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Guidelines for Gathering Together

The Southern New England Conference has suggested not holding in-person worship until the number of new cases of virus has been declining for at least 2 weeks. To that end, we will be using the information from https://covidactnow.org/us/ct/county/litchfield_county for Litchfield County, CT as an objective measure of the coronavirus in our area. When the number of new cases per 100,000 residents goes below 1.0 (in the "Green" zone), we will open for worship in the Meeting House. We will use the number on the Friday before service to determine whether we will meet or not.

If the number is greater than 1.0, we will meet on Zoom or also on the Green when weather permits.

When we do meet in person in the Meeting House, we will follow these guidelines:

  • There will be no congregational singing and no spoken responses
  • Family units will sit at least 6 feet apart in open pews. Other pews will be taped off.
  • Masks are required
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance
  • Everyone will need to be signed in by an usher (to have a record in case contact tracing is necessary)
  • Everyone will enter through the east door (the Parish House side) and exit through the west door. Aisles will be marked one way only.
  • Communion will either be bring-your-own or symbolic
  • Offering containers will be set up in the back of the Meeting House
  • Any vocal or wind instrument music will be provided via pre-recording only
  • Joys and concerns should be emailed to Pastor Robyn by noon on the Saturday before service (or told to the usher up on signing in)
  • No coffee hour
  • In-person services will always be simultaneously streamed to Zoom

Our goal with all of this is to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Robyn or Trish Grinnell.

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