Updated: Monday, May 22, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.
Grace Point Family,
If you’ve been watching the news today, you may have heard President Trump say churches should open this weekend, because we are essential.
While we agree that our faith is essential to who we are as a church, we wish we could open this weekend. Like many churches, we still have significant work to do before we can reopen safely and adhere with CDC guidelines for churches (which will be released soon). While we will meet online again this Sunday, we want you to know that GP leadership is monitoring the situation closely.
Thank you! We miss you!
Pastor of Arts & Communication
Updated: Monday, May 8, 2020 at 2:35 p.m.
Dear Grace Point Family,
First, let me say that all of us on staff are praying for you and your families, as we continue to press on through this pandemic. We miss seeing you all face-to-face and worshipping with you on Sundays!
Over the last several weeks, our staff has not skipped a beat, and we have all transitioned to working from home on various ministry initiatives – both new initiatives and revising others to accommodate current circumstances. Just like many of you, we’re working to balance work, home, life and family and the emotions that come with it all!
With recent talk of plans to reopen parts of the country and certain counties in Pennsylvania, many of you have been asking what our plan is at Grace Point and when church will reopen. Several staff members have been hard at work drafting plans to be ready when that time comes, and we’re ready to unveil the overview of this plan to you.
Our Post-Pandemic Reopen Plan is contingent on several factors:
- It is provisional. Because of the many changes we have seen in the last few months regarding governmental regulations, our plans are held with open hands, realizing that further external factors may change.
- There is no timeline. We don’t know when Bucks County will open. It could be early June, or it could be much later. Even when Bucks County does move into the “Yellow” Phase, we will take time to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider our date to move into Phase 2. In other words, our movement through the phases of reopening will not necessarily coincide with PA’s movement to Yellow and Green – we will be making decisions that we believe best protect the well-being of our church family and the community we desire to reach with the Gospel.
- There will still be restrictions. We cannot assume that everyone will want to return immediately, or that we will be ready to accommodate everyone who is ready to return, while still complying with the Department of Health’s guidelines and restrictions for large gatherings. When we do begin our phased reopening, know that there will still be restrictions and social distancing required. We will all need a lot of grace!
- There are more details to come. The chart attached is simply the basics of our phased approach. Additional details, procedures and logistics are being worked out and will guide our staff and ministry leaders when the time comes. So, hang tight and stay tuned!
- A new normal is coming. We have all experienced an enormous amount of change over the last two months, and there is more to come, including changes to how we “do church.” From how communion is served to the number seats in the sanctuary, we will need to stay flexible as we work our way carefully toward a “new normal.” But – know that as we navigate our ever-shifting world, we will continue to hold fast to the solid ground of Jesus Christ – together!
With all that said, you will find the overview to our reopening plan here. Our staff has worked diligently to research and review the best approach for Grace Point, seeking input from other churches and consultants, reading countless articles, and monitoring governmental regulations. We are anxious to gather again but want to make sure it is safe and appropriate to do so for our entire church family.
Thank you for your prayers and your patience as we continue to navigate ministry in these uncharted days.
On behalf of the Grace Point staff,
Pastor of Missions & Communications
Updated: Monday, March 31, 2020 at 1:05 p.m.
Grace Point Office Hours
The church office will be staffed on a limited basis during the week. Because most of our staff are working remotely from home during this season, please call the office before you visit to be sure someone is there (215.968.2354). You can always email us as well to arrange a time to visit as needed. firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be live streaming our services on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:25 a.m. Learn more on our Live Stream page.
Events at the Church Building
In light of the heightened restrictions and a desire to honor our government leaders, the Grace Point leadership has made the decision to cancel all events, Bible studies, meetings, and gatherings at the church effective immediately through April 30.
As a further step to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, church leadership is asking that you not meet in small groups, gatherings, meeting or other get-togethers outside of the church building regardless of size. A list of resources for groups are available on our Groups page.
For those in our church who do not have family nearby and/or neighbors to assist you in picking up essential groceries or other necessities, please let us know so we can make arrangements to help you with this. Or, if you are willing to pick up some groceries for someone in need, please let us know that as well. Please email email@example.com or call the church office at 215.968.2354.
Prayer is also vitally important in the life of the individual believer. We want the people of Grace Point to be people of prayer, who communicate with God regularly about their own needs, and who intercede often for the needs of others. Learn more about how to pray for others and receive prayer on our Prayer page.