Northminster's COVID-19 Response

Northminster's Staged Reopening Plan

We are taking this seriously, acting responsibly, and not allowing fear to overcome us.

UPDATES
8/25/20
Session voted to update the "Staged Reopening Plan" to represent changes made by the governor's office. We are currently at Level 2.

5/28/20
Session has decided that we would tie the reopening date to the recommendations coming out of ther governor's office as explained in the "Northminster Staged Reopening Plan" above.

5/7/2020
We will follow any guidelines given by the Governor, when we are officially open – although the church office is not officially opened up. We will remain closed through June 7th.

3/24/2020
Our Northminster staff have all new offices … at their homes! The session decided that during this “stay at home” order (through at least April 6th) the staff will work from home. We will still have phone hours and will be communicating through our website, the Northminster App, and Facebook as we have in recent days.

3/17/2020
We have made the decision to close again this week through and including Monday, March 23rd  for in-person worship and church meetings and gatherings. This includes our Lenten Wednesday Worship and Prayer. We will reassess early each week, and have decided that Tuesdays will be “Decision Day”. We will send out updates for the upcoming week on that day.

3/14/2020
There are three ways to join us for our online worship experience. Right here on our website, the Northminster App, or on Facebook! The experience will be posted on Saturday on northminsterchurch.org and the Northminster App. The video will premier on Facebook on Sunday morning at 9:00. Worship any time!

3/12/2020 - 4:30 PM
We have decided to temporarily postpone all gatherings at the church, including Sunday Services.

Read the full statement here - COVID-19 Postponement Statement

3/12/2020 - 1:00 PM
Session decided last night that the church will act in concert with any directives our Governor gives.  In the last Governor’s briefing the press were told that an executive order on limiting large gatherings was soon likely.  If he does issue such an order we will postpone all gatherings until directed otherwise.  In that event, worship will be continued on-line through our digital platforms – hopefully in video.  We are looking into tools to enable digital video meetings – for small groups and committees. This will be an inconvenience, but just about everybody in the US and world is in the same boat.  One member of Session commented that this was a painful, but really obvious decision for our church.  None of us have ever done this before, so we will learn as we go.

View Greg's full letter here - An Open Letter to Our Community

3/11/2020 
Like many of you, Northminster Church is paying attention to updates from organizations who are monitoring the illness, like the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Information is changing quickly and misinformation is circulating. The OHD website and CDC's Coronavirus Disease website are the best places to get the most accurate information.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Northminster Church open?
No, Northminster Church isn't open during regular office and ministry hours at this time. We’ll communicate scheduling changes directly through ministries, on our website (northminsterchurch.org), and through the Northminster App.

What is Northminster doing to mitigate COVID-19?
  • Highlighting communication as things evolve
  • Providing hand sanitizer within  the facility
  • Extra attention to cleaning of contact surfaces
  • Our Leadership Team is staying in contact with the Health Department, Presbytery, local schools and authorities to coordinate decisions on potential closings
  • Staff and members are being strongly advised to stay home and seek medical professionals if they have any symptoms

What can I do to take precautions?
  • When possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid shaking hands and other unnecessary contact.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover it with a tissue—then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizer
  • Read the CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet