SUMMARY:

  • In-person worship service has resumed on a limited basis, with enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures. (Beginning September 27, we have returned to two Worship Services on Sundays, at 8:30 am and 11:15 am.) The 8:30 service is also live-streamed.
  • Church office is closed to visitors (staff available by phone/email).
  • Join GRC’s Facebook groups for adults and for kids (Grace Kids).
  • Kingdom Prayer is held every Sunday & Thuesday.
  • Morning Devotional occurs every Monday/Wednesday/Friday (join by video or call).

All changes are explained in greater detail below.

DETAILS:

Requirements for In-Person Sunday Worship:


On June 22, 2020, NJ Governor Murphy loosened restrictions to permit the limit for indoor gatherings at 25% of capacity, with a maximum of 100 people. As we welcome you back, we’ll continue to exercise caution in adherence to CDC guidelines and in accordance with local, state, and federal guidance.

Please read through the important changes we’ve implemented:

ADVANCE REGISTRATION:
In-person Sunday worship will be on a first-come, first-served basis until government-mandated restrictions are lifted. To help us plan, we strongly encourage you to sign up in advance, and only for the upcoming Sunday (and not weeks in advance).
* Every Monday until Thursday at 5 pm, we’ll accept sign-ups for the upcoming Sunday. Please email admin@graceredeemer or call the church office (201-357-4216) with the names of those who plan to attend worship. If no one answers, leave a voicemail.
* The church office will then send you a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you don’t receive confirmation, please contact us again.
* Walk-ins are permitted on Sunday mornings, as long as we do not exceed capacity.

NOTE! Of utmost importance is your health and safety, as well as that of our entire church body. If you’re feeling unwell for any reason, but particularly if you exhibit any symptoms indicative of Covid-19, please stay home until you have fully recovered, and join us again when you’re well.

REQUIREMENTS FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE:

FACE MASK POLICY: Face masks are required at all times. A mask will be given to you if you do not have one. Parents: if you have children ages 4 and under and they aren’t able to keep a mask on at all times, you’re still welcome to come. However, your children must remain by your side at all times. For your convenience, strollers will be permitted during worship. Childcare is not available.

NOTE! If you or a close family member has traveled abroad or to any of the states in the current NJ travel advisory, please do not attend GRC services until you have self-quarantined for at least 14 days or received a negative Covid-19 test.

CONTACT TRACING/TEMP CHECK: Upon entry, we’ll record your attendance and record your seat location via video and photos in order to facilitate contact tracing, should that be necessary. We’ll also offer a touchless temperature check.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others in attendance. While we’re a warm and welcoming church, kindly refrain from hugging one another or shaking hands, as we want to be in compliance of CDC guidelines and respectful of people’s comfort levels.

SEATING: Choose a clump of chairs that is the best match for the size of your party.  (e.g. A family of 4 should sit in a clump that has 2 rows of 2 chairs. If a party of 2 sits in such an arrangement, 2 of those seats cannot be used by anyone else.) If the sanctuary seats fill up, overflow seating is available in the Fellowship Hall and in the Youth Room so that you can worship with other church members while remaining socially-distanced.

SANITIZING STATIONS: There are several hand sanitizing stations throughout the church. Please utilize them frequently. If you must use the restroom, we ask that you sanitize before entry and upon exiting.

MINIMIZE CONTACT: Paper bulletins and offering bags will not be distributed, so download the GRC mobile app in advance to access the bulletins, announcements, and giving options.

If you cannot join us in person, please know that we would still love for you to join us online, via our livestream.

Precautionary/Cleaning Measures:

For the health and safety of all who walk through our doors, GRC is committed to adhering to CDC guidelines for churches, as well as instituting our own, enhanced safety and cleaning measures on an ongoing basis. These measures include, but are not limited to:

* A strict and intense, deep-cleaning schedule for all bathrooms, door handles, etc. using EPA-approved cleaning agents.
* Higher levels of HEPA air filtration.
* Sanitation of the sanctuary after service.
* Touch-free hand sanitizing stations available throughout the church.
* Pre-packaged communion elements. For Pastor Peter’s explanation of how resuming the sacraments will work, check out the video on our YouTube channel.
* Bathroom faucets with touchless sensors to turn on/off.
* Quarantine requirements for staff returning from travel.

Church Office:

The church office is closed to visitors until further notice. You may still call the office at (201) 357-4216 during normal business hours or contact us via email. (Note: The Star of Hope-related food deliveries in our warehouse continue to function as scheduled).

Community Care & Outreach:
  1. Diaconal Ministry: Our Diaconate is working to coordinate the care of those in our congregation who need various forms of assistance. Use this GRC Support Form to indicate your need OR your willingness to volunteer to meet that need. We thank you for your generosity in supporting the Mercy Fund which has received a significant infusion during this urgent time!
  2. GRC is partnering with local food banks and is accepting donations of dry goods on an ongoing basis. For a list of goods in need, please see the full list at https://graceredeemer.com/events/ (click “Ongoing Food Drive”).

Grace Kids (Children’s Ministry):

Grace Kids (children’s ministry) will also have video conference classes, along with with home-based lessons and messages for younger children and their parents. Details will be emailed, so if you’re not receiving those emails for Grace Kids, please let us know. >>

Kingdom Prayer & Morning Devotionals:

Join Kingdom Prayer as we humbly bring our prayer and petitions to the Lord. They’re held every Sunday and Thursday evening, from 8 – 8:30 pm. No need to RSVP.

Join by video: meet.google.com/ziu-mpeh-jyo
Join by phone: +1-484-681-2272‬ (PIN: ‪412 424 587#)‬‬‬‬

Join our Morning Devotional, as Pastor Peter, Pastor Steve, and Elder John Gregory lead us through the Psalms. They’re held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, from 7 – 7:30 am. No need to RSVP.

Join by video: meet.google.com/dwq-rtgn-wtb
Join by phone: +1-620-750-2265, (PIN 574 575 233#)

New Life (Youth Ministry):

New Life will have their own video conference class. Details will be emailed, so if you’re not receiving those emails for New Life, please let us know. >>

Virtual Community (Facebook):

Please consider joining the GRC community’s private Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GraceCommunityOnline/. This is a great place to encourage one another, share ideas, and stay informed about needs within our community.

Stay in touch with each other, caring for, and praying for one another. Use other means to stay connected and to support one another through prayer and encouragement, and in order to maintain a sense of community. Pay special attention to singles, to those who you know are sick, and to the elderly.

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