Opening slowly but surely
- On a normal Sunday morning, 1/4 of our congregation is unable to be vaccinated or has a health condition that makes the vaccine less effective. Our commitment to being inclusive reflects this reality. For large all-church and intergenerational events, we ask that everyone remain masked, in solidarity with the most vulnerable among us and those that care for them.
- UPDATE 7/26: based on the latest recommendations from the King County Public Heath for universal masking due to a recent uptick in cases, UCUCC is still recommending that all indoor events be masked even for those who are vaccinated. The Covid-19 Action Team will continue to evaluate this recommendation.
- Food and drink are now permitted for indoor or outdoor small group events, meetings, etc, if the event is adults only. For events providing childcare, food may be served and adults may be un-masked if childcare is provided in a separate space. UPDATE 7/26: we ask that everyone at indoor small group events with food/beverages stay masked except when eating and drinking, and when possible please be six feet or more away from others outside your family group while eating.
- To help reduce the risk of Covid-19, we have upgraded our air filters to MERV-13 throughout the church. These new filters will also help reduce allergens and other airborne colds and flus!
Resuming in-person Worship
In-person Sunday morning worship will resume on Sunday, September 26. As an intergenerational faith community where 1/4 of our Sunday morning participants are ineligible for vaccination, we will begin in-person worship asking everyone to be masked while inside. Based on recommendations from the Covid-19 Action Team, all worship leaders (including choir members) will be asked to disclose their vaccination status to the church and, if vaccinated, can lead worship without a mask.
We are also working on technological upgrades that will allow us to stream Sunday worship into multiple spaces within the church (via a closed circuit system). We will curate spaces for worship participation that prioritize safer protocols. For example, the library could be furnished with additional HEPA air filters, and become a place to view worship while social distancing, and with no congregational singing.
Multiple spaces will be available for children and families to participate in worship, if they prefer to not join in worshiping in the sanctuary.
We will continue our online ministry, including our online worship service.
Worship Watch parties
Worship watch parties are happening all month long in August! As we take one step towards emergence, several congregation members are opening their homes to watch worship with a small group. Practice singing in person again, reading the covenant in unison, and experience the joy of interacting with others as you participate in online worship together. Space is limited, though more are being scheduled, so keep an eye on the weekly email for the latest updates! Interested in hosting a worship watch party? Email email@example.com.
August 1, Tamara and Jeff Roberts—Wallingford
August 8, Margaret Stine—Montlake
August 15, Eric and Sarah Wallen—Lynnwood
August 15, Dennis and Leslie Noson—Phinney Ridge
August 22, Margaret Stine—Montlake
Starting September 5 we will be welcoming the whole congregation back into the building to view Sunday morning worship livestream at 10:00 am, together in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided. We will be asking all participants in in-person worship watch parties in the sanctuary to remain masked.
Greeters, ushers, and liturgists
As we return to Sundays in the sanctuary we will need to restart some of the opportunities to serve that accompany worship. We will need greeters, ushers, liturgists, and communion servers. Anticipating that we will be not only in the sanctuary but also smaller groups in the Chapel, Ostrander Hall, and the Turner Lounge we will need more people to serve than we had pre-Covid. Reach out to ministry leads or Vicki Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.