MDH recommendations concerning public gatherings

Yesterday, the Governor’s office, along with the Minnesota Department of Health, issued new guidelines and recommendations concerning public gatherings created “to make person-to-person transmission less likely by reducing the close-contact interactions (interactions with others within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) that tend to result in passing along the illness.”

Most notably, they are asking gatherings of 250 or more to postpone or cancel events (which does not apply to us). But they are also suggesting canceling events or gatherings of less than 250 people “that are held in settings that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person”. That does apply to us.

It is not practical for our Sunday gathering to include 60-80 adults in the theater to maintain a constant distance of 6 feet between us at all times. And that requirement is impossible for children.

So, after consulting with the staff at the Chaska Community Center, the pastors have decided to cancel this Sunday’s church service. (Other community activities at the CCC are being canceled as well.) We will treat it as a snow day, where we would encourage everyone to gather with your families or a few friends, sing, pray and enjoy home-church. (There will be no live streaming of the sermon this Sunday).

We will continue to take it one day at a time, reassess next week, and I’ll let you know of any further changes. If it remains necessary to cancel next week’s gathering as well, we will be prepared to do some form of live stream of the sermon. I’ll keep you posted.

And as a reminder, while we may have to have limited interaction, let us not limit our love and care for each other, and let us not limit our trust in Jesus, who knows how to care for His own.


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