This is a difficult time for us all, and we recognize the importance of community and emotional connections now more than ever. First Parish Church in Weston is committed to keeping our building and property safe and healthy for our many members and guests.
Covid-19 Safety Policies & Protocols
— as of January 7, 2022—
Currently Sunday morning services are held in a “hybrid format” with opportunities to attend in-person or live-stream online using Zoom. As of January 1, 2022, we will continue to hold services in our Sanctuary with three added precautions:
First, we are limiting the number of people in attendance to 40 and asking them to sit in socially distant “pods” using the pews designated with a white bow: “Go where there’s a bow.
Second, the external doors to the front and back of the Sanctuary are propped open and there are fans pulling air through the space. This results in a minimum of four fresh air exchanges per hour (4 ACH) in our sanctuary. So even though the space is heated, it will be drafty in the winter months and we encourage those in attendance to dress accordingly.
Third, we have a new air ionization and filtration system installed in the Sanctuary that works with our existing air handling units to filter and clean the air before, during and after we meet.
In addition, our previous requirements are in place to ensure the safety of everyone who regularly uses our building and facilities:
1. wear a mask.
The Church requests that all visitors wear a face mask while inside our building and strongly recommends one around our property. If you do not have a face mask, First Parish has disposable medical masks available, and you may be offered one by staff or members of the congregation.
2. disclose if you are not vaccinated.
Kindly inform a staff member or your meeting host if you have not been fully vaccinated. We understand that children under the age of 12 are only recently eligible and may currently be in the process of being vaccinated; this is a liminal grace period and we continue to be cautious.
3. Sign-in using the forms provided.
We require sign-in sheets for contact tracing purposes at various events. Attendance lists are discarded when they are no longer needed, and we hold this information in the strictest confidence.
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We ask everyone who visits First Parish to comply with any and all posted signs, notices, updates/changes, or announcements regarding our public health and safety policies.
These Policies & Protocols may change at any time; check back on this website if you are uncertain about what policies apply or feel free to give us a call.
We follow these principles when creating or considering our Covid-19 policies:
- As a faith community, we root our decisions in the values of inclusion & consent.
- Follow the science.
- Go slow and be flexible.
- Be humane & realistic with expectations of ourselves & others.
Thank you for your consideration and support. First Parish has a strong commitment to service and outreach, and we maintain health & safety policies so that we may continue to be a vital and responsible venue and resource for our community and Town.
Any questions or concerns about these policies will be referred to the Standing Committee of the congregation. Contact our Church Office for more information.