COVID-19 Update & Guidelines

July 15, 2020

The Sanctuary will be re-opened this Sunday, July 10 for the video worship service at 10:30 am as previously communicated. The same service will continue to be broadcast at 10:00 am on YouTube. The Worship Committee has developed safety guidelines shown below that will be in place for the Sanctuary service. We remind members that are in one of the groups that health experts have identified as having higher risks for infection due to serious health issues, or have underlying health conditions to please make for your own well-being a careful decision about attending. And of course, you are encouraged to worship at home at the 10:00 am service on YouTube

The following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus will be used as the sanctuary is re-opened, and other requirements may be added at any time:

  • Masks will be required inside any building. 
  • Temperatures will be taken of all worshipers entering the Sanctuary.
  • Minimum socializing will take place while practicing safe distancing. 
  • No handshaking, hugging, or touching will take place inside or outside the buildings. 
  • Entrance will be through the Fellowship Hall door by the parking lot and exit will be by the front door in the hallway.
  • Sections of the Sanctuary will be identified where worshipers can sit to provide for safe distancing. 
  • No printed material such as bulletins or song books will be used. 
  • Music will be recorded with no congregational singing. 

Covid-19 Update
July 10, 2020

GRACE UMC - WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY

The Church Council and Church Staff have developed a plan to safely re-open the Sanctuary for worship using the safe guidelines developed to protect worshipers from the Covid-19 virus. Initially, the worship services in the Sanctuary will be the presentation of the video service now broadcast on the YouTube channel. This will allow the monitoring and adjustments of safe practices as preparations are made to return to live church services. 

The initial services in the Sanctuary will be on Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 am and Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 am. After these services, a determination will be made on how to continue with the Sunday worship.

For those who wish to worship at home, the services will continue to be presented on YouTube at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. 

The guidelines to be used for safe practices have been published earlier, and will be sent out again next week.