Frequently Asked Questions
When and how will it take place?
We invite you to the scheduled form of Gathering every Sunday at 5pm.
Beginning in May 2021, we will move to a monthly rotation of Virtual, Indoor In-Person and Outdoor gatherings, always with the option to view virtually.
Will we continue to livestream our gathering?
Yes, to care for the most vulnerable in our community and anyone who is quarantining or is uncomfortable gathering in person, we plan to livestream our gatherings on Sundays at 5pm.
Will in-person gathering ever be canceled?
There is the potential we will cancel indoor, in-person Sunday night gatherings if the Hennepin county COVID case counts move to an unsafe number. When that determination is made, the gathering will take place in a virtual only format.
There is also a potential to cancel our outdoor, in-person gatherings due to inclement weather or if Hennepin COVID case counts move move to an unsafe number. In that event, gathering will take place in a virtual only format.
What are we doing to minimize the spread of Coronavirus on surfaces?
Hand sanitizing stations will be available upon entrance and exit of the building.
We will not be providing food or drink during indoor gatherings.
During indoor, in-person gatherings, we will not be partaking in communion. However, during our outdoor, in-person gatherings we will have COVID safe elements and practice for participation in communion.
We will not pass bags to receive the offering. We encourage you to give online at urminneapolis.org/give.
How will we maintain social distancing during the gathering?
Indoor, in-person gathering will be limited in capacity.
We ask that you RSVP your household before attending indoor gatherings.
We will be blocking off spaces in the pews to ensure households are socially distanced throughout the gathering.
To encourage social distancing and adherence to safety protocols, you will be greeted by a host when entering the building, guided to a seat by an usher upon entering the sanctuary, and dismissed by an usher upon the completion of gathering.
We ask that you not congregate in the commons (lobby area), but proceed directly into the sanctuary and to a seat and remain there for the gathering.
What does socializing look like before or after gathering?
The best part about Upper Room is the community! We welcome you to say hello and exchange brief pleasantries while inside the building. If you would like to gather and talk more, please move outside before or after the gathering.
Please greet one another with kind words versus handshakes or hugs.
Do we need to wear face masks?
We ask that you would please wear a mask for the entire gathering. If you don’t have a mask, we will have extras for you at the entry doors.
We ask that children 5 years and older should wear face masks while in the building.
We understand if you are unable to wear a face mask due to any medical or behavioral condition, disability, or if you are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible.
Will UR Kids be provided?
Initially there will be no UR Kids provided. Starting in June, with outdoor gatherings only, UR Kids will be provided for preschool aged children. UR Kids Preschool will have limited capacity, so families must register ahead of time. More details to come in early June regarding how UR Kids will be following CDC guidelines. Contact Hannah Sinnwell for details with any questions. email@example.com
What is the longer term plan for UR Kids?
UR Kids is starting with a phased approach and will be providing outdoor preschool programming for the summer. We will then look to the fall to slowly phase in elementary aged kids as well as nursery. We will also be looking at how to safely provide indoor children’s programming for the fall and winter months. We will continue to focus on one age group at a time, allowing us the opportunity to grow and adapt.
Are my kids allowed to join the gathering?
Kids are welcome, and even encouraged, to attend the gathering and sit with their parents. We are aware of what this can mean for parents, and we will plan gatherings accordingly, knowing kids are in the space. There will be opportunity for them to engage through an activity at their seat. Parents, please know that we ask that you keep your children with you at all times. You will be able to hear the gathering from the commons area if you need to step out during the gathering.
What should I do if I am sick?
If you are running a fever near or above 100 degrees or experiencing any respiratory symptoms, please stay at home.
What should I do if I become sick after attending an Upper Room Gathering?
If at any time you develop COVID-19 symptoms and/or test positive and have recently attended a gathering, please contact Upper Room as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will Upper Room notify others of possible contact?
Yes, we will inform those who attended the same gathering as someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. We will also ask you to identify those with whom you may have had “close” contact while there and request that you notify them or give your permission to Upper Room to do so on your behalf.
What should I do if I attended a gathering with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you did not have close contact with that person, self-monitor for symptoms, and get tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.
What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Please stay at home and self-monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.
When can I return to an Upper Room gathering after I have symptoms, test positive, or have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
You should not return until you have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.