As you know, we have not been able to meet together physically for the past 9 weeks, since March 15th. However, the good news is that although the building has been closed, the church is very much alive and has continued to meet online (Facebook, YouTube, The Grove website) every week.
In addition, our Life Groups, Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, Youth Groups, Grove Kids and more have been meeting online each week-- can you say ‘Zoom?’
Now, for the news you’ve been waiting for… we are launching Phase One of our ‘Regathering Plan’ and will be having our first ‘In-Person Service’ on May 31st!
In Phase One of our regathering, we will practice social distancing in our seating and will have the total number of people in the room at or less than 50% of the room’s capacity.
Expectations of our Members
- If you are feeling sick, or showing any symptoms of sickness, or are concerned, please stay home.
- If you have a fever of 99.9 or higher, please stay home.
- If you have underlying health issues that put you at greater risk, please consider staying home.
- We are required to wear a face mask; if you do not have a mask one will be provided.
- Please see this as an opportunity to demonstrate grace and love to others who may not see things the exact way that you do.
- Pray that things will go well and safely during the transition back to an ‘in person’ service and that our online service will continue to grow and flourish.
FAQ for Phase One Re-Gathering @ Maple Grove
Will the service still be live-streamed?
Yes, it is our intention to continue offering a livestream service for those who do not feel comfortable coming into the church building. The livestream will be at 10:15 am and we also continue to be on all 3 platforms. We recognize that the online platform is a great additional ministry resource for those worshiping and joining the service from a distance. We expect that this will continue to be a strong focus during Phase One and all future Phases so those traveling or worshiping from home can be “here” regardless of where you are!
How will I be greeted?
Doors will propped open and greeters will be greeting you from a distance. Sorry, but our greeters will not be giving hugs or handshakes in Phase One.
How will I know where I can sit in the worship center?
- Ushers will help you find your seats.
- We will seat people in every other row maintaining 6 feet (3 chairs) between families.
- Families are encouraged to sit together
and do not have to sit 6 feet apart (unless they were quarreling on the way to
church and need some extra space).
Will there be Sunday School Classes?
During Phase One we will not have any ‘in person’ adult Sunday School classes or programs for the children. Children will sit with their parents. We will provide an activity packet for them.
What will communion look like?
There will be individual pre-packaged communion on tables in the foyer that you will pick up on your way to the worship center. During communion we will not get up as we usually do, but we will be taking communion at our seats. These are individually packaged and sealed containing both elements.
What will offering look like?
Our regular offering boxes will be located on the two black boxes (as usual), on the welcome (‘WE ARE IN’) kiosk and on the table between the double doors. Please drop your offering in one of these boxes any time before or after the service.
Will there be coffee and refreshments?
No, we are suspending coffee and refreshments until further notice.
Will the restrooms be open?
Yes. We encourage you to limit occupancy to two at a time to provide for social distancing.
Will there be places to sanitize my hands?
Yes, we continue to have (as we have had for years) the two automatic dispensers in the foyer and several hand sanitizer pumps in the main room.
Can I have physical contact with others?
Handshaking and/or other physical
contact is strongly discouraged. This is to follow safety protocol as well as
to honor the comfort of those that wish to attend in person but are being extra
Will we get a bulletin?
No, we will not be passing out bulletins at this time.
How long will Phase One last?
honest we do not know
, We will be re-evaluating each week as to what our
next steps are and when to implement them. We will let you know of any changes
to our service as soon as possible.
We are doing our very best to make sure that our members and guests remain safe, and at the same time allow for a time of meaningful worship together. As we have seen, worship takes many forms and by giving HIM our open hands during this season HE will make all things beautiful – at home, when travelling, and when you can gather at the building!