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COVID-19

Find out about our response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

On-site Gatherings Resume April 4th, 2021

March 3, 2021


We're returning to on-site worship gatherings on Sunday, April 4th, 2021. Services will resume at 10:30 AM. Registration to attend is not required.


Here is how we'll be working to keep you and your family safe:


  • Face masks are required for all attendees except for children under age 2 and those with a documented medical condition.
  • We understand that not all preschool-aged kids will be used to wearing a mask and will show grace.
  • All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks when not onstage.
  • We encourage those who are considered high-risk/vulnerable population to continue to worship from home.
  • If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, or if you or a family member have been sick in the past 14 days, we request that you do not attend on-site gatherings.
  • If you have been around someone exhibiting signs of COVID-19 we ask that you do not attend the on-site gathering.
  • Our team will be constantly cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, restrooms, and other spaces throughout the morning.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building.
  • Similarly, we will not pass offering baskets. We encourage you to give online or via text (send the amount you want to give, i.e. “25” for $25, to 84321 and follow the prompts). If you’d like to give via cash/check, an offering drop box is located at the worship space entrance.
  • Seating will be socially distanced.
  • We encourage you to make your way promptly out of the building after the service ends to avoid crowding spaces.


On-site Services Cancelled Until Further Notice

December 7, 2020


After cancelling on-site services for three weeks it was decided to postpone on-site worship gatherings for the foreseeable future. This decision is based on high community spread in Minerva, the fact that each week we may not have enough volunteers to staff an on-site service, and it is the loving thing to do for our community.


The decision to postpone on-site services wasn't made out of fear of the virus, but rather faith in God.

  • Choosing not to gather doesn't mean any one is afraid. It is the loving thing to do for our community and the healthcare system in our community. If we can do our part to slow the spread of SARS-COV-2 then we will. This helps to protect the vulnerable in our community and helps keep schools and businesses open.
  • The church is not closed. Community groups continue to gather and you can host a watch party with friends. Church is the gathered people of God, not a Sunday morning service.
  • Faith. We trust God enough to cancel our on-site gatherings. We trust him as our sustainer and provider. Furthermore, we believe that God has uniquely positioned Hope Community to expand the ministry during this time.
  • We're not making a political statement. Jesus is King.

On-site Services Cancelled on 11/22

On-site services have been cancelled for 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6 due to a large number of volunteers needing to quarantine due to COVID-19. Online services will take place as usual.

How We're Working to Keep you Safe as we Re-gather

August 23, 2020


We’re doing our best to provide excellent and safe environments for all who attend worship gatherings at Hope Community. The following is a list of some changes we’ve made and extra precautionary measures we’re taking as we reopen:


Each physical worship gathering will be limited to 25 people per service to help with social distancing.RSVP in advance to be sure a seat is saved for you. You can RSVP Here.


To accommodate smaller gatherings we are offering two services, 9 and 10:30 AM. HC Kids is only available at the 10:30 AM service.


  • Face masks are required for all attendees except for children under age 2 and those with a documented medical condition.
  • All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks when not onstage.
  • We encourage those who are considered high-risk/vulnerable population to continue to worship from home
  • If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, or if you or a family member have been sick in the past 14 days, we request that you do not attend on-site gatherings.
  • If you have been around someone exhibiting signs of COVID-19 we ask that you do not attend the on-site gathering.
  • Our team will be constantly cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, restrooms, and other spaces throughout the morning.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building.
  • Pre-packaged communion elements will be available pre-service.


  • Similarly, we will not pass offering baskets. We encourage you to give online or via text (send the amount you want to give, i.e. “25” for $25, to 84321 and follow the prompts). If you’d like to give via cash/check, an offering drop box is located at the worship space entrance.
  • Seating will be socially distanced.
  • We encourage you to make your way promptly out of the building after the service ends to avoid crowding spaces.

Why isn't Hope Community Open? (May 1, 2020)

Update from Pastor Phil

We understand that society and other churches have started to reopen. As a church, we've decided to postpone in-person gatherings and continue with online services. Here's why:


  • We are FOR Minerva and FOR those who are not yet part of our church. The best way to be FOR others right now is to postpone in-person gatherings. We want to love our neighbor well and not put anyone at risk.
  • We want to maintain a good standing in our community and with the governing authorities according to their guidelines.
  • We want our guests to have a great experience and we can't provide that under current recommendations (basically, we can't do anything that we would normally do at an in-person gathering.).
  • We want those who call Hope Community home to have a good experience. What we miss more than anything is community, the very thing we can't do at an in-person gathering.

Hope Community's Plans for COVID-19

The spread of the novel virus, COVID-19 (coronavirus), is a concern at Hope Community. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. We have canceled in-person services until further notice. We are continuing to monitor the situation and following recommendations from state and local government agencies.


While we are unable to meet in our building for Sunday services, services will take place on Church Online and our Facebook Page at 10:30AM. You'll have the chance to encounter God through worship, the message, and online interactions with others in the comment section as well as the HC Online Facebook group.


Find research-based information about the pandemic

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio State University Knowledge Exchange

Why Cancel?

If someone asks why we are canceling in person services here is how to respond.


  1. We're being a good neighbor. We want good for everyone in our community. That includes protecting our neighbors by considering them first.
  2. We're not acting out of fear but out of responsibility. Canceling our services honors the decisions of state and local officials.
  3. It is the loving thing to do.

Best Practices

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -Jesus

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