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. You 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:
Our Adult Sunday School class has resumed. The start time is 8:50AM. The Zoom link is sent out to members and regular attenders during the week. If you sign up to join us for in-person worship, you are welcome to join us in the church meeting room for Sunday School in-person.
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 while we are still mostly virtual. 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.
UPDATE – As the weather allows, we will hold special Communion Sunday Worship Services outside. These events will be announced (October 4th is the only one announced at this time). This will allow all who are healthy and comfortable to attend in person. Masks and social distancing will be required, but we are excited to have more gather together in-person in the name of Christ!
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