Keeping Trinity UMC Healthy

As Trinity UMC plans an incremental return to in-person ministry in the future, we are committed to keeping people healthy. In accordance with the Virginia United Methodist Conference requirements, all attendees for in-person gatherings must pre-register and complete the health acknowledgment form:


Pre-Registration & Health Questionnaire


If you'd like to know more about Trinity's Healthy Church Team Plan, you can read the full document here.


Scroll down for a summary of Current Guidelines and Practices.

Church Guidelines and Practices for In-Person Funeral Services

The Celebration of Life funeral service is an occasion of remembrance, celebration of life, sadness and reflection and above all a sacred worship service. As such, all funerals at Trinity will be planned with these principles in mind. While the church is considered to be in Stage 2 of the church’s Plan to Return to In-Person Worship/Church (as directed by the VA UMC Conference and Arlington District) there are additional protocols and safety requirements that will be necessary to follow.


Those required protocols are identified in the Trinity “Return to In-Person Worship and Other Gathering Plan”, outlined in the Stage 2 In-Person Worship (Indoor/Outdoor) section found on pages 7 – 11 of the Plan. As identified on those pages, safety and health concerns are a key focus of all aspects of the plan. The clergy, funeral coordinator, and Healthy Church Team will work with the bereaved family to ensure that the four basic practices of hygiene, physical distancing, face coverings, and health screening are followed, with the goal of ensuring a safe funeral service.


While we hope to be able to accommodate as many members and guests as desire to attend this funeral service, we also hope that those who are vulnerable, or those you care for who are vulnerable to infection, will agree to avoid general public gatherings, including liturgical celebrations. Those who are considered vulnerable are over the age of 65; have existing heart or lung conditions; or have diabetes; or are otherwise immunocompromised. If you feel sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, are frequently sneezing, or were exposed to COVID in the past 14 days, please stay home for your safety and the safety of our community.


The following provides an outline of protocols and a short checklist for those desiring to attend a funeral service:


How to Register/Signup: The new appropriate way to attend any church service is to sign up ahead of time. While this is clearly a new procedure, pre-registration provides the church with a record that can be used to follow up if someone tests positive for COVID-19 so that proper contact tracing can take place. It also allows the church to survey the persons who attend an in-person services. Registration form can be found at the top of this page.


While it is strongly encouraged that persons planning on attending in-person services pre-register, should that not be the case, non-registered attendees may be allowed to attend the service on the following stipulations: space is available; they have and wear a mask and agree to social distance; they sign-in on a registration sheet with name and email address; and they successfully fill out a Health Information form at the church prior to entry.


Health Acknowledgement: A second requirement for any in-person worship, funeral, and/or other meeting is the requirement to review one’s own health using an Individual Health Screening Questionnaire form and complete it online. If the attendee does not have the capability to complete an online form, then a reply by email by completing an Individual Health Screening Questionnaire and sending it in to the church. Those with no computer or email capability to complete this form, can call a member of the Trinity clergy and complete this form over the telephone.

 

Members can download the form, which is attached to the Registration form found at the top of this page. 

The Health Acknowledgement Form can also be downloaded, filled in, and brought with the participant to the church

Note: This form is required to obtain access to the church property.


Personal Health Care- Before leaving to attend the in-person funeral service, each attendee must:

  • Take his/her temperature. It must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in order to attend worship; If a member is feeling ill, they are to stay home; and
  • Bring a face covering (mandatory in Stage 2), hand sanitizer (if they feel they need it), and gloves (if they feel they need them). Everyone must wear a face covering the entire time in the service. If a member cannot wear a face covering or if they refuse to wear a face covering, they cannot attend in-person worship during Stage 2.

Parking – Motorists will park so they can observe physical social distancing (stay 6 feet or more away from others), and it can be maintained as attendees travel between their vehicles and the church building.

  • When leaving your vehicle upon arrival at the church, make sure to abide by physical social distancing (stay 6 feet or more away from others). For adjacently parked vehicles, attendees will wait for others to get out of their vehicle and wait for them to get 6 feet away.
  • Attendees will put their face covering on before they leave their vehicle and keep it on until they are back in their vehicle.

Arrival: You can then follow the signs to the church Entry Point, which is the right hand door into the Sanctuary underneath the portico. Ushers will greet you, take your temperature, ensure you are registered, and show you seating.

Besides the various safety items, one of key importance is the fact that the full seating capacity of the Trinity sanctuary will not be available for use during this Stage. The maximum seating capacity of the sanctuary during Stage 2 limitations is 80 persons in the pews. Please arrive at the service at least 15-20 minutes before start time.

