Important COVID-19 Info

Updated: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.


We are excited to announce that on Sunday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m. we will be offering an outdoor worship service. The outdoor service will be in addition to our Sunday morning service at 9:00 a.m. and will only be available onsite. It will not be broadcast via live stream. We will give it a try and see how it goes before we decide if it is something we should continue into the fall. To learn more about the outdoor service, visit this page for all the details.


We will be continuing to broadcast our worship service via live stream at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The service will then be immediately available for replay or "watch later" worship.


Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.


Dear Grace Point Family,


First, having many of you onsite last Sunday to worship was awesome! It was great to have you in the building, to see your faces, and to worship with you in-person! The Hospitality Team was in full force, and they did a fantastic job!


As you may have heard, yesterday Governor Wolf announced a new mandate in response to increased COVID-19 cases that restricts indoor gatherings to no more than 25 people effective immediately. Our commitment to the health and safety of you and your family continues to be our top priority for us as a church leadership team.


Therefore, in light of this new order, and the seemingly ever-changing guidelines, we have decided to make the following changes regarding our services until further notice:

  • We will be returning to one service via Livestream, but with a new time: 9:00 a.m. starting this Sunday. Reservations for this Sunday have been closed.
  • Those wishing to worship with us live online can do so via livestream at 9:00 a.m. on both our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • Those who wish to join us at 10:30 a.m. (or anytime really) can do so via our Livestream Replay available on both our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
  • We will be offering online services only until further notice.

While this news is disappointing and feels like a step backwards, we are committed to evaluating the multitude of factors involved in meeting together onsite. With guidelines, recommendations and mandates changing so frequently, we will continue to do our best to keep our entire church family informed about service information and what you can expect.


Please pray for wisdom for our Resumption Team and our staff. Also, pray that we would continue to seek unity within our church family and community as we navigate these uncharted and ever-changing days. As Dave reminded us last Sunday, community takes unity, and unity takes work.


Thank you for praying and for your patience.


Updated: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.


We can’t wait to see you!

 

Our staff and Hospitality Team have been busy preparing to welcome you back to Grace Point for worship onsite! Service times for this Sunday are 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. We will continue to live stream our service on both our Facebook page and YouTube Channel at 10:30 a.m.

 

[Updated July 16: Reservations are currently closed. Look for more information soon for future Sunday mornings. Thank you.] Reservations are required for onsite attendance on Sunday morning. Reserve your seats for the service you plan to attend using this form.

 

Watch this video for a short tour of what you can expect when you arrive at Grace Point on Sunday morning.


Regardless of your readiness color (red, yellow, green), we want everyone who is comfortable attending to know what they can expect and to feel safe when they arrive. If you’re not ready to attend in-person worship, that’s OK! There’s no pressure to attend if you’re not “there yet.”

 

For those that attend on Sundays for worship onsite, please read the following guidelines and expectations regarding safety measures and mitigation efforts related to COVID-19:

  • If you’re feeling sick, worship with us via our live stream from home.
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early to allow time to be ushered into the building and seated in the Commons.
  • Please enter through the front doors under the “Portico.” All other doors to the building will be locked.
  • So that we can make sure we have a seat for everyone in your family, when you arrive to the building, inform the greeter if you’re expecting more people in your family/party based on your reservation.
  • Once inside The Commons, an usher will direct you to your seats. A minimum of three empty seats will be between you and the next family. (Three seats equal roughly six feet.)
  • If you’re running late, the doors will automatically lock again after the service begins. As best you can, please arrive early!
  • A mask or face covering is required for entry into the building. Be sure to wear a smile under your mask! :-)
  • Masks will be required while moving through the building and singing during the service.
  • Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available throughout the foyer.
  • To help maintain physical distancing, restroom access will be limited to no more than three (3) people at one time.
  • Our coffee ministry is on hiatus. But, feel free to bring your own coffee with you! The best tasting coffee is one with a secure lid!
  • Following state health guidelines, if you have recently traveled to any of the following states, it is strongly suggested that you self-quarantine for two weeks. Another opportunity to join our live stream service! States include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah

Full of grace! We have been working diligently to plan and prepare for you! But we know that we’re all at different places and stages of readiness. Let’s be gracious to each other!

 

A great reminder from Philippians 2:3:

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

 

We are anxious to see you and worship with you whether online or onsite!


Updated: Monday, June 29, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.


VIDEO - Dave Wolf, Joan Zeberlein and Steve Weir share some exciting news about reopening!


We are excited to announce that Grace Point is planning to reopen for in-person worship on Sunday, July 12! Mark your calendars!


Here’s what you can expect to be the same:

  • Same service times: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Our Hospitality Team will be ready to warmly greet you!
  • Live Stream still available on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page!

Some things will be a little different. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Masks will be required for entering and exiting into the building, moving through the church and while singing.
  • Reservations will be required. Because we don’t have the space for everyone to return at once, we’ll be using a reservation system for each service to help us maintain our seating and building capacity. (More details coming soon!) 
  • Seating in the Commons will be spaced out to allow for distancing. Our Hospitality Team will assist you with finding seats for you and your family, keeping three chairs distance between you and the next family.
  • No Children’s Ministry yet. Because of the unique challenges of socially distancing little ones, there is a lot of work to be done to welcome your kiddos back to GP Kids! However, we encourage families to come and sit together in the service!
  • Bring your own coffee! Our Coffee Ministry will not yet be available. If you need your morning coffee boost, you’re welcome to bring your own - with a secure lid, please!

Our Resumption Team has been hard at work to develop a plan for reopening while considering safety, cleaning procedures, traffic flow and everyone’s own level of comfort. Just as there are various colors to represent the phases of “reopening,” we each have a traffic light color to represent our own level of comfort. For example:

  • Green – They are not throwing caution into the wind, but they are ready to get back together and are further along with their level of comfort. They’d hug you if you’d let them.
  • Yellow – Ready to cautiously put themselves out there, but with certain safety measures in place.
  • Red – Not ready to go out, even with safety measures. They need more time to feel comfortable.

We care about our church family equally, regardless of your traffic light color. There’s no good/bad color or right/wrong color. Knowing your color helps you communicate with others about your level of comfort as things reopen. This common language will help us care for one another and respect each other’s level of comfort.


Starting this Sunday, June 28, we will invite select serving teams onsite to help us work through the logistics of reopening and train for our first Sunday back. We want our reopening to be as smooth and safe as possible. We’ll share more details during the service on Sunday, July 5. But for now, save the date! Grace Point Reopening, Sunday, July 12!


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.


You can find the latest information on our website http://gracepointpa.org/covid-19 which includes our preliminary plan for reopen. You may also reference the update below from May 8, 2020.


Thank you! We miss you!


Steve Weir

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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,


Steve Weir

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. church@gracepointpa.org


Sunday Worship

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.


Off-site Events

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.


Practical Assistance

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 care@gracepointpa.org or call the church office at 215.968.2354.


Prayer

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.