The session met last night and made some decisions in regards to slowly reopening Unity’s campus. I’ll highlight the changes below.
Change 1: Eliminated Registration
You no longer need to register in order to come to church. You can just come. Registration was implemented when we needed to strictly control the amount of people in the sanctuary at any one time. With a slight easing of state restrictions, registrations are no longer needed.
Change 2: Increased Occupancy from 50 to 75
We will no longer have a 50 person limit in the sanctuary. Instead, we will allow up to 75 people. Congregants will be seated in every other pew in order to maintain social distancing. 75 people is roughly 25% of the sanctuary’s capacity.
Change 3: Temperature Checks Eliminated
Temperature checks were a popular idea at the beginning of the pandemic but have demonstrated to be an ineffective screening tool. (Particularly as asymptomatic carriers may never get a fever.) Therefore, we think that it is good stewardship to no longer have temperatures checked at the door.
Change 4: Two Services On Easter
We will offer both the 9:30am and 11:00am services on Easter, April 4. We hope to begin offering both services on a weekly basis sooner rather than later, although a specific date has not yet been chosen. The Easter Sunrise Service will be recorded and available online.
What has NOT changed?
Masks are still required to be worn throughout the service.
Social distancing is still expected.
All worship services will continue to be live-streamed online.
I am incredibly thankful that the virus transmission rates have dropped to the point where we can consider these changes. We are not out of the woods yet, but it certainly seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly as an increasing percentage of our congregation gets vaccinated.
I encourage you to engage in worship in whatever way you feel most comfortable. That may be continuing to watch online through live streaming. That may mean coming in-person to the 9:30am service. Both are great options.
This Sunday we will conclude our series titled 40 Days Of Wisdom with some of the funniest proverbs that are sure to make you laugh out loud.
Also, this Sunday will be Pastor Dana’s first Sunday back after her maternity leave. We can’t wait to see you, Dana!
See you on Sunday!