Re-Gathering & Opening Plan
Welcome to Unity’s page dedicated to providing our congregation and community with the most updated information regarding the church’s plans to resume on-campus activities in a coordinated, safe and methodical way.
Updated July 29, 2020
Church leaders continue to monitor COVID-19 data in York County SC and Mecklenburg County NC for overall testing, trends of positive infection, hospitalizations, deaths, etc. Based on this data and as of the July 27, 2020 Session meeting, the following update is provided on Session’s (and the Re-Gathering Team) actions.
- Phase A: Phase A Guidelines will stay in place through October 1, 2020. Phase A guidelines allow for the church office to be open; staff to work on campus or at their home; and groups with nine or less individuals may schedule outdoor meetings by emailing Debbie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, anyone on the campus must follow physical distancing, wear masks, and take COVID precautions.
- Unity Preschool: Session has approved that its Unity Preschool can open for the 2020-21 school year. In doing so, the preschool is reducing the number of children and classes by focusing on their older children. In reviewing the Fort Mill School District calendar, the Unity Preschool is targeting October 5 for its in-person opening.
- In-Person Worship: The Re-Gathering Team has shared a draft of its in-person worship plan with Session. The plan would reduce the seating capacity of the sanctuary among taking many additional precautions to allow for a worship service. The approach of this plan is to have everything (training, signage, supplies) ready to implement as soon as conditions permit a safe regathering. At this time, no in-person worship is anticipated prior to October 1st since the public health data and guidelines indicate it is not safe for large groups to gather indoors.
Additional plans addressing other areas of congregational life are being considered and evaluated. Stay tuned for additional updates.
On June 25, 2020 a special briefing outlining all guidelines at this time was released, click here to view this special briefing and check back frequently for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will we continue to worship online?
Yes . . . We hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy our worship services from the comfort of your homes and will continue to participate virtually!
How do I schedule an appointment with a Pastor or staff member?
To arrange for in-person appointment, call the church office or send the pastor or staff member an email. Click here to view a complete list of all pastors and staff on the church website.
When and how will we meet the new Pastor?
At the recent congregational meeting calling Dr. Matt Rich as Unity’s next senior pastor, the congregation established a team to work with Session and Dr. Rich for meeting the congregation, staff, and others. As this on-boarding team creates their plans for August, the congregation will be fully informed.