COVID-19 UPDATES

free covid-19 testing

Partnering with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Hope has become a free COVID-19 neighborhood testing site for our community


MDHHS will use Hope's facilities for testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments are strongly encouraged. 


Visit Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest or call Michigan's COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, then press 1.


The church office cannot answer questions about tests or assist with scheduling. Please contact Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Hope is just one of 22 neighborhood testing sites in Michigan.

HOPE'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

LATEST UPDATE - DECEMBER 9, 2020


IN-PERSON services resumed on December 12/13 WITH ADDITIONAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

 

Here is what you need to know about in-person services:

  • Attendance at weekend services is BY REGISTRATION ONLY and we are limiting capacity to 75 people per service. Register here.
  • EVERYONE in attendance MUST wear a mask throughout the entirety of your time inside the building (including the service).
  • The service will still be livestreamed at 9am on Sunday for those who cannot or choose not to attend in-person.

    Read our re-opening plan below for more details about our safety practices.


WEEKEND RE-OPENING PLAN

Hope is gathering with three opportunities to worship: Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 9am or Sunday at 11am. Seating is limited to 75 per service.

 

Our large sanctuary easily accommodates our ability to safely practice social distancing. We ask that everyone fully cooperate with our safety practices, not only for your own sake, but for the sake of others in our community.

 


DISINFECTING: 

  • A cleaning crew works between services to disinfect our space, including doors, restrooms, counters, and chairs.


DISTANCING:

  • Everyone is asked to "love one another from six feet apart." 
  • Face coverings (masks) must be worn during the entirety of the service.
  • Volunteers will greet you at the door with a smile and will hold the door open for you, but are not shaking hands. 
  • Our usual greeting time during the service has been suspended.
  • Seating in our sanctuary has been re-arranged to create social distancing and limited seating. 
  • Please sit only with those in your household.
  • Those attending worship must register for a seat in advance. This will help us to balance the attendance between the three services. 
  • Lounge seating has been removed from the lobby.
  • Those who are vulnerable, at-risk, or ill are asked to join us online from home.


LIMITING TOUCH POINTS:

  • Instead of passing offering plates, a secure offering box has been placed near the entrance where gifts can be deposited. 
  • Worship Flyers (bulletins) are not handed out - rather the announcements are posted on digital signs and emailed weekly.
  • Communion will be offered in individual, pre-packaged containers that can be picked up as you enter.
  • Food and coffee are not currently being served.
  • Drinking fountains have been blocked off, but small bottles of water are available.
  • Doors are propped open where needed.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY:


For those who are unable, or aren't yet comfortable, to attend in-person, we will be livestreaming our 9am worship service each Sunday at facebook.com/hopeofniles. The video/audio will be upload to our website later that week.