Dear UACC Family-

First, we want to thank each of you for the patience and the grace that has been so evident in this body to each other in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a trying and stressful time for many, and we want to thank all of you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and our larger community during this time. 

Your church board, a vote on November 23, 2020 voted to continue with drive in worship and livestream on Facebook and YouTube AND allowing a small group (10 persons or less) to watch the live stream in the sanctuary. Please know that your board did not arrive at this decision lightly. And it was not a unanimous decision to open the sanctuary for small groups to watch worship in person together.

So, starting this Sunday, November 29, 2020 we will live stream the video of the drive in worship service into the sanctuary. And that means if you would like to be a part of that, you will need to make reservations to do so. We want to make sure that we are following IDPH guidelines for churches. Please call the church office and speak to someone about making your reservation, or you can access our online sign up sheet to do so . You will ned to make your reservations WEEKLY as we want to give everyone a chance to be in the sanctuary who wants it.

That being said, if you choose to come and sit in the sanctuary, here are some things that you need to know:

-You will be required to wear a mask. That just keeps the tech crew safe and you safe. Being with people outside of your “quarantine pod” does increase your chance of exposure to CoVID-19. 

-There still will be singing and music during drive in worship, but if you are worshiping side with us, we ask that you keep your mask on and at most only hum along. We know that this will be difficult, especially since we are entering the holidays with the familiar Christmas carols we all know and love but this is how we keep one another safe and can continue to have an in the sanctuary worship opportunity.

-The rest rooms will be closed in the building as we currently are not having regular cleanings of the building and in order to have as many of the 10 of you in the sanctuary as possible we can’t provide volunteers to clean between people. 

-Communion will not be provide and communion will still be taking place during drive in worship. We ask that you don’t bring your communion elements with you as that would mean taking your mask off in the sanctuary to partake.

-There will be no bulletins handed out. Please bring those materials with you from home or on your smart device.

Please know that as guidelines change we will keep you posted. Numbers allows may go up, they may go down. Just a reminder that if you plan to come to worship in the sanctuary you need a reservation, and please do not come to indoor worship if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

Your 2020 leadership is trying to keep our whole church family healthy, safe and together in the best ways possible. If you have comments, questions, or concerns about this we invite you contact Bob Sneed (Board Chair), Nancy Bandy (Vice President), and Louann Scobbie (Elder Chair).

In Christ,

2020 UACC Board