Dear church family,
Church staff met on Tuesday & Thursday morning to discuss the timing and manner of reopening in-person worship on Sunday mornings. We want to share with you the agreed upon direction for this along with the values and realities which informed and guided our decision-making.
GBC will officially reopen for in-person worship Sunday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. We will continue with worship service only until the end of August, at which time staff will evaluate when we will open up the rest of Sunday services. NOTE: Sunday school, children, youth or JOY ministries will not meet on Sundays in August.
Precautions have been in place since March for the sanitization of the worship building. Water fountains will remain closed, and West hall restrooms are open by following the “one-person-at-a-time” protocol.
To gather safely, we will follow the same practices used in June (safe distancing whether standing or sitting, hand sanitizer available, fellowship encouraged outside, etc..) with a slight variation regarding masks.
Masks are required to be worn when entering, exiting, and moving around the building and while singing. However, masks may be removed when you are seated and not singing. We will continue to offer a seating area for those who choose to remain masked for the duration of the service.
Graceview Staff have sought to be data-informed, honoring to local, state, and national authorities, and led by a sincere desire to love one another and our neighbors well. COVID-19 numbers and trends play an important role in how we have made decisions, but we recognize the relational and emotional well-being of our church family matters. We have appreciated the thoughts shared with us by several members of our church family. We have had family members affected by the coronavirus, job-loss, disruption of schedules, isolation from family and friends, and conditions which go hand-in-hand with these challenges such as stress, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. It is our aim to lovingly lead and shepherd our church family with wisdom and responsibility. As long as we believe conditions are such that we can gather safely, we will gather in-person for worship. Please know that whether you choose to worship in-person or stay home, we believe both decisions are good and honoring to the Lord.
Please continue to pray for staff, deacons, and all the numerous volunteer leaders who will provide as clean and safe an environment as we can for us to worship together.
As always, please contact any staff member if you have questions.