COVId-19 Gathering Strategy

As restrictions are beginning to lift, we are doing our best to heed the recommendations of the governor’s office as well as the CDC. Our hope is to gather again in a spirit of wisdom, love, and compassion in a way that reflects the guidelines being encouraged by our state and local leaders, as well as shines the hope of the gospel as a light to the world around us. Our hope is to return together in 3 phases. 

Phase 1 was to come together and worship through drive in and outdoor meetings. After much prayer, deliberation, and seeking the wisdom of health professionals, Grantwood has now moved to Phase 2 of our gathering strategy. 

We feel that we are able to do this with appropriate safety measures because of our size, the size of our building, and the strategy laid out below. This strategy will include both the steps that we have taken as well as what we are asking of each of you. Lord willing, we will continue to gather for our Sunday corporate worship in the building. In order to do that:
Here is our plan:
  • We will continue to live-stream our service at for those who choose to stay home.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in addition to increased cleanings of the church facilities.
  • Doors will be propped open in high-traffic areas.
  • We will refrain from serving coffee or tea before or during our gatherings. 
  • In lieu of passing the offering plate, giving can be made through stations placed at the door or online. 
  • We will practice individual communion in place of the common cup and bread. 
  • Seating will be grouped by family units and spread six feet apart from other family groupings. 

Here is what we are asking you to do:
  • If you have a face mask that covers your mouth and nose, please wear it. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you to be worn while in the building. 
  • Enter the building for service no sooner than 10:50am. Weather permitting, we will converse and encourage one another outside of the building before and after the service.
  • Please maintain six feet of distance between those outside of your immediate family and avoid personal contact such as handshakes or hugs. 
  • Sit with your family to fill all the seats in your section (e.g. a couple should not sit in a group of 4 chairs, so we can maximize the space). If chairs need to be added, we will move them to maintain distancing. 
  • If you feel ill (fever of 100+°F or have cold-like symptoms) or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, please stay home and join by livestream. 
  • If you are part of the at-risk population (immunocompromised, elderly, or have a preexisting condition which would put you at greater risk), please consider staying home. 

Phase 3 will be to relax these protocols to where we were before this all started. We do not have set dates yet for this phase but intend to follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals. 

I know many of you are fearful, while others may think this has been blown out of proportion. Wherever you land on that spectrum, know that we love you and are grateful for you. 

Let us strive to have the mind of Christ, “in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4. We want to do whatever we can to serve you in this time, so please communicate needs to us. Please continue to pray for those already affected by these events, for us, and for the gospel to be proclaimed through this.