Our Promise To Each Other
Members and Friends of PUUC,
We’re excited to begin in-person services, and look forward to seeing you. We will be moving forward with in-person/livestream hybrid services on November 14, 2021. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new season together.
Below you will find “Our Promise To Each Other,” which details our expectations for those wishing to gather in person. For those who will remain as online viewers, we welcome you in that space as well, and look forward to fellowship with you via Zoom.
Michelle and Shakeisha
As Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church resumes in-person services during this pandemic, we recognize the individual and communal needs of our members. We hold the most vulnerable in our hearts as we struggle to navigate these times. We do not wish to exclude anyone, yet we are keeping in mind the health and safety of all. There will be risk, but if everyone follows these guidelines, worshipping together will be as safe as possible for everyone.
Some will be ready to return now. Some will wait. We each have freedom to choose to (1) continue to worship online in this season, (2) return to in-person worship in our beloved sanctuary, or (3) watch the service at our convenience any time during the week.
Our Promise To Each Other
- If I wish to attend in person, I must register in advance, unless I am a Sunday service volunteer (volunteer details below).
- Register online by Friday before the Sunday I wish to attend. Registration opens each week on Monday. Register individually or as a family group for in-person worship. Or register by contacting the office. If registering for a group, I will share this promise with them.
- Once I have registered, I will print or bring the email of the registration confirmation for that Sunday. Arrive between 10:40 and 10:55 to give volunteers time to get ready. Be ready to get checked in so that I will be in my seat(s) and on time for the service at 11:00.
- Be fully vaccinated if that option is available to me, free of any symptoms or suspicion of recent exposure to the virus and remain fully masked at all times if 2 years old or older.
- I will not attend when sick in any way: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- I will use a bathroom in emergencies only. Use the cleaning supplies and follow directions posted in the bathrooms. Supplies are available for cleaning before using the facilities. Clean high-risk areas after use: toilet seat, faucet handles, vanity top, diaper changing table.
- I will use the hand sanitizer provided in the hallway as soon as I enter the building.
- If I am able, I will enter the building through the main entrance, and exit the sanctuary to the back patio. Move at a safe distance through the hallway and into the sanctuary and find a safely distanced seat individually or with my group.
- Ask ushers for help if I become sick or have an emergency. (Look for the “Usher” name tag.)
After worship: Choose whether to fellowship outside the building. If so, gather on the patio or in the parking lot wearing my mask and socially distancing. (There will be no opportunity to interact with others inside the building.) Hand sanitizer will be available.
- If I discover soon after attending that individuals in my party have been exposed to Covid-19, I will inform Randy S. our volunteer Contact Tracer, email@example.com.
Volunteers on Sunday
- Sunday volunteers DO NOT register online the week they serve. Instead, sign up with Team Leads (Pam W. and Jeff J.). Volunteers’ names will be on a roster at the door. To volunteer, email Pam and Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteer Arrival Times: Greeters and Tech — arrive by 10:10. Other volunteers — arrive by 10:25 to get checked in, set up stations, and be ready by 10:40.
Please be aware that our services will be different.
- In-person services are Registration-Only Services. After much thought and consideration, we chose to hold 5 spaces open for visitors, so we can continue to grow our congregation. Visitors may not know our registration procedure, so they will be invited into service before unregistered members, who will be asked to wait until capacity limits are determined. Registered members will be seated immediately.
- Children will not move to the front for the Story for All Ages.
- We will not provide an Order of Service for now. The minister will give an overview and directions will be given throughout the service.
- There will be no singing nor hymnals. Eventually, we will consider projection screens or asking people to follow on their Smart Phones.
- You may place your offering in plates at the back of the sanctuary.
- No food or drink will be consumed on the premises. (On occasion, ministers and/or guest speakers may have access to drinking water.)
- Name tags have been pulled for now.
Note that we’re taking small steps each week to fully reach our goal of worshiping in person at the University and Salisbury Gatherings. Each week, the In-Person Restart Committee (IPRC) will determine if the worship service is as welcoming and safe as possible, if we can accommodate more people, and if protocols need to be adapted or changed. The IPRC will also monitor community health issues and CDC and UUA guidelines to make changes where appropriate. This may include going back to virtual-only services if necessary.
We’re both excited and anxious about taking this next step. We ask for grace in the coming weeks, as we learn to be both welcoming and safe when offering in-person services again.
Thank you for your ongoing support that allows us to take this new part of our journey together.