Grace Church Responds to COVID-19

This contains detailed plans for keeping our locations safe and how you can help.

March 12, 2020

Visit our Canceled Events page to see any Grace Church events that are canceled or rescheduled to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

 

March 13, 2020 Update: Grace Church Ministry Programming Moved to Online Only

As we alluded to in our communication yesterday, the spread of COVID-19 has impacted our cities, nation, and world in significant ways. Closer to home, it’s impacted you and me, and it’s impacting Grace Church.

Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, declared a “peacetime emergency” today in order to heighten the state’s readiness to respond to COVID-19. As a result, it is recommended that all gatherings over 250 people be limited.

With that in mind, we have decided to have an online-only service for the foreseeable future, beginning this Sunday, March 15. Both our Eden Prairie and Chaska locations will be closed to the public, but we welcome and encourage all to participate in worship and teaching by watching on any of the following platforms at 9a and 10:40a:

If you’re not able to stream the service online, each Sunday’s message is available to watch or listen to at grace.church/messages or in the Grace Church app.

In addition to Sunday’s services, all ministry programming for the coming week that involves large groups has been canceled. Please visit www.grace.church and this page regularly for all updates related to this pandemic.

We continually ask that you would be faithful in prayer for those impacted, our government officials, medical professionals, and the global church. Please also share this with anyone you know that calls Grace Church home.

Remember God’s Word promises that He will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on Him. So, keep your eyes on Jesus and your hope in Christ alone. 

In Christ,

Pastor Troy


March 12, 2020

Dear Grace family,

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, I want to update you on the measures being taken at Grace to provide a safe worship experience. The information below contains detailed plans for keeping our locations safe and how you can help.

We are not recommending the cancellation of public events or Sunday church gatherings. Grace will remain open and continue to have services on Sundays along with midweek programming.

Here is how we are committed to keeping our facilities clean:

  1. In addition to our cleaning schedule, we are doubling down by sanitizing surfaces in high-traffic areas such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, stairwell handles, check-in stations, and sinks multiple times each day.
  2. Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. In addition, our coffee crew will wear gloves when they serve coffee and our greeters will open doors for guests.
  3. We will provide additional hand sanitizer stations around campus for everyone to use.
  4. Giving stations will be available in our worship venues so that you don’t need to pass the buckets down the row. Remember, you can also give online.

During this time, we are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways:

  1. Stay at home when you or a family member are sick.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  3. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.
  4. Get in the habit of NOT touching your face.
  5. Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave or a friendly smile.
  6. If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved, and take any necessary precautions here at Grace.

Grace Online:

If you or a family member are sick or need to stay home during this time, you are invited to watch Sunday services online. You can watch at grace.live, in the Grace Church app, and on YouTube or Facebook at 9a and 10:40a.

For Families With Kids:

In addition to keeping our locations clean, we will continue to take extra care of our kids’ spaces. Toys and rooms will be sanitized before and after every service. Volunteers will wash their hands with soap and water before and after they serve, diaper, wipe noses, or give snacks. There is also hand sanitizer available for each child as they enter and exit their room.

Ways You Can Help:

  1. Pray – Pray for those impacted by the virus, government officials, medical professionals, and the global church. Pray for the suffering that exists all over the world — especially third world countries.
  2. Trust – Trust that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  3. Share – We believe God can transform lives in all seasons, so if presented with an opportunity to introduce someone to faith in Christ, lovingly and appropriately share the Gospel.
  4. Serve – There are numerous opportunities to serve others during this time inside the walls of Grace Church and all across the Twin Cities.

While we cannot control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our facilities as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. For any future updates related to COVID-19 and Grace Church, please check back here. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.

In Christ,

Pastor Troy