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Update on Reopening, 7/12/2020

Starting on July 19, we will begin having in-person worship for as long as safety allows. If you plan to attend worship in-person, please RSVP.

From Pastor Miranda

Coming Back to the Heart of Worship

On May 8th, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference released the Bishop’s plan for reopening churches titled “Coming Back to the Heart of Worship”

You can see the plan here: https://www.igrc.org/coming-back-to-the-heart-of-worship

The 16-page document details a phased plan of reopening that mirrors the state’s plan. With every phase, churches have been given guidance on best practices for worship, small groups, and staff. This phased plan is to be followed according to the state’s guidelines even if a region or county releases their own plan.

Keep in mind that the state’s plan breaks up the state into regions that will move from phase to phase independently of each other and based on a series of measures that must be met. These measures include the number of tests, positive cases, free ICU beds, etc. Northwest is permitted to move phases only when our region of the state does.

Northwest Plan

The Administrative Council approved a small team to determine next steps for reopening the doors of Northwest to small groups and worship. This team met and had a productive discussion.


Phase 4
In this phase, churches are permitted to reopen their doors to groups of 50 or under with the following restrictions:

  • All persons in the church building are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from anyone that is not in their household.
  • No congregational singing permitted.
  • No fellowship or meal sharing time.
  • Children’s ministries and nursery are allowed to reopen with caution.

According to the CDC’s recommendation, the following will apply to all phases until we enter Phase 5, when all restrictions will be lifted:

“People over 65 years old, those with compromised immunity, those with respiratory illness or injury, others who are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days should continue to remain isolated and avoid gatherings of any size until they are given the all-clear.”

In discussing this restriction, we are in agreement that no one will be turned away from entering the church building unless they are showing visible signs of illness. However, we caution anyone who falls into any of these categories to use wisdom and discernment in their decision to participate in any church activity.

Face Masks

We realize that requiring a mask to enter the church may be a burden to those of you who do not have one. We will not be providing disposable masks for events at the church because the cost is exorbitant. If you are in need of a mask, please contact the church office and we can provide you with a reusable mask. If you are willing to donate masks to those who have need of them, please contact the church office. If you have a medical condition that prohibits the wearing of a mask, please make sure the church office knows in advance so that arrangements can be made to make your visit to Northwest as comfortable as possible.

Online Worship Will Continue

No matter what happens, Pastor Miranda, Lisa, and the Praise Band are committed to bringing you online worship options, as well as providing printed material for those who do not use technology, throughout Phase 4. This means that if you are not comfortable participating with the restrictions above or simply because of your own comfort level, you will continue to have other worship options available to you for the foreseeable future.


Pastor Miranda

Worship and Sunday School

Nursery Care (infant - age 4)8:30 - 11:00 am
Sunday School (all ages)8:30 - 9:30 am
Blended Worship (contemporary with traditional) 9:45 - 10:45 am

Check our calendar for any schedule changes due to special services.

Address and Phone

Northwest United Methodist Church
3800 W. War Memorial Dr. Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: 309-692-0421


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