In-Person Gatherings

As of Sunday, November 22, we are returning to prerecorded services as well as an outdoor Eucharist service on Sundays at 9am. You can access the prerecorded service on our YouTube channel each Sunday at 8am (links open in new tab). This video service will feature worship music, an opportunity to pray together and the sermon.

Our in-person Eucharist services will feature Scripture readings, music, and sharing Eucharist together. The service will be 15-20 minutes in length. Please bring your own chairs for our outdoor services.

On Wednesday evenings, we continue to have an in-person spoken Eucharist service. This service is also outdoors and is similar to Sunday but does not feature singing.

If you haven’t yet, please RSVP to let us know that you’re coming to one or both of our services this upcoming week. This helps us know who to contact in case of any changes

Current Service Status

Sunday Service Status (November 22): Outdoors as anticipated at 9am.

Wednesday Service Status (November 25): Outdoors as anticipated at 6:30pm.


Worship is a major part of our overall health both for its vertical (relationship to God) and horizontal (relationship with others) dynamics. We also want to make sure that in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, we take seriously the physical health of our community and the individuals within it.

In light of this, we have drawn on the wisdom of churches, medical professionals as well as local, state and national guidelines for how to do this wisely, well and hospitably.

Below you can find a detailed breakdown of the various protocols for our outdoor services. To read about them, just click on the heading to read about that area. Above all, we ask you to keep in mind these three general guidelines that will help us return to gathering in a way that fosters community rather than undermines it:

  1. Even if you are healthy and have no concerns about contracting the virus, we encourage you to think of and follow all these guidelines as a way to love your neighbor.
  2. Please be aware that the comfort level of people around you may vary.
  3. Please pay attention to and follow the guidance of those on our Hospitality Team. They’re there to help us all love one another well!

Of course, if you wish to remain home, our 9am service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel, so we can all worship together. We’d love to have you join us.

Outdoor Service Guidelines (for Sundays & Wednesdays)

For our outdoor services, please bring your own seats and shade if needed. Seating will not be provided.

Masks

We are requiring that everyone wear a mask (excluding children under the age of 2). Feel free to bring your own; we will also have single-use masks available for those who do not have one or forget to bring theirs.

Playground and Bathrooms (Closed)

The bathrooms will be closed except for the case of emergencies; please plan accordingly.

The playground will not be available before and during our Eucharist services. Please keep your children seated with your household. After the services, the playground will be available at the parents’ discretion.

Eucharist

Eucharist will consist of bread only. The bread will be brought to you by someone wearing a mask and having sanitized hands. If you wish to participate, you’ll be asked to place your hands in front of you for the bread to be dropped in your hands without contact. If you don’t wish to participate, you’ll be asked to cross your arms over your chest.

We will all participate (eat) at the same time as instructed, rather than as we receive the bread.

Nursery, Children's and Youth Ministry

Due to the nature of our in-person Eucharist service, there is not in-person Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings. You can join Marrissa for a virtual Granite Kids session each Sunday after the service. Contact msork@granitesprings.org for more details.

For more information about youth gatherings throughout the week see granitesprings.org/youth or contact Madi at mtrivits@granitesprings.org.

Contact Information

You will be asked to provide your name (last, then first) and a way to contact you. This is recommended by health officials so that if there were to be an active case, we have a list to contact and inform about taking necessary precautions.

In light of these extra steps, we would suggest planning on arriving a few minutes early – that would be a gift to our team helping us navigate this in a safe and healthy way.

Offering

At the end of the service, you will be invited to offer your gifts. There will be a lock box available to place any gifts on a table in our outdoor worship area.

Worship Guides

Worship guides will be available for you to pick up if you want. They will not be handed to you by an usher or greeter. They will be single-use only. You may either take it with you as you leave, or drop it in a trash can by the exit. We will not be recycling worship guides between services. Alternatively, you will be able to access the worship guide via the Granite Springs App.

While this season offers many unique challenges, we are so grateful to be navigating them together as a community.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please feel free to reach out to the office at church@granitesprings.org.

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