Dear Unity Family,
Your trustees met this week and made the Phase 2 protocols for in-person services. We ask for your continued prayer and patience as we navigate the changes as we progress out of the pandemic.
This letter outlines our protocols, so you can make an informed decision about attending in person or not. Your trustees monitor the CDC, state, and local information to make any adjustments as we gradually open. There will be many phases and we may have to become more restrictive if that is indicated.
We want to let you know the Phase 2 protocols we have in place, why, and we are asking that you continue to honor them.
We will continue to hold services on Facebook Live and recommend that anyone who feels they are not able to adhere to the protocols or are uncomfortable being around a crowd to continue to worship as you have been at home. Church is everywhere. Of course, if you have any symptoms like dry cough, fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite, we ask that you stay home (and perhaps contact your doctor).
Please register, so that we will know when we reach our limit of how many people can be in the sanctuary safely and we will be able contact you if someone tests positive because you will need to quarantine for 10 – 14 days.
NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS
We are using Facebook Events for registration. Each week we will have an event where you can say you are going to attend. The options are GOING, MAYBE, and NOT GOING. The only people we will consider registered are the people who say they are GOING.
No Facebook? Contact the office.
Please plan to arrive 15 – 20 minutes early as seating everyone may take some time and we want to start the service on time and with everyone seated; we also ask that you not be late.
Masks are mandatory. The CDC recommends that everyone continue to wear a mask whether you are vaccinated, have already had COVID-19, or for any other reason. If you cannot wear a mask, you should continue to watch our livestream on Facebook Live.
Our greeters will greet you at our front door and check you in. We will ask that you socially distance outside until an usher can escort you to your seat.
We will be seating people in a manner that will provide the least amount of close contact with other people. We ask that you sit where the usher seats you and remain seated after the service until an usher escorts you out of the building.
The Reverend Carmen R. Zappi Fellowship Hall will be closed, and no one will be allowed inside.
The Offering Basket will be set up on a table and you may place your tithe before or after the service as you walk in and out.
After the service ends, we ask that you remain seated until an usher escorts you out of the building. We ask that you walk directly to your car. We will not allow congregating around the front door so that everyone can get out of the building.
There will be no choir, healing team, or prayer chaplains available.
Does this sound harsh? We hope not. We are committed to bringing you back to our sacred space safely for everyone, and here is why:
- We do not want to expose anyone because our community is largely in the high-risk category.
- If our safety measures work and everyone follows them, it is our hope that no one else would contract COVID-19.
- If one of us does; and if one person who is in the building develops the COVID-19 infection, all the people who were in the building that day will have to quarantine for 10 – 14 days. That means the minister, all the staff, the volunteers, and the congregants.
We love you and thank God for you! Whether in the same building or not, we can still be the loving, sharing, and caring community that we are. We ask for your continued prayers for Unity of Daytona Beach, its staff, and trustees.
Thank you for your kind words of support, encouragement for the trustees and staff. We appreciate your feedback and will always listen to your input when making decisions.
Deborah Zeoli, President