At its meeting on Tuesday, February 16th, the Church Council at Abiding Savior approved a recommendation from the Abiding Savior Reopening Task Force returning to in-person worship starting with the mid-week Lenten service on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30pm. All Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services following February 24th will be both open to in-person worshipers and streamed online through Facebook Live. At these worship services strict COVID compliance will be followed including mask wearing, social distancing, assigned seating areas in the pews, and a 125 maximum occupancy in the Sanctuary for worship services. The decision to reopen for in-person worship was made using the current COVID-19 data which shows the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has been steadily declining. If the numbers start to trend in the opposite direction, we will adjust our policies accordingly. Our reopening guidelines meet with Governor Tim Walz executive order for occupancy at public events.
Although no one is discouraged from attending in person worship, we encourage those who are content with online worship to continue worshiping in that way in order to keep our in person worship numbers within a safe range. One factor in deciding to reopen for in-person worship was to allow those who do not have adequate access to the internet to be able to join in the worship experience of their congregation. Please click HERE to sign-up and reserve your spot for Sunday or Wednesday worship.
At this time the Council is not recommending resuming in person Bible study, Sunday school, Confirmation, or other church meetings attended by more than ten people. They will revisit this decision monthly and make recommendation based upon the best data available concerning COVID-19 in our area and the needs of the people of the congregation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Ryan via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding as together we navigate this pandemic living in God’s love!