Practices for In-Person MINISTRY

Updated September 16, 2021

Groups that wish to meet in-person may contact the Healthy Church Team (HCT) to discuss their plans (

  • Signing In: Keeping attendance (with an email address or phone number for each attendee) is important for contact tracing purposes.  The group leader should note who is present.
  • Health Acknowledgment:  Each participant should read over the Health Acknowledgment information; and confirm that they are healthy and have not had any known exposure.
  • Vaccination:  Vaccinations are very helpful in minimizing the risk of transmitting viruses.

Six dimensions of risk mitigation:

  1.  HYGIENE:
    • Encourage frequent hand hygiene (hand washing, sanitizer); sanitize high touch areas.
    • Even though physical distancing requirements have been relaxed, distancing may still be appropriate, especially if indoors, or unmasked, or in settings where the vaccination status of others may be unknown.
  3. MASKS: 
    • Masks are still required for everyone entering the building.  If meeting in a small group setting, if everyone in the group says they are comfortable with masks being removed, masks may be removed. Always consider those in the group (and broader church family) who are not yet vaccinated, including youth and children, and guests or others in attendance whose vaccination status may be unknown.  Masks for all are required for children’s ministry events indoors except when eating.  Masks are optional for children outdoors, but all youth & adults will wear masks while working with children.
    • Stay home when sick; self-check in at the door with a health acknowledgement poster. Thermometers are available if your group wants everyone to have a temperature check.
    • Groups should gather outdoors when feasible. When gathering indoors consider:
      • the total amount of time where groups are in any one gathering space
      • the number of people gathered in one space. It is preferable to use larger spaces over smaller ones for all indoor gatherings.
    • Maximize airflow and turnover of air in indoor occupied spaces; whenever feasible, hold activities outside.