By Katie White, Trustee

I have had the honor of serving with a wonderful group of other Church members on the Reopening Task Force. Our Church has never closed, and it has been inspiring to see how active we have been during these strange several months. We have been virtually worshiping, attending coffee hours, meeting in committees, attending Sunday school classes and youth groups, and staying connected through eNews, the website, and phone calls to mention just a few examples. Our community is strong and supportive. We have shown we will do God’s work in creative ways and always share his love.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the building has been generally closed and we have been working hard to be ready to reopen the building when state guidelines permitted.

It is with excitement and joy that I share with you, on behalf of the Task Force, the Board of Trustees, and the Staff that after careful consideration and thoughtful planning by many church members and staff, that the Kenilworth Union Church building is slowly reopening.

Outdoor Worship in the Memorial Garden has already begun on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. (meet at the little girl statue near the sanctuary doors and an usher will escort you to the garden). Reservations are requested and can be made at kuc.org. The traditional Sunday worship service will continue to be live streamed on Sundays at 10 a.m. The Mid-Day Prayer Services will begin in the sanctuary this week on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. for 15 minutes, and the Mid-Day Prayer Service will also continue to be live streamed for those who would like to join us virtually.

Memorials, weddings, and other special events are beginning this month with limited attendance in the sanctuary. Please contact the church to schedule a special event.

While currently the building is only open to church staff, starting August 10, all will be welcome Monday–Friday, between 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Meetings and groups will be able to reserve rooms within these times, but there will be no gatherings in the building outside of these hours.

We have worked very hard to be thoughtful about how to reopen the building in a responsible and respectful way. Please be sure to read information on the church website about what you should do to prepare for each visit. There are guidelines in place to help ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. As we move cautiously ahead, all visitors are asked to wear masks if on church property and to stay home if feeling unwell.

It is our hope that we can invite you to a modified worship in the sanctuary in September, in accordance with Phase 4 guidelines.

The church continues to offer virtual programming and services, and ministers welcome your phone calls, emails, and appointments for in-person visits.

Many thanks to the Reopening Task Force who joined me in putting time and thought into the guidelines that will help us to gather safely: Scott Bondurant, Mac Clinger, Jim Fritz, Scott Fowkes, Tom Lillard, Isabella Raynal, and members of Kenilworth Union senior staff.

Thank you for your prayers and patience. We can’t wait to see you again soon.

Posted on July 14, 2020