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).


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