Hamilton Union Reopening for In-Person/Hybrid Worship
as of Sunday, May 23
By unanimous vote at its May 11 meeting, Session voted to reopen the Sanctuary for in-person worship on Pentecost Sunday, May 23. Zoom worship will continue, and all Covid health protocols will be followed. For now, there will be one worship service at 10 am.
This action was taken recognizing that many members are now vaccinated. Also infection rates in Albany County have been and are continuing to decline.
Here’s what you need to know:
- If you don’t feel well or have any flu or COVID symptoms, please do not attend worship in person. Use Zoom instead.
- Masks that cover your mouth and nose must be worn (even if you are vaccinated), and we must maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals or family groups. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.
- Please sign in at the door with your name and phone number. This indicates that you know yourself and those in your party to be healthy, to have not come in contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive, and that you do not have any symptoms. Please record your name and phone number for contact tracing purposes.
- We will continue with recorded music, since singing in enclosed spaces — the choir — is not yet permitted.
- Printed bulletins will be available in the Sanctuary, or print yours out at home and bring it along. We ask that you DO NOT plan to follow the bulletin on your phone, iPad, or other electronic device. Although that certainly does save paper, unless the volume of EVERY electronic device in the Sanctuary is turned off (except Tech Team), a feedback loop — which causes the Zoom “echo” — is created.
- Wipes will be available should you wish to wipe down the area you are seated in. Hand sanitizer will also be provided.
- Please send Joys and Concerns in advance of the service to firstname.lastname@example.org . Passing the mike for these is not yet possible.
- Windows will be open for ventilation, so please dress appropriately.
We cannot pass the collection plate or hold Fellowship Time indoors yet. We are working on how we will do these.
We are aware that the CDC changed its guidance on wearing masks May 13, but New York State has not yet provided guidance on how — or if — this will impact State rules governing houses of worship. So, we are obligated to follow the rules currently in place as of this writing.
Although we are looking forward to returning to in-person worship, we recognize that many people may wish to continue worshipping with us via Zoom. That is perfectly fine! We are planning to continue Zoom worship.
We look forward to gathering once again in person as God’s family for worship!
Our worship service is at 10 am each Sunday morning from September through mid-June. Worship is at 9 am during the summer.
We welcome all to join us for worship and the Sacraments. All faith traditions are welcome. No worries about “proper” dress; our members and friends come to worship in everything from jeans to suits.
Our Sanctuary and much of our Education Building is wheelchair-accessible. Large-print bulletins and accommodations for the hearing-impaired are available; an usher can help.
Worship – 10 am
Worship at 10 am is a blend of the familiar (some might say traditional) and modern. In our rich Presbyterian tradition, biblical readings, Pastor’s message, prayers, and music offered by our Chancel Choir, guest musicians, vocalists and our organist are key parts of our worship.
Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. This service usually concludes by 11:15 am. Children are encouraged to join in by lighting the candles (supervision provided!) and participating in Children’s Time. After Children’s Time, children can attend a supervised Children’s Church apart from the regular service. Or, they are welcome to stay in Worship with their family.
Children’s bulletins and activity bags are available; please see an Usher.
Child Care is available in our Children’s Room from 9:45 am to the conclusion of the 10 am Worship Service, with two consistent child care workers. Children from infants to age ten are welcome; no reservations are necessary.
Note: Childcare is not currently available.
Please join us for coffee and snacks following the 10 am Service outside in front of the church.
We offer special programs on a variety of topics on many Sunday mornings after the Worship Service. Past topics have included a Mission trip to provide clean water in Africa, Bible/Topical Studies, local history, members’ and friends’ trips and volunteer experiences, and more. Grab some coffee and a snack and join us! Programs usually last about an hour.
Sometimes in place of Coffee Hour we have a potluck lunch or congregation-wide birthday party, complete with decorated cakes!