Re-Entering Well

Re-Entering Well

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you…”

Matthew 7:12

Re-Entering Well – Procedures for In-Person Events and Small Groups at CCUMC

As a congregation we continue to seek a safe re-entry for in-person and eventual in-door ministry and events. Chevy Chase UMC is currently in Small Group Phase A of our re-entering well plan, which means small groups and events are able to request meeting outdoors at the church. Sunday morning worship remains online in this small group phase. Our church preschool is operating in-person and church staff are increasing work from the building. 

The Re-Entering Well Team will survey the congregation on a semi-regular basis in order to assess concerns, suggestions, and opportunities with the input of the congregation. These surveys will always be able to be submitted anonymously. Feedback and recommendations from surveys will be shared with the church council. We appreciate your continued feedback and comments to help us keep the church and the community safe.

Our re-entering well procedures account for the health needs and issues for doing ministry during a pandemic. The church building is subject to new and thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and we are following new social practices to reduce health risks and help keep everyone safe.

Please remember that caution, safety, and new health guidelines require changes to our operating procedures for the immediate future. We do not know how long these changes and new procedures will remain in effect, but as a congregation we will continue to do all we can to follow our United Methodist General Rules to do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.

Here’s what to expect for in-person events and small groups during Small Group Phase A:

  • Pre-registering required for all events
  • Shorter events (to limit potential exposure risks)
  • Mandatory mask wearing for all people over age 2
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet from people not in your household
  • No physical contact with people not in your household
  • Children remain in the care of parents for the entire time a family is at the church
  • No singing or speaking in unison
  • No food consumption (except for communion)
  • Limited fellowship time before and after events
  • Before attending any in-person event or small group you will be asked the Covid Questionnaire:
    • Have you or someone in your household tested positive for covid-19 or are waiting for a test result due to a possible exposure to covid-19?
    • Are you suffering from any of the common covid-19 symptoms (fever or chills, headache, cough, nausea of vomiting, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste and/or smell, fatigue, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle or body aches, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)?
    • Have you had close contact with anyone known to have a positive covid-19 diagnosis or traveled by plane or to a higher risk COVID area in the last 14 days?

If you answer yes to any of these questions you should not attend an event with CCUMC. If you do answer yes to any of these questions, please let the pastor or a church event leader know so CCUMC may offer you care, support and prayer.

COVID Basic Safety Protocols:
After any higher risk activity (listed below from the CDC) it is recommended you quarantine for 5 days then receive PCR testing at a trusted facility and continue your quarantine until results are negative. All members of your household should abide by quarantine procedures as well (regardless of their exposures) unless you separately quarantine from time of exposure. 

Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled, including foreign countries and U.S. territories.  You can also check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.

Maryland determines a high risk state as any with >10% positivity rate

Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.

Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.

Being in crowds – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.

Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.

Our full Re-Entering Well Procedures may be viewed at:

https://chevychaseumc.org/reentry-procedures