The Re-Entry Team met 5/25/21 and made preparations for expanding our worship and ministries to include in-person gatherings soon! Here are the things we want to make sure you know (please note that Breakfast on Us and Missions Team/Community Dinner will make their own determinations about timing and seating vs. take-out, based on volunteers’ input):
- Worship & Programs that are offered to everyone without exception
- Equal treatment regardless of vaccination status
- Restoring opportunities for in-person ministries
- Maintaining opportunities and access to ministries remotely
- Simplicity and authenticity– we can only be us!
July 1 – Ministries and programs are invited to return to gathering in person (please see precautions below).
July 4 – Our first fully in-person ministry! Worship this day will be a simple Zoom prayer time and an open-house format with music, to coincide with the Town’s July 4 celebrations. We will be selling strawberry shortcake and also offering opportunities for community members to share with us what the church could do for them.
July 11 – First worship service that is simultaneously in person, on Zoom, and on Facebook, with outdoor coffee hour!
Yes, we know that the state is lifting restrictions more quickly and more comprehensively. However, UCCM will continue to exercise a high level of precaution. This is because our congregation definitionally includes vaccinated and unvaccinated people of all ages and people who are immuno-compromised or otherwise vulnerable, and our ministries include larger gatherings of people, inside, and for prolonged periods of time. Our indoor spaces, while large, are not designed for maximum air exchange.
- Groups are still encouraged to meet outside when possible. We will establish some space outside where people can gather.
- All people over the age of 2 are asked to wear masks while inside the building. This includes church meetings and worship services. Exceptions are granted for those working independently/not in groups, or performing activities where masks are prohibitive (ie preaching, exercise, etc).
- Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrances.
- Church worship, programs, and meetings are encouraged to be “hybrid” whenever possible, that is, offered in person and over zoom, so that people can participate remotely.
- Beginning July 11, worship services will be offered in person in the sanctuary, and simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live, and will be broadcast on GMTV Mondays at noon.
- No reservations are necessary, and no one will be asked to disclose their vaccination status. However, we will note attendance and ask for contact information if we don’t already have it, for the purposes of contact tracing and following up with visitors.
- All people over the age of 2 are expected to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the service. Those leading worship may be without masks as they perform their roles.
- Seating will be limited to alternating pews, with a minimum of 3 feet between household groups. This means you may not be able to sit in your usual pew!
- Congregational singing will be limited if at all.
- The service will still be very “different” as we continue to include people who are worshipping over Zoom and Facebook as integral parts of the service.
- You will be encouraged to leave the sanctuary as soon as the service ends; fellowship time will be outside to take advantage of the fresh air.