Nursery is now open

Children's Church will resume July 12

Sunday School will resume August 16

DEAR GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY,

First of all, I want to encourage all of you who feel safe in a public setting like our church service to come and worship together with us once again. But if you do not feel safe, we want you to feel free to stay home and worship with us on Facebook and YouTube live. We completely support those who desire to wear masks to the service, however, we are not requiring the wearing of masks. We want to be sure that we respond with grace to those who don’t do what we do, whether that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.

 

Those who come will find the front doors, and the auditorium doors, open so that no one will need to touch the doors. There will be no coffee served, but if you would like to bring coffee (some have a need ), that it totally fine.

 

We will not have a nursery this first Sunday back and we’re not sure when that will be available, but parents are encouraged to bring toys along for their young children. Parents are also free to take their young children out into the foyer if they become disruptive. But please know that we are all going to be extra patient with any parent struggling to keep their young child quiet. There will also be no Sunday School or Children’s Church this first Sunday back. Again, we don’t know when those ministries will be available, as we are taking that one week at a time.

 

When you enter the church building, we ask that you observe the usual social distancing guidelines and leave at least six-foot distance between you and others. It is fine to socialize but at a distance. We ask that you do not shake hands or hug. However you can do this; https://www.facebook.com/bestchristianmemes/videos/628661541324773/

 

We will follow social distancing guidelines as we sit in the auditorium for worship as well. Every other row will be closed, and we will need to leave at least three chairs between each family unit. Because we want to be efficient in the use of space in the auditorium, there will be ushers who will assist you as you sit. You can sit where you wish, kind-of, but we may need to direct you so that we can accommodate everyone and do so safely. Generally speaking, if you are a family of 4-6 people, or if you are single worshipper, we will ask you to sit on the wings.  If you are a family of less than 4, or more than six, we ask that you sit in the middle section.

 

There will be sanitary wipes in the upstairs restrooms, so please wipe down door handles and stall door handles before you leave. (Basically, wipe down everything you touch.)  Hand sanitizer is available in the foyer as well, so please feel free to avail yourself of it.

 

Those who should not come are those who fit one of the following categories:

  1. Those who do not feel comfortable coming because they are high risk individuals.

  2. Those who have had a fever of 100.5 or above in the last 24 hours, or have someone in your household who has had a fever of 100.5 or above, or have had prolonged exposure to someone with a fever of 100.5 or above.

  3. Those who have had the following symptoms, had someone in your household with the following symptoms, or had prolonged exposure to anyone with the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, sore throat, diarrhea, chills, muscle aches, loss of smell or change or loss of taste sensation.

  4. Those who have had, or someone in your household has had, or those who have had prolonged exposure to anyone who has had, close contact with persons who are under quarantine or isolation for COVID, or with a patient with known or possible COVID, in the past 14 days.

  5. Those who have been tested for COVID with a positive or pending result in the past 14 days.

 

Thank you so much for reading this letter and for your wise response to this opportunity before us. I will be delighted to worship together once again! But, whether in our church gathered together, or in the confines of our home, we are looking forward to worshipping on Sunday!

 

Blessings!

 

Curtis DeFord

Grace Baptist Church - 2801 17th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 - 712.852.3933