Upcoming Worship Services
Children & Youth Religious Education
Sundays @ 10:30 am
Children and youth will join the worship service for the first 20 minutes and will leave after the story and hymn to play community building games and join affinity groups in the multipurpose room.
Eva Leventer, Acting Director of Religious Education
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Gathering Size Limits
There will be no limit on gathering size while at the Low or Medium risk level according to the COVID ACT NOW website. While at the High risk level, there will be room capacity limits set and six feet of social distance between households will be advised.
Communal singing will be allowed while at the Low risk for those wearing a face mask. At Medium risk, the choir may perform for an audience, but there will be no communal singing. There will be no live indoor singing with an audience while above Medium risk.
Food and drink service are allowed at large indoor gatherings only when the Detroit Metro Area is at Low or Medium risk level according to COVIDActNow. (Small gatherings held at Northwest, such as Tuesday Soup and Service Auction events, may eat together). While there will not be Coffee Hour or Potlucks during High level, members are welcome to stay after worship services to socialize. (Bring-your-own-beverage). Social distancing is advised while unmasked. The current risk level and CDC guidance will be posted in a visible location at the time of gatherings with food service.
Lifting of Safety Measures
All safety measures may be lifted when vaccination against COVID-19 has been available to all ages for a period of six weeks, OR when public health authorities have declared an official end to the pandemic.
Vaccinations and Testing
Proof of vaccination will not be required; however, attendees will sign a covenant affirming their agreement to abide by current safety measures upon entering the building.
Attendees at an indoor gathering (large or small) are preferred to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose according to the latest
CDC Stay Up to Date Guidance.
The most recent booster dose includes the bivalent boosters that target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose. People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster, at least 2 months after your 2nd dose or last booster.
Unvaccinated persons may attend in person gatherings provided they have received a negative COVID test result within 48 hours of attending. In the interest of protecting the most vulnerable in the congregation, we ask that all unvaccinated individuals be masked and socially distanced from older congregants.
Indoors: For large gatherings (Sunday services, memorial services, weddings, etc) all participants are required to be masked indoors, unless eating or drinking. Masking will be optional when at Low risk. However, masks are required while singing. Small groups may decide together whether to allow participants to be unmasked.
Outdoors: Masking is at the discretion of individuals. However, parents are advised to have unvaccinated children wear masks while playing together.
Contact: Ben Gabel, Congregational Administrator