The Heritage Board of Trustees has approved returning to in-person worship services on the church grounds (outdoors)! After 18 months worshipping away from HUUC, both virtually on Zoom and sometimes at Moundview Park in Newtown, we are eager to begin reclaiming our sacred space for Sunday services on September 12 with our annual Ingathering Sunday and Water Ceremony. Note: Certain Sundays in September and October will continue to be Zoom-only. Check the website (https://huuc.net) to see whether a service is being held outdoors at the church this fall. All services, even those in-person Sundays held outdoors at Heritage, will be available live on Zoom as well.
The Worship Committee, our Tech Team, and the Board are working hard to configure an outdoor setup (most likely just outside the sanctuary on the patio) that will allow for safer in-person worship. Your patience and cooperation – including masking when requested and getting vaccinated – will be greatly appreciated as many volunteer members of our congregation work with our dedicated staff to make the experience of returning to worship at our own space as positive and rewarding as possible, for folks of all ages and stages. There will likely be some growing pains, and some physical (and emotional) discomfort, but consider it a small price to pay for being together again worshipping at Heritage Church!
Small groups are also allowed to meet, indoors or outdoors, at HUUC throughout the week. If you are meeting indoors, please follow the Board guidelines listed here https://huuc.net/heritage-uu-church-policy-related-to-covid-19/#smallgroup including wearing a mask at all times when in the building, and meeting in the largest room possible (the Sanctuary or the Great Hall). Remember to actually socially distance. Chairs are set up in a large circle in the sanctuary, with proper spacing; please do not scoot them closer together. We love to be with one another, but it’s just not safe to be that close yet. We have had several “breakthrough” cases of COVID in the congregation in the past month, and we don’t want anyone else to get sick. Remember as well that those in our church family under the age of 12 are not yet able to get vaccinated.
Please note as well that we recommend no more than 8 people in the Heritage Room – socially distanced – and no more than 5-6 in any classroom or the kitchen.
Thank you for your cooperation as we slowly return to Heritage Church. Stay safe. Be well.