As of May 23, 2021, UUCS will once again welcome congregants into the sanctuary for Sunday services. This post explains the registration process, provides links to register for the next service and lists the current Building Use Guidelines. The Guidelines must be followed by everyone who attends services.
Following Marion County risk level guidance, the number of people allowed in the church during a service is limited. Therefore, everyone who attends a service must RSVP. No one will be allowed into the church without a reservation.
To accommodate as many people as possible, we will hold two services each Sunday, at 9:30 am and 11:15 am. When attending the service, you’ll need to follow the guidelines listed below. You’ll be asked to leave the building when the service ends – there will be no fellowship hour. Click a button to reserve seat(s) in the service and sign up for LRE:
Building Use Guidelines for Services
SERVICE TIMES: We will be offering two services each Sunday at 9:30 and 11:15.Seating will be limited at each service. The 9:30 service will continue to be live-streamed. ASL interpretation will occur at the 9:30 service only. Closed captioning will continue to be available on the recorded service mid-week.
MAKE A RESERVATION FOR ATTENDING A SERVICE: Pre-registration for services will be required. Reservations will be available beginning each Monday the week before the service. Watch for the link on the website. You will need to reserve a spot every week for that week’s service. When registering, indicate if ASL interpretation is required for you. People can also call into the church Monday thru Friday (503-364-0932) to make a reservation.
CHILDREN: Religious Exploration will be offered for all children at both services. Children will need to be registered with their family. Children will be greeted by an LRE volunteer and escorted to the LRE wing. Parents will need to pick up children from the LRE wing using the east side door at the end of services. For more information about children and the Religious Exploration program, email Lily Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the Children & Family Religious Education email list.
ENTERING THE BUILDING FOR SERVICES: To preclude the desire to socialize, people will be asked to arrive no more than 20 minutes before worship. Anyone who is not feeling well is asked not to attend an in-person service. Everyone coming into the building must wear a mask and keep the mask on at all times in the building. Everyone will be screened, needing to answer no to these 3 questions: do you have COVID-like symptoms; have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, and have you traveled outside the state without being vaccinated in the last 10 days? Everyone must observe social distancing coming into and in the church itself. Inside the church will not be a place to socialize.
HOSTS: A Host will offer a mask if you do not have one, take your temperature, check the COVID Site Entrance Survey and check you off the registration list. No one will be allowed to be in the church without a mask. Hand sanitizer will be used by everyone coming in the building and will be available for all. Hosts will direct participants to the sanctuary.
ENTERING THE SANCTUARY: Hosts will guide people to a seat, seating participants from the front to the back of the sanctuary leaving 6 feet between parties. You will have to decide who you consider to be in your safe “bubble” for seating purposes. This seating will allow maximum use of the space and ensure that no one is wandering around looking for a seat. We ask that participants stay seated, not move around to greet friends and do not move chairs.
NAME TAGS: Name tags will not be used at this time, as we will not be greeting each other in the sanctuary.
ORDER OF SERVICE: At this time, there will be no physical Order of Service. The order will be projected during the service.
SHARE THE PLATE: We will not be passing offering baskets. A box will be provided at the entrance to the sanctuary and at the exit door at the front of the sanctuary for people to leave their offerings either before or after the service.
MUSIC: Congregational singing will not be allowed but congregants will be encouraged to hum to the musical offerings. Hymnals will be available, and music will be projected for all to use to hum along.
LEAVING THE SERVICE: When the service is over, participants will be dismissed by a Host to exit the sanctuary. You can leave by the doors at the front or the rear of the sanctuary.
RESTROOMS: The restrooms in the main hallway and in the fellowship hall will be open. Spray disinfectant and disinfectant wipes will be available for use by anyone who may feel vulnerable.
SOCIALIZING: As hard as this will be to do, attendees are asked to please refrain from socializing inside the church building. There will be no Fellowship Hour in Hanneman Hall for the foreseeable future. All socializing must be done outside the building in the fresh air. Our goal is not to stymie friendliness but to keep everyone safe.