September 24th – Earlier this week the church’s leadership held several ZOOM meetings to review our plans for re-opening. After a careful review of our re-opening plans and discussion about them with the Fitchburg Board of Health, who is responsible for the local application of the Governor’s guidance on the Covid Pandemic, we have decided that it is not practical to hold safe in-person services in our sanctuary for the time being.
We plan to continue our video taping of the services for showing on Facebook and YouTube. In addition, if anyone would like to attend the taping we will make provisions for up to 20 people to be present during the taping of the service. These services are currently be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. If you would like to attend please contact Paul Stansel (978) 337-1608 for reservations and the latest update on the service’s status.
We apologize for the change in plans, but keeping all our members safe is our highest priority. We are hoping to be able to re-open Thanksgiving weekend if conditions allow.
If you would like more information about this decision or have thoughts or ideas on ways to improve our services please contact me anytime.
Paul Stansel, Moderator
September 16, 2020 – The church’s leadership have been meeting to plan for the re-opening of the church. Our first live service is planned for October 18th at 10am. The service will also be taped and available on the church’s YouTube page, Website & Facebook pages later that day. In preparation for the service we have engaged a cleaning service to clean & disinfect the sanctuary & other sections of the church. In line with safety guidelines from the state and the UCC there will be several noticeable changes to the service. These include:
- The use of masks will be mandatory. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the church.
- Attendance will be taken so that if necessary we can do contact tracing.
- The seating arrangement will be modified to increase separation between non-family groupings.
- There will not be congregation singing. The music will be recorded or by Gavin playing the organ or piano.
- There will not be a coffee hour.
Below is a 2 page survey to help your church leadership understand the thoughts of our parishioners on reopening. Please print it out and send it back to us by email at moderator@Rollstone.org or by mail at Rollstone Church 199 Main St Fitchburg, MA 01420. Optionally, if you prefer, add a comment to the page at the end of this post. We appreciate your effort to help us determine the right way for the church to go.
Click HERE to download the survey
Note: This survey pdf uses “fillable fields”. Some applications will and some won’t work with them.Rollstone-Survey-Interactive-1
Below is the updated results of our re-opening survey with 5 more responses. Thanks to everyone who answered.Updated-survey-Results