If you are late and have to wait, please be patient, understanding, and kind…

in following directions of all ushers and guides.

 

Face Coverings: Face coverings of nose and mouth (masks) are mandatory for everyone attending in-person worship with no exceptions! The CDC says face coverings can help those who may not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. We understand that some may medically not be able to wear a mask, or for personal reasons choose not to do so, we respect and honor that, but for Phase 2 and the safety of all, we require all to wear a mask once you exit your vehicle to enter and until you exit the Trinity property.

 

Hand Sanitizer: You are expected to have your own hand sanitizer and should disinfect when entering and leaving the service. Trinity will have a limited supply at the Entry and Exit Points.

 

Seating and Social Distancing: Seating in any of the Trinity facilities that could be utilized for in-person services and gatherings will be identified so as to ensure safe personal physical distancing (6 ft apart), and to meet the attendance/utilization requirements. In the Sanctuary, Trinity’s capacity and pew seating allows for up to 80 attendees in pews; four clergy/staff in pulpit area. Everyone will sit as close to the aisles as possible at the end of each pew. There must be 6 feet between the people on each pew unless they are family members that have been together. The pew in front of each person and the pew behind each person will be empty. Additionally, pew usage will be staggered on the two sides of the sanctuary. Cording and signage will identify those pews which are unavailable seating during the service. Balcony seating is unavailable at this time


Worship Aids: No worship aides will be available (i.e., Bibles, Hymnals, or daily bulletins). You can bring your own, print the Order of Service ahead of time, or use your phone or tablet. No bulletins will be available; please visit the website.

 

Offering: Offering plates will be available at the exit of the service or you can provide a donation or memorial online, or text to give at: umtrinity.org/give

 

Restrooms: Should only be used for emergencies. Available restrooms in the Sanctuary are located in the Narthex should they be necessary. The reason for this is that the restroom needs to be disinfected after each use.

 

Dismissal: Please stay in your places until the end of the service. The Ushers will dismiss the congregation by sections and out a particular exit, leaving from the back of the Sanctuary first. Please maintain social distancing of 6 ft. between families, as you return to your vehicles.

 

Disinfection & Ventilation: Staff and volunteers will disinfect and ventilate the utilized equipment and pews to the best of their ability before and after all church services.

 

COVENANT OF FAITH

For those at Trinity UMC who desire to attend in-person worship services, it is extremely important that we follow the requirements and protocols as they have been laid out. So that we don’t have to terminate a service due to any safety and health issues, or failure to follow the guidelines as laid out, we agree through this Covenant to the following:


To protect the health and safety of all members and attendees of Trinity.

To remain at home if ill, or if may have been infected.

To maintain good hygiene through hand washings and use of sanitizer.

To wear face coverings at all times while on Trinity property, and agree not to remove.

If reminded to maintain facial coverage, I will do so immediately.

To register to attend services and complete a Health Acknowledgement Form.

To enjoy the company of all worship attendees, while maintaining safe personal distances (min of 6 ft) to other members of the congregation.

To praise the Lord and pray for his deliverance from this health crisis we are all facing!

 

Thank you for your review, understanding, and concurrence of the above specific information,

 

Your Trinity Healthy Church Team (HCT)

 

 

Note: You can find the full TUMC Return to In-Person Worship and Other Gatherings Plan

at the top of this page.

 Church Guidelines & Practices for In-Person

Outdoor Services

The United Methodist faith is one of connectional people, and Trinity is no exception. As we start to come back together for in-person worship and other group gatherings, the health and safety of our members, guests, employees, and our general community are extremely important to us. As was indicated in a previous email, to ensure that safe situation your Healthy Church Team (HCT) has put together a comprehensive plan, and we are asking all members to strictly adhere to all of its requirements and protocols.

 

While we hope to see as many members as desire to return to in-person worship, we also hope that those who are vulnerable, or those you care for who are vulnerable to infection, will agree to avoid general public gatherings, including liturgical celebrations. Those who are considered vulnerable are over the age of 65; have existing heart or lung conditions; or have diabetes; or are otherwise immunocompromised. If you feel sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, are frequently sneezing, or were exposed to COVID in the past 14 days, please stay home for your safety and the safety of our community.

 

 

Note: While we are coming back together for an afternoon in-person Communion service, it is emphasized that virtual Church services will continue to be broadcast at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, to ensure that those who stay home still have services available; the recording will be posted online to be viewed at your convenience.

