in place by Monday, June 1, 2020. This plan will likely have different stages that will help define what church life will be like at each stage.
We look forward to meeting together as a church family at the church, hopefully someday soon. In the meantime, connect online for Sunday worship and remember, you are loved and prayed for often!
Please commit yourself to praying for Bethlehem Covenant Church. Your prayers are appreciated, as we navigate this challenging and troubling time together.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Tim Shekleton and the Leadership Team
Our Worship service will be on our website, Facebook and YouTube at 8:15 and 10:30 am Sunday morning until further notice. We invite you to join us online to worship our Lord together. http://www.bethcov.org/sermon-archive/
Reach out this weekend by inviting others to our website and sharing on Facebook.
Just as we are moving our worship online we are also moving our giving online. Go to the Give Link and set up your safe and secure giving. There is a helpful tutorial to get you started.
Please post prayer requests as we continue to pray for and encourage one another through social media. Be the church as we point to Jesus.
March 17 – Service and Gathering Update
Due to the Covid-19 Guidelines, we will be moving all services online. Please check your email, our website, and Facebook for updates as we work to find new ways to stay connected to each other, God’s Word and worship at Bethlehem Church.
There will be no services held at our facility until further notice.
Peace, The staff of Bethlehem Covenant Church
March 13 – Response to Coronavirus
We are all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19. And it seems like the world we live in has changed dramatically in the last two weeks because of it. It is important for you to know that the leadership of Bethlehem Covenant Church is staying on top of a developing situation and will implement any necessary action steps to keep Bethlehem Covenant Church a safe place for worship and ministry. We will keep you informed of action steps through email, Facebook posts and notifications on our website.
Our first response to the COVID-19 is trusting God through prayer. Let’s pray together for the following:
- People who are sick with the virus
- People who are scared and anxious
- Public health officials
- Doctors and nurses
- Federal, State, and County Officials for wisdom
While we will continue to pray; Here’s what you can expect to be different this weekend: no handshakes, but many more friendly smiles, more hand sanitizer. We will continue to sanitize surfaces regularly. We will be using disposable coffee cups and will not be serving treats so as to limit contact.
One of the recommendations for keeping people safe is keeping adequate space between us.
As we know more about the virus and its impact on our community grows, we will make necessary adjustments to keep everyone as safe as possible. We highly encourage you to follow the CDC’s best practices for keeping yourself safe from the COVID-19. See information here.
If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and rest. And if you are 60+, particularly those who are health compromised, please do not feel guilty about not attending church on Sunday morning.
How can you love people well during this season?
- Pray. We believe that prayer can do powerful things. Let’s pray as a church family for those affected by the virus, for our local community, and the world at large as we navigate this virus together.
- Call your friends and family. Even as we lean towards social distancing as a tactic to protect the elderly and vulnerable health populations- it doesn’t mean we need to be disconnected. Reach out by phone, email, or social media to let them know you are thinking of them (while still keeping them safe).
- Reach out to those in isolation. Know of someone who is in self-isolation or at the hospital? Give them a call or shoot them a message; isolation can be incredibly difficult on a person’s mental health and well-being. Just because they are alone, doesn’t mean they have to feel alone in it.
We believe we have an opportunity for faith to overcome fear and bring peace in this situation.
Let’s join together in prayer, love each other well during this challenging time, and bring God’s peace to our community!