Indoor worship: FAQ

As Oconee Street UMC returns to indoor, in-person worship, here’s what you need to know:

Q: Do I have to be vaccinated to attend? A: No, we will not check people’s vaccination status but we strongly encourage everyone in our church who can get vaccinated to take that step.

Q: What will in-person worship be like? In-person worship will be a lot like the live-stream worship. If you are new to Oconee Street UMC or joined during pandemic and want to know more about what to expect inside the building, check out the Plan Your Visit page on this site.

Q. Do I need to report my attendance for contract tracing purposes and how? A. We do not anticipate taking attendance at worship service, however, we do keep a record of attendees to small-group gatherings. 

Q. What safety protocols will be in place for worship? A. As we cautiously begin to worship indoors:

  • Everyone in the sanctuary will be required to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status (The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend waiving this requirement for children under the age of 2). 
  • Everyone is asked to sit with some spacing between families (children and teens are asked to sit with their family for the time being). 
  • Singing will resume slowly and in a limited way. The congregation will only sing on the closing hymn, so that individuals who do not wish to participate in singing may leave the service early.
  • Communion elements will be pre-packaged.

Q. Is there childcare? A. No, for now we will NOT have childcare or children’s Sunday School on Sunday mornings. Children of all ages are welcome to sit with their families in the sanctuary or, if you need more room to wiggle, to head to the nursery or downstairs to the fellowship hall. Church leaders will continue to study childcare and Sunday School options and will update the congregation in the weeks ahead. (Combined Sunday School/Youth Group for 3rd through 12th grade will continue every other Sunday evening at 5 p.m. throughout the summer. Adult Sunday school classes will continue to meet on Zoom, for now.) 

Q. Will you continue to live-stream the service? A. YES! We will continue to livestream the service, so worshippers can watch the Youtube livestream on phones or other devices from anywhere. 

Q. What are the rules for small group gatherings? The current protocols regarding small group gatherings (e.g., limited number of attendees, attendance protocols) will continue to remain in place at this time.