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? A: 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. The church offers a nursery during 11 a.m. worship and will begin Aug. 8 to have children’s Sunday School (as well as adult study school) on Sunday mornings. (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. A livestream also is available in Fellowship Hall (downstairs from the sanctuary) if you need more space.