Updated 1/5/21: We will be returning to in-person activities and services January 10, 2021.

The Safety Team has been monitoring COVID-19 data for the area and has closely examined the current Emergency Order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  We have also looked at the experience of other churches in the area.

Based on our research we believe that we can safely return to in-person activities at the church as of Sunday January 10th.  The conditions will be very much like they were before we discontinued services in Mid-November:

  • Wear A Mask – bring your own or pick one up at the Welcome Center
  • Watch Your Distance – 6 feet social distancing between households – room capacities are limited
  • Wash Your Hands – hand sanitizer will be readily available

Our “COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan” has been updated.  Copies are available for viewing at the church, if you would like a copy of your own, or have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Chuck Cribley at Safety@MidlandNaz.org or 989-488-9409.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will recommend additional actions if needed.

Grace and Peace,

MidNaz Leadership Team & Staff

We are requiring all guests over the age of 5 to wear masks in the building. We encourage you to make a decision about attending in person based on your comfort level with this requirement. Disposable masks will be available at the door.

We will be welcoming back children’s ministry and nursery when we return to in-person services. This will be based on our ability to have smaller group sizes to create safe social distancing practices. We know that many of our volunteers are in the high-risk category and we choose to care for each by recognizing their health as priority.

Signup is required for birth-preschool. Contact autumn@midlandnaz.org more information

Yes, we do plan to allow singing. Our volunteers will be trained by the MidNaz Safety Team to seat people in alternate rows with 6’ social distancing. We encourage people to keep their masks on while singing.

The MidNaz Safety team is thoroughly training volunteers on sanitation practices and cleaning before, between, and after service on Sundays. We will not be offering coffee initially – though you’re welcome to bring your own caffeine! – and we will shut off water fountains, remove shared items from the pews (Bibles, pens, etc.) and will provide offering baskets in the rear of the sanctuary as opposed to passing them around.

Like our broader church family, the members of the Leadership Team and the Re-Entry Task Force represent a wide-variety of positions, opinions, and backgrounds. Through many hours of dialog, listening, and prayer, we recognize that it’s not possible to be 100% risk free, nor to make everyone 100% happy. But we also understand that there are a significant number of people that would like to worship but are at higher risk. Our hope is that this plan represents a compromise that provides people more choices for worship, while striving to take every precaution possible to keep our congregation and staff safe and healthy while being respectful of each other.

The doors will be unlocked and opened 15 minutes before service begins at 10:45. This allows us to complete all the necessary preparations for you to join us.

We are excited to welcome you back into the sanctuary; however, if you are not feeling well or have been sick earlier in the week, please stay home and join us on-line.