 

How to Register/Signup: The new appropriate way to attend any church service is to sign up ahead of time. While this is clearly a new procedure, pre-registration provides the church with a record that can be used to follow-up with if someone tests positive for COVID-19 so that proper contact tracing can take place. It also allows the church to survey the persons who attend an in-person service. Registration form is here. While it is strongly encouraged that persons planning on attending in-person services pre-register, should that not be the case, non-registered attendees may be allowed to attend the service on the following stipulations: space is available; they have and wear a mask and agree to social distance; they sign-in on a registration sheet with name and email address; and they successfully fill out a Health Information form prior to entry.

 

Health Acknowledgement: A second requirement for any in-person worship and/or meeting is the requirement to review one’s own health using a Health Screening Questionnaire form and complete it online. For your convenience, this health questionnaire is included in the pre-registration form. If the attendee does not have the capability to complete an online form, then a reply by email by completing an Individual Health Screening Questionnaire and sending it in to the church. Those with no computer or email capability to complete this form, can call a member of the Trinity clergy and complete this form over the telephone.

 

Note: This form is required to obtain access to the church property.

 

Parking/Arrival: In that the outside Communion service will be held in the back parking lot (between the Fellowship Building and the Parsonage) you are asked to enter the church property off of Buchanan Road and to park in either the far end of the back lot where the services will be held, or the end lot (adjacent to Buchanan). You can then walk directly to the Entry Point (in the back lot) where ushers will greet you, take your temperature, ensure you are registered, and show you seating.

 

Please arrive at the service 15-20 minutes before start time. For this particular outside service PLEASE do not park in front and walk through the plaza to the back lot. We’ll only have one entry station, and that will be in the back lot as you come off of Buchanan Road.

 

If you are late and have to wait, please be patient, understanding, and kind…

,,,in following directions of all ushers and guides.

 

Face Coverings: Face coverings of nose and mouth (masks) are mandatory for everyone attending in-person worship with no exceptions! The CDC says face coverings can help those who may not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. We understand that some may medically not be able to wear a mask, or for personal reasons choose not to do so, we respect and honor that, but for Phase 2 and the safety of all, we require all to wear a mask once you exit your vehicle to enter and until you exit the Trinity property.

 

Hand Sanitizer: You are expected to have your own hand sanitizer and should disinfect when entering and leaving the service. Trinity will have a limited supply at the Entry Point.

 

Seating and Social Distancing: Trinity requires all attendees to ensure social distancing. For this particular outside service, some chairs will be set up in a semi-circular arrangement by the pop-up tent that will act as a covered altar. While these standard TUMC blue chairs will be set up, since this is outside, should you like to bring your own comfortable foldable outside chair, there will be space to set up as you desire.

 

Communion: For this service and other services where Communion is offered, Trinity will utilize pre-packaged communion elements, until further notice. Communion elements will be on a Communion table during the service and communion liturgy. The distribution of communion elements will be explained by the Clergy at the start of the Communion ritual.

 

Offering: Offering plates will be available at the exit of the service or you can give online or text to give at: umtrinity.org/give

 

Restrooms: Should only be used for emergencies. Available restrooms (in the Fellowship Bldg) are on the main floor of the building. The reason for this is that the restroom needs to be disinfected after each use.

 

Dismissal: Please stay in your places until the end of the service. The Ushers will dismiss the congregation by sections and out a particular exit. Please maintain social distancing of 6 ft. between families, as you return to your vehicles.

 

Disinfection & Ventilation: Staff and volunteers will disinfect and ventilate the utilized equipment and chairs to the best of their ability before and after all church services.

 

COVENANT OF FAITH

For those at Trinity UMC who desire to attend in-person worship services, it is extremely important that we follow the requirements and protocols as they have been laid out. So that we don’t have to terminate a service due to any safety and health issues, or failure to follow the guidelines as laid out, we agree through this Covenant to the following:

 

To protect the health and safety of all members and attendees of Trinity.

To remain at home if ill, or if may have been infected.

To maintain good hygiene through hand washings and use of sanitizer.

To wear face coverings at all times while on Trinity property, and agree not to remove.

If reminded to maintain facial coverage, I will do so immediately.

To register to attend services and complete a Health Acknowledgement Form.

To enjoy the company of all worship attendees, while maintaining safe personal distances (min of 6 ft) to other members of the congregation.

To praise the Lord and pray for his deliverance from this health crisis we are all facing!

 

Thank you for your review, understanding, and concurrence of the above specific information,

 

Your Trinity Healthy Church Team (HCT)

 

 

Note: You can find the full TUMC Return to In-Person Worship and Other Gatherings Plan here.