Kenilworth Union Church is open for scheduled member events and meetings Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Church Re-Opening Frequently Asked Questions

As we are commanded to love God and our neighbor, let us demonstrate that by taking safe, healthy precautions upon gathering.

Is it safe for me to come to events at Kenilworth Union?

Kenilworth Union is adhering to all guidelines created by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control. However, it is up to you to determine if you feel safe. If you are at risk for any reason, please join us through our many virtual livestreams and gatherings. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and join us via livestream or online gathering.

What options do I have for Sunday worship?

You may join us for in-person Outdoor Worship at 8:30 a.m., online Livestream Worship at 9:30 a.m., or in-person Sanctuary Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Both Outdoor and Sanctuary Worship require you to register ahead of time.

If you aren’t able to catch the livestream worship at 9:30 a.m., it will continue to be available on our YouTube channel.

What do I need to do to attend Outdoor or Sanctuary Worship?

For either worship service, reserve your space before you come and wear a mask. An usher will escort you to a seat at a safe distance from others. There will be no paper bulletins, but you can access a bulletin PDF on your phone or print it out at home before you come (but please, do not pass or share with others). Afterward, an usher will escort you out, and we respectfully ask attendees to avoid congregating as there will be no socializing or fellowship.

For Outdoor Worship, bring your own chair and arrive early at the little girl statue by the sanctuary doors. Register for Outdoor Worship here.

For Sanctuary Worship, arrive at the southeast doors leading into the reception desk area and bring your filled-out Health Questionnaire. Register for Sanctuary Worship here.

What do I need to do to enter the building for a prayer service, meeting, or other indoor event?

The only open entrance will be at the main south door. Please check in at the front desk wearing a mask and stay at least six feet away from other people or groups. You may not shake hands, share food or other items, or otherwise physically contact others. You will have your temperature scanned. Groups and meetings will not exceed 50 people. Expect that an usher may walk you in and out; groups may not stay to socialize. While a soloist may sing behind a protective barrier, there will be no congregational singing and group prayers will be silent.

Why is there no choral music or congregational singing?

Singing and wind instruments increase risk of contagion due to the virus-laden water droplets and aerosols they have the potential to generate. For the safety of both choristers and congregants, music ministry will perform only non-wind instruments and singing will be performed only by soloists behind a protective barrier.

What do I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms after a Kenilworth Union event?

If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending an event, whether or not you test positive, please notify Karen Gaynor in the church office at 847-853-2636. If you test positive within 14 days of attending an event, please notify the church office. This is for the safety of the congregation and staff and your identity will not be revealed to the congregation.

Click Here If You Are an Event Host

Make a reservation with the receptionist in advance along with expected attendance
Ensure you receive the guidelines (essentially all the items below) for hosting an event
Distribute to attendees the “what to expect guidelines”
Provide a complete list of attendees and contact information form for follow-up contact tracing
Arrive early to welcome attendees and ensure protocols are followed by those who enter the building and grounds
Please understand and plan for
Ensuring everyone wears a mask at all times and maintaining social distancing from those outside of his/her household
The kitchen is closed, and refreshments may not be served
Access to the restrooms is limited and any use requires following posted safety protocols

Click Here to read Before You Arrive

Attendance is limited during Phase 4 throughout the building
Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask once you enter the church grounds. Extra masks will be available if you do not have one
Prepare to have your temperature taken at church
Please stay home if items 1 or 2 apply to you:
1. You have been exposed to COVID-19 or been diagnosed with COVID-19, or
2. You or members of your household have experienced symptoms of cough, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills/repeated shaking with chills, headache, and new loss of taste or smell within the past 14 days. To keep the congregation and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19, anyone who fits either of these descriptions cannot be admitted to worship

Click Here to read When You Arrive

Please arrive early to your event. Stagger your entrance times into the building and reception desk area
Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask while on church grounds and in the buildings
Enter through the southeast door on Kenilworth Avenue to check in at the reception desk.
If several people are trying to enter at the same time, please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside of your household
Follow the directions at the check-in table
Allow someone to direct you to your event area

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Your responsibilities
Everyone over age 2 must keep their mask on
Please stay in your designated area. Avoid congregating in the hallways
The kitchen is closed and refreshments may not be served.
Access to the restrooms is limited and requires following posted safety protocols.

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  • At the conclusion of your event, the host will dismiss you through the same main entrance through which you came. Please maintain social distancing and avoid crowding others
  • Keep your mask on until you are off church property and remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household
  • Once your event is over and you have been dismissed, please leave church grounds
  • If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending an event, whether or not you test positive, please notify the church office. If you test positive within 14 days of attending an event, please notify the church office. Please contact Karen Gaynor or call 847-853-2636. This is for the safety of the congregation and of church staff.

