Reopening Plan

Published September 17, 2020 by bumcri in Uncategorized

Reopening Plan:  September 14, 2020

Reopening Team:

  • Marilyn Sykulski, Chair
  • Pastor Michael Williams
  • Sue Eddins, Worship Chair
  • Regina Blount
  • Luther Blount

Virtual Services:

  • Will continue and is the best avenue for any parishioner who is feeling sick, has underlying health issues or is over the age of 65.
  • Increased funds have been approved for the purchase of additional equipment and services to improve the audio/visual online experience.


  • Reopening plan and guidelines will be shared with congregation via email, letter to home and church website.
  • Guidelines and Safety Information re: COVID 19 will be posted in the entryway.


  • Entrance and exit from church will be at the Bradford Street only, which has a ramp. Washington Street door will be for emergency use only.


  • Will wear a mask and gloves.
  • Will arrive at church by 9:45 am.
  • Will stand just outside Bradford Street entrance and welcome church goers.
  • Will remain until 10:10am for late comers
  • Will make sure everyone is wearing a mask and is aware that the masks must always remain on until leaving the building.
  • Will complete a questionnaire on all. Questions include:
    •  Name, Phone number, town/state if a non-member, whether they have traveled outside of New England during the past 14 days, whether they had any cold/flu-like symptoms during the past 7 days and whether they have they been in contact with a presumed Covid 19 person during the past 14 days.
  • Will take everyone’s temperature. Maximum allowed is 100.4 degrees.
  • Ensure that everyone sanitizes their hands, a wall mounted hands-free dispenser is now available, and practices social distancing at all times.
  • Anyone failing any of these requirements must be sent home.


  • Masks must always be worn while inside the building. Mouth and nose must be covered properly. If someone needs to temporarily remove their mask during the service, they are to go outside to do so and then come back in wearing their mask.
  • Additional masks will be available if someone has forgotten theirs.

Social Distance:

  • Social distance of 6 feet must always be met.


  • Available pews will be marked to keep appropriate social distance from other parishioners (6 feet) and 16 feet from the pastor/ soloist. Household members are to sit together.


  • No singing by the congregation is permitted at this time.
  • The Worship Committee is exploring other options to enhance the musical experience of worship.

Length of Service:

  • The service will be kept to under one hour for safety reasons.


  • Exterior doors and windows will be kept open to facilitate the safest ventilation. No fans will be used.

Written Materials/Fabric:

  • All hymnals and other written materials have been removed. Pew cushions have been removed as well.


  • Congregants are encouraged to use online giving through the church website. Checks can also be mailed to the church but should be sealed with a little water rather than licking (saliva).


  • Individualized wrapped juice cups and wafers will be used and available to be picked up by congregants on the way into sanctuary. Trash bins will be available for disposal.

Coffee Hour/Social Gatherings:

  • Not permitted at this time.


  • Will be available for use. They will be cleaned before and after the service. Disposable disinfectant wipes will be used by the bathroom goer after each use to clean touched surfaces, including doorknobs, faucets, toilet handle, etc. Disposable toilet seat covers are available.

Sunday School/Nursery:                                                                                  

  • Not available currently. Children are to sit with their families.


  • A small team of volunteers will clean the church; this is not be an expectation of the pastor. The sanctuary will be cleaned each week. Bathrooms on the first floor will be cleaned prior to services, typically on Fridays. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned on Friday afternoons and Monday mornings.

Church Meetings:

  • The pastor (or administrative assistant) may meet with two people at the most for brief small meetings while adhering to mask wearing, social distancing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • All other meetings will take place virtually.

Outside Group Usage of Church Facility:

  • No outside groups can meet at the church for at least one month following the opening of Sunday Services.
  • After a month, and any “kinks” have been worked out, outside groups can begin to utilize the church if they adhere to all church reopening guidelines and policies.


  • Stay home when sick 
  • Use sick time first. If more days are needed due to illness or need to quarantine, absence will be covered and paid.
  • Do not bring child to work if they are sick. Stay home to provide for their care. Work from home if feasible. If not feasible, use sick time first. If additional days are required, they will be covered and paid for.
  • Notify church leader if you or a family member is diagnosed with Covid-19.

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