On this page:

  • ELCA Guidelines and Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship
  • Guidelines from Ecumenical Partners
  • Example Protocols from NEOS Congregations

ELCA Guidelines and Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship:

Click this link for official guidelines from the ELCA for returning to In-Person worship. Churchwide will monitor changing developments and update these guidelines accordingly. We are working on a similar document more specifically geared to our synod.

Meeting with Lay Leaders to Discuss Re-Opening (June 10, 2020 – video recording)

Church Mutual Webinar: Safely Returning to Worship (scroll down near the bottom of the page for the webinar link and downloadable slides and handouts).

Singing, The Church, and COVID 19


Guidelines from Ecumenical Partners:



Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster Institute: Preparing Your Church For Coronavirus

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic – a guide by the Ecumenical Consultation on Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments (additional and supporting materials by the Ecumenical Consultation)


Example Protocols from NEOS Congregations:

If your congregation has developed a protocol for resuming in-person worship and you are willing to share it here, please send a copy to Marilyn Matevia at the synod office: mmatevia@neos-elca.org.

Holy Trinity, Akron

Celebration, Chardon

Good Shepherd, Conneaut

Reformation, Eastlake

St. Matthew, Medina

Divinity, Parma Heights

St. Stephen, Stow

Trinity, Vermilion

Zion, Wooster

Zion, Youngstown