Check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information about Grace Church's worship schedule, Formation offerings, and what we're doing to make our gatherings as safe as they can be.
Upcoming worship plan: Walden School at 9:30am
Click HERE for a description and physical layout of our Sunday morning programming.
Though we have resumed public worship, we will also continue to stream the service live; click HERE to view the stream, and to view or download this week's bulletin. For details, see below.
Visit the Formation pages for up-to-date information about other programming.
In response to the on-going COVID-19 global pandemic, there will be some changes to our normal Sunday morning, outlined here. Please make sure that all members of your household are aware of these procedures before joining us at Walden School. We will be fully compliant with Kentucky's "Healthy at Work" guidelines for places of worship (in our service) and for childcare programs (in our nursery).
As you enter the school, down the hallway to the left, there will be hand sanitizer and tissues available to everyone. We will sit together in family groups, spread throughout Tucker Assembly Hall to maintain the recommended six-foot distance between families. When you enter Tucker Hall, you will find chairs spread out, as well as in groupings of 3 or 4, with a rack of extra chairs along the wall. Take a group for your family, adding chairs as needed.
To prevent the unnecessary spread of germs, everyone will be asked to wear a mask during the time they are inside the building. If you have been advised by a doctor not to wear a mask, and are not at elevated risk for COVID-19, you do not need to wear one. The restrooms will be reserved to one person at a time, and we will ask parishioners to wipe toilet handles, sink handles, and door handles with provided disinfectant wipes after they use the restroom.
We do have congregational singing in our Sunday worship service. We are called to sing God's praises (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16) and are happy that there is a way to be faithful to God's call and to be safe in doing so. Nothing occasions a song like Christ's saving death for us sinners! If you would like to sing, please do so wearing a mask.
We will make space for people who want to come to worship in person but who aren't yet ready to be in close proximity to singing worshipers. To accomplish this, we will set aside a section of seats near the front of the sanctuary. These chairs will be angled toward the front and will not have any other seats pointed toward them. In other words, no singing will be in their direction. Of course, seats at the back of the sanctuary space are also available and will have the same benefit. Please ask an usher for help in locating seats that work for your family.
While we are together, we will avoid touching. There will be no coffee hour, no physical passing of the peace, and no passing of the offering plate. Let a warm word and a nod be the way you greet your brother or sister in Christ. We will have an offering plate into which you can drop your offering. You can also give online or by mail.
There will also be changes to the way in which we celebrate Holy Communion. The celebrant will distribute the bread as normal, but will do so masked and in gloves. Wafers will have been taken, untouched, directly from a sealed container. There will be no chalice bearers to distribute wine. Instead, disposable individual cups of wine will be available on a pre-set table.
The congregation will come forward in family groups, maintaining the recommended social distance. As you come forward to receive, please extend one open hand, so that the wafer can be placed in your palm with a minimum of contact. After receiving the bread, proceed to the table set with the wine. Take a cup, consume the wine and immediately dispose of the cup before returning to your seat. If you would prefer not to receive by this method, please feel free to abstain, and to contact Pastor Nick to make an appointment to receive communion during the week.
We’re doing some extra things in our nursery, too. Our nursery workers will wear masks and gloves and be temperature-checked each week. Children will also be temperature-checked, with a contact-less thermometer (the state’s guidelines recommend that children aged five and under not wear masks). Our nursery is divided into two rooms, and there is no overlap between the groups. Both rooms will be occupied by fewer than ten people. When standing in line to drop off or pick up your children, please stand six feet apart from other families.
The CDC—as well as the state of Kentucky and the ACNA—continues to encourage sick and high-risk members to stay home. Likewise, if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick, please stay home. We will stream the service live on our website and on our Facebook page. We are excited to see those of you who cannot be with us in person on those platforms.
Remember that we worship a mighty and redeeming God. "In this world," cautioned Jesus, "you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Indeed he has! We will continue to worship Jesus, that redeemer who has overcome the world, whether it's in Morning Prayer or Holy Communion, with or without a mask, with or without singing, and in-person or online. His name will be praised, and his Good News will be proclaimed. We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday, wherever you are.