Worship Service - Indoors, Outdoors, and Livestream
Sundays, 10:00 am
In order to love God and to love our neighbors, Grace Church of the Valley (GCV) had been meeting outdoors to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 from May 31 to August 23. However, the GCV elders determined they no longer accept the orders, demands, and requests of local/state government as being consistent with the spiritual health and well-being of the GCV church family and neighbors in the community. Furthermore, GCV has always been under God’s command to his Church to not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). Although the government has not formally forbidden GCV from meeting together outdoors, the practical results of ongoing restrictions (bans on singing, attendance caps, or prohibitions against gatherings and services) would effectively prevent GCV from gathering together as God commands (as well as violate people’s constitutional rights as American Christians). Therefore, GCV resumed Sunday morning worship indoors on August 30, 2020.
Grace Church of the Valley is committed to meeting together indoors. We will continue providing a space outdoors on campus to stream the service as well as the option to livestream at home for those at risk or uncomfortable with meeting indoors. Please contact your shepherding elder or any member of the elder team with any questions or concerns that you might have.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- Ephesians 4:1–3
Prepare | Before You Come
Plan to be patient and gracious with one another.
Don’t assume your preferences are the same as everyone else’s! (Romans 14:13)
Plan, pray, and prepare your family before Sunday morning.
Please don’t come if you are sick or are in direct contact with someone who is sick.
Face coverings are welcome but optional. (Please be patient with one another’s preferences.)
Please wear recently cleaned clothing to the worship service.
Please consider using the restroom before coming to the worship service to limit restroom use at GCV. Restrooms in the Worship Center and the Generations Building will be available.
Prepare | When You Arrive
We will have bottles of hand sanitizer available for you to use in the lobby, near the entrances, and near the restrooms. Please do not take the bottles with you.
You can continue to give online at graceofthevalley.org/giving or send gifts in the mail to Grace Church of the Valley 1101 Marion Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631.
We will be celebrating communion on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. We will not be passing the communion elements but you can pick up prepackaged elements in the lobby on your way into the service.
We will be singing as a congregation on Sunday and we invite you to join us. Face coverings are welcome but optional.
Nursing moms are welcome to use the Cry Room in the Worship Center for extra space and privacy.
The patio outside the Worship Center will be set up with the livestream of the worship service.
GCV will have adequate hygiene supplies, such as soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, and hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol) available.
Limited items will be passed or shared among congregants.
Offering: You can continue to give through the mail or electronically.
Communion: We will have prepackaged communion elements for congregants to pick up on their way into the Worship Center.
The sound team will limit people in the sound booth area to minimize contact with one another.
The ushers will be available to safely transport anyone who becomes sick at the facility to their home or a health-care facility.
The security team will have extra members ready to keep the campus safe and help with any issues that could cause potential harm to people in attendance.
The GCV Welcome Team will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. The welcome team will avoid the use of items that are not easily cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected, ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants, and keep them away from children.
GCV will inform those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if necessary.
In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been at Grace Church of the Valley and poses a risk to the community, we will properly clean and disinfect the area and the building where the individual was present.
GCV will communicate clearly with congregants about actions being taken to protect their health.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a pastor or staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.