Church Council News

May,  2021

It’s complicated When will our church re-open for in-person worship? The Council spent over an hour discussing this topic alone at its last meeting. Sounds controversial, but it wasn’t. Here are some of the factors:

 When? The Council is working as fast as it can, as slowly as it has to, as the saying goes. It is hoping, but not guaranteeing, sometime in June. The CDC evolves its guidance, as do we.


 Safety for all in the building, including cleaning (prior to opening, plus ongoing), possible guidelines for attendees (including symptom checklists, an

whether to require masks or vaccinations). Council member, physician John Kealy, 
weighs in on this aspect.


 Technology to move us forward with what we have learned. Worship will be in-person 
AND virtual. Some newcomers and regulars want or need the virtual option. Think of 
California, North Carolina and New Hampshire regulars, not to mention our local 
homebound folks. This means equipment, much of which is in place now, and 
observance of applicable laws regarding broadcast and publication, which we are 
learning. We have consulted with Leverett”s Brian Cook on equipment set-up and 
brought on board tech wizard Matt Field to run the system. We will soon do a dry run 
choir rehearsal.

 Legal and insurance Practices and coverage are going in for broadcast and 
publication. Music alone is a tangle of law and technology. (If you have heard us sing 
“Happy Birthday” during virtual worship, you know. “Holy cacophony” is Lee Barstow’s 
term.) Rich Connelly brings us abundant expert guidance from the Southern New 
England conference of the United Church of Christ.

Stay tuned. We all look forward to worshiping IN the church