Update regarding In-Person Worship

Dear Friends:

I realize this may be disappointing to some, but the Phasing Forward Team, considering the recent surge in Covid cases in Connecticut, has decided that while Plainville remains on level Orange (or, God forbid, goes to level Red), we will postpone in-person services and offer only online services via Facebook and YouTube. This means that November 1’s worship service and subsequent services will be online only.

The Town-Level Covid Response Framework shaped our decision: “state health officials encourage asymptomatic residents to get tested, for individuals to avoid large gatherings, limit time with non-family members, and that high-risk individuals stay home and stay safe.”

1.)    For in-person worshippers to get tested before each Sunday is not realistic

2.)    While our gatherings are not large, they are inside and without the capability to open windows now that the weather is cold

3.)    Worshippers at CCP are mostly made up of non-family members

4.)    Connecticut defines high-risk individuals as:

            “• Older Adults

              • People who have high-risk chronic medical conditions like:

• Heart Disease

• Diabetes

• Lung Disease”

We will return to in-person worship as soon as Plainville returns to level Yellow.  We will be tracking the code levels as they are released by the State.  Should Plainville return to Yellow an email will be sent to invite members to join us once again for in-person worship that following Sunday.

The same applies to Coffeetime in the Courtyard. 

On a more positive note, we will be offering monthly Virtual Coffee Hours via Zoom with some creative ideas starting in November.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Church Office.
Thank you.

Rev. Don and the Phasing Forward Team

Return to In-Person Worship Information

Beginning Sunday, September 20th, we will be returning to In-person Worship with a VERY LIMITED attendance per the guidelines we are following. Every week we will send out an email to ask who would like to join us for the following weekend.  If you are chosen you will receive a confirmation email.  In order to accommodate as many members as possible we will be rotating who will be joining us each week.

Please Note: If you receive a spot you will be sent a confirmation email with guidelines and instructions.  Please do not come to church on Sunday morning unless you have received a confirmation email as we only have a limited capacity for the space and will not be able to accommodate you. 

We realize some may wish our return to in-person worship was less limited. We all long for a return to “normalcy.” But that old saying applies: Better to be safe than sorry. It would be devastating to lose anyone at C.C.P. to this horrible virus, and it would be made worse if we knew we didn’t take every precaution possible. Hence, the protocol and the limited nature of things. What’s more, being mindful and seeking to protect all is what Jesus did and would do. Let’s follow Jesus’ lead.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to return to worship safely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Phasing Forward Together

Dear Members & Friends,

As we look forward to welcoming you back to the Congregational Church of Plainville for in-person worship we have put together a brief video with important information and guidelines, what to expect on Sunday mornings and a cameo by some familiar faces. Please take a few minutes to view the video by clicking here.

A brief reminder of the upcoming important dates:

September 13th: In-Person Rehearsal of Worship

Worship will be broadcast Live on Facebook and YouTube. All members viewing the broadcast will be able to see the Phasing Forward Team enter the building, follow protocol, and observe what Worship will look like.

September 14th: In-Person Worship Sign-Ups Begin

It is important to remember that we will be limited to approximately 15 people. We will work to accommodate as many people as we are safely able.  

September 20th: In-Person Worship Begins  

More information will follow regarding how to sign-up for your spot. If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the Phasing Forward Team or contact the Church Office via email at churchoffice@uccplainville.org or via phone at 860-747-1901 

Thank you, Rev. Don, Kaara Koplowitz, Chris & Shelley Johnson, Nancy Landini, Jason Zakrzeweski, and Teresa Talarico. 

RALLY SUNDAY ~ CORONA STYLE!

On September 20th C.C.P. will be celebrating the start of our programming year. In these unprecedented times Rally Sunday needs to look a little different but we still invite you to show your C.C.P. SPIRIT and join us for a

RALLY SUNDAY CAR PARADE!

At 11am on Sunday September 20th we invite you to join in our Rally Sunday Car parade. We ask all vehicles to park either in the outer back lot or along Church St. facing towards Broad St. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLES!

At 11:15 am our Lead Car will lead our parade around the block and back to the church’s back parking lot. Once back in the lot all participants can open their car windows and families with children will receive a Church School on the Go packet from Nicole and all participants will be able to say a brief, socially distanced HELLO to Rev. Don all from the safety of your car!

We want to see YOUR C.C.P. SPIRIT so please decorate your car with streamers, balloons, signs, write on the windows…HAVE FUN with it!! This parade is open to ALL! We will be taking videos and   pictures of the festivities that morning and a video will be posted to share with those who can’t make it.

Parade Route: start on Church Street, take a right on Broad St, take a right on Washington St, take a right on West Main and then a right back on to Church street and into our back lot.