Bristol United Church of Christ     "The Church on the Hill"
Bristol United Church of Christ         "The Church on the Hill"  

Pastor's Corner

Welcome to Sunday Worship

 

Beloved Ones,

 

            The deacons and the Ad Hoc Covid Committee are pleased to announce that we will resume In-Person Sunday Services beginning June 6. There will be certain safety protocols in place in order to protect those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against Covid. This is moral Christian behavior. The protocols are listed below and include keeping distance and wearing masks in the church building. Since many of us have already been vaccinated, if your friends and you are comfortable sitting together, you may do that. I think you should have that conversation before arriving at church and certainly before sitting down next to someone. We shall continue to use pre-filled, sanitary communion cups distributed by gloved deacons for your safety and peace of mind. Hymnals and Bibles have been removed from the sanctuary and everything you need should be in the bulletin. Singing while masked seems a relatively safe practice at this time. Doors and windows will remain open for ventilation but NH guidelines call for us not to use ceiling fans. For those who are away or who need to or who may prefer to participate from a distance, the services will be shown live on Zoom. The recording of the service will be available on the Bristol UCC YouTube channel later on Sunday (certainly by Monday morning).

 

In other exciting news: Wednesday evening Ice Cream Gatherings will resume on June 23. Bring a lawn chair and a mask.

 

Rev Andrew

 

In Person Worship Protocols June 2021

 

Use only the door from the parking lot.

 

People may begin to enter the building about 10 minutes before service begins. (9:50 in June, 9:20 in July) A deacon or usher will greet you.

 

Masks are required to protect those who cannot be or have not yet been able to be vaccinated (like our children).

 

Confirm that you are not sick, are not experiencing Covid symptoms, or have not been recently diagnosed as positive for Covid.

 

Someone will take down your name (and possibly you telephone number) for contact tracing purposes (should that become necessary).

 

Please use hand sanitizer upon entering.

 

Please take a bulletin from the stack (with your freshly sanitized hands).

 

The ushers will accompany you to your seat. Please don’t delay by visiting as others will want to take their seats as well. If you and another choose to sit together, okay. The ushers will direct you away from rows and areas to be left empty.

 

There will be a donation / offering drop box near the sanctuary door. You may use it on your way in or on your way out of service.

 

If you prefer to read from the Bible (rather than what is printed in the bulletin) you may bring your own each Sunday.

 

Should you want to visit the restroom, please use only the accessible restroom off of Fellowship Hall. Other than Committee Chairs accessing their mail boxes, no one should be on the lower level of the parish house building.

 

At the close of service, the deacons or ushers will dismiss worshippers by row beginning from the front.

 

If you would like to socialize, please do so in the parking lot. Remember that not everyone may be as comfortable as you are with touching and or maskless talking and visiting.