Hear from Pastor Caleb about this next phase of us gathering together again.
June 3, 2020
The Grove Church is very happy to announce that we are restarting our gatherings for corporate worship this Sunday, June 7th at 6 pm! Please note some important changes about the time and location below. Please also note that the service will be recorded and sent to you should the new arrangement not work for your family or if you do not yet feel safe attending a public gathering. So please let us know if you won’t be able to attend and we will send you the recording later Sunday night.
Since we are unable to meet this summer in our usual location at Grassy Lake Elementary School, our elders met with the elders of the Grace Community Church (GCC) in Clermont and we have received permission to hold outside services on their property next to their building. The church is located at 14244 Johns Lake Road and we will meet on the left side of the building. Directions to Grace Community Church
There are some other changes you need to note:
- We will start worship at 6 pm. We will be meeting outdoors (dress accordingly; be comfortable). By meeting later we will avoid the hotter parts of the day. There will be minimal setup required. If the forecast is for thunderstorms we will post a cancellation notice on The Grove’s Facebook page by 5 pm. If the forecast is for passing showers – bring an umbrella or two. The use of umbrellas for shade would also be a great idea.
- There will be no Grove Kids or Nursery, but our Grove Kids director will have a children’s activity that can be done on a clip board during the service.
- Bring your own lawn/camp chairs. This minimizes our set up and reduces the number of chairs we have to sanitize. If you do not have enough chairs for your family, contact the church so we can make sure there are enough seats for everyone.
- Please wear a face mask. Our state and federal officials suggest that this is the best practice. We will have a limited number of facemasks on hand if you do not have one of your own. While face masks are not mandatory, out of concern for our more vulnerable members, we ask that everyone wear a face mask at least until they are seated for service and then again after the service until they have returned to their vehicles.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance. Be aware of how close you are standing to others. Try to keep 6 feet of distance between one another. Cluster your family’s chairs 6 feet away from other families. Avoid shaking hands or hugging.
- We will access to the building so there will be restrooms available. We would encourage you to try and minimize the use of restrooms to foster cleanliness but should you need them, they are available.
- Electronic Bulletins: To reduce person-to-person to contact, we will provide an electronic version of the bulletin that you can view with a smart phone. We will have paper bulletins on hand for those who would rather have them. The bulletins will have the lyrics of the songs printed in them. Please bring your own Bible. There will be a container for you to place your offering in as you enter or leave the service.
- There will not be any communion while we are in this phase of recovery
Finally, while our survey of the congregation showed that the majority of our membership wants to start meeting again as a congregation in June we still want to do everything we can to manage the risk.
- If you are part of an at-risk population based on your age or having pre-existing medical condition, please be cautious in exposing yourself to any gathering of people. We understand if you feel like it is best for you or your family to remain at home. If you would like to talk through your decision of whether to attend on Sunday with one of us, please reach out.
- Stay home if you or members of your family have (or recently have had) any of the symptoms of COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home and self-monitor for symptoms. Let us know if you need any help as you self-quarantine.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
As you can see, although we are restarting corporate worship, this is far from a return to normal. Meeting outdoors on the Grace Community Church grounds is a temporary solution. The elders are in contact with the Lake County Commissioners, Lake County Department of Education, and with other pastors in the area. We will continue to reevaluate this plan as we move forward. Nevertheless, we are thankful to the Lord that we have this opportunity to meet for now. We would also like to thank GCC. Please continue to pray for our government leaders, for your elders, and for our church as we navigate these challenging times.
If you have any questions, please contact the church email@example.com We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! A link to the aggregated results to the church’s COVID 19 survey will be provided by email to those who participated.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Caleb and Pastor Jim
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Service Time, Sunday 6pm