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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.

When is Kenilworth Union reopening?

Outdoor worship is held in the Memorial Garden on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. A livestream worship service will continue to broadcast at 10 a.m.

Tuesday Mid-Day Prayer Service meets in the sanctuary at 12:15 p.m. It is also livestreamed for at-home participants.

Church staff are phasing back to working in the building, but the building remains closed except by appointment. Beginning August 10, the building will be open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. No meetings may be held in the building outside of these hours.

A Joyful Noise Preschool expects to resume in September and other Children and Family Ministry programming is currently under consideration.

In addition, all Kenilworth Union staff welcomes and invites you to connect with them about any opportunities to greet them safely in person, over the phone, or via email. To set up an appointment, they may be reached via email or phone.

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

Kenilworth Union is adhering to all guidelines created by the State of Illinois 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 do I need to do to attend Outdoor Worship?

Reserve your space before you come. Wear a mask and bring your own chair. Arrive early at the little girl statue by the sanctuary doors so an usher can escort you to your place. There will be no paper bulletins, but you can access the outdoor bulletin 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.

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.

Posted on July 8, 2020