General Plan: Our general plan is that when the weather permits, we will have worship outside in the parking lot. When the weather is not conducive to worshiping outside, we will worship in the sanctuary. With summer here, it is safe to say that we will be worshiping inside unless we say otherwise. In both cases, the service will be streamed on GRPC Live for those who are unable to attend in person. You can also call to listen to the live service from any phone – no internet or computer needed! Follow these directions:
- Call 712-432-3410
- Dial 2 to listen to a live webcast from a particular church.
- You will be asked to enter the 5-digit church code. It is 43406.
Outdoor Worship: The session has voted to make masks optional for outdoor worship services, though we are encouraging those who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask for the safety of others. There are still some, including our children, who are not able to be vaccinated at this point. The call for all Christians in every situation is to love our neighbors as ourselves and to count others as more significant than ourselves (Mt. 22:39; Phil. 2:3). This encouragement is given out of love and concern for those who may be more vulnerable because they are not able to be vaccinated yet. Note that this pertains to being outside; masks are still required in the building during Sunday School.
Indoor Worship: As the weather is getting warmer, we will be worshiping inside likely for the majority of the summer. At this point, it is safe to assume that we are inside every week, unless we say otherwise. The session has lifted all capacity restrictions for our indoor services. That means you don’t need to sign up or worry about where to sit. All the pews will be open and you can simply show up! The only restriction still in effect is the requirement to wear a mask.
Children’s Ministry: Please also keep in mind that we currently do not have any child care or children’s ministries available at this time (though we delight to see our covenant children worshipping with us!). We are working to resume our children’s ministries, such as Children’s Church, VBS, and children’s Sunday School classes. However, these ministries can’t be started until we have enough volunteers who are able to serve. Please let us know if you have interest in serving!
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. We will return to celebrating the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month.
As in the past, when we worshiped in-person, we will have an in-person option for Sunday School. We are continuing in our study of 1 Peter. It has been a rich time together in God’s Word, and we would love to have you join us! Those who are attending worship in-person are welcome to come in person for Sunday School, and we will also have the class on Zoom for all who are not able to come in person. The Zoom link is available on myGRPC.
Other church activities are slowly returning to in-person gathering. Contact the ministry leader for specific details. Some of these opportunities include small groups and community groups. Prayer meeting is still meeting through Zoom video conferencing. Contact Pastor Eric if you would like more information on joining a Community Group.
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