At Grace, we feel deeply about the gathering of the saints; corporate worship is essential to our lives of faith, and we long to hear of the gospel and receive communion on Sundays.
At the same time, we are very concerned for the health and safety of not only our body but our whole community, and the need to do all we can to suppress the spread of COVID-19.
On Monday, March 16, our governor issued a ban on meetings over 50 people. We are being urged to stay isolated as much as possible, and to avoid even meetings as large at 10 people if possible.
In light of these directions, all in-person meetings at the church are cancelled this week. In-person meetings cancelled include Sunday morning service, small groups, men’s morning, women’s bible study, Momspot, and all youth gatherings. We will closely monitor all guidance from our health department and take things a week at a time, updating here each week.
Even though we aren’t meeting in person on Sunday, we will still have our worship service at 10:00 AM via livestream. Join us by heading over to the website (www.gracebellingham.org) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/Grace.Church.Bellingham/). Remember to get some juice & crackers – we’ll take communion at the same time, even though separated by distance.
We’re doing our best to continue to be a community while we’re experiencing “social distancing.” You’ll see us put out more electronic resources and information in this time, and we hope you’ll jump into engagement with our church family!
Please think about staying connected by:
Using Social Media: Even if you’re not a Facebook fan, use this season to check out our Facebook page, where you’ll find livestreams and other videos we’ve put up. Our church’s page link is above. Stop by our website, too. We’ll be putting up other ideas for connection technologically, using things like zoom and whatsapp.
Praying: If you’re not on our church prayer list, now’s the time! Let us know at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get you signed up to get the requests. If you have a prayer request email us (email@example.com)
Giving electronically: As we aren’t meeting, we’d encourage you to continue participating in ministry at Grace through your regular giving. You can do so electronically by going to https://gracebellingham.churchcenter.com/giving.
Blessing someone: Though we can’t meet in small groups, stopping by and leaving a dessert (hmm… or a roll of toilet paper?), or spontaneously calling someone to encourage is an amazing way to bless in this season where there is so much isolation.
Getting help: Our pastoral staff and many others are willing to help out however we can. We won’t meet as groups, but individuals can be involved and jump in when needed. If you need help, please let us know!
So grateful to be a church family because of what has been done for us by God himself! And so thankful to have hope and joy because of the fantastic good news that hasn’t changed even one little bit amidst the trials that we face.
Enjoying this day, and looking forward to heaven! See you (well, kind of) on Sunday 😊.