June 5, 2020
After prayerful consideration, and given Governor Pritzker’s recent amendment to the Restore Illinois plan as it relates to places of worship and providers of religious services, Grace has decided to resume Sunday morning “in-person” worship services as of this Sunday, June 7, at 10:00 AM. We are thankful to be in a position to do so.
In light of ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus, resuming “in-person” worship will entail adjustments, as well as place some constraints, on the manner in which we have been accustomed to doing things. In formulating the plan laid out below, we are proceeding cautiously, as well as seeking to be mindful of the health guidelines established by the CDC and our state government for religious services. We consider this plan to be just the “first step” in a series of steps that, Lord willing, will eventually result in the resumption of all church services, classes and ministries that have been suspended since mid-March.
Until further notice, our Sunday morning worship service will take place at 10:00 AM. The service will closely resemble our traditional morning worship service except that the Lord’s Supper will not be administered initially, and only a limited number of hymns will be sung. Tithes and offerings can be placed in a basket when exiting the sanctuary after the service. There will be no Sunday School classes or Evening Worship. The Nursery room will be available to parents, but the Nursery will not be staffed.
As you consider whether or not to attend, please note the following:
- We have hired a commercial cleaning company to comprehensively clean and disinfect our building (including the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, Restrooms, Nursery etc.) on a weekly basis.
- If you are ill, or if anyone in your household is ill, please do not attend. If you have certain risk factors or have any doubts about whether you are healthy enough to attend, please check with your medical provider.
- We will be recording the worship service and have it available on our website soon after the service ends.
- Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of 2. If you don’t have your own, we will provide them. They must be worn at all times while in the building. We recognize that this requirement might be challenging for families with young children; all we ask is that you do the best you can. If, for any reason, you are not willing to wear a face covering, or if you are unable to wear a face covering for health-related reasons, please refrain from attending at this time.
- Please do not gather or linger inside the building either before or after the service. Feel free to fellowship outside as comfort level permits. Parents should instruct children with regard to your family’s expectations for them once outside the building.
- Food and beverages will not be served and are not allowed.
We are certain that our first week of gathering will be, in some measure, a learning experience, and we will look to make adjustments, as necessary. We will continually review and assess the overall situation and be prepared to effect changes as we think it is wise to do so. Thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate these new waters, and for your ongoing prayers as we seek both to honor our Savior and to love our neighbor.
While we can all wish that things were different at this time, we do rejoice that the Lord is opening a path for our church to move forward, and we trust that He will continue to do so.
For the Elder Board,
Pastor Jim Megchelsen