July 17, 2020
Well, unfortunately I’ve had to rename this update by adding the word “derecho” to the title, at least for this one time. Have you had enough of 2020 yet? However, each passing crisis presents us with yet another opportunity to be what the church is called to be, and we saw it again this past week - the power of Christ is always most evident when demonstrated in tangible ways, and we’ve had plenty of opportunities to do so this year!
Now, let’s dive in to some updates:
Nursery Officially Reopening THIS Sunday, Aug. 23
Beginning this Sunday, the GCC Nursery will once again be open for children from birth - 4 years old. Parents may drop their children off at the nursery in our west wing before or during worship. I have attached to this email an information sheet outlining the new procedures and COVID-19 safety protocols we have put in place, but if you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask. We are also still looking for more volunteers to help in our Nursery or in Greenhouse (children’s worship), so if you are interested or have questions please contact our Children’s Minister, Kay Castaneda, at email@example.com. (PLEASE NOTE: The Greenhouse will not be reopening yet, but we hope to do so in the near future).
First of all, we got power back on at the church building Monday morning, so we'll go back to worshiping here Sunday morning at 10:00 am! Second, this update is really more of a huge “thank you” to everyone who pitched in so many hours to help members of our church family and beyond do cleanup after the storm last week. Beginning with that first afternoon, we had a flood of people donate time, energy, talent, and equipment to help others in need and be what the church is called to be for one another. If another special storm-related need arises, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our church office and we’ll do our best to gather together a team of volunteers to help out.
Grinnell Food Coalition
So many people have been affected by the coronavirus, including people who have suffered financial loss due to unemployment and disruption of normal life. The Grinnell Food Coalition wants to make sure everyone in our community gets the food they need for themselves and their family. If you, or someone you know, is struggling financially, The Grinnell Food Coalition can provide vouchers to use at local grocery stores. As long as funds last, we mail vouchers on a bi-weekly schedule to people who sign up. To sign up or get more information, go to https://ahrensfamilyfoundation.org/local-resources/, or call 641-236-5518 ext. 109.
Continued Live-Streaming of Worship
For the immediate future, we will continue to live-stream our entire worship service for those who cannot come. This way, you can still be a part of our GCC family from home. There are three ways you can watch us on Sunday:
Go to our website at www.grinnell.cc and click the link on our homepage.
Go to our official Facebook page by clicking here and watch our Facebook Live stream.
Go to our YouTube channel by clicking here. If you have the YouTube app on your smart TV or other device, you can also find us by searching "Grinnell Christian Church”.
We realize that some may be dealing with financial struggles during this time, and it's possible your most important needs cannot be met adequately by unemployment benefits or other forms of aid. Please contact our office at email@example.com or by phone if you fall into this category. We'll talk with you about your needs and discuss ways GCC may be able to help. (Please note that all inquiries will remain confidential.)
Ways to Give
If you are financially able, we encourage you to continue to give to GCC during this time even if you can't come to the building on Sunday morning. One way to give is to drop off your offering at the GCC Office during regular office hours. You may also go to our website and give by hitting the “Give” button on our homepage. Finally, you can give through the Givelify app or the Grinnell Christian Church app – both are available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Thanks everyone, God bless, and I hope to see you again on a Sunday morning soon!
Key Information for the Reopening of Nursery
(Effective August 23, 2020)
• Children will be divided into groups of 10 or less.
• Children and workers will be required to stay home when they are sick.
• We will take the temperatures of all children and volunteers working with the children before they can enter Nursery or Greenhouse. If the temperature of anyone checked is higher than 100.4, we will ask that you or the children return home and not participate that week.
• All plush toys have been removed, and all other toys will be disinfected each week. We will follow the guidelines put out by the CDC.
• We will ask volunteers to clean high touch areas throughout the time of Nursery, to limit transfer of germs.
• Where it is feasible, we will adjust activities to limit sharing of items such as toys, belongings, supplies, and equipment.
• We will maintain a good stock of tissue, hand sanitizer and paper towels for drying hands.
• We ask that all volunteers wear face masks during drop off and pick up times. During these times there is more risk of exposure to more people. If a volunteer is uncomfortable with this, then adjustments can be made.
Key Information for the Reopening of Worship (Effective June 28, 2020)
• We will reopen initially with worship only @ 10 am.
• There will be no Sunday School classes for any age group until further notice.
• There will be No Greenhouse during Sunday morning worship until further notice.
• If you fall into a higher-risk category (i.e. age or underlying health issues), or if you are not ready yet to enter a public gathering, please know it is perfectly acceptable not to come at this time. You do not need to feel guilty about this decision. To help with this....
• GCC will continue to live-stream our full worship service for the immediate future for those who are uncomfortable coming or should not come due to high-risk factors.
• If you are experiencing a fever, persistent cough, or difficulty breathing, or if you have a family member experiencing these symptoms, please stay home until you are well.
• A mask will not be required to attend worship but you are certainly encouraged to wear one, especially if you are higher-risk or feel safer wearing one at this time.
• If you desire to wear a mask but do not have one, we have disposable masks available at our Welcome Center. Please ask one of our Greeters for assistance.
• Bulletins will not be handed out at this time, but instead may be picked up on stands at each entrance into the auditorium.
• Families are encouraged to sit together, but please maintain social distancing guidelines of 6-ft between family units or individuals.
• To help facilitate this, we will “close off” every other pew in the center sections of our auditorium (please do not sit in rows marked with an “X”). The east and west wings are completely open, and we encourage larger families to sit in these
sections and use discretion about spacing between family units.
• Due to a potential increase of younger children in our worship service, we will do our best to keep the overall service length to 50-60 minutes.
• Communion trays will not be passed. Instead, Communion trays will be on tables around the room. There will be separate cups for bread and juice. Once you take a cup, please dispose of it in the trash cans next to the tables.
• Please maintain social distancing as you go to the Communion tables.
• Offering trays will not be passed. Instead, please utilize the Offering drop boxes located in the back of the room or continue to use the electronic giving platforms we have used for the past several weeks.
• The GCC website at www.grinnell.cc.
• The official GCC app for your smartphone.
• The Givelify app for your smartphone.
• Hand sanitizer is currently available in our main lobby, the west entrance lobby, at the Welcome Center, and at the Children’s check-in station for you to use before and/or after worship as you feel necessary.
• We will close off the east wing of our building so that everyone enters and exits through the main lobby doors. This will help avoid unnecessary contact with areas not being used at this time.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!