In-Person Gatherings


Beginning October 18, our Sunday services will happen at 9am and 10:30am featuring a modified (but complete) service. These services will follow the indoor service guidelines outlined below. Our 9am service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel for those wishing to remain home.

On Wednesday evenings, we will continue to have an in-person spoken Eucharist service. As much as possible, that service will be held outdoors for now. See the box below for up-to-date information about where the service will be held.

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. That lets us plan and anticipate accordingly.


Our Wednesday Spoken Eucharist Service (October 21 at 6:30pm) is anticipated to be OUTSIDE.

See guidelines below for outside services. Please bring your own chairs and shade.

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 both outdoor and indoor 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.

Indoor Service Guidelines (for Sundays)

Masks & Hand Sanitizer

We are requiring that everyone entering the building wear a mask for the duration of the service (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.

You are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer and use both before and after the service. There will also be hand sanitizer stations by the entrance for your use upon entering.

Nursery, Children's and Youth Ministry

For our initial return to in-person Eucharist Services, there will not be any Nursery, Children’s or Youth Ministry happening. Households will be asked to sit together for the duration of the service.

Atrium & Traffic Flow

The atrium will be closed for socializing, as the doors to the sanctuary will remain open throughout the morning.

As you enter the building on Sunday morning, you will be asked to form a line six feet apart (marked on the floor) that will lead into the sanctuary where you will be seated. After the service, everyone will be asked to leave by the side door in the sanctuary (not exiting through the atrium).

Temperature Checks & Contact Information

As you enter the building, your temperature will be taken with a contactless thermometer (this will take two seconds). You will then 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.

Sanctuary Seating & Capacity

When entering the sanctuary, an usher will guide you to a seat (before being seated, you will be invited to light a candle as a way to pray if you wish). The space between rows has been expanded and households will be seated at least 4 seats apart to allow for six feet of social distancing.

At this time, our sanctuary capacity will be capped at 100 people for worship.

Service Length

Our in-person Eucharist services will be only 20-30 minutes. This helps reduce any exposure that may come from lengthier times indoors.

Singing

We will be limiting singing by reducing the number of songs we will participate in together. We think that a combination of songs that we sing together combined with songs as opportunity for quiet reflection can both help us enter worship and pay attention to advice from health experts.

Offering

The usual offering bags will not be passed during the service. Instead, there will be a lock box available to place any gifts in as you exit the building.

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.

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.

Refreshments

We will not at this time be serving refreshments, including beverages. However, you are welcome to bring your own.

Restrooms

Restrooms will be open and available for use on a 1-in-1-out basis. There will be someone in the hallway outside the restrooms helping facilitate this. If there is need for a queue, sufficiently distanced markers will be available on the floor, indicating spacing.

Outdoor Service Guidelines (for 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.

Children's & Youth Ministry

For our initial return to in-person Eucharist Services, there will not be any Nursery, Children’s or Youth Ministry happening. Households will be asked to sit together for the duration of the service.

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.

Singing

We will be limiting singing by reducing the number of songs we will participate in together. We think that a combination of songs that we sing together combined with songs as opportunity for quiet reflection can both help us enter worship and pay attention to advice from health experts.

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.