COVID-19 Information

Updated September 27, 2020

To protect the health and well-being of our community, our church has adjusted many of its normal operations in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even as we recognize the need for social distance and precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are on an ongoing basis exploring ways to conduct essential activities in the life of our church that can be done safely. 

On October 4th, we will hold Worship in the Park at 10:15 am

  • Worship will begin at 10:15 and run approximately 30 minutes. It will take place outside the church building in the open space adjacent to the parking lot. Being outside where air freely circulates is one of the best ways to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The church building will only be open to access the restrooms next to Herbert Harrison Hall. This will minimize the cleaning and sanitizing that will be needed following worship.

  • Everyone should bring their own folding chair or blanket to sit on during the service. We will have a small number of folding chairs available for those who don’t have chairs (or forget), but these will all need to be cleaned after the service. To minimize this extra work, please bring your own chairs.

  • We must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet between people from different households throughout our time together. When you arrive, please set up your chair(s) at least 6 feet away from your neighbor, and stay seated (or standing close by) for the duration of the service (except communion—see below). I’ll make sure the sound system is turned up, so everyone will be able to hear!

  • Everyone who attends must wear a mask or other face covering. We will have a limited number of masks available for those who arrive without a mask. If you do not wish to wear a mask for this gathering, please do not attend, and instead watch the pre-recorded worship service at home.

  • When worship falls on the First Sunday of the month, the sacrament of communion will be celebrated during this service. You are highly encouraged to bring your own communion elements from home. You can use bread and grape juice, as we traditionally do, but you can also use any starchy staple (a cracker, a tortilla, etc.) and drink (Jesus turned water into wine after all!). We will also have communion elements on hand as well. These will be prepared in a sanitary manner in the church kitchen, and will be brought outside, placed on a separate table, and covered until they are served. During the distribution of the elements, individual seated groups will be invited to come forward to receive the bread and cup in individual paper containers. Once you have received the elements, return to your seat. Do not remove your mask to partake of the elements until you are seated and socially distanced from your neighbors. You may dispose of any trash at the conclusion of the service.

  • The bulletin for the service will be included in the weekly e-mail on Thursday, June 18. You can print out a copy to bring from home (we will have some bulletins printed on hand as well).

  • The worship service will not include unison prayers (with the exception of the Lord’s Prayer), and will not include singing. All music for the service will be pre-recorded.

  • There will be no offering collected during the service; instead, a basket to collect free-will offerings will be placed on the table with the bulletins.

  • Any prayer requests should be submitted in writing to me via e-mail or on the Members and Friends Facebook group prior to the service. You may also send your prayer request as a text message to my cell phone during the service, prior to the pastoral prayer.

  • There will be no Sunday School or Nursery care provided. If parents with small children choose to attend, we ask that any children over the age of 2 wear masks, and that efforts be made to keep children socially distant (particularly from more at-risk members of the congregation).

  • At the conclusion of the service, please immediately return home and wash your hands. Do not congregate or socialize. Having already spent 30 minutes together in worship, further time in proximity to others only increases the risk of disease transmission. We will then hold a virtual Fellowship Hour via Zoom beginning at approximately 11:15 am.

  • If there is rain in the forecast, we will adjust our approach to enable us to worship inside in the Sanctuary.

On October 4th, we will hold Sunday School in Herbert Harrison Hall during the worship service at 10:15 am.

  • All school-aged children are invited to participate. Masks and social distancing will be required during the Sunday school activities. The windows of the hall will be opened to provide ventilation, and Sunday school will last 30 minutes.

Other ongoing events in the life of the church:

  • A Virtual Bible Study (via "Zoom" Video Conferencing): Thursdays 7 pm

  • A Virtual Fellowship Hour (via Zoom): Sundays at 11 am

A Few More Details:

  • The church office is only occasionally staffed; our office manager continues to primarily work from home. If you need to come by the building, please contact the office manager to make arrangements.

  • The Walpole Multi-Church Youth Group will resume meeting October 18th. For more information, visit fb.me/wmcyi

For detailed information from the Town of Walpole, please click here .

For detailed information from the Southern New England Conference, please click here.

Contact us:

508-668-1355

unionoffmanager@live.com

Sunday Worship Services

Worship starts at 10:15 AM

Professional Nursery Care Provided infant - 3 years old

Sunday School after Children's Message for PreK - 8th Grade

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55 Rhoades Ave. East Walpole, MA 02032