Sunday Guidelines

sanctuary worship

Zion’s policy is to follow the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC regarding indoor gatherings. They are the experts and have the best understanding of how to protect the public which includes our members and attenders.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that anyone who is not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses, public settings, and when around people from other households, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

If you’re not yet comfortable being indoors or with a large group, we understand. Please choose the worship experience that works best for you and your family.

All Worship Service Options

Sunday School Registration

It is no longer necessary to RSVP for indoor worship.

When You Arrive

  • Please review the posted standard health screening checklist before entering the building.
  • Outdoor and online worship are available as alternatives to indoor worship.
  • Please follow the directions of ushers/greeters/staff, and continue to maintain distance from those who do not live in the same household.

All attendees are encouraged to wash or sanitize your hands when you enter the building (and again when you leave the building).

Worship Details

Indoor worship will include scripture, sermon, prayer and music. Worship will be a ‘no-contact’ experience.

  • Doors will be propped or held open for you.
  • Bulletins have been placed in pews in advance.
  • The offering plates will be placed at the back of the worship space and not passed during worship.
  • Communion is included in all worship services on the first Sunday of each month.

Guidelines for Communion

Frequently Asked Questions

What About My Kids?

We don’t have ‘rainbow bags’ or toys available at the moment, so please bring whatever items your child might need during worship.

All worship services include a children’s message, but we won’t be inviting the children to come forward together. Plan to keep your children in your pew for the children’s message.

How Do These Guidelines Relate to Our Faith?

Oftentimes at church, we talk about our faith as both a vertical and horizontal relationship. The vertical relationship is our relationship with God, and the horizontal is our relationship with each other, with our neighbors. And our faith is very much about our relationship with God. But as Jesus said, it’s just as much about our relationship with each other. So our desire to follow these guidelines are for the sake of our neighbor, for the sake of people we care for, looking out for their good. We all have choices to make but each one of us wants to do our best to keep other people safe and healthy, and so that’s why we’re following the guidelines.

I Still Have Questions

Please speak to a staff member, council member, email office@zionbuffalo.org, or call the church office at 763-682-1245 with further questions.

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