The Church Council and Pastors have been thinking and discussing the opening of Zion’s building and the return to normal for Zion for quite some time. Our members represent a wide range of opinions on the current situation and we will continue to move forward with health and safety of all of our members as our priority.
On May 18th, the State of MN transitioned to StaySafeMN orders and the council approved re-opening the church and allowing small groups of less than 10 to meet in-person that same day. We have plans in place to allow in-person worship to begin when groups of up to 50 are allowed to meet, and as restrictions continue to loosen we will implement more in-person worship opportunities as soon as possible. The leadership of Zion desires to get back to full in-person worship as soon as possible, but doing so in a safe and healthy manner for all our members.
From the very beginning Zion stated that our policy would be that we would follow the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. They are the experts and have the best understanding of how to protect the public which includes our members. We are following their guidance to protect the health and safety of our members. The leadership of Zion, which is the Church Council, views not holding large in-person worship services at this time as the best way to protect the health and safety of our members. The leadership of Zion does not view the guidance and restrictions by State as the government shutting down the choice of worship and imposing government restrictions on religious worship. We don’t believe the government is using this opportunity to subvert the Constitution and Bill of Rights or restrict religious freedoms.
Current worship opportunities are the 9am drive-in worship service (weather permitting) and the 10am online worship service, both on Sundays.