After having reopened several weeks ago now, we have found that we are well below our attendance threshold and no longer need to RSVP every week. However, this may change and we will let you know via social media and REALM if we need to have you RSVP ahead of time. Thanks for your patience and understanding with this!
Absolutely. We understand that it’s going to take time for each individual and family to assess the risks and feel comfortable returning. We will be here for you whenever you are ready. The Livestream will continue to be offered!
Starting on June 7th, we will be meeting at our normal worship time of 9:30 am. Please plan to arrive early, beginning at 9 am, to allow proper distancing as we all enter the building.
Our main south and north doors will be opened by a greeter for you so you will not need to touch door handles. Please note the side entrances will be closed. We will not be sharing hugs or handshakes for now, but you can expect a warm and friendly welcome as you enter.
An usher will help seat you as well as dismiss your pew row at the end of service so we can exit safely. The balcony is open for seating.
Seating areas in the sanctuary pews will be clearly defined. We will skip every other row and available seats will be marked on the back of the pew to indicate a safe zone. As difficult as it may be, we ask that you maintain a six-foot distance from those not part of your immediate family while on church property. Please refrain from huddling in groups in the lobby, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs.
The Governor of Wisconsin has issued a statewide mandate making masks mandatory in public places which goes into effect on Saturday, August 1st. This means when we gather together on Sundays for worship, anyone 5 years of age or older must wear a face-covering per the order. For some, this may make you more comfortable and more inclined to attend in-person. For others, you may feel less inclined to come. We want to encourage all of us, who feel ready, to come out in-person on Sunday – with our masks – to worship the One who sent His only Son to redeem us and to gather us together as His special people. Wearing a mask will in no way prevent us from worshiping the One who is worthy.
We are not able to provide nursery or Sunday School classes for children at this time. You are welcome to bring your children into the sanctuary and sit together as a family. We ask that the crying areas in the back be reserved for parents and newborns only. A worship guide for children will be provided each week on a table as you enter. The Livestream will play in the Grace commons and is an available option for families with small children.
We will not be able to serve coffee & snacks until the health department determines it is safe to do so.
All of the Bibles, pencils, envelopes, and connection cards have been stored for now and are not accessible. We encourage you to bring your own Bible and notetaking materials. Prayer requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship guides will be strategically placed in the pews so no one has to touch them to hand them to you.
We will be serving communion on Sunday, June 7th, and then on the first Sunday of each month. However, it will be “contact-free.” We have prepackaged communion wafers and cups ready for you to pick up directly in your pew.
Restrooms throughout the facility are open. If you need to use the restroom, please maintain social distancing, wash your hands well, and use a paper towel to hold the handle when you exit. We will have hand sanitizer on site. Please note the water fountains will not be in use.
While we are cautiously reopening, COVID-19 is still actively circulating in Racine County. As we are working hard to keep our church as clean as possible, we cannot guarantee that you will not contract the virus while you are on site. If you feel sick, have shortness of breath, or have a fever, please stay home and watch the Livestream. See appendix to assess your personal risk level.
The church office and building will remain closed during the week through July 31, 2020. Visits to staff and the church office are available by appointment only; please contact the church office to set up a time to stop by. We would love to connect with you by phone, video call, or in-person by appointment. If you have a pastoral or counseling need, do not hesitate to contact us – we will meet with you in the way that you feel most comfortable.
Our approach from the beginning has been that we will prayerfully and carefully assess what is happening in our community and listen to guidance given by our State Health Department and the CDC. We will continue to do that week to week and to the best of our ability to provide you with guidance on how Grace Church can gather safely. We love you and want to be encouraging and helpful to you during this challenging time.
If you need help on Sunday morning, you can stop by the information center. Volunteers and a staff member will be there to help you and answer questions. Safety Team members (with red lanyards) are also available to help you at any time. You can always call us at 262.632.2111 or email us at email@example.com. We will respond to you within 24 hours.
Appendix: High-Risk Categories | Use this information to help discern your personal risk level.
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- Chronic lung disease/ severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- Are immunocompromised
- Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease