COVID-19 Updates

8.16.2020

Church Family,

Today’s gathering will be held inside at the Ashton Rd. building at 10:00 AM.

As a reminder, face coverings are required inside the building. We do want to clarify that there may be some who need to refrain from wearing a face covering and who are exempt from the July 1 order from the state of Pennsylvania. The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

  • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability
  • Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance
  • Individuals who are under two years of age
  • Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication

As always, you can watch the live stream on our YouTube channel.

8.1.2020

Church Family,

We will continue gathering both in-person and through live stream this Sunday. The weather forecast is currently showing a potential for scattered thunderstorms and as a result we will be moving our in-person gathering inside of the building.

Being indoors increases the risk of spreading illness that is not the same when we gather outdoors. As a result, we are requiring and encouraging the following for those gathering within the building:

  • Requiring all people who are ill to stay home to watch the live stream. We encourage anyone who believes that they may have been exposed to Covid-19 to take the precaution of staying home even if they do not have symptoms.
  • Requiring wearing a mask while inside the building. We encourage each person or family to keep social distance while in the building. 6 feet is about the equivalent of 4 chairs. Ushers will be ready to help you find a seat.
  • We plan to have the building empty 15 minutes after the service ends. This is not to discourage fellowship but to minimize the total time that we are gathered inside.

We are eager to gather together to worship our Lord and Savior, and we pray that any additional effort will seem light because of our love for Him and each other (Genesis 29:20)!

6.26.2020

We are eager to resume our in-person gatherings this Sunday, June 28, at 10:00 AM. Please watch this video for some helpful reminders and more details about what our outdoor gatherings will look like for this next season of worshiping together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some reminders as we prepare to gather outside.

1. Bring a chair.
2. Bring shade if you think you’ll need it. There is no natural shade in the back parking lot.
3. Wear shoes. There may be small glass particles in the parking lot even after our cleaning efforts.
4. Visit ne.gracecityphilly.com/songs for lyrics to the songs we’ll be singing.
5. Be prepared to share. The ministry mic will be open. You may either text the pastor overseeing the ministry mic at 267.289.1077 or approach them while wearing a mask or keeping distance. They will then instruct you with when and where to share.
6. Masks are not required. As we’re meeting outside and able to keep distance, masks will not be required. We ask that you keep distance from other individuals or families when talking or wear a mask if you are closer than 6 feet apart.
7. The live stream will still be available by clicking this link.

Please call 215.677.2088 or email ne@gracecityphilly.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

3.19.2020

In this short video, Rob communicates that we are going to use Zoom to have interactive group meetings and Bible studies during this time when we are unable to gather in person. Our first meeting using Zoom will be an all-church meeting immediately after the live stream this Sunday morning (March 22). Details for the meeting will be sent on Friday, March 20.

There are apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, so it will work on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

You can download the Zoom app from this page: https://zoom.us/download

Even if you can’t connect via video, there will also be a call-in phone number for each meeting so you can listen live.

See you Sunday!

3.15.2020

Good morning, church family!

This is a reminder that we will not be gathering in-person this morning at the Ashton Rd. building. Please click the link above at 10 AM as we gather on YouTube to remember that Jesus takes care of us now and forever. We’ll still sing together, pray, and be encouraged from the Bible. Below is the order of our gathering this morning.

Sing
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks

Corporate Reading Text: Psalm 23

Sing
How Great Thou Art

All Must Be Well

Your Great Name

Encouragement from God’s Word

Sing
Hail the Day

3.13.2020

Good afternoon, church family!

In a pastoral team meeting last night, we decided that all church-related events will be canceled until further notice. In the meantime, we plan to live stream on Sunday morning. We are working on other means of communication and care for you. We don’t know how long we will need to refrain from gathering together. We haven’t even missed a Sunday yet, and we’re already anticipating the reunion. It may be a few weeks; it could be longer. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know what’s going on.

This is a weighty decision, and we believe it is a wise expression of love for one another and our neighbors in this unprecedented moment in the life of our church. As followers of Jesus, we must live by faith rather than fear. At the same time, faith doesn’t mean being foolhardy. Instead, faith in Christ should be worked out in our lives through love and good deeds. Not panicking doesn’t mean not planning. We should wash our hands and practice good hygiene. We must make informed choices about contact with people that are especially vulnerable to infection and serious complications. When we are with other people, we can choose non-contact greetings and keep at a reasonable distance.

As you are most likely aware, our city now recommends that gatherings of larger than 250 be avoided if possible. Even though we don’t quite meet that threshold on Sundays, we wouldn’t be able to meet the recommended appropriate distance between people. Practicing social distancing and, in particular, avoiding crowds of people seem to be the best ways to slow down the progress of the virus. Slowing the progress may help save lives and reduce the stress on our healthcare system. We believe that, for now, the best way to love one another and to love our neighbors is to refrain from gathering.

We don’t know what’s in store for our city, nation, and the world, but we know the One who does. By his grace and for his glory, we aim to love our neighbors in word and deed, sharing the good news about Jesus and caring for the weak and vulnerable. We’ll communicate more on Sunday about how we hope to do that as a church during this unique season.

Please be in prayer for those affected by this pandemic around the world, keep trusting our great Savior, and seek ways to love your neighbor. Our aim is to equip you for this important work.

Grace, Joy, and Peace to you,

Your Pastors