Effective Sunday, June 6, 2021, Northwest has eliminated our requirement for masks and social distancing for those fully vaccinated.

 

Road to Regathering Updates:

 

May 23, 2021:

In an attempt to care well for all our members and attenders, Northwest is continuing to adapt to the changing realities of COVID-19 as well as being respectful of local ordinances.

Effective Sunday June 6, 2021, we will eliminate our requirement for masks and social distancing for those fully vaccinated. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

We will still encourage members and attenders who have not been fully vaccinated to continue to wear masks and socially distance.

If you have not been vaccinated, please consider going to vaccines.gov  to find a location.

And, we want to emphasize that, regardless of vaccinated status, people are welcome to wear masks and socially distance for as long as they like. We will continue to offer online worship services, and other gatherings and events will also be offered with an online option where practical.

Changes beginning June 6, 2021:

  • Capacity limits for gatherings will be eliminated, consistent with local ordinance changes
  • Small group gatherings will be allowed again. More info will be made available as classes are restarted and new ones formed.
    • Current small group offerings (as of May 23, 2021):
      • Sundays 9:00 AM: Children’s Sunday School, Youth Group, Nursery Care, and Adult Bible Study (Fellowship Hall – in person and on Zoom)
      • Wednesday Night Prayer and Sermon-based Bible Study – 6:00 PM on Zoom
  • Current methods of giving (online, offering basket/box) to continue
  • Online announcements/bulletin to continue
  • Drinking fountains/Bubblers will become available for use again
  • The tape blocking off rows in the 2 center sections of seating in the Sanctuary will be removed. The side sections will continue having rows blocked off to accommodate those more comfortable with being distanced.
  • Online Worship will continue being offered indefinitely
  • Other online Bible study, small group classes, and events will continue being offered where practical
  • People are welcome to wear masks and socially distance if desired for as long as they like

April 10, 2021:

On Tuesday, April 6 the Wauwatosa Common Council voted to extend the existing mask ordinance through Wednesday, June 16. Thus, masks are continuing to be required to be worn by all persons age 5 and older,unless exempt, while inside the church building. Social distancing protocols and sanitizing measures are still in place. New updates will be posted as information becomes available.

 

April 2, 2021:

With the City of Wauwatosa currently under a mask ordinance, Northwest continues to require masks to be worn by persons age 5 and older, unless exempt, while inside the church building. Social distancing protocols and sanitizing measures are still in place. New updates will be posted as information becomes available.

 

June 7, 2020:

The Leadership Team is announcing we are moving to Stage 2 of our Road to Regathering plan. Beginning Sunday, June 14, we will open our doors for in-person worship again, with social distancing guidelines and limitations in place. Please note during Phase 2 there are no Small Groups, Sunday School, or Nursery/Preschool care. In addition to worshiping in our Sanctuary, we will have available a separate worship area for those at a higher risk for catching COVID-19. If you would like to worship in this area, please note masks are required. Northwest will have a limited supply of masks available. Online Worship will continue to be available through all phases. Scroll up to see the full information about what worship will be like at Northwest during Phase 2. Click here to view a PDF of our Road to Regathering plan.

 

May 29, 2020:

Northwest church leadership and pastors have formulated a Road to Regathering plan, a multi-phase, stepped approach to regathering. The PDF of the plan  can be read here. Phase 1 begins Sunday, May 31. Phase 1 continues our online-only worship model, with the change focusing on allowing the entire Worship Team to return to the church building to lead us in worship. As the two-week mark approaches for deciding whether to move to Phase 2 (allows in-person worship to resume with strict social distancing requirements in place), we will send out further updates here on the church website, through email, and social media.