COVID-19 Updates

Phasing Forward 

Dear Friends in Christ, 

The Phasing Forward Team has been meeting every Monday night and planning the way to re-open the Church Building safely.

Currently, we are working on ordering supplies, printing signage and solidifying plans. We need your input and encourage you to please respond to the survey that was sent out in The Steeple and via email as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. 

Here is what you can expect how in-person worship will look:(based on current guidelines from the state, CDC and UCC)

  • In the initial stages, only 15-20 members will be allowed in the building. At this time the state of Connecticut is not allowing gatherings of more than 25 people. Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Sanitizer will be provided upon entry.
  • Worship will be taking place in Kelsey Hall. Kelsey Hall will be marked off into “pods” that are socially distanced 6 feet apart.
  • We will be asking members to arrive by 9:30 am and to remain in their vehicles until instructed one car at a time to enter. Once in the building members will be screened and temperatures taken. Members will be directed to where they should sit and should remain in their assigned area once they get there.
  • The worship service will be approximately 30 minutes with only Pastor Donna speaking and Pete playing instrumental music on the piano. Singing is not allowed at this time and there will be no member responses to the liturgy. Prayer Requests will be gathered via email prior to the service.
  • Upon the close of the service, we will ask all members to stay seated until directed to return to your car, one vehicle at a time.
  • If you need to use the restroom we will have the Family Restroom available. Only one member at a time will be allowed in the hall to the restroom. 

Tentative Timeline  The below timeline is tentative and subject to change as the state, CDC, and health department recommendations change. 

  • August 9th: In-Person Rehearsal of Worship.
    • Worship will be on Facebook but all members will be able to see the Phasing Forward Team enter the building, follow protocol, and observe what Worship will look like. 
  • August 10th: In-Person Worship Sign-Ups Begin 
    • More information to follow 
  • August 16th: In-Person Worship Begins 

Please let us know if you would like to be on the list of members to return to in-person worship by contacting the Church Office via email at churchoffice@uccplainville.org or via phone at 860-747-1901.    If you have any questions, please reach out to a member of the Phasing Forward Team.    Thank you.