We are currently holding all gatherings and Sunday Services via Zoom only.
There are no onsite activities or rentals currently permitted.
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Coronavirus Alternative Church Plans
In our last update on the church reopening plans the Covid Task Force was guardedly optimistic that a return to in-person services was in sight, perhaps by early fall. But because of the surge of Covid-19 cases caused by the more infectious Delta variant, the high positivity rate of those being tested and the record number of hospitalizations that are straining local resources, more stringent restrictions on church social activities have been adopted.
This shows the disturbing trend. In July, the Daily New Cases in Leon County was at 20.7 (per 100k) with a 13.2% Positivity Rate. Now those numbers are 87 and 16% respectively with 251 hospitalized, and that number increases daily. The current course is alarming and cannot be ignored.
Although a significant number of our members have been vaccinated we know from public health experts that a vaccinated person can still carry the virus and spread it to others so it’s necessary to suspend some gatherings at the church that had been approved earlier. Such groups as the Old Guys Lunch Group, Women’s Lunch Bunch and BIPOC will be affected. Making a distinction between social gatherings and essential services, the Task Force has adopted these new restrictions:
- Effective immediately lunch and other social gatherings on the veranda or elsewhere on the church campus will not be approved.
- Requests to rent space at the church will be denied for the time being.
- Gatherings for groups providing services such as church work days, Manna on Meridian, church committee and staff meetings as well as staff conducting church business are deemed essential and will continue under masking and social distancing guidelines.
- DRE Director Helen Rivers Cassara has suspended all in-person children and youth programming.
The newly adopted restrictions are in line with recommendations released this past week by the UUA which encourage using greater caution. For our circumstances the recommendation is “In areas where transmission risk is Very High or Severe (per the COVID Act Now data), suspend all large, in-person (indoor and outdoor) gatherings such as worship, concerts, or fundraisers.” ; Due to the severe risk in Leon County, the Covid Task Force has opted for a more cautious approach at this time. We will continue to reassess and hope that we can reinstate small group gatherings in the near future.
Please be assured that cohesion and connection among the congregation is a top priority right along with safety. To that end, Rev. Holly Brown has presented a proposal to live stream services from the sanctuary that would involve three to seven persons to include Music Director Angel de Armendi, one or two musicians and tech support staff, all properly distanced and adhering to the strictest guidelines. Watch for an announcement about when that is scheduled. See the “More Information” section below for how to connect.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out the the Covid Task Force. Members are Phil Kiracofe, chair, Janet Temkin and Steve Urse serving as members, Rev. Holly Brown as an ex officio member, Bonnie Abellera, VP for Management and DRE Helen Rivers Cassara as consultants.
These guidelines have been developed and approved by UUCT’s executive Board effective August 26, 2021. In addition to interim guideline changes, the Covid Reopening Task Force has also been been charged to prepare a comprehensive plan. To view these plans, click the link below https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IaTOozQ6chwhkXn3sdsatt_DqJ8eOCeA/view?usp=sharing.
Scheduled Zoom Meet-Ups
Sundays @ 11:00 am
Join us Sundays via Zoom for connection and spiritual centering. Our Zoom service starts at 11:00am. Please note, a waiting room is enabled for all Sunday Service Gatherings.
Feel free to show up early, sign on, and socialize at our Virtual Coffee (Half) Hour starting at 10:30am.
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, it’s simple and easy to use. You may join online using a computer or smart phone. You may also call in. We recommend having a lamp in front of you and that you wear solid colors for best visibility. Use of a headset is also recommended.
For Zoom meeting information contact email@example.com Monday through Friday 8 am until noon.
Online Religious Exploration for Children and Youth
Religious exploration offerings for children and youth are offered online most Sundays. Please contact DRE Helen Rivers
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for Zoom links
We at UUCT are committed to supporting each other during this challenging time. We know that social isolation is also difficult, and even a health risk of its own. With this in mind we plan to make extra efforts to stay connected during this time when we are encouraging a reduction in in-person interactions. The UUA’s Carey McDonald has suggested we use this time of “social distancing” as an opportunity to focus on community care, on how we can keep connected with each other even when we can’t be in the same room together.
Many of our opportunities to connect will be via video conferencing software Zoom and on the church’s existing Facebook UUCT Sharing group. Please join us and reach out if you’re having any difficulties.
How to download and install the Zoom Application
Go to https://zoom.us/download and from the Download Center, click on the Download button under “Zoom Client For Meetings” and install. This application will automatically start when you when you click to open a link to a Zoom meeting from your browser.