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REOPENING ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are excited to let you know that in accordance with Governor Northam’s recent announcement about churches being able to open again at limited capacity, Gracewood's doors will be open on Sundays for in-person worship at 9:30 and 11am! This has been an unprecedented time, and we know that we will continue to deal with the impact of Covid-19 for awhile, but we are eager to move forward, with caution and wisdom, in this reopening process.  Please take a few minutes to watch the Announcement Video below, which explains not only the specifics of our reopening, but perhaps more importantly, it expresses the heart behind all we are doing.

First, please know that we understand that we all are in different places in our ability and/or willingness to gather in larger groups at this time.  Some of us are comfortable gathering without any reservations, some need to be very cautious, and some will only be able to continue meeting with us online.  We want to respect and honor each person in his/her decision and always express our love and care for every member of our church family. We will continue to have Church Online (for children and adults) during this time, so that, for those who are not yet able to be with us in person, we can continue to worship and grow together.

As we reopen, we will adhere to CDC recommendations for cleaning as well as recommendations to promote the safety and health of each person who enters our building.
 
  • Extra time and care will be taken before, between, and after services to sanitize and clean surfaces.  
  • We will adhere to social distancing guidelines as we enter/exit the building, as well as in the auditorium.  
  • In accordance with Governor Northam's announcement, anywhere people congregate there is a mask requirement for 10 years of age and over. (*Please note, our video announcement below specifies a "mask recommendation" because it was recorded before the most recent announcement from the governor.)
  • If you’d like to spend time hanging out and talking with friends, please do so; however, we ask that you meet outside before or after the services, in the parking lot, so as to avoid crowding in the foyer and the area around our doorways.
 
The specifics are discussed in more detail in the accompanying Announcement Video.  Please know that this is a time when we can show our love to one another in new ways, and one of those ways is to care for those around us by respecting their boundaries and personal situations.  As much as we may want to greet one another with big hugs, let us show our care for our brothers and sisters by honoring the different needs and comfort levels of every person in our midst. In this way, we have an opportunity to love like Jesus, taking on “the very nature of a servant”. (Phil. 2:7)

We cannot wait to see each of you when you are able to join us!  Again, if you wish to continue to be with us online, you can do so on Sunday mornings - 9:45 a.m. for Gracewood Kids and 10:30 a.m. for worship! If you are able to join us in person on Sundays, you are welcome in either our 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. service!  Either way, we encourage you to keep sharing and living out the Gospel!  We are the church, and we have the message of love and life to share with all!

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