Click Here If You Are an Event Host

  • Make a reservation with the receptionist in advance along with expected attendance
  • Ensure you receive the guidelines (essentially all the items below) for hosting an event
  • Distribute to attendees the “what to expect guidelines”
  • Provide a complete list of attendees at the check in table and space to check off attendee was present with temperature in the green.
  • Arrive early to welcome attendees and ensure protocols are followed by those who enter the building and grounds
  • Please understand and plan for
    • Ensuring everyone wears a mask at all times and maintaining social distancing from those outside of his/her household
    • The kitchen is closed, and refreshments may not be served
    • Access to the restrooms is limited and any use requires following posted safety protocols plus filling out a Health Questionnaire, available at reception.

Click Here to read Before You Arrive

  • RSVP with event leader (or a rsvp form may be used) to secure a spot for you and your family. You must reserve spots in advance to avoid overcrowding. If an RSVP form has been issued you will find the event reservation agreement on the kuc.org calendar under the event date.
  • Watch the instructional Youtube video about what to expect.
  • All worshipers over the age of two (2) should bring a mask. Everyone should bring their own chair or blanket with them. Extra masks will be available if you do not have one, but extra chairs will not be.
  • Check-in begins 15 to 30 minutes prior to the event. Please plan to arrive early to check-in.

Click Here to read When You Arrive

  • Please arrive early.
  • Wear your mask on the church campus.
  • Bring your own chair or blanket.
  • Check in at assigned check in table. If a line develops, there will be chalk lines to stand 6 ft apart clearly marked. Please use these marks to maintain physical distancing.
  • Register your attendance with the greeter. We must have everyone’s name before they are to enter.

Please follow directions of event organizer to find your designated spot.

Click Here to read During The Outdoor Event

  • Your responsibilities
    • All participants over age two (2) must keep your mask on.
    • Stay in your designated spot for the duration of the event.
  • What the event will be like
    • Check event on calendar for indicated participant response.
    • There will be no handouts, please check event on calendar for specific materials used at the meeting.
    • The church building remains closed—including the restrooms.
    • Allow extra time for orderly departure.

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  • Wait for the event leader to dismiss you and exit as directed. Please maintain physically distancing and avoid crowding.
  • Keep your mask on until you are off church property. Stay six feet apart from people not in your household.
  • Once the event is over and you have been dismissed, please leave church campus. At this time, we are not hosting fellowship.
  • If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending an event, whether or not you test positive, please notify the church office. If you test positive within 14 days of attending an event, please notify the church office. Please contact Karen Gaynor or call 847-853-2636. This is for the safety of the congregation and of church staff.

Am I at higher risk for COVID-19?

  • Am I or anyone in my household at elevated risk?
  • Do I have a pre-existing condition such as hypertension or diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we recommend you stay home to protect yourself. There may be a Livestream or post YouTube of this event.

What is Your Health and Exposure Status?

  • Do I currently have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle or chest pain, fatigue, headache, congestion, runny nose, digestive upset?
  • Have I been exposed to someone who has been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past 14 days?
  • Have I been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we recommend you stay home to protect yourself. There may be a Livestream or post YouTube of this event.

What's My Part?

  • I am willing to stay home if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if I have been exposed to someone who has.
  • I will abide by the safety protocols on church property, including wearing a mask and social distancing.
  • I will let my church know if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recently attended the event.
  • I will RSVP to sign up if I want to go to the event. I understand it is necessary to RSVP to get a spot.
  • I acknowledge that there is some risk in attending outdoor events even if all protocols are followed.

Keeping You Safe

  • Our current reopening plan
  • Kenilworth Union Church has implemented preventive and safety measures as provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local regulations and guidelines, and local public health officials to provide our staff and visitors safe as possible environment.
  • High touch regular cleaning is performed before and after worship service.
  • The staff are trained to keep area and people within safe, please adhere to the requests.
  • Attendees are to wear a mask and bring their own chair/blanket.
  • Registered participants will check in at the designated area where your temperature will be checked, clean hands with sanitizer provided, masks are provided for those who do not have one.
  • Stay six feet from people not in your household from the time you exit your car until the time you re-enter your car. No singing or responsive prayer, wear a mask, sanitize frequently, no handouts—use your phone.
  • This event may be available any time after livestream.
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • After worshiping with us, if you begin to exhibit flu-like symptoms or symptoms described by the CDC which indicate coronavirus, please contact Karen Gaynor at 847-853-2636. All conversations will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law.
Click here for more COVID-19 Safety Guidelines from the CDC
Click here for more COVID-19 Safety Guidelines from the CCPH