Coronavirus Alternative Church Plans

In response to the continued spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, the Executive Board of UUCT has made the decision to move most programs and activities online, including worship and Religious Exploration for children and adults. Most other in-person programs have also moved online, including Food for Thought, Mindfulness Meditation, and the Women’s Lunch Bunch. Manna on Meridian preparation and the Old Guys Lunch Bunch have been meeting on the veranda masked and observing social distance guidelines. See the “More Information” section below for how to connect.

Scheduled Zoom Meet-Ups

Sunday Service
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 uutallahassee@gmail.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 uuctdre2810@gmail.com for more information and for Zoom links

More Information

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

Desktop/Laptop Computer

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.

For Mobile Devices

Zoom apps are available to download for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Interim Guidelines for Facilities Use

I. Guidelines for small groups using church facilities

  1. Groups requesting use of church facilities must register and seek prior approval by emailing the Office Administrator at office@uutallahassee.org.
  2. Until full reopening has been authorized groups will be permitted to gather outdoors only.
  3. Consumption of food/beverages at group gatherings is allowed provided:
    ● participants bring their own food/beverages;
    ● food/beverages is not shared unless commercially prepared and unopened when shared;
    ● food/beverage is ordered from a commercial food service.
  4. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.
  5. Participants must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  6. Groups should be no larger than 12 people unless specifically approved by the Covid-19 Reopening Task Force and these should include only persons who are able to follow the guidelines. Parents and caregivers are responsible for ensuring any children in their care are in compliance with guidelines.
  7. Participants must clean anything they use before and after their event. Cleaning between uses also applies to office staff who share offices and church members who use staff office space.

II. Guidelines for playground

  1. An online calendar will be set up where families can reserve 90 minute time slots for play. Persons wishing to reserve the playground should email the Director of Religious Exploration at uuctdre2810@gmail.com.
  2. In order to minimize the number of people on campus at a given time a reservation will include the use of both playgrounds during the reservation period.
  3. Use will be limited to one family unit at a time.
  4. Participants must have masks on-hand and put them on if anyone outside the family unit (ex. staff, volunteers, contractors, etc.) is present.
  5. Slots will not be available during regularly scheduled in-person events to minimize the number of people on campus at a given time.
  6. Disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, and wipes will be kept on the playground and families are expected to disinfect high-touch surfaces at the end of a session. DRE will stock and replace items as needed.
  7. The online reservation system will not be public but will be made available to families who have been involved with RE for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 church years. Families who were previously involved and request access will be granted access.
  8. Precautions and expectations will be posted at both playgrounds and on the online reservation form.
  9. Implementation will be pending some playground maintenance, including but not limited to re-mulching and treatment for fire ants.

These guidelines have been developed and approved by UUCT’s executive Board. 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.

If you have questions, please contact Task Force Chair Phil Kiracofe at kiracofe224@gmail.com