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
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
The following provides
an outline of protocols and a short checklist for those desiring to attend a
How to Register/Signup:
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.
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
can download the form, which is attached to the Registration form found at the top of this page.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
& 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
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
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
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.