North Fall 2020

Sundays Wednesdays women FAQ

See our North Campus Fall Classes & Connection (PDF).

As we make plans this Fall, we keep in mind the words of James 4:15: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” When confirmed, details will be added here or provided directly from ministry leaders and coordinators.

For all activities inside the building, we will ...

  • Require the use of face coverings (unless exempt)
  • Seek to limit the capacity of each room to 50% of its maximum capacity (or 250, whichever is less)
  • Implement extra precautionary measures (e.g., frequent handwashing, sanitizing stations, etc.)
  • Ask sick individuals to remain home
  • Practice social distancing as possible

We are seeking to abide by the Minnesota Department of Health Planning Guide for Schools to craft our plans and policies for activities for our children and youth. See detailed guidelines below in the FAQ.

If you have questions, contact Grace Ohlendorf (612-455-0800 x823).

Sunday Services & Classes

Worship Services

  • As of Sunday, September 13, worship service times will be 8am, 9:30am & 11am, beginning the Sunday after Labor Day.
  • The RSVP process will continue with registration opening on Wednesdays at 8am, first come, first served.
  • Additional overflow spaces will be available in the Chapel and Commons area.
  • Our livestream option will be held at the 9:30am service.

Nursery & Sunday School Classes

  • We aim to provide nursery for all the Sunday worship services, if our volunteer staff can cover the children whose families attend.
  • Preschool class (children age 4–6) will be offered at 9:30am & 11am. 
  • Some adult Sunday School Classes will be held (details below).
  • No classes will be held for children or youth, Kindergarten–Grade 12, on Sunday mornings.

Adult Classes

Classes begin Sunday, Sept 13

Mosaic
9am, Room A204
Adults of all ages gather for biblical teaching, discussion, and fellowship.

Young Marrieds: Becoming One—Together
9:30am, Room A202
Join with other young married couples to grow together in marriage. 

Abundant Grace
9:30am, Room C402–C404
Adults gather to build relationships through the teaching of the Word, discussion, application, prayer, and support of missions.

College Connection
10am, Room D505 (Gym)
Connect with college-age students and discuss various topics together

Joint Heirs
11am, Room D505 (Gym)
Joint Heirs is a multi-generational gathering for fellowship, prayer, and teaching. All are welcome, particularly those new to Bethlehem.

Getting Acquainted With Bethlehem
11am, Room A200
New to Bethlehem? Come get to know our pastors and ministry leaders and learn  about our church. Those who attend all  seven (non-sequential) classes fulfill the curriculum requirement for becoming a covenant member. Begin any time!

Growing in Prayer Together
11am, Room A204
Guided by Scripture, our hope is to move past common obstacles so that prayer is more enjoyable, instinctual, and life-giving. The prayer deacons and various guest speakers will present on prayer-related themes and share personally how God has met them in and through prayer. The course is non-sequential, involves no homework, and no formal commitment is required.  

Theological Foundations
11am, Room A202
Have you ever wondered what the entire Bible says about a particular topic? Join this study using Bethlehem curriculum and Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology

All-Nations Fellowship (Virtual)
2nd & 4th Sundays, 11am
This class meets off-site through a Zoom session. To join us, contact David Mekala at .

Children’s Classes

Classes begin Sunday, Sept 13

Note on Kindergarten–Grade 5
At this time, no Sunday programming will be offered for elementary children. Join us Wednesday evenings for age-specific classes (details).

Family Registration
Parents, please register your child(ren) Nursery–Sr High for all Fall 2020 activities.

Nursery
8am, 9:30am & 11am
Rooms B301, B303, B305, B307
Nursery care for children (birth–age 3) is offered during worship services. 

Preschool
9:30am & 11am
Rooms B302–B304
Children (4–6 years) engage with Bible stories, activities, and songs that encourage their growth in the knowledge of Jesus and God’s word. 

His Works (Disability Ministry)
9:30am, Room B306
Families can access the sensory room if needed during the worship service with assistance from Maddy Pearson, .

Sunday Evenings
Grades 6–12 Gatherings

Middle School & High School
6:30–8:30pm
Middle School: Room C402–C404
High School: Rooms D500–D505

Students meet for fellowship, teaching (High School) or Bible study (Middle School), and small group discussion. 

Wednesday Connection

Wednesday Connection begins Sept 16

Connection Dinner
In light of the Governor’s Executive Orders on November 18 concerning the spread of COVID-19, we will no longer serve a meal on Wednesdays, at least through the end of 2020.

Connection Worship
6:30–6:50pm, Sanctuary
Join us for a time of family-friendly worship and prayer.

Children & Youth

Family Registration
Parents, please register your child(ren) Nursery–Sr High for all Fall 2020 activities.

