Offering Outdoor Meeting Spaces for Small USG Groups

USG’s Labyrinth Area

October 1, 2020
Dear USG Family,                                           

With lots of patience and care, our entire church community has stayed physically apart in order to keep each other safe. And we dearly miss getting together in person, eye-to-eye and voice-to-voice.  However, at this time we can offer opportunities for some in-person interactions that matter so deeply.  We are delighted to announce USG is now offering outdoor meeting spaces for small groups of adults (no more than 12 people) involved in USG activities.

Staring October 1st, USG outdoor space may be used by adults in connection with USG activities, such as meetings of USG committees and groups (such as Small Group Ministries, needlework, Adult Spiritual Development, Earth Honoring Traditions, etc.). It is not required that the adults be members of USG as long as it is a USG activity. Each group must have an identified leader.

In order to attend a USG activity each participant must commit to following these rules:

  • Participants may not attend if they have been diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last 14 days; have been experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 (including fever, cough, sore throat, trouble breathing, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea);  have been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has tested positive for Covid-19 or had symptoms of Covid-19; or have traveled outside the United States within the last 14 days; have been in any of the “hot spot” states in the past 14 days (the PA public health site has a list). 
  • Participants must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth, and must stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Participants must agree that if they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are diagnosed with Covid-19 within the next 14 days after the meeting, they will report this to the designated group leader, to be reported to the Church Administrator.
  • Participants may bring their own chairs, or use benches or other features that are on the property. There are some benches in the labyrinth area, and people also may sit on the walls around the Memorial Garden. It will be the responsibility of participants to sanitize the benches or walls before using them if they wish to do so.

Space must be reserved and the group leader has certain responsibilities.  Before requesting use of outdoor space, please review the Board approved outdoor meeting guidelines document hereMake sure to send the guidelines to all members of your group.

If you are willing and able to comply with the guidelines provided in the above linked document, you can fill out the form to request use of outdoor space for USG groups of less than 12 people, found here.

This information and the links can be found at “Request Outdoor Space for Small Groups” under the Members tab on our website, and by following this link:

As Minister, I want to thank the Covid Task Force, Ministry Executive Team, Staff and the Board of Trustees for their diligent work to make this effort possible. We hope that folks will find fun and meaning together in small groups outside. With safety as the top priority, we will be closely monitoring these activities. If the flow of events seems to be progressing safely, we will consider expanding opportunities – perhaps to include children and youth. Whatever may come next, we will stay 110% committed to supporting the needs of folks who need to stay more physically isolated and at home.

I am profoundly appreciative for all the ways the people of USG have stretched out to help one another and the wider community during this pandemic. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. In my experience this simple saying aptly describes USG. Let’s keep rising up to meet our present tough challenges with hope, courage and love.

In Faith,