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Updated Safety Guidelines for In-Person Worship
Posted: Mar 24 2022 - 5:59pm

UPDATE MAY 11, 2022: Masks are required for worship at United Parish.

Following the guidelines from the CDC for Norfolk County, we are once again implementing a mask mandate for all who enter United Parish, including for worship, small groups, music groups, and building users. The community transmission level is currently high and the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the data from the CDC. We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation.

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Updated Safety Guidelines for In-Person Worship from the Reopening Planning Team as of March 23, 2022

Beginning next week on Sunday, April 3, United Parish will transition to a mask-friendly environment for worship. Our updated guidelines are based on data and guidance from the CDC and the Town of Brookline, and grounded in our commitment to care for and protect the most vulnerable among us, as one of the basic tenets of our scripture and faith.

• We urge everyone who is able to get vaccinated and boosted

• Please do not enter the church building if you are sick or experiencing cold-like symptoms

• Masks will be optional for worship, but encouraged

• Nursery staff will continue to wear masks

• Small groups will decide amongst themselves what feels comfortable for participants

We recognize that offering the option to remove masks is a big step in learning to live in our “new normal.” We’ve been wearing masks for a long time. Some of us may be feeling nervous and some of us may be excited. Both feelings are ok! Whether or not to wear a mask is an individual decision. Please be respectful of each person’s choice. Our worship services will continue to be livestreamed on our YouTube channel for your convenience and safety, as well as for the safety of others. If you are feeling ill or are unvaccinated, we encourage you to attend worship virtually.

We will also continue implementing our current mitigation strategies:

• using the industrial air purifier and ventilation system

• opening the windows when weather permits

• providing hand sanitizer and masks, for those who wish to wear one

• encouraging social distancing A limited number of free rapid tests are available, courtesy of the Brookline Health Department. Please contact the Church Office if you would like one.

We will continue to monitor health data and guidance from public officials, and will make adjustments if needed. As always, we ask that you keep our COVID response a regular part of your prayers, that we may continue to follow God faithfully and sanely in the best interests of us all.

Easter Flowers 2022
Posted: Feb 28 2022 - 4:41pm

Every Easter, we decorate the altar with lilies, daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas and hyacinths donated by individuals and families honoring or remembering a family member or friend. If you would like to contribute toward the flowers and have the names of your loved ones printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday, there is an online form you can fill out here, you can email office@upbrookline.org, or fill out a pink form found on the welcome tables. Please donate $10 per name; if writing a check, put “Easter flowers” on the memo line. You may also donate through Paypal, Venmo, Realm, or our website. Contact office@upbrookline.org with any questions. Deadline is Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Lenten Dinner Church 2022
Posted: Feb 23 2022 - 6:30pm

During Lent, we invite you to join us on Thursday evenings from March 10 through April 7 from 6:30-7:15pm for Lenten midweek worship on Zoom. Prepare your own meal at home and sit down with us for a worship service of prayer, contemplation and song. Dinner church is a postmodern return to an ancient worship model, just like what the early Christians did in their own homes. Find the Zoom link in the weekly newsletter. Contact Thomas Mitchell at seminarian@upbrookline.org.

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