Together In Person

We’re making plans now to safely return to in-person gatherings!
Watch this space for the latest updates.

Many thanks to the following individuals who are diligently working and planning with our staff for a safe return to in-person gatherings:

Sarah Bozymski, Anne Bryan, Greg Crawford, Jeff Howard, David Lane, Amy McEntee, Taylor Morris, Mary Ellen Olson, Than Powell

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As we are working to Prepare a Place, here are some ways you can help us!

Phases for Regathering

For a full overview of our regathering plan, read our June issue of the Chimes.

Current Phase – Phase 1: Preparing a Place

What’s Happening Now

Our TIP (Together In Person) Team is continuing to meet and work in concert with our program staff to prepare for regathering.

Our live-stream team is researching and installing technology to allow us to continue streaming worship online when we return to in-person gatherings.

What’s Coming Next

June 27: Outdoor worship at Camp New Hope at 10am (prerecorded worship will still be available online)

July 11: Final pre-recorded worship service

July 18: Live-streamed worship from the sanctuary at 10am with only worship leaders present (available on Facebook and upcch.org/live)

July 25: Live-streamed worship from the sanctuary at 10am with a Church Work Day to follow

How You Can Help

Volunteer to be an usher! Ushers work together to greet worship participants, help monitor COVID protocols, and provide leadership during emergency situations. These volunteers will play a vital role in our safe return to worship in the sanctuary. Click here to volunteer!

Sign up for the Church Work Day on July 25! Participants will be able to attend the July 25 live-streamed service at 10am, then we’ll get to work preparing the building together. Tasks might include cleaning up classrooms, placing signage, or other organizational work. Lunch from Med Deli will be provided. (Bonus: you can come to church in your work day clothes…because the cameras will only be facing the worship leaders!) Click here to sign up!

Phase 2: People in the Pews (Aug. 1)

Beginning on August 1, in-person worship will be offered in our sanctuary at 10am. Worship will also be live streamed (upcch.org/live) for those who are unable to attend in person.

Punch on the Porch (an outdoor time of fellowship and light refreshments) will follow worship. Rather than a “grab and go” style, volunteers will serve refreshments using necessary precautions.

To help protect our youngest members who are not yet eligible for vaccination and those who still need extra precautions, we will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will be singing! (The balcony will be reserved for those who prefer not to sing.)
  • Sections of the sanctuary will be designated for those who wish to continue social distancing. If you sit in one of these sections, please abide by the signs and markings to maintain distance.
  • Nursery care will be available. Children (and their wiggles and whispers) are welcome in worship as well!
  • More detailed information about exact worship protocols will be communicated later this summer.

Phase 3: Gathering in Groups (Sept. 19)

Two Worship Services

  • 8:30amworship service
  • 11:00amworship service; Godly Play will resume for 4 year olds-K.

In this phase, we will transition our live-stream from 10am to 11am. Live-streams will continue to be available on Facebook and upcch.org/live.

Sunday Evenings Return

  • 4:00-4:45pm – Children’s Choir & Junior Choir (grades preK-1 and 2-5; both choirs will meet simultaneously), with childcare provided for younger siblings.
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
  • 6:00-7:30pm – Youth Group (grades 6-12)

Small Groups Return

Small groups will continue this fall! Curriculum will begin on September 19 (though groups are absolutely encouraged to resume meeting prior to that date; sermon manuscripts will be available if desired). Please meet at any time during the week other than Sunday mornings. Space will be available by reservation only on Sunday afternoons for those who wish to meet at UPC.

If you’re already part of a small group and want to continue with the same group, please connect with your leader to let them know!

If you will be joining a small group for the first time or would like to switch to a new group, sign-ups will take place August 1-September 12.

Comeback Coffees

We want to provide intentional space for people to come together and visit and process everything that has happened since March 2020. What was the experience like? What did we learn about ourselves…our church…our world? What do we want to keep or remember from that time?

Comeback Coffees will be hosted on September 19 and 26 at 10am and at the same time as evening children’s/youth activities. These conversations will help the TIP team as they continue their work guiding us toward a new normal at UPC.

Phase 4: Sliding Into Sunday School (Oct. 3)

Children’s & Youth Classes

Children’s & Youth classes will resume using their normal spaces, but with a mask requirement.

Adult Classes

    We will have several classes available for adults – some that you know, and some that will be brand new! Look for more details and information about our fall class options in September.

    Phase 5: Navigating the New Normal (2022)

    As we look to 2022, we are hopeful to resume Second Sunday Lunches, summer trips for all ages, and reduce our need for masks. However, we will continue to pay attention to guidance from medical professionals and consider factors such as vaccination availability for children. The safety of our congregation and our community will remain a priority.