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Return to In-Person

We are SO excited to return to Trinity. 

Finally!  Trinity is fully re-opening!  Throughout this pandemic we have been guided by our faith.  As the people of Jesus Christ, our commitment has been to love our neighbor by protecting our congregation and the community by limiting spread of COVID-19.  We have followed the guidance of the CDC and the Office of the Governor on these matters.  This continues to be our guide.  The Conference has relaxed restrictions and empowered each church to make appropriate decisions as long as we abide by the Governor’s Executive Order 79, effective May 28, 2021.  Our Trinity plan has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Hyo Lee, our District Superintendent.  (He also asked if he could share our plan with other churches as a template.)

Here is the information you need to know:

WORSHIP:

 

We will adopt a Summer Schedule for Sunday mornings starting Sunday, June 6

9:00 AM  Outdoor WorshipHow long this service remains outdoors remains to be determined.
10:00 AM  Discipleship HourSunday school for all ages, indoor and outdoor.
11:00 AM  Indoor WorshipThis service will also be livestreamed.

Outdoors:  All restrictions have ended.  You no longer need to register for the service.  You may sit where you wish.  Masks are not required for anyone outdoors.

Indoors: You may sit where you wish in the sanctuary (except the balcony, see below).  Singing without masks is allowed.


For fully vaccinated persons:  Restrictions are lifted.  Masks are not needed.


For people not fully vaccinated:
  We respectfully request that you wear a mask indoors.  This is on an “honor system” with no registration or monitoring involved.


For those who may be uncomfortable with these changes:

  •  Livestream worship will continue at 11:00 AM
  •  The Outdoor service is a wonderful alternative.
  • The sanctuary balcony will be limited to those (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who agree to remain masked, who prefer to sit only among others who are masked and agree to reasonable (3ft. is the CDC standard) social distancing. Anyone may simply go and sit in the balcony at will, but these restrictions need to be observed.

GROUPS/CLASSES:

Small Groups may meet throughout the week. Groups will self-monitor as they see fit.

Students 12 years and older are regarded the same as other adults.

Kids 5-11 years, should be masked indoors.  Masks are not needed outdoors. 

PRESCHOOL:

Weekday Preschool resumes in the Fall (normal schedule, Preschool has operated throughout pandemic and will continue to do so under VDH guidelines.)

Return to In-Person FAQs

Click on the items below to see their answers.

Do I still have to register?

No. Beginning June 6 registration is no longer required to attend worship services. 

Can I still worship online?

YES! Our livestream worship service will continue at 11:00 AM each Sunday. This will be a hybrid service, meaning that we will stream live from the sanctuary with our in-person congregation. The experience will change slightly from our online-only worship during the pandemic, but we are very committed to offering a quality livestream worship experience.

Are masks required?

For fully vaccinated persons:  Restrictions are lifted.  Masks are not needed.

For people not fully vaccinated:  We respectfully request that you wear a mask indoors.  This is on an “honor system” with no registration or monitoring involved.

Children ages 5 years and older will need to wear a face mask when inside the building. All adults serving in the kids ministry will wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Is there alternate seating?

The sanctuary balcony will be limited to those (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who agree to remain masked, who prefer to sit only among others who are masked and agree to reasonable (3ft. is the CDC standard) social distancing.  Anyone may simply go and sit in the balcony at will, but these restrictions need to be observed.

What about social distancing?

The requirements for distance have been lifted by the conference. We ask that those using our alternative seating in the balcony maintain 3ft of distance.

Can we sing?

Yes. Singing is now permitted by the conference. Persons may sing unmasked if they have been vaccinated.

Will you be asking about vaccinations?

No. We will not ask about a person’s vaccination status. 

For fully vaccinated persons:  Restrictions are lifted.  Masks are not needed.

For people not fully vaccinated:  We respectfully request that you wear a mask indoors.  This is on an “honor system” with no registration or monitoring involved.

Will there be nursery care?

At this time we will have nursery care during our 10:00 AM Discipleship Hour. We plan to add nursery care for worship services later this summer. 

What about the kids?

Children ages 5 years and older will need to wear a face mask when inside the building. All adults serving in the kids ministry will wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.

How do I receive communion if I watch via livestream?

Drive-up communion will continue for those who worship via livestream. At the conclusion of our 11:00 AM livestream worship service, the pastors will invite the streaming congregation to end their livestream watch experience and drive to Trinity to receive communion. Communion will be distributed via drive-up process by volunteers. Congregation members will receive communion in their vehicles. Learn more about drive-up communion here

How do I find a class or group for the Discipleship Hour?

Contact Pastor Hung Su (hslim@trinityumc.net) for information about getting connected to a group. We hope to have a full list of groups returning to the building available soon.