Public Worship During the Pandemic
Guidelines and Protocols for Grace Presbyterian Church
Thank you for worshiping with us, whether in person or remotely. Our worship service begins Sunday at 10:30 am. Once a month, we also have a missionary service Sunday at 6:00 pm. The dates for these missionary services will be announced ahead of time.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can still connect with your church family via www.facebooklive.com/gracechurchpca. You can also download sermons from www.gracechurchpca.org or www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=gpcwr.
Children’s church has resumed. We will not have Sunday School until further notice.
We are aware that COVID–19 has become divisive, not only politically but socially as well. As God’s people, our goal is to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). With that goal in mind, we urge both tolerance toward those with whom you may disagree and consideration for those most vulnerable. The gospel calls for us to lay aside our own preferences, opinions, and liberties for the good of others (see Romans 14). Worship provides the opportunity to bring glory and honor to God through the unified praise of his people.
If you choose to attend worship in person, then please note the following precautions:
If you feel ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill (with symptoms such as a cough or fever), or if you have underlying health concerns, please stay home and do not feel ashamed or judged. Please join us in worship remotely.
Social Distancing, Masks & Hand Washing
Consistent with federal and state requirements and guidance, please maintain social distancing, wear masks, and wash hands frequently.
State-mandated masks, as well as hand sanitizer and gloves, are available in the narthex. The chairs in the sanctuary have been arranged to provide for six feet of space between rows. Please leave two or three chairs between families. Please fellowship outside before and after the service.
Food and Beverage
There will be no food or beverage served until further notice. The water fountain will not be in use, but bottled water will be provided. The kitchen area is closed until further notice.
Nursery and Playground Equipment
The nursery is open for parents to use, but will not be staffed by a church worker. Sanitizing wipes will be available. No toys will be available. Parents may bring crayons, toys, etc. from home. The playground is closed until further notice.
The Worship Service
Worship bulletins will be placed on your seat or a nearby seat.
Offering plates are stationed at each entrance to the sanctuary. No offering plates will be passed during the service. You may also give online at https://gracechurchpca.org/online-giving/.
On Communion Sundays, individually packaged communion elements are available before the service on the coffee bar in the narthex. Please take one if you plan to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Communion elements will not be passed until further notice.
Because singing in confined spaces may heighten risk, our hymn singing will be done only at the conclusion of the service.