Small Groups Back In-Person! (Updated 7/14/22)

We’re re-engaging in person in small groups! This summer the conglomeration of our Worship Team, Safety Committee, Tech Team, RE, Buildings & Grounds and Communications Team and others have been working long and hard to make small-group gatherings at 4 Palmer come to life. Read our guidelines document approved by the Board of Trustees in early June.

Sunday Services

Sunday Services continue online. But, as soon as our new equipment arrives and our tech team refines its dual-platform skills, we’ll be ready to host small groups in the sanctuary to watch the online service together. Please stay tuned. Find out more

Other Gatherings

Other gatherings have also been meeting in person in the sanctuary:

  • Religious Education Focus Groups with Rev. Nicoline. Find out more
  • Reproductive Justice Team. Find out more
  • Focus group on Engagement & Belonging on August 16, from 11 a.m.-12.15p.m. Find out more
  • Faith Examined Group resumes its gatherings in person this September. Details to follow.

Find out more about other upcoming events

Joining Us In-person

In order to facilitate our transition to in-person gatherings, we have activated two new online forms: one for reserving a spot and one for registering your vaccination record. Use this link to specify which service or gathering you plan to attend. If you prefer to register for a gathering by phone, please contact Jo El Miano at joellen.miano@gmail.com or 518-578-5821 or the event coordinator.

  • Since our gatherings are currently limited to 12 or fewer people(*), we’ll use our new RSVP system to register attendees for a particular gathering. This form allows you to reserve a space for yourself and for others in your group. Alternatively, you may register by phone with the event coordinator or with Jo El Miano. Or arrive at the event; if the capacity for the gathering has not been reached, you are certainly most welcome to attend!

  • Our guidelines require that proof of vaccination be on record. You need only to complete this Vaccination PreRegistration form once. If you would like personal assistance to pre register your vaccination status, we can arrange to visit you and take a picture of your vaccination card. Or just arrive about 10 minutes early to your event so that you can show your proof of vaccination at the greeter’s table at your event. Each attendee must complete their own vaccination pre registration form.

* Depending on our local conditions, safety will continue to advise our capacity. See p. 6 of our congregational guidelines.

Event Coordinators

Are you the event coordinator for an indoor small-group gathering? Or would you like to be on one of the teams that makes all these gatherings run smoothly? Contact Jo El Miano, chair of Council on Shared Ministry, and she can connect you with the team that interests you!  joellen.miano@gmail.com or 518-578-5821.

Learn More

Have questions? Want to be on a team that’s making this happen? Contact Jo El Miano, chair of Council on Shared Ministry, and she can connect you with the team that interests you!

We are all learning this path forward together . . . so expect lots of bends in the road. Maybe two steps forward and one step back? But we will be in community together and we move forward stronger, more courageous, more compassionate!

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