As you have all been hearing and reading, our state COVID restrictions are beginning to loosen up and vaccines are becoming more available. This is a ray of hope after a year of mostly difficult news! We expect many of you are wondering what changes Oak Grove might be making. We feel proud of how well Oak Grove leaders and all of you have promoted safety and taken care of one another. We’ve done this right! So, we want to continue to be vigilant about safety while taking some baby steps forward. We also know that most members have not received vaccines, yet, including our pastors.
At their meeting in March, the Session approved that the front door will now be unlocked during office hours. Having a closed building has been difficult for all of us. Opening it will allow members to come in to spend some quiet time in the sanctuary (particularly during Holy Week), pick up Upper Room devotionals, bring in your offerings, donations to VEAP and simply see your church building. Face masks, covering both nose and mouth, and physical distancing will still be expected per MDH recommendations, especially now as the more virulent COVID strains are circulating in Minnesota We WILL NOT be holding group meetings yet and worship will still be virtual for the time being. Our current decision is that we will not fully open until all adults have easy access to the vaccine.
As always, church leaders will continue to find ways for us to be together, apart, while we continue to monitor CDC/MDH recommendations which may be rapidly changing. Stay tuned!!!