THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU
On Sunday, July 5, we look forward to welcoming you back onto the Granger Campus of Gospel City Church for our first in-person gatherings in the brand-new worship center!
This will be a glorious celebration, as we not only are thankful for the completion of the new worship center but also the ability to gather together and see each other’s faces.
Join us as we lift Jesus’ name high in worship as the body of Christ gathered together again. Invite others to join you!
RESUMING IN-PERSON GATHERINGS
ALL children will be seated with the adults in the worship center, and need to remain with you at all times. We understand this will feel (and sound) different than usual. There is much grace during this period. If you feel uncomfortable bringing your children or feel they will have difficulty managing, it is okay to worship with us online from home. We hope to resume our in-person Gospel City Kids ministry in the very near future and will share details with you as decisions are made. (READ PARENT UPDATE)
For several weeks, our seating will be spaced comfortably to better allow for physical distancing. Please arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to get you and your family seated.
Face coverings are recommended (per local guidelines). Please be respectful of each other, as we all have different needs. (Our hosts—ushers, greeters, and staff—will be wearing a face covering while mingling, out of love for those who could be at risk)
We will not be passing offering bags. There will be giving boxes available at the entrances of the worship center where you can deposit checks or cash. The most convenient and widely-used method for giving is through automated giving (online, or through your bank). As always, you can continue to give online or via text, as well as by mailing a check to the church office.
We will not be passing the connection register. We will continue to provide our digital connection register at mygospelcity.org/sunday for you to communicate your attendance and share your prayer requests.
There will be several safety protocols in place, such as the availability of multiple hand sanitizer stations and the sanitization of high-traffic and high-touch areas between services. We will not hand out materials (ie. bulletins), pass offering bags and registers, nor shake hands.
ONLINE WORSHIP AVAILABLE
There are many who still may choose to participate in worship with us from home for a time. We will continue to provide the same high-quality and high-impact worship through our streaming services (YouTube / Facebook). Let’s continue to be missional and invite your friends to worship online.
Whether gathering with us in-room or online, both services (9am + 11am) will be LIVE to provide a unified experience.
PLEASE STAY HOME IF…
YOU ARE SICK – If you or another member of your household are sick, or think you might be sick, please help protect others by staying home. If we notice you’re sick, we will kindly ask you to leave for the safety and health of others attending the services.
YOU ARE AT RISK – COVID-19 has been particularly harmful to those who have certain pre-existing medical conditions. If you are in a specific category of risk that makes you susceptible, we encourage you to continue to participate in worship with us online until restrictions are further lifted. Ultimately the decision is yours, but we’d rather you not risk it.
YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE – It’s okay if you’re not yet ready to attend services in person. We will continue to stream our gatherings online just like we always have. We would rather you be home and happy than here and miserable.
Is construction finished?
No, but we are close! Our amazing new worship center is ready for occupation. But you will still be entering a construction zone as you notice the continued renovation of our former worship center and other ministry space coming soon. These areas will be clearly marked and off-limits to traffic for safety.
When will children’s classrooms be open again?
There are several factors delaying the re-opening of our kid’s wing. Several rooms are under renovation to allow for more children, and those won’t be completed for a few more weeks. Scheduling and re-training volunteers is also necessary, as we will have new rooms, layouts and programs in place. We are also monitoring what the schools are planning for the fall and taking that into consideration. As of right now, we do not plan to open the kid’s wing until mid-August at the earliest. Stay tuned for details.
What about physical distancing?
To the best of our ability, we are providing those who wish to distance themselves the opportunity to do so. Greeters will wear face coverings and hold the doors open for you. Rows of chairs will be spaced further than normal, and ushers will not seat you directly next to others outside of your household. We now have increased space for fellowshipping in the lobby with each other.
What if I need more time before I return?
Please know that we fully understand you! We want you to return when you feel comfortable and when it is safe for you. We encourage you to gather with us online, and to stay connected to the body through small groups.
How will I know where to park/go with all of the campus and facility changes?
As always, we will have plenty of hosts in place to welcome you and direct you both inside and outside. Simply follow their guidance as we seek to establish new traffic patterns. There are 2 primary entrances on Hickory Road, and there are 2 large entry vestibules on the facility. Please note: the kids entrance will be closed.
Will there be a “grand opening” of the new worship center?
We have much to celebrate! The goodness of God on our behalf deserves an appropriate response of thanksgiving and praise. But the unprecedented season we are living in has caused us to realize that the “grand opening” of our new worship center will be more of a process than an event. At the launch of our new ministry year (September), we hope to celebrate with a more official dedication of the new facility. Stay tuned for details.