An Overview of our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (June 17, 2021 version):
On June 17, 2021, ULCH updated its health and safety policy on COVID-19 procedures. We seek to offer guidance about how our faith community is responding as restrictions lessen and yet we seek to offer care and concern for one another. This policy was updated in June 2020, August 2020, April 2021 and now, again, in June 2021. Link HERE for the updated COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
Here are the highlights:
- Some groups will still find it best to meet online, but there are safer ways for groups to meet in person if desired. During these summer months, outdoors is always a great option.
- Please continue to wear masks always indoors and outdoors when you are unable to keep 6 feet of distance.
- Our worship these months is hybrid: some Sundays we’ll worship outdoors with a Zoom/YouTube option; other weeks we’ll worship just with Zoom/YouTube; and some Wednesdays we’ll offer an in person Vespers service in the sanctuary that includes Holy Communion (this service also will be available on Zoom/YouTube, and one will need to sign up in advance).
- For outdoor worship (and other outdoor gatherings), when we are able to keep 6 feet of distance, the wearing of masks is optional.
- For worship in the sanctuary, we will continue to wear masks and keep distance.
- For most indoor activities we will continue to wear masks and keep distance. For some small gatherings in which all are vaccinated and comfortable, there is some flexibility about masks. Please talk with the pastors or minister of worship and music to learn more.
- COVID-19 affects some communities (communities of color) and some demographics (for instance, our eldest, those with some underlying health issues) disproportionately. Our slower and careful approach honors these experiences as real and seeks to avoid pushing people into potentially unhealthy spaces.
- Please, if you are sick, do not come to the church building or church gatherings.
- Wash hands regularly and honor the 6 foot social distancing guidelines.
- Always sign in when entering ULCH so if contact tracing becomes necessary we have a record.
- Schedule meetings and groups ahead with Nathan at the church office so we can be stewards of the space, clean thoroughly, and be hospitable.
Read the full plan here.
Download our earlier statements below.