Indoor Worship Service Guidelines

Guideline and Registration Information for Indoor Worship Services.

Pre-registration is required – see details and link below. COVID-19 Guidelines for Trinity Lutheran Church In-person Worship “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.”  Psalm 29:2

Trinity’s Safety Team is continually monitoring the infection rate in Chisago/Isanti counties and all MDH and CDC recommendations. These, and the safety of our community, guide decision making for in person worship.

In thankfulness for the gift to worship and out of loving concern for all in our community, we choose to follow these guidelines for attending in person worship at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Face masks will be worn in the church building at all times.  They will fully cover a person’s mouth and nose. (Face shields are not a suitable replacement for a good fitting face mask.) Pastor Jon will remove his face mask when he speaks during the service.

If you are sick, have a fever, present any COVID-19 symptoms, or have any underlying health conditions, please stay home and view the worship service online.  This includes staff and volunteers.

Due to distancing requirements, there are 30 places where we can seat families/couples/individuals.  These are marked with Xs on the pews. Please register by Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  if you plan to attend Sunday morning worship.  This will allow us time to prepare communion Take out “kits” and to add a worship time/s if registrations fill up. To maintain required distancing, group size is limited to 6 per pew. Groups larger than six will need to register for multiple groups.  Click here for the registration link. This is also available on Trinity’s website.  You may also leave a message with Julie in the church office at 651-674-7047.

The doors to the church building will open 15 minutes prior to worship.  Please park on the side you wish to sit as you will be unable to walk through the narthex once inside.  Please enter and exit through the same door. As you arrive, please keep a distance of at least 6 feet from those who are not a part of your household.  A wave and “smile with your eyes” are encouraged vs a hand shake or hug!  We are asking everyone, no matter your age, to keep in mind these 6 feet of physical distancing at all times so that everyone can feel comfortable and safe.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and we ask that you limit the number of surfaces you touch.

When you arrive in the building, an usher or greeter will check your name on the registration sheet in case the need for contact tracing arises and direct you to the sanctuary.  An usher will direct you to your seat.   (Please take any coats or jackets into the sanctuary with you instead of hanging them up in the narthex.)  To help with airflow, windows in the sanctuary will be open as much as possible so you may want a sweater or jacket.

The service will be somewhat abbreviated as there will not be any group singing for now and limited spoken responses.  Communion will not be a part of the service in the way that it was.  The nursery/childcare and Prayground and children’s worship/busy bags will not be available.

There won’t be a fellowship/coffee hour before or after the worship service.  Please engage in conversations with those not in your household outside and physically distanced.

Restrooms will be open for emergency use only.

Please email Julie at  office@trinitynorthbranch.org or leave a voice message at 651-674-7047 with questions.