Nursery
6:30–8pm
Rooms B301, B303, B305, B307
Nursery care is offered for children (birth–age 3).

Preschool–Grade 5 Classes
7–8pm
Preschool: Room B302–B304
Grades K–1, Room A206–A208
Grades 2–3, Room C402–C404
Grades 4–5, Room D500–D502
Teachers and small group leaders, encourage children to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and God’s word through activities, songs, and stories. 

His Works (Disability Ministry)
Buddies or mentors can come alongside a child or student (Nursery–Sr High) who has special needs to help him/her  participate. Contact: Maddy Pearson,

Middle School Class
7–8pm, Room D505 (Gym)
Students in Grades 6–8 gather together for Bible study, activities, and interaction with small group mentors. 

High School Grade-Specific Bible Studies
7–8:15pm, Rooms A200 & A202 & Sanctuary
High School students will gather in grade-specific groups for mentor-led Bible study, prayer, and connecting with one another. 

Adults

Women’s Bible Study: Colossians
Christ Is All in All
Sept 23–Nov 18 (two time options)

  • 9:45–11:30am, Chapel
  • 6:50–8pm, Room A204

We will be digging into Colossians this Fall, using an inductive study written by Abigail Dodds. Women, join us for study and  interactive discussion. See details & register.

Men’s Bible Study: Exodus
6:50–8pm
Edwards Conference Room
Men in this group will work through a Bible study on the book of Exodus. Leader: Zach Osborne

His Works Adult Class (Disability Ministry)
7–8pm, Room B306
Adults with cognitive disabilities gather to grow in the knowledge and grace of God in worship, Bible study, prayer, crafts, fellowship, and service. Contact: Maddy Pearson,

All-Nations ESL (Virtual)
Although our English conversation class will not meet in person this Fall, we are reaching out online to international students. We also host a small in-home monthly gathering. To learn more about becoming a tutor, contact Chrissy Kline at .

Worship & Music

Youth Choirs, Adult Choir & Orchestra

Due to increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in “close quarters” singing and music-making, sadly, we will NOT hold rehearsals this Fall for youth choirs, adult choir, or orchestra. It is true that some instrumental ensembles represent a
far lower risk to players and worshipers, and we may assemble smaller groups of instrumentalists on occasion. Please pray with us for wisdom as we plan.

Women’s Ministry

  • Women’s Bible Studies will have various in-person discussion groups (e.g., Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings & evenings) and other virtual discussion groups to participate in the study of Colossians.
  • MOMS will have opportunities to gather on Tuesday mornings and Monday evenings. Learn more.
  • Titus 2 groups will gather as each leader decides.

Frequently ASKED Questions

Given that recommendations are regularly changing, this “live” webpage will be updated as guidelines from the governor, health department, and Bethlehem change (updated 8/26/2020). 

For a printable form of detailed guidelines, access “live” documents here:

General FAQs

How can I stay connected to the North Campus during this season?

Attend a Worship Service

  • Registration is required to attend public, in-person worship services, and space is limited. Services will take place on Sundays at 8am, 9:30am & 11am, beginning September 13. You can RSVP here, and masks are required when inside the building.
  • The livestream of the service is available every Sunday morning during the 9:30 service. Stream at bethlehem.church/northlive or on our North Campus YouTube channel (please subscribe). 

Updates

  • Read Pastor Steven’s weekly email update. 
  • Subscribe to our Weekly e-newsletter for regular updates and information.
  • Use the Bethlehem App to access livestream worship services (and the Order of Worship), give on your mobile device, and receive updates.
  • Connect with us on our North Campus Facebook page. Pastors and leaders will share videos and various updates.

How can I continue giving during this season? 

  • Website: Go to the Giving page.
  • App: The Bethlehem App is available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Go to “Giving” from your app Dashboard.
  • Text: To participate, text “BBC (amount)” to 612-223-7432. For example, a text of “BBC 100” would send a donation of $100 to our “Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25” general fund.
  • Mail: You are welcome to mail checks to the church office:
    Bethlehem Baptist Church
    720 13th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • To contribute to the Global Diaconate Pandemic Relief Fund, see giving instructions on the Updates Blog.

How do I submit prayer requests?

Text “prayer” to 612-223-7432 or email the church office.

How do I get help/care for those in need? 

