Reopening Date and Guidelines

Due to the concerning upward trend of COVID-19 in Martin County, we are postponing our opening for in-person services. 
We will stay closed until there areat least two weeks of downward trending in the rate of infection. 
Thank you for your patience.  We care for you and pray for your health and wholeness.

 

This is for both Sunday services

 8 a.m. service led by John Pellicci
10:30 service led by Rev. Jude Denning.

 
When to open for live services is generally going to bring mixed opinions; however, our Unity of Stuart Board was solid in desiring to be cautious in our opening date as well as the precautions we felt needed to be put in place for an opening. Our goal is to reduce risk as much as possible. Our decisions were made based on science - (largely this article):
The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them , and the survey sent out asking for congregant’s opinions.
 
The article is quite comprehensive; here are some topics that helped drive our decisions:
 
1. It appears that only small doses of the virus may be needed for an infection to happen. Various levels of virus are expelled by breathing, talking/yelling, singing, coughing or sneezing (from lowest to highest levels expelled). The amount a person ingests is related to Exposure Level X Time Exposed.
2. Asymptomatic infected folks are releasing the most virus right before they are symptomatic, with the highest amount of virus being spread two days priors to symptoms.
3. Community tracing has shown that religious services and particularly choir rehearsals have resulted in clusters of cases.
4. If a person is sitting in a well-ventilated space with few people, risk is reduced.
 
Some local factors were considered as well. The majority of congregants that filled out the survey were in high risk groups (50-69 age group 58% of the respondents; 70+ age group 34% of respondents). Lastly, the numbers of COVID cases in Martin County continue to increase. The opening date and precautions could change based on new data as we get closer to July 5th. The precautions are below.  They include registering to attend (on a first-come basis). In this way the number of folks in the sanctuary can be limited. The registration link will be sent by email and will be on our Facebook page on June 28 during and after Sunday service.  
 
While we all miss each other and wish we could all come together right away, our desire for safety is first and foremost in our minds.  We will continue to live stream for those who wish to stay home. And while we acknowledge that the way we are moving forward may not be what some would prefer, we are acting out of an abundance of caution because we care for each of you. We know that this too shall pass and there will be silver linings as we progress along this journey.
 Please keep in mind that this date and these precautions are subject to change depending on how Stuart and Martin County are faring with keeping the virus at bay. If you have questions, please email revjudedenning@gmail.com.
 
In loving service and prayers for your continued health and prosperity,
Rev. Jude Denning, Linda Hart, Don Rowell, Nikki Melby, Nancy Bock, Ray Rice, Connie Cox

Precautions: 

  • The facility has been cleaned and sanitized during your absence, and we will continue to do so on a more frequent basis.  Please follow all CDC guidelines for public safety and social distancing, including the use of hand sanitizer, which we will have available.  
  • If you are sneezing, coughing, not feeling well or have been exposed to anyone who has been sick, or if you have a compromised immune system and are considered “at risk,” stay home and attend our online services.
  • When you arrive at Unity you must wear a face covering.  We ask that you maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone who is not from your household.  We ask that you refrain from hugs, handshakes, and holding hands.
  • Because our temporary limit is 35 people in the congregation, we require registration to attend to attend the 8 a.m. service and the 10:30 service.  The short registration form will be available for the July 5 service on June 28. There will be two links, one for the 8 a.m. service with John Pellicci and one for the 10:30 service with Rev. Jude. Going forward, the link will be on our Facebook page one week before and in our weekly email. 
  • Hospitality (food, snacks, coffee, tea, potlucks) will be suspended for the next few months and will resume when it is considered in the best interest of all.
  • Online giving is now the preferred method for extending financial support. Offering baskets will be strategically placed for those who wish to give checks, credit card slips, or cash. 
  • If you have a prayer request, please send to
  • revjudedenning@gmail.com.  It will then be forwarded to our prayer chaplains.
  • We will not hold hands during the Peace Song, rather, we will lift our hands in praise and gratitude for all of planet Earth.  
  • Please allow and maintain a comfortable distance of six feet between yourself, staff, minister, and other congregants, as you exit the sanctuary.
  • Fellowship and conversation may continue in the parking lot; no Sunday hospitality at this time. 
  • We will not be using any paper during the service: order of service, song sheets, etc.
  • Some chairs and rows will either be moved or will be marked with tape indicating that they are not available for seating.   Please do not adjust these unless you wish to be seated with someone you live with.
  • Choir, weddings, funerals and special events in the building are suspended until further notice.  
  • Youth Ministry is suspended until further notice.  (There is a Zoom parent’s meeting on June 4 at 6 p.m. Please email revjudedenning@gmail.com for the link if you have a child in our youth program and would like to attend.

Please keep in mind that this date and these precautions are subject to change depending on how Stuart and Martin County are faring with keeping the virus at bay. If you have questions, please email revjudedenning@gmail.com.
 
In loving service and prayers for your continued health and prosperity,
Rev. Jude Denning, Linda Hart, Don Rowell, Nikki Melby, Nancy Bock, Ray Rice, Connie Cox