For many weeks now the number one question I have been asked is “When will Grace Point return to in person worship services?” It has broken my heart to have to answer, “I don’t know but I hope very soon.” With Governor Lee’s statement on Tuesday coupled with consulting our Staff, Elders and other Pastors in our area I am excited to share with you our plans for reopening The Church at Grace Point to in person worship.
With a strong desire to be sensitive to the suggestions of our State and local leaders as well as the emotions of our congregation we have formulated the following plan going forward. 1) We have completely sterilized our facilities to a degree beyond anything we have ever undertaken. This included having the carpets in our entire building professionally cleaned. When we reopen we want our people to be confident that we went above and beyond the call of duty as it relates to cleaning. We have rearranged the chairs in our sanctuary so that we can easily practice social distancing while we worship together. 2) We have determined to continue online only worship for both May 3rd and 10th. Beginning on May 17th we will open our doors to the public for in person worship. (Can I get an Amen from the congregation!) Because of the assortment of challenges related to the impossibility of social distancing with small children we will not offer childcare for Nursery, Preschool or Elementary age children throughout the month of May. Sonya and Matthew will continue to offer their online ministry to families affected by this decision. We are extremely hopeful that we will be able to return to having on campus Nursery, Preschool and Children’s Ministry by June 7th. 3) The final piece of the puzzle involves our Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Student Ministry and Life Point Groups. Without the ability to offer childcare we will not be meeting for our Wednesday night activities until the first week of June. Life Point Groups are free to meet either in person or online until then. We are hopeful that by the end of May our Student Ministry will be able to have in person gatherings here at the church.
It goes without saying that these plans are written in pencil simply because none of us have a crystal ball that predicts the future. Know this, we are committed to getting back to a normal schedule as soon as possible, but just as committed to making wise decisions in that process. If no one has told you lately that you are loved and appreciated, hear me when I declare, you are incredibly missed, prayed for, loved by your Staff and Elders and most of all loved by your heavenly Father. I absolutely cannot wait to see you face to face very soon. Remember to pray for us as we pray for you!
III John 2,
The Church at Grace Point
2575 Old Freewill Rd., Cleveland, TN, 37312 | (423) 728-5050
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3030, Cleveland, TN, 37320
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."