An Update on Our Church for the Next Few Weeks
March 30th, 2020
As we continue to monitor the spread of the effects of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our Sunday worship services through April. This follows our local school system’s closure as well as national advice about how to help to contain our current pandemic.
Until then, we will continue to stream new services every Sunday at 10:45 at graceclarksville.com/watch and Facebook.com/GraceClarksville. Please log on and worship with us! Even though we can’t physically be together during this season, we can still connect through these services.
In many ways, this is sad news. The Church is founded upon the practice of celebrating Jesus with other people, together. Something meaningful happens when we stand together and sing, smile at each other and share conversation, and sit under the preaching of God’s Word. However, we can help serve our community by helping to slow down the spread of this pandemic by limiting social interactions for the next month.
While we take this pause from meeting together, we will continue to place our hope and trust in something greater than a public gathering. While the Church is, in many ways, founded upon a community, it has a deeper foundation than this: the work of Jesus Christ. Despite this break in our weekly gatherings, we can continue to remain connected through the grace of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit who helps us remember one another through prayer.
In regards to our offices, they will remain closed, as well. This includes our weekly meetings and smaller gatherings that regularly happen in our building. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still working and available. We will continue to reach out to you, but please feel free to reach out to us, too. We are trying to find new and creative ways to stay connected to everyone. And we are constantly working on ways to continue to serve our city through this difficult time.
A few other quick updates:
Will we have an Easter service?
Yes! Easter is one of the holiest days of the year that we as Christians celebrate. We will stream our service online like we have done these past few weeks.
How can I help people if they have needs?
We have created a new page on our website to help connect people with those who need help. Please visit graceclarksville.com/COVIDser
How can I stay connected to our church when we can’t meet?
These times are unprecedented and we realize that nothing can replace gathering face-to-face with other people. However, community is still possible. Check out these pages on our website to stay connected: Relevant Students, Grace Kids, MomLife, and Women in the Word.
And you can always reach out through by emailing email@example.com if you have a need or would like to connect with one of our staff members.
Lastly, this is a great time to reach out to the people that you already know in our church. Send them a call or a text and check in with them. The Church has always worked best when it works off of individual relationships. Canceling our public gatherings makes this more challenging, to be sure. But during this season, we can move towards personal connections — even if we have to be a bit creative in how we make them.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to a staff member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.