COVID-19 Re-Entry

06.05.20 | Update

COVID-19 Re-Entry

    Off-site, online and food shelf ministry have continued throughout the pandemic. Re-entry efforts are currently focused on Sunday worship gatherings.

    Worship Gatherings

    No reservations necessary.

    English: 9:30am, Worship Center
    Spanish: 11am, Worship Center

    Online Livestream
    English: 9:30am
    Spanish: 11am

    En Español

    Worship Experience 
    We are observing social distancing and providing a touchless worship experience with doors propped open and no bulletins, handshakes or hugs. Offering is collected online or at drop boxes in the lobby.

    Health & Safety 
    Before arriving for worship, please assess your health (a fever of more than 100.4 degrees, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a new cough) and stay home if you are not well. A full list of symptoms is available from the CDC. Those in a high-risk category who have been sick or in contact with someone sick are strongly encouraged to continue worshipping online.

    Face Masks 
    For the safety of others, face masks are required indoors on New Hope Church's campuses (except for those with prohibitive medical conditions and children ages 5 and under). Masks are available if needed.

    Building Access
    Volunteers will help direct you to the designated entrance and exit doors and assist you with seating. Worship venue doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of each worship gathering.

    Seating is spaced with every other row closed. Please leave three seats (six feet) between households within a row. Volunteers help coordinate seating to ensure we are able to maximize our capacity.

    After the Worship Gathering
    Worship venues are dismissed by rows. We ask that you exit the building promptly to allow time to clean and prepare for the next gathering. Feel free to connect with others in the outdoor lobby where volunteers are also available to pray with you.

    Important Precaution
    There is a possibility of contracting COVID-19 in any public place, including New Hope Church. While preventative health and safety measures are being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, those who attend do so at their own risk.

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    How can I help with the on-campus worship experience?
    We need volunteers to help ensure a safe and smooth worship experience. Two main areas of need are in tech support and hospitality. Complete the linked volunteer form and we’ll get you plugged in. Thanks for teaming up to make this happen!

    What about kids?
    Families are encouraged to worship together. No childcare or children's ministry is offered at this time. However, disposable kids’ activity bags are available and one of the overflow venues is family-friendly. The Parent/Child Room is reserved exclusively for nursing moms.

    Will there be health screenings or temperature checks at the door?
    All who attend are asked to self-assess prior to coming onto the New Hope Church campus. Those experiencing any of these common COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days prior should stay home: a fever of more than 100.4 degrees, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a new cough. A full list of other symptoms and a self-checker assessment is available from the CDC.

    Will we be singing?
    Singing is a core part of NHC's corporate worship. 

    What happens if the main worship venue is full? 
    Those who arrive after the Worship Center is full have the opportunity to be seated in one of the overflow venues with a livestream broadcast.

    Will the Café or Fireside Coffee Shop be open?
    Not at this time. There is no food or beverage offered on campus.

    What about other programming and ministries?
    Off-site, online and food shelf ministry have continued throughout the pandemic. While state guidelines now permit other ministry gatherings on campus, we've chosen to focus exclusively on worship gatherings for the initial re-entry phase. This determination allows us to channel staff and volunteer resources appropriately. Subsequent phases will incorporate other on-campus ministry. 

    Personal Safety Considerations

    Your well-being is a priority. Let's all contribute to safe environments, whether we’re at home, school, work or church. Reminders for good respiratory etiquette and hygiene:

    • When possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid shaking hands, hugging and other unnecessary contact. 
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover with a tissue—throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizer.
    Stay connected
    • Web: The livestream experience is a vital part of our weekly worship gatherings. 
    • App: Get quick access to messages, online giving and contact information. Download the app.
    • Social Media: Stay connected with updates and stories on Facebook and Instagram. Share your story.
    • Church Family Updates: Log in to myNHC Family News for giving and church family postings. Share prayer requests and pray for others. 

    Like many of you, New Hope Church is paying attention to updates from organizations who are monitoring the illness, like the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). 

    We recognize that there are cases of those severely impacted by this virus. Continue to be diligent, stay informed and pray for families and regions that are especially experiencing the effects at this time. 

    Current information
    For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:

    You'll find COVID-19 response and ministry updates here and directly through individual ministries, by email and social media. We'll reflect those changes on the website whenever possible. Call the reception desk for details at 763-533-2449.