COVID-19 UPDATE

August 2021 UPDATE

July 27, 2021

This note serves as our update for the month of August at Grace.

As the King County Health Department has recommended masks for indoor settings, due to increase in cases, along with the variants and breakthrough cases, we proceed with safety measures to ensure the safety of all.

Attending worship in person:

  • Masks are still required at Grace. 
  • Please maintain physical distance in the pews.
  • The pews are clearly marked for where to sit and where to leave vacant.
  • You can visit both inside and outside after worship. 
  • For coffee hour or fellowship times with food and drink, you can remove your mask for eating and drinking only.     
  • We will continue to wipe down surfaces between services.

Music:

  • Our music ministries are taking place and all are welcome to sing out in praise to God.

Communion:

We offer communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at in-person worship services.  Upon arriving, please pick up a communion kit and napkin next to the Welcome Center, and take to your seat with you.  For those needing Gluten Free, those wafers will be in a plastic bag and clearly marked.  We invite you to also take a pre-sealed communion cup so that you can partake of the grape juice.  After the communion liturgy portion of worship, you will be invited to open those and partake.  After communion, please put your facemask back on.  At the end of worship, and upon exit from the worship enter, please place the remaining plastic container in one of the trash bins. If the communion kit is difficult to open in worship, you are welcome to take it home and partake there.  You are also welcome to take additional communion kits with you to share with those who were not able to be at worship.  Starting after Labor Day, we will host communion every weekend for all in-person worship services.

What additionally are we doing to stay safe during this time?

  • All services will be as touchless as possible, and all high-volume areas will be sanitized between services.
  • To minimize touchpoints; We will not be passing out programs, Bibles, or pens.
  • Offering baskets will not be passed. We will place one in the front of the worship area where you can place an offering after worship – and there will be an offering plate at the Welcome Center, but we do encourage to online giving if possible.
  • No water fountains will be available.
  • There are posted signs reminding of proper hygiene practices and to join us online if you have experienced symptoms or are at risk of COVID-19.
  • Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.
  • Our air ventilation units will be continually circulating air and have been outfitted with new air filters. 
  • Worship center doors will be propped open during all worship services.

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO ATTENDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Health Precautions and Guidelines for Attending an On-Campus Event

As a community led by Christ, we lean into the wisdom in 1 Corinthians 16:14, that whatever we do, be done in love.  

We ask that you do not attend on-campus worship if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last month?
  2. Have you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks?
  3. Have you developed any of the following symptoms in the last 2 weeks?

    New or worsening cough or shortness of breath? Sore throat? New loss of sense of smell or taste? Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more and/or have you taken medication to reduce a fever in the last 24 hours? Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?


FAQ


How does physical distancing work in GLC buildings for worship?

When you enter the Sanctuary or Lobby area, you should proceed directly to a physically distanced seating area by household.  Rows in the sanctuary will be clearly marked with leaving a row open between each sitting section.

Are masks required?

Yes. As a campus that includes a child care center, school, and church community, we will require masks in all GLC buildings. Children under the age of 2 do not need to wear a mask. As the accessibility of vaccines for children and youth increase, and the vaccination rate overall increases for the general population, we will adapt.  Upon arrival, there will be hand-sanitizing stations along with face coverings available for those who don’t have one.

Will childcare be provided during worship?

No. We will not have childcare or children’s programming. As always, your children can participate in worship by sitting with you.

What are your cleaning procedures, and what does “Limited Building Access” mean?

Following every worship service, our cleaning team will be sanitizing areas of the building in preparation for the next worship service. There will be limited building access. The nursery, and other gathering rooms, along with the kitchen and fellowship spaces will be closed. If you would like to assist in cleaning after worship, please let an user know and you can jump in to assist.

What should I bring to the worship service?

Simple is better – but you will also need to wear a mask.  We will not be handing out paper items for worship – all information will be on the media screens.

COVID Screening Form (002).pdf

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