COVID-19

Brookmeade has returned to in-person worship in our Sanctuary. Please see safety guidelines below.

At this time, Brookmeade Congregational Church is following a hybrid worship service with in-person services from 10:30am-11:30am Sunday morning and an online worship video posted to our YouTube channel the following week. Sign up for our weekly email to receive our online bulletin and link to our worship video.

Brookmeade UCC | July 2022: Safety Precautions for In-Person Worship

Masks now required for in-person worship as of July 10, 2022.

Here are the safety protocols being put in place to keep everyone safe, healthy and comfortable:

  • We ask that EVERYONE wear masks inside the building since vaccination does not prevent infection with the new CoVid variants or transmission of such variants. We want our worship to be as safe as possible for any persons who are at higher risk, some unknowingly, especially because we plan to participate in congregational singing of hymns.
  • ASK before you touch. Not everyone is comfortable with hugs or even with handshakes during Passing the Peace. That is even more true now. Make it normal to ask before you touch people.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be made readily available for everyone.
  • Weather permitting, we will open the sanctuary doors and side door to create a cross breeze and air flow in the sanctuary.
  • Communion will be consecrated in the sanctuary, but we will partake of the elements individually in our seats to lessen risk. We will use individually, pre-packaged communion elements, so anyone who wishes to wait until they go outdoors after the service can do so.
  • Coffee Fellowship will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
  • Regular deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building will continue as it has throughout the pandemic.
  • We can provide paper print outs of hymns at request for those who feel uncomfortable using a hymnal.
  • We will continue having conversations with the congregation about safe practices moving forward.
  • We ask anyone who is feeling sick to please stay home and get tested. We also encourage all who are able to get vaccinated.

Ongoing Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 at Brookmeade

  • Expansion of opportunities for digital worship through live streaming, continuing to use Zoom for some study (Learn & Grow) and social connection opportunities, as well as other online media.
  • Provide pastoral and congregational care as appropriate and able for those in the congregation and wider Brookmeade community who need support during their own illness or the illness of a family member. Congregational care adopts a non-contact protocol (if requested) for support provided for anyone within the congregation.
  • Request that financially stable people who support the church financially enroll in online giving to ensure that basic necessary bills can always be covered.
  • Offer educational tools to the congregation to help ensure that people have good information.
  • Request that those involved with the congregations of Brookmeade notify the pastoral team if they or their family members are diagnosed or quarantined through COVID19 exposure.
  • Notify coordinators of outside meetings (like AA) at the church of these policies and procedures and make plans for follow-up should the situation change.
  • Ensure that all groups meeting in the building at Brookmeade are adhering to these protocols and notifying Brookmeade if there are confirmed cases among their participants.
  • Ensure that council members are in communication about COVID-19 related topics, including sharing news of confirmed cases in the congregation or the congregation’s extended community while maintaining individual’s privacy.

Ongoing Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the local Community

  • Advocate for just and equitable access to healthcare for all people, as well as environmental policies that protect the well-being of ecosystems.
  • Participate in local grassroots organizing, denominational resources, and government information and initiatives around disease prevention and mitigation.
  • Pray for the health and well-being of all who are sick, including but not limited to those in the active congregation. Pray for those whose livelihood and financial stability is or has been affected by illness or societal change. Pray for our healthcare workers who are being overworked and are struggling with burnout.
  • Encourage those who are able to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and continue wearing masks in pubic gatherings where social distancing is impossible.

Resources for Learning, Talking About, and Caring for Ourselves Through This Pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic is a quickly evolving situation and the best place to find current updates are on the World Health Organization’s website (https://www.who.int/), on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). Locally, you can learn more about Tennessee’s response and find your local health department here: https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.

Here is what to do if you are part of the population at higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Here are recommendations for faith-based organizations on how to respond to COVID-19. This includes developing a buddy system to check in with one another and assess needs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html

Here is information on caring for our mental health and the mental health of our children and loved ones in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Here you can find helpful suggestions for how to talk with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

A prayer for depression, fear, and anxiety:

“O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola
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