Return Plan Update

June 2, 2020

Grace Church,

We are happy to announce that we will be returning to on-site worship services on July 5th. This decision has been made after much planning and ongoing preparation, as well as seeking advice and counsel from healthcare professionals and the surrounding churches in our area, to ensure that we are making the wisest decisions that will provide a safe context for us to worship.

It is important for each of us to realize that church will not be as it once was for a little while. One of those differences will be the times and formats of the services. When we return to facility on July 5th, we will be doing the following identical services:

While we are still finalizing the safety measures we will take on Sunday mornings (which we will release very soon), these are some general precautions that will be in place to ensure we are being responsible: 

  • Limiting personal fellowship to the parking lot area only

  • Staggering the entrance/exiting of the facility 

  • Strongly requesting masks 

  • Having hand sanitizing stations available near prime locations 

  • Keeping our numbers down to around 100 people in each service by the means of socially distanced chairs 

  • No congregational singing* 

  • Deep cleaning bathrooms and high traffic touchpoints between services 

We ask that if you are feeling ill, have a fever or persistent cough, do not come. Also, if you are feeling anxious about returning in any way, we will continue to be livestreaming our services so you can still connect with our worship virtually. 

Soft-Opening Opportunities:

To help our staff and volunteers train and ease their way into our new format for Sunday mornings, we are planning to have “soft-openings” on June 21st and 28th during our 10:00am livestream services with a limited congregation by sign-ups only. This will be a helpful training time for our staff and volunteers to work through any kinks that may occur when we reopen on July 5th. We will release sign-ups later in a first-come/first-serve basis for these two Sundays. Those who sign-up will be the only ones permitted in the facility for those two Sundays for the sake of our volunteers and staff being trained. We appreciate your patience and understanding; everyone will be welcome on July 5th. Stay tuned for those sign-ups! 

 

The Return Team, 

Pastor Adam Swift and
Donald Mills
Mike Murry
Rebecca Shiffer
Bethany Hirschy


*This is perhaps the most saddening decision we have had to make in our planning, because our time of corporate praise is a treasured time for all. However, health professionals are recommending that musical groups (choirs etc.) refrain from large-group singing. We will still have live music for reflective moments in the service, and we look forward to being able to sing in the coming weeks.