Outdoor Worship Services Covid Protocol

September 20th | 10am RSVP REQUIRED

How to Register and What to Expect:
To register for worship each week, please call the church office at 508-888-0434 or email

sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org by noon on Friday. It is a first come, first serve system. Once 44 people have registered a new list for the following week will be started. Please provide your name, contact phone number and number of attendees. We need this information to keep track of who is coming to the service (contact tracing) and per state orders we must limit the number of people gathering to a total of 50.


When arriving at church:

¨ Please park either on the street, in the library lot or at town hall annex. Only the three handicap spaces will be available for those most in need.

¨ Worship will take place in the parking lot, please walk up the driveway to the worship space

¨ We are asking you to please bring your own chair (beach chair or camping chair). Seating areas will be marked in the parking lot

¨ Upon arrival the deacon, keeping social distance will “check you in” 

¨ Everyone must bring and wear a mask at all times

¨ Everyone must keep social distance, a minimum of 6ft apart and refrain from physical contact such as hugs and handshakes.

¨ A welcome table will be set up which will include:

~An offering basket for those who wish to bring their offering to the service.

~Hand sanitizer and paper towels

¨ There will be no congregational singing (although there will be music provided by Roy & Kathy)

¨ All worship materials (bulletins) will be projected on a screen

¨ There will be no social hour following service and please no socializing in the parking lot

¨ Please refrain from entering the church building. Restrooms will not be available.

¨ If any of the following are true you should not attend service:

~You are experiencing a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

~If you have had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close  contact” meaning living in the same household, caring for a person who has tested  positive, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive, or coming in direct  contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

~If you have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by your doctor or local public health official


Please remember we are doing everything possible to make worship an inviting and safe space. However, it is a personal decision on the level of risk/possible exposure you are willing to take. Each person is different- some may want to wait until there is a vaccine while others may be ready to

return to worship immediately. If you do not feel ready to meet in person, please know that our church will honor and support your decision. It is not a reflection on your faithfulness. If you feel uncomfortable attending that’s OK, we will be live streaming the service on Youtube.com/firstchurchsandwichucc and it will be played on Sandwich Public Television, channel 14 at 5pm

Gathering Guidelines for Group of 15 persons or Fewer no matter location:


  • Masks covering nose and mouth must be worn at all times for anyone over the age of 5

  • Gathering must occur outside

  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required

  • No physical contact (hand shaking, hugging, etc.)

  • All gatherings should be scheduled (no matter location) with the church office (sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org) 

  • A list of who attended the gathering should be emailed to the church office (sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org) by the following day

  • No sharing of food or beverages

  • If held at First Church, people should bring own chairs or table

  • The Church building will remain closed and facilities will not be accessible


*Please note the First Church Garden can only accommodate 10 persons socially distanced.


Dated: August 26, 2020

 First Church Sandwich, UCC

 136 Main St.

 PO Box 810

 Sandwich, MA 02563


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