While COVID-19 is pervasive in the news cycle and our day-to-day lives, we feel it is important to keep everyone up-to-date on how this is affecting life at Grace Church in Relay, MD. As we slowly phase in our re-gathering plan (see below) and we may not all be able to meet together face-to-face, we are still the body of Christ. The church is not the building, and we will demonstrate that for His glory through this time.
The Session has put together a re-gathering plan (download the plan below). As part of this plan, church services are resuming in a hybrid fashion (some in person and all can access through Facebook Live). We cannot safely have everyone come back at this time, so we will use a registration for Sunday services to ensure we meet all safety procedures. Use can use this link to register. Take a look at the plan and all the phases we plan to implement. Currently we are in Phase 1 of the plan.
Here is an infographic overview of what the plan looks like:
All other church activities in which we have physical gatherings are cancelled for the time being. Small groups and community groups are still meeting through video conferencing. Contact Pastor Eric if you would like more information on joining a Community Group.
The session has decided NOT to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on first Sundays during this season. We are aware that some churches have decided to continue with a virtual communion experience. However we believe that “coming together” in the New Testament implies a physical, not a virtual, experience. When we come together around the Lord’s Table we celebrate our faith, we look backwards at what Jesus did, we look forward to the wedding supper of the Lamb in the kingdom, we look inward, examining our heart relationship with Him and finally we look upward rejoicing that He who reigns on high is spiritually present with us.
Giving will continue to be online, even with the re-gathering plan in motion. You can give online here any week, but especially now that we are not meeting together. There is an option to make a recurring payment if you choose.
If you are in need of any assistance during this time, contact one of the elders or deacons to help line up appropriate help.
If you are able to volunteer to help with any assistance, you can also contact one of the elders or deacons. Assistance may include:
- Picking up/delivering groceries
- Picking up/delivering medications
- Phone call to someone who needs to talk
Church Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Stan: email@example.com
Pastor Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org