An Update from UUCM's Re-Opening Implementation Team (RO-IT)
Updated November 3, 2021
From Peter Arian and Rae Dumont, Co-Chairs of the RO-IT

The situation with COVID infection rates, variants, transmission and immunity is constantly changing, and colder temperatures are upon us. Our primary concern remains the safety and inclusion of our congregation, and of our larger community.

We continue to recommend modified procedures, as we return to in-person worship and Religious Education, and remain consistent with available health guidance. We will get through this time, keep each other safe, and reconnect as we slowly emerge.

Worship
  • We offer a single 10 AM service, and space will be limited to 75 until further notice.
  • We ask that all who are able be vaccinated.
  • A space is set aside in the front of the sanctuary for families with unvaccinated children, and Fletcher Hall is also available, with live streaming.
  • Masks will be worn, and social distance maintained. Please honor the taped seating sections.
  • If attendance exceeds the capacity for social distancing, you will be invited to Fletcher Hall to watch the service in a community setting.
  • Connection Café will be both virtual, and in person with masks and social distancing.
  • There will be no indoor congregational singing. 
  • There will be hymn leaders in services at a safe distance. Attendees will be encouraged to hum along, with masks on and mouth closed.

Religious Education
  • The health and safety of our students, families and staff come first. The programs have started, and we are following CDC and Essex county guidelines.
  • Personnel and volunteers are required to be vaccinated. 
  • Masks and social distancing are required indoors, in well ventilated spaces.
  • A nursery program will not be offered until it can be safer. 
  • Our multi-platform Zoom option is also be available for indoor programming.

Montclair Emergency Services for Hope (MESH)
  • In person dining will be delayed, at least until late December. When circumstances allow it, meals will be offered with distanced seating in a well ventilated space, and with meals set out on the tables rather than served by volunteers.
  • We will continue to offer Grab’n Go meals until then and ask guests to be masked.
  • We ask that volunteers be vaccinated and masked.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Care Team, a member of RO-IT, or to the ministers.