December 24, 5:00 pm – Everyone’s Pageant
This service uses storytelling and song to live out the Christmas story. With pieces recorded December 19 at the in-person pageant and submissions from the church, we bring forward this tradition in new ways.
The service will stream on YouTube and Facebook and we will host a watch party in the sanctuary of our Seattle campus.
See below for information on how to participate in the digital pageant.
December 24, 8:00 pm – Candlelight Christmas Worship
Our 8:00 pm service will happen in-person at our Seattle campus.
This celebratory service includes music by the Chancel Choir and a string ensemble. We will experience the wonder of Christmas in scripture and preaching, in the sharing of Holy Communion, and the lighting of candles as we sing Silent Night. A livestream Zoom feed from the sanctuary will be available during the service by clicking here
Please note: this Zoom link will only be available at 8:00 pm. This service will not be recorded or streamed to YouTube or Facebook.
December 24, 11:00 pm – Digital Candlelight Service
As we approach the start of a Christmas Day, join us on YouTube and
Facebook for online worship curated from Chancel Choir recordings, pieces recorded for the service and submissions from the congregation. The worship will include carols and readings and singing Silent Night.
Participate by sharing photos for “passing of the peace” or photos of you holding a candle for Silent Night. Upload them here by Monday December 20th.
Covid-19 Update and Safety Policy
As you may have read and heard, the Omicron Covid-19 virus variant is undergoing widespread community transmission and is much more infectious than previous variants. Local statistics are starting to show increased cases of Omicron. While looks like it may cause less severe disease, severe cases are still occurring. Evidence shows that boosters help prevent infectiousness and severe illness, but even boosters are not 100% protective from stopping transmission or infection. For now, we have decided to continue our planned services for the near future, but we ask for you to prayerfully consider these recommendations:
- If you are at high risk for severe Covid-19 disease (immunocompromised, diabetes, high BMI, advanced age), please consider the risks and benefits of attending service in person and consider attending our virtual services. If you are in contact with a high risk person(s), you may consider attending the virtual services as well. We want to support each of you in making a decision that feels right for you, in your unique circumstances. More information about both in-person and online worship can be found below.
- Due to rapid increase of the Omicron variant in our community, it is more important than ever to get a Covid-19 booster if you are eligible. All adults over 18 who completed their 2nd Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more 6 months ago, or received a J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago are STRONGLY recommended to receive a booster shot. Pfizer boosters are approved for youth over age 16.
- If you do attend church in person, we encourage you to consider upgrading your mask. Cloth masks should be at least double-layered cloth and have a secure/snug fit around your face with no gaps. Consider a mask with a removable filter, layering a cloth mask over a disposable mask, or upgrading to a N-95 or equivalent mask.
- We will continue to observe precautions in the church during large gatherings, such as masking, red, yellow, green card on badges to tell our wish to have physical contact, social distancing, only the Choir will sing, no food or drink shared indoors, etc. Our air filters have been upgraded to MERV-13 throughout the church. These precautions should reduce the chance of transmission, but probably not 100% effective. We also offer worship viewing spaces in the lounge for children and families, and in the library with additional air filtration and additional distancing, for folks who want to attend in person but want a more controlled environment.
- The UCUCC Choir will still be singing. They are coming early and taking rapid Covid-19 antigen tests before each rehearsal and each Sunday before worship. We have also purchased specialized singing masks for the choir which arrived this week!
We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we all pray for a time we can gather safely again without these precautions. The Covid-19 Action Team will be meeting in early January to review the latest local data. We will also be offering a Q&A with UCUCC member Dr. Wes Van Voorhis, Director of the UW’s Infectious Disease Center, January 9th at 1:00 pm via Zoom.