• NUUC to Reopen for Face to Face Worship Sept. 12, 2021


    NUUC will resume in-person services with our Ingathering worship service on 9/12/2021, with the following precautions:

    Masks will be required for everyone. As a community we value inclusion, and we want to provide a safe and supportive environment where as many people as possible can attend regardless of their health or vaccination status. There will be a greeter at each entrance with a supply of masks for those who haven’t brought their own. Due to the mask requirement, we will not be having coffee, food or drinks after the service.

    While our sanctuary is far too small to accommodate social distancing between all attendees, we will attempt to make space for those who wish to keep some distance between themselves and others. The service will be screened in Fellowship Hall to provide additional seating space in case the sanctuary exceeds capacity, and there will be limited distanced seating in the chairs to the right of the sanctuary entrance.

    As we greet each other in person again, please be aware that our comfort levels will differ, and obtain consent before touching others. Red stickers will be provided that can be put on name tags as a visual cue to others to keep as much distance as possible.

    We will follow the recommendation of the UUA and health experts that congregations refrain from singing due to the risk of airborne spread of the Corona virus. Marlene and Wade will continue to provide music for our services, and Susan is working with Marlene about how we might begin to safely reincorporate vocal ensembles into our worship.

    Please stay tuned for information about resuming RE classes at Nielsen House. We plan to offer programs in the fall but structured in such a way as to make sure that not all the young people will be crowded in Nielsen House at one time. The nursery for infants and toddlers will not be available due to the lack of adequate space for distancing. Religious Education volunteers working closely with the children will be required to show proof of vaccination.

    We will continue streaming Sunday services via Zoom for those who choose not to attend in person.

    We will continue to monitor the number of COVID cases in Franklin and Delaware Counties. If the risk level becomes high, or if some other aspect of the situation changes to reflect new dangers, we will return to offering virtual services only, and reopen again when it is safer to do so.