Important Announcement from FCC-Huntley Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update: June 26, 2020
Hello FCC-Huntley Church Family
Today, the State of Illinois moves into the “Revitalization” Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 4 allows for gatherings of up to 50 people. This is welcome news, because it means our church can finally resume in-person worship services!
Now that Illinois has moved into Phase 4, I am very excited to announce that the live, in-person worship service at FCC-Huntley will resume on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.!
Over the past several months, Pastor Steve and the Elders have met weekly via Zoom video-conference. We have been studying the CDC recommendations for re-opening church, formulating our plans for re-opening church and discussing how worship service will look.
Please understand that our worship service will look very different from what it was before COVID-19. To comply with the 50-person limit on gatherings, you’ll be required to “RSVP” to the church office if you plan to attend worship on Sunday, July 5 and each Sunday going forward. We ask that you call Stacy by 12 noon on the Thursday if you plan to attend church the following Sunday. We must limit attendance to 44 members, because our attendance counts include worship participants Pastor Steve, Mari and John Aldridge, and 3 Deacons.
Once at church, you will enter through one door and exit through another door. Social distancing and face coverings will be required. We will be taking your temperature before you enter the sanctuary. The worship service will be “no-touch”: no singing during worship; no passing of the peace, no printed bulletins, no hymnals or attendance books in the pews, no physical contact during the Alleluia Benediction, no Fellowship Hour, etc. We have new ways to take attendance, offer Communion and collect your Offering. Every surface in the building must be deep-cleaned after the worship service.
I have included our guidelines for returning to church. Please review the guidelines before coming back to church. Please understand the worship service is a work in progress. We ask for your patience.
Pastor Steve and the Elders understand that some of our members do not feel comfortable in returning to the in-person worship service at this time. Pastor Steve will continue to post an on-line version of the worship service and his daily devotions, both on our Facebook page and via the church website. Please visit fcchuntley.org for more information or to watch Pastor’s videos. Virtual Church
For now, we are only resuming worship service at the church. Outside groups that regularly use our building are not being allowed to return. Deep-cleaning after these groups presents many challenges.
We continue to monitor developments in the village, county and state. The COVID-19 situation often changes frequently and rapidly. We are doing our best to stay in touch with new developments.
On behalf of Pastor Steve and the Elders, we are looking forward to seeing you! We’ve missed you!
In God’s love,
Moderator Jeff Peterson
FCC-Huntley Guidelines for Returning to Worship
as recommended by the CDC
1. RSVP to Stacy via email or phone by 12:00 noon on the Thursday before the upcoming Worship Service. (For example: for the July 5th service, RSVP to Stacy by 12:00 noon on July 2nd)
2. If you are not feeling well on the day of worship, please STAY HOME
3. The restroom in Fellowship Hall will be open, but we suggest you please use your bathroom at home before coming to church.
4. Arriving at Church:
a. Enter through the front entrance to Narthex (off Main Street)
b. Face Covering/Mask is required (masks will be available)
c. Temperature will be taken (must be 100.4F or lower for entry)
d. Apply hand sanitizer before entering sanctuary (gloves will also be available)
e. An usher will direct you to your seat in the sanctuary
f. Seating will be arranged to maintain 6-foot social distancing
g. The Balcony is closed until further notice
5. Worship Service:
a. Face Covering/Mask should be worn during worship service
b. No Socializing before, during or after worship service
c. No physical contact during the Passing of the Peace of Christ
d. No Singing during the worship service
e. Bulletin will be displayed on screen – large print bulletin is available
f. Bibles, Hymnals, Prayer Cards and Offering Envelopes will not be available in the pews
g. An Offering Plate will be available at the front of Sanctuary, there will be no in-pew offering collection
h. Length of worship service will be limited to 45 minutes or less
i. No physical contact during the Alleluia Benediction
6. After Service Ends:
a. Face Covering/Mask is required (may remove after exiting building)
b. Exit by pew rows in single-file to maintain 6-foot social distancing
c. No physical contact
d. Exit through the front of sanctuary (use the ramp next to the organ)
e. Hand sanitizer will be available by the exit
f. Exit the building through the East Door (by parking lot)
We’re looking forward to seeing you! We’ve missed you!
For over one hundred and fifty years, the First Congregational Church of Huntley has served the spiritual needs of the ever-changing generations. The Church has always been a beacon of light to the community where people could go for help and be part of a close Christian fellowship.
Young and old alike join in to worship, celebrate baptism and communion, sing praises, join in fellowship and prayer, and depend upon God's guidance to lead us into the future.
New member orientation takes place a few times throughout the year and provides an opportunity to meet and talk with church members, find out about the church and it's activities, and learn about the United Church of Christ.