Here is an important announcement from our Council regarding the REOPENING of North Hills church for public worship:
At its meeting on June 16, the Council approved a plan to reopen public worship at North Hills Church. Implementation will begin on Sunday, June 28. A full, detailed copy of the plan is available to anyone by request, but here is a summary:
1. Our worship livestream ministry will continue indefinitely. Thanks to our tech team Dave Zylstra and Willie Yuhas for their continued efforts! As such, the livestream camera will be installed permanently on a sanctuary beam for even better picture and sound, and to ensure that in-person worshippers will not block the view of those watching.
2. Masking and social distancing will be required for all who attend public worship, although masking is not required for children under the age of 5. Bring your own mask, but if you forget masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the Atrium. You should not attend if you have not practiced social distancing or masking, or if you have any COVID symptoms.
3. Sanctuary seating will be limited to 50. Once you’re at North Hills, you’ll be asked to sit only in designated rows and marked seats. Family units may sit together.
4. You will be given a disposable liturgy that will include the hymn, readings, and weekly announcements. The worship leaders will not wear masks once they are in front of the sanctuary to offer their part in the service, but at that time there will be a 30+ foot distance to the nearest congregant.
5. There will be no sharing of God’s peace, handshakes, hugs, passing of offering plates, signing of the guest register, holding of Bibles and hymnals, or fellowship hour. Weather permitting, doors will be propped open for you. These are efforts to remove as many contact points as possible. You’ll also be asked to limit your movement in the building to the Sanctuary, Atrium and restrooms only.
6. There will be a nursery for children ages 2.5 years to preschool. A reservation will be needed so that Director of Youth and Education, Janice Krum, can prepare adequately. She’ll then communicate exact protocols to those with a reservation for their child(ren).
Of course, these protocols and precautions are not guarantees. But they are our best attempt to make public worship a possibility for many. Please assess your personal situation and use your judgement to decide whether you’ll join us via livestream or in person. In either case, we look forward to being together as North Hills Church and to continue our calling to Glorify, Gather, and Grow!
~The North Hills Council