Grace’s COVID Response – Updated November 11, 2020

Dear Grace Church Family and Members of the Community,

The leadership at Grace Church has been actively following the governor’s newly released DHM (Directed Health Measure) and have been in contact with local officials to discuss how we can best keep our congregation safe and our doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most current DHM which goes into effect today requires, not just recommends, social distancing among churchgoers. Because of some recent proactive measures taken by the Grace Church leadership, this new DHM will have a limited effect upon us.

We will continue to offer two identical worship services with blocks of chairs set 6ft apart. This will maintain social distancing and reduce potential contact within the Sunday service while at the same time allowing space for our regular church family and guests.

The Sunday schedule is as follows:

1st Service – 8:30 to 9:30

Sunday School – 9:45 to 10:30

2nd Service – 11:00 to 12:00

Recognizing the impact of the social distancing requirement upon our Sunday school and mid-week AWANA program, we met with a local official and walked through our facility to discuss how we could continue to offer these programs and still mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Per this conversation and in compliance with the recent DHM, we are now limiting the number of individuals in our classrooms during Sunday school and Wednesday night AWANA so social distancing can be maintained. We believe we will be able to accommodate our current attendance levels in these classes by rearranging the seating of our larger groups but if we continue to grow we will consider other measures such as adding additional classes. We have also recruited a team of volunteers who will sanitize rooms between group rotations during AWANA as another active measure to keep everyone safe and healthy.

In addition to the above steps taken to encourage social distancing, please remember the following guidelines. While at Grace, please sit with your family unit, use the hand sanitizer available in each room, and stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to someone positive with COVID-19. We will continue to avoid passing items during the church service (i.e. offering plates, communion, etc.) and will sanitize the sanctuary between services. While masks are not required, anyone desiring to wear a mask is welcome to do so.

Thank you for adjusting with us as we work through the many COVID-19 challenges and changes. We know this affects the way we do ministry but our purpose is still to make mature followers of Jesus Christ and during this pandemic, we will continue to keep the main thing, the main thing!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Respectfully, Deacons: Mark Lucht, Glenn Jares (Secretary), Zack Ireland (Chair), Daniel Bear (Pastor), Brian Smith

Dear Grace Church Family,

Thank you for adjusting with us as we work through the many COVID-19 challenges and changes.   Rest assured that we are doing our best to keep our church doors open and our congregation safe.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our four walls, we are announcing a significant change.  This change is a proactive measure to combat COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise within our respective communities.

Beginning October 25, Grace will offer two identical worship services. This will help increase social distancing and reduce potential contact within the Sunday service.

The Sunday schedule will be as follows:

  • 1st Service – 8:30 to 9:30
  • Sunday School – 9:45 to 10:30
  • 2nd Service – 11:00 to 12:00

We would like to remind you of a few important guidelines to follow while at church.  Use social distancing when possible (ideally 6 feet or more), sit with your family unit, use the hand sanitizer available in each room, stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to someone positive with COVID-19. We will continue to avoid passing items during the church service (i.e. offering plates, communion, etc.).  Anyone desiring to wear a mask is welcome to do so, but wearing a mask is not required.

Again, thank you for your flexibility as we make changes designed to keep our congregation safe. We see this change as a temporary measure and will return to one service as soon as possible.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Respectfully, Deacons: Mark Lucht, Glenn Jares (Secretary), Zack Ireland (Chair), Daniel Bear (Pastor), Brian Smith