With Covid safety protocols for our members and friends, we expect worship to be transitional as circumstances evolve toward safer gathering. At this time, everyone in the sanctuary must be masked. Masks will only be removed on the chancel when speaking or performing. Those on the chancel will be safely distanced from the congregation. There will be no congregational singing until the safety recommendations indicate that is it safe to do so. Worship plans to organize some upcoming opportunities to gather outdoors, safely distanced for some creative congregational singing. We will not have our traditional fellowship with refreshments in the building after the services until the situation improves, allowing us to resume this, and other beloved traditions.

During this transitional phase, all services will be led by members of the Worship Team in-person, and we will have as much live music as possible, mixed with occasional video recordings on our big screen. We will also have a mix of live and recorded speakers, with all Reverend Amy’s sermons presented virtually from her home in Seattle. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding, and willingness to adapt and accept changes throughout this transitional time. We are just so thrilled to be back in our building, and thankful for all who can join us live.

Beginning in December, we will no longer offer live-streaming of the services on Zoom, but we will provide video recordings of the full service on our member’s site, and edited versions featuring the sermon only on our public YouTube channel.

The Delta surge is over, but COVID-19 is still with us.  UUA guidance suggests that limited-attendance worship may be reasonably safe if precautions are followed, and the daily new cases are below 25 per 100K in the area.  The case rate for the Jacksonville metro area is now below 5 per 100K.  Attendance will be limited based on the current COVID conditions.

Services will be different than before since COVID is still with us. To provide an environment that is reasonably safe, these are some of the precautions:

Reservations will be needed to secure a spot.  This will help us know who to expect.  Spots not reserved are first come, first serve.  To make reservations, click on this link: https://rsvp.church/r/NtU6x1ge  or call the office at (904) 276-3739 and leave a message.

  • If you or your family members are unwell, please do not attend.
  • There is no vaccination requirement for attendees.
  • Masks, covering both the mouth and nose, will be required inside at all times.
  • No food or drinks will be allowed inside the sanctuary.
  • No singing by congregants.
  • Visitors are welcome but will not be asked to stand to introduce themselves during service.
  • People on the chancel as part of the worship service may remove their mask.  Speakers may also have water.  The first 2 rows of chairs have been removed to create additional buffer space.
  • Passing the plate will be replaced with drop boxes to collect the offering.
  • Nursery aged children (babies-3½) will remain in their parents’ care.  The Nursery will re-open at a future date. The “Wiggle Room” is available during worship services, and a diaper changing area is available in the Nursery.
  • Children’s Religious Education (3½ -11) will be held outside under the tents on the playground. Parents and caregivers are welcome to remain with their children and join in the fun.  Children may be signed into the program at the picnic table under the tent before our worship service begins at 10:30. Masks are required.
  • In case of inclement weather, Children’s RE will be cancelled.
  • Youth (12-17) will remain in the service.

More information will be available the week before the opening service.

Looking forward to seeing people in the sanctuary.

David Christenson

BBUUC President

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