  • If you have prayer requests, if you would like an elder to reach out to you, or if you need practical help, please fill out this form.
  • Check in via phone/text with older congregants and those who have compromised immune systems.
  • Inquire with those in your small group or Sunday school class who may get laid off or become unemployed because of shutdowns. Keep in mind the availability of the Helping Hand Fund (see info below), and encourage organic and mutual support of those in need.
  • If you need financial help, contact the Helping Hand team by calling 612-338-7653 x700 and leaving a voicemail.
  • Are you in good health and able to offer practical help for others? Fill out this form to offer your availability. We cannot guarantee that your services will be needed, but you will be considered as needs arise. 
  • We know that this difficult season can increase the risk of domestic violence, suicide, and assault. If you are in danger or in need of help, please call the following:

In the Case of Illness

  1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    Symptoms include a new onset of a cough or shortness of breath by themselves OR at least two of the following: fever (100.4ºF or higher), chills, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, or gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea.
  2. What should I do if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19?
    If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask you to stay home from church events. If you are serving in a ministry, please notify your ministry leader. Your name and information will be treated with confidentiality. We ask that you plan to stay home at least 10 days after your symptoms first appeared AND until you have no fever for at least 24 hours (without the aid of medication) AND there’s an improvement of symptoms. Once you reach these benchmarks, you may return to Bethlehem events. 
  3. What will ministry leaders do if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    Ministry leaders will follow up and discern who has been in close contact with the infected individual and inform them of possible exposure. Those ministry leaders will inform their immediate supervisor, and campus leadership will decide if and how to inform others as necessary.  
  4. What should the rest of my family do if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19?
    We recommend that all members of your household stay home for 14 days and return only if they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
  5. What should I do if I am sick or have symptoms but do not have COVID-19? 
    We request that you remain home if you have any indicators of sickness such as a scratchy or sore throat, cough, drippy nose, fever, gastrointestinal issues, etc., and refrain from returning to normal programming until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. 
  6. What will happen if the church is informed that someone has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
    If a congregant has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the individual served or attended a class within 48 hours of first developing symptoms, those in close contact with the infected person will be informed and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. After that point, they may return to class. If a congregant attended a worship service within the first 48 hours of developing symptoms, an email will be sent out to those who attended that service time to notify them of the potential exposure.

    “Close contact” is defined as being within six feet of a person for 15 minutes or more. The only time close contact should happen in a class setting is during small group time. Thus, if there’s a confirmed case of COVID-19 and it is determined that there was close contact, only the infected person’s small group will be asked to quarantine. Depending on the situation, the church leadership may determine to close the entire class.  

Classroom Safety

  1. Will masks be required in classrooms?
    In an effort to be subject to our leaders, we will be following the governor’s current mask mandate. While inside the building, volunteers, staff, and class attendees, and anyone 6 years old and older will be required to wear a mask. Teachers may temporarily remove their masks during the teaching time, as long as they maintain a 12-foot space between themselves and the attendees. 
  2. Are there any exceptions to the mask rule?
    Yes. Anyone who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition is exempt from wearing a face covering.  Note: In the Nursery, since wearing a mask may interfere with the early childhood development process for very young children, Nursery workers will not be required to wear a mask within the Nursery rooms, although they may choose to wear one. 
  3. How should I let ministry leaders know that I or my child is exempt from wearing a mask?
    If you are a leader or volunteer and are exempt, please inform the ministry leader of the area in which you are serving. If your child is exempt, you can indicate this when you fill out your child’s registration form (mark the “Following the Minnesota guidelines, my child is exempt from wearing a mask due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition” box.) If you have already filled out a registration form or need to make a change, contact the ministry leader for the area in which your child is attending.
  4. What if I forget to bring a mask for myself or for my child?
    We will have paper masks available in limited quantities for those who happen to forget a mask.
  5. Aside from masks, what other precautions are being taken to help limit the spread of germs in classrooms?
    Using guidelines established by the Minnesota Department of Health as a starting point, we will be practicing the following in each room:
    • All attendees, volunteers, and staff will be encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entering and also before leaving a classroom. 
    • All rooms have been given a limited, 50% capacity, which allows for greater social distancing and smaller class sizes. 
    • HVAC systems will constantly circulate the air in classrooms during class sessions.
    • No attendees, volunteers, or staff will be allowed into the classroom if they exhibit any signs of illness.
    • All shared surfaces will be sanitized between class sessions.
    • We will limit the use of shared objects (i.e., markers, pens, pencils).

Food Service

  • The COVID-19 rules surrounding food service are strict and detailed.
  • Therefore, during this season, only Bethlehem's kitchen staff will be allowed to work in our kitchens. Volunteers may be able to work under their onsite leadership. 
  • Under all circumstances, all food and beverages must be served in individual containers and must be consumed following social distance guidelines.

Downtown Campus

720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
Sundays: 9am & 11am

North Campus

5151 Program Ave, Mounds View, Minnesota, 55112
Sundays: 8am, 9:30am & 11am

South Campus

20700 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
Sundays: 9am