Updated Worship Guidelines for the COVID-19 Pandemic

We meet for in-person worship services each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary.

If you are not feeling well or are simply not ready yet to be with groups of people, we encourage you to stay home for now. We will continue to record the worship service. The recording will be made available from our Worship page as soon as possible following the conclusion of the service.

If you do plan to join us for in-person worship on Sunday, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Arrival
When you arrive, you will enter through the Main Entrance (handicap ramp). This is the only entrance that will be open. You will be met by a greeter who can answer any questions you might have.

Entering the Sanctuary
When you enter the sanctuary, please pick up a worship bulletin at the rear doors. In order to maintain distancing, seating will only be made available in every other pew.

Love Your Neighbor, Please Wear a Mask!
We ask that everyone wear a mask when attending in-person worship services at GPC — even those who have received one of the COVID-19 vaccines. We prefer for now to err on the side of caution, especially as the vaccine numbers in our community have not yet reached herd immunity targets and our children are not fully eligible to receive it. Pastor Hancock will be wearing a mask, but will remove it while leading worship from the pulpit.

What to Expect during Worship

  • We will only sing the last verse of hymns, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  • We will pass the peace – verbally – without moving around the sanctuary.
  • We will not pass the plates for the offering, but offering plates will be available at the narthex entrance to the sanctuary, for those who do not contribute online or by mail.
  • Children’s activities have been removed temporarily, so we ask that parents provide activities for your children, as needed.

Leaving the Sanctuary
At the conclusion of worship, you may exit the building via any of the sanctuary exits. However, starting June 6, we will resume our Lemonade on the Lawn social time after worship, so we encourage you to stay for a while and visit with church family and friends on the front lawn, weather permitting.

We are so happy to see so many of our members and friends returning to GPC for in-person worship and other church activities after having received their vaccinations. But we also thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding as we seek the best path for a return to normal at GPC.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Hancock or any member of the church session.