COVID19 (Coronavirus) HEALTH UPDATE | Grace Community Church

An Update for Our Church

April 29, 2020

To best serve our church attendees, volunteers, and surrounding communities, we will continue to have our worship services online until further notice. Our governor has strongly encouraged places of worship to forego public gatherings through May 29 and we want to help honor the authorities in our state as well as follow the recommended practices of the CDC.

Below are some common questions that we can try to answer:

When will we gather together again?

The short answer is: we don’t know. As unsettling as that is, much of what our future will look like is still uncertain. We very much want to come back together as soon as possible and we are hopeful for this summer. However, we also want to make sure that our gatherings are as safe as possible. We are continuing to follow the recommendations of our local and national authorities as well as our health officials and will look to these sources to determine our timeline for reopening.

What will our church look like when we finally do gather together again?

Again, we don’t know that, either. But our gatherings will likely look different than they did before Covid-19. Social distancing, cleaning regimens, and sanitizing practices, and even how we greet each other will all likely change how we gather together. We are committed to working on these things and trying to find ways to gather in light of a “new normal” for a while.

Are the church offices open during May?

No. Our offices will remain closed. The CDC, as well as our governor, has recommended that we continue to avoid gatherings of groups larger than ten people. This applies to our staff as well as any groups that previously used our building to meet throughout the week, as well.

How can we stay connected to the church during this season?

Our website will continue to be the best place to connect with our church for the latest updates and information about how to stay connected. Please continue to check in with our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram as well. And email is still great! Send us a message and we’ll get back with you.

One, Final Thing

During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it is helpful to remember just exactly what it is that we are a part of when we talk about “our church.” “Our church” has an incredibly long history of surviving throughout plagues and wars and famines and persecutions, across all times and places and cultures. The only way this makes any sense is if God is in charge.

As discouraging as it is to not be able to gather together, to see our friends, to connect with our church family, we can be confident that God knows all about it and will sustain us. His Kingdom is not bound by time or place or even viruses. And he will continue to build his church, just as he has always done. Let’s take heart in this comforting truth and trust him with our future. He promises to us that he will be good, loving, and wise with our times and our lives.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with a staff member, please email us at grace@graceclarksville.com

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