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 B of our re-entering well plan, which means small groups and events are able to request meeting outdoors at the church. CCUMC welcomes the public for in-person worship starting at 10 AM on Sunday July, 25th. 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.

CCUMC welcomes the public for in-person worship starting at 10 AM on Sunday July 25th with the following guidelines:

  1. CCUMC strongly urges everyone to follow the recommendations of their health care team, local, state and federal guidelines with respect to face coverings and physical distancing. CDC guidelines will be posted and available at entrances to the sanctuary. This is an ever evolving situation so updates will be posted there as well as sent in email updates and posted on the website. 
  1. Unvaccinated individuals are at risk from indoor close contact with both other unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals.  If you would like to participate in worship we strongly recommend those who are unvaccinated follow masking and social distancing protocols and do not sing in service. 
  2. Those leading worship who have been vaccinated may go without masks during service but are encouraged to otherwise follow group protocols. 
  1. No one with illness symptoms no matter how mild should come to indoor service. Delta variant can present for some as mild cold symptoms without fever. Please keep your neighbors safe. 
  2. To be inclusive of individuals unable to receive vaccines, those voluntarily wearing face coverings indoors, and others who wish to observe physical distancing, CCUMC will have social distancing areas available. 
  3. CCUMC strongly urges everyone to wear face covering when exiting and entering the building, and when using facilities. These high traffic areas are used by other groups and are harder to control.
  4. CCUMC requests that fellowship after worship take place outdoors to create the safest environment for all participants.
  1. 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