Updated 5/15/21:

Church Family,

Below you will find our plans for Sunday morning worship starting 5/16/21 in lieu of the changes that were made by the CDC and state. After much time of processing through the new orders we feel this is how we can move forward as a Church. These decisions don’t come easy and we understand that they impact every individual that walks through our doors. More than anything my hope is that we can continue to love, honor, and respect each other knowing we all sit in different places with these decisions. Our hope is to continue to provide a worship space where all are welcome and feel safe to come in-person. At the same time, we know and understand if you feel it is best to wait on coming in-person and we invite you to worship with us online.

Know you are loved and prayed for. Thanks for walking with us as we navigate this season of changes together.

In Christ,
Pastor James

Midland Nazarene COVID-19 Plan

On May 14th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new COVID-19 Emergency Order recognizing the recommendation of the CDC in regard to masks.

Effective May 15th persons who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask.  All of the other gathering and social distancing criteria remain in effect.  Those are tied to vaccinating a percentage of the population; a goal that looks to be some way off.

The only change for us is that if at least 2 weeks have elapsed since you completed the COVID-19 vaccination process you do not need to wear a mask when you come to church.  It is important that all others continue to wear masks.

We will continue to use every other pew, wear masks if not vaccinated, social distance, limit room capacities, and only drink beverages that we bring with us or bottled water from the lobby.

Michigan continues to be a “hot spot”, ranking 2nd in the country in new cases and deaths.  Please pay attention when you are near others and if you haven’t gotten the vaccine, consider getting it as soon as possible.

Direct any questions, suggestions, or concerns to Pastor James or COVID-19 Response Coordinator Chuck Cribley at Safety@midlandnaz.org or 989-488-9409.

We are requiring all guests not fully vaccinated over the age of 5 to wear masks in the building. Ages 2-5 are strongly encouraged to make a good faith effort to wear a mask.

Effective May 15th persons who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask in our building.

All of the other gathering and social distancing criteria remain in effect. 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. bit.ly/MidNazKidsRegister

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 unless fully vaccinated.

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, 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.