Welcome Back!

Frequently Asked Questions as we resume Sunday Service starting June 7, 2020

Do I need to RSVP?

Yes! We’re asking you to RSVP ahead of time so we can be in compliance with the correct number of people recommended for our building size (450 people). This is for planning purposes only and your information will not be shared outside of Grace Church. Please RSVP online at graceinracine.com/welcomeback

I’m not ready to come back… is that okay?

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!

What time will the service be?

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.

Where do I enter?

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.

How will I be seated?

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.

How will we maintain social distancing?

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.

Do I have to wear a mask?

We recommend wearing a mask. We will have masks available if you’d like one when you are here. If you choose to wear one, please don’t judge those that don’t. If you don’t choose to wear one, please don’t judge those that do. Let’s not allow this issue to be our focus at Grace Church!

Will there be Nursery or Children’s Sunday School?

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.

Will there be coffee and snacks?

We will not be able to serve coffee & snacks until the health department determines it is safe to do so.

What do I bring?

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 prayer@graceinracine.com.

How will I receive my worship guide?

Worship guides will be strategically placed in the pews so no one has to touch them to hand them to you.

Will there be communion?

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.

Will the restrooms be open?

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.

What safety precautions have been taken?

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.

Is the church office open?

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.

How long will we be doing this on Sundays?

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.

More questions?

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 info@graceinracine.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 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)
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • Liver disease