WHAT SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINES DO I NEED TO FOLLOW?
- We are following State, county and CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety, so please come ready to abide by these guidelines any time you are outside of your car.
- Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of two, unless you meet the exemptions. Even with open doors and fresh air, face coverings help keep everyone safe. Both your nose and mouth must be covered.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations available, and temperature checks will be administered
- The rest of the Grace campus (including play equipment) will be closed. Children must stay with their parents the whole time they are on campus
- Physical distancing will be practiced the whole time you are on campus, and lingering and visiting with others before and after the service is not encouraged
BEFORE YOU ATTEND
- We are following current county guidelines to keep our maximum occupancy numbers in our sanctuary. If we reach capacity, we will invite you to stay and participate in our overflow room (Hope Hall) or listen in your car on 88.9 FM.
WHAT WILL THE SERVICE LOOK LIKE?
- Once you know you’re coming, you’ll keep careful notice of your own health before coming. If you show symptoms of being sick, or have an elevated temperature, please stay home for everyone’s safety.
- When you arrive at church, volunteers will check your temperature before you enter the building.
- After checking in, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and then you will be directed to your designated seat.
- During the check-in process, communion elements will be distributed and a locked offering box will be available.
- While families can sit together, everyone else will need to be seated six feet apart from others who are present.
- Children, including infants and toddlers, will need to sit with their parents through the entire service. There is Sunday School available for K-5th grade students, but all children NEED to be pre-registered to maintain our maximum capacity. If you are not pre-registered, there is no guarantee of a spot for your child on any given day in Sunday School. They may remain with their parents for the duration of the service. Click here to register your kids
THE WORSHIP SERVICE ITSELF
- All of the regular elements of worship will be present, however, congregant singing (at a low volume with masks on) will be limited to the end of the service.
- As an alternative to singing, you can hum along. The same goes for reciting a creed or responding to a prayer.
- A fun but non-contact-oriented way of passing the peace will be implemented rather than the shaking of hands or giving of hugs.
- The offering will no longer be received through the passing of the plate. Online giving will be encouraged. Envelope offerings or cash offerings will be received via locked stations just before the entrance to the Narthex.
- You will be offered the elements by means of a pre-filled Communion cup that include a single portion serving of juice with a Communion wafer sealed in a separate compartment on top of the juice. Social distancing will be maintained as we receive the sacrament together. There will be a disposable bag for your used cup in the hymnal holder.
AFTER THE WORSHIP SERVICE
- When the service is over, you will be asked to leave promptly and return to your car while avoiding contact with other people.
- The side doors on each side of the building will be open to avoid front lobby congestion. No coffee or donuts or time of fellowship will be possible.
- A detailed cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing will take place on all contact spaces in the Sanctuary (doors, pews, bathrooms, hand-sanitizing stations, etc.)