We are underway for our preparations for expanding our worship and ministries to include in-person gatherings! Here are the things we want to make sure you know (updated July 1):
- 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 at 9:30 a.m. and live music from the sanctuary, streaming on Facebook and audible outside, 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 refreshments! We will also celebrate communion on July 11 (and thereafter on the first Sunday of the month) with pre-packaged communion elements.
Beginning July 11, worship services will be at 10 a.m. in person in the sanctuary, and simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live, and will be broadcast on GMTV Mondays at noon.
It’s important that our congregation be able to worship together, and so some things will be different so that we can be gathered simultaneously in person and virtually over Zoom and Facebook.
No reservations will be necessary, and no one is asked to disclose their vaccination status. For those in person, masks will be optional if you are fully vaccinated; if not, we ask that you wear a mask. You’re also encouraged to bring a mask, because everyone will be asked to wear a mask while singing to avoid the risk of spreading aerosols. Please remember that people wear masks for many reasons, including their own health and safety, or as an act of solidarity or hospitality toward others; please make no assumptions about why a person might be wearing a mask or not.
You’ll notice more cameras and a TV screen in the sanctuary; this is so that we can interact with the people who are worshiping online. If you do not wish to be seen on camera, or to be looking at a screen, you’re invited to sit in the screen-free section on the east side of the sanctuary. You’ll also see that in two sections the front pews are closed. Other than these pews, you may sit where you like, leaving a reasonable distance between your household and those around you. After the service, light refreshments will be available outside under the tent.
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.
- If you are vaccinated, masks are optional. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask inside the building.
- Because we recognize that not all members of our community are vaccinated, we are asking folks to use their good judgement for the safety and comfort of themselves and others. Please maintain a reasonable distance between your household and others.
- 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.