In-Person Gatherings

On Sundays, we have two indoor services at 9am and 10:30am (see RSVP below). During each service, you can also join our outside worship area where you can view the service with others and participate in Eucharist.

You can access the livestreamed service on our YouTube channel each Sunday at 9am (links open in new tab).

On Tuesdays at 12:30pm, we continue to have an outdoor spoken Eucharist service. This service includes Scripture readings, opportunities for silent prayer, and no 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 as well as allows us to optimize seating for our indoor services.

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Health Guidelines

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 and hospitably.

Below you can find a detailed breakdown of the various protocols for our indoor and 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.

Indoor Service Guidelines (for Sundays)

For a preview of what a Sunday morning looks like, you can watch this video or read through the guidelines below.

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

While there is no nursery currently available, there will be in-person Children’s Ministry (K-5th grade) occurring at our 10:30am service. For children remaining home, there will also be virtual Children’s Ministry at 11:30am. For more details or any questions, contact Marrissa Sork (msork@granitesprings.org).

Our youth group (both junior and senior high) will meet in-person immediately following the 10:30am service. For more information about youth gatherings throughout the week see granitesprings.org/youth or contact Madi at mtrivits@granitesprings.org.

Atrium & Traffic Flow

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 25% capacity or however many people we can seat while following distancing guidelines, whichever is fewer.

Service Length

Services will be reduced in length to help create space for between-service cleaning and to reduce any exposure that could happen from lengthier times indoors. The services will aim to be close to the same length of our online video services (35-40 minutes).

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.

Communion

Communion will consist of bread only as we begin in-person gatherings. We will also not be coming forward, but 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.

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.

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.

Cleaning

Between the services, common surfaces will be wiped down including arms of chairs, the offering box, and bathroom surfaces. The sanctuary will be lightly mopped with a disinfectant rated by the EPA to kill the novel coronavirus.

Outdoor Service Guidelines (for Tuesdays)

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

There is no Nursery, Children’s or Youth Ministry during our outdoor Tuesday Eucharist service. (See above for details about Children’s and Youth Ministry on Sundays.)

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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