SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES:
One Service at 11 AM in the Sanctuary & Available Online Until Further Notice
The Five: Sundays at 5 PM Outdoors at Grace
65 Needle Boulevard
In the Heart of Merritt Island, FL

Review this page for the latest impacts on worship & all Grace UMC activities. Sunday Worship is at 11 AM in the Grace Sanctuary with masks and social distancing required. Sunday morning worship is also available online via our Facebook or on the website Sermons page at 8 AM and 11 AM. Plus The Five has started meeting again on Sundays at 5 PM outside the Fellowship Hall in the stage area, weather permitting. See more below.

How to Watch Sunday Worship, Video Devotionals & Sunday School

A prerecorded service that includes the same message as live worship will be posted on the church Facebook page each Sunday at 8 AM and at 11 AM. You can also WATCH SUNDAY WORSHIP on the Grace Sermons webpage. View weekly video devotionals and Sunday School lessons on Facebook.

The Latest on Grace UMC & In-Person Worship

Since Sunday, June 21, Grace has been offering an in-person worship service at 11 AM, with safety protocols in place and that continues this fall. Friends, we need your prayers, your patience, and your cooperation as we move forward. We will continue to offer online worship each week, and in fact, we recommend that anyone who is in a high-risk category, for any reason, consider staying home for the foreseeable future. The last thing we want is for someone to get Covid-19 because of coming to worship. For those who do attend, masks will be mandatory, and we will offer them at the door for those who did not bring one. But we encourage you to bring a mask with you. Social distancing requirements are in place and there will not be singing in the Sanctuary. Please follow all of the guidelines we’ve put in place:

  • Bring your mask to worship and wear it. (We will have masks if you need one).
  • Wear mask the entire time you are inside.
  • Enter the sanctuary only through the center doors.
  • When exiting, exit as the ushers guide you, leaving space between people.
  • Sit where the ushers instruct you.
  • Some pews will not be used to ensure social distancing.
  • Offering baskets will be available as you enter and exit.
  • Bring extra grace and patience as we work toward a new chapter of life together.
  • Please notify the church if you test positive for Covid after attending a service
  • IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL, PLEASE STAY HOME. You can watch the service online.

Florida Conference Bishop Kenneth Carter has posted frequent updates, including new guidance Sept. 8. Read the latest Conference Update, which recommends we all continue to follow safety protocols during any in-person worship. Grace’s reopening effort is led by Senior Pastor Steve Hart and Associate Pastor Beth Burton and involves the entire church staff plus members of the congregation. Our Pastors are carefully monitoring the local numbers in our area of Brevard and will continue to hold the one Sunday service with social distancing and masks required. We will communicate updates as they are available here, through the emailed Gracevine newsletter, on our Facebook page and in other ways as needed to keep our congregation informed. For more background information, please read the Florida Conference guidelines and the conference FAQ.

View Conference Guidelines Updated May 27 and Looking Past June 16

Read May 27 Conference FAQ related to reopening church buildings

We also suggest reading a blog post by Rev. Alex Shenks from the Florida UMC Conference entitled, “Why Opening a Church is Different.”

Grace Church Office Open Monday – Thursday, Reduced Hours

The Grace UMC church office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Please wear a mask when visiting the office. If any church members wish to meet at the church for prayer, Bible study, etc, we ask that you call and make an appointment reservation.

We ask that church members wear masks when coming for meetings, and we do designate which rooms people use so that there is enough space for social distancing. We are also working on getting a plexiglass-type barrier for the front desk, for the protection of workers and church members and guests.

During hours when the church is not open, we want you to be able to get in touch with Pastor Steve Hart or Pastor Beth Burton to pass on prayer concerns or if you are homebound and need another church member to run an errand, such as picking up and dropping off groceries. Call the church office at 321-452-2420 and follow the prompts and you will be connected with Pastor Steve’s or Pastor Beth’s personal phone. You can also send an email to info.gumc@gmail.com which is being monitored

Food Pantry, Preschool and Other Impacts

The Grace Food Pantry IS OPEN as a drive-up operation each Thursday from 9 AM to noon for residents in need. There are modifications in place to protect the health of all involved. The first Thursday of each month is government food day and the Pantry is open to all Brevard County residents. On all other Thursdays, the pantry is limited to residents of Merritt Island.

The Grace Clothing Closet is typically open each Thursday as well from 9 AM to noon, with one person allowed in to “shop” at at time for 5 minutes each in order to maintain safe social distancing.

Food Pantry Donation Items: Members of the Grace Family: Please use the same 9 AM to noon window each Thursday to drop off non-perishable Food Pantry items including: canned meat, canned vegetables and fruit, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pasta, rice and cereal and shelf-stable milk (the non-refrigerated cartons). You can drop off pet food as well. On Thursday, if you want to drop off a church tithing check, you can do that as well and those can also be mailed and online giving continues uninterrupted.

Quarterly Country Store: Please donate items to support this quarterly event. Please leave the items donated in the Fellowship Hall in the container marked for Country Store.

Laundry detergent, bleach, body wash, deodorant, Dish washing soap, paper products (tissues and paper towels), trash bags, aluminum foil, quart-size plastic bags, Comet, Scrubbing bubbles, toilet cleaner, liquid hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, 409 cleaner, sponges and any other cleaning supplies. We need Cat and dog food.

The Grace Preschool follows Brevard Public School closures and is keeping parents posted here and via the Preschool Group attached to our Grace Facebook page. The preschool reopened in August with revised guidelines. There is no before and after care and no lunch bunch. Teachers will be wearing masks and children ages 3 and up can if you want them to. 2-year-olds are not allowed to wear masks for safety reasons under Dept. of Children and Families and CDC guidelines. Please reach out to Ms. Patti if you have questions.

We encourage you to stay connected with family and friends by phone and social media. We can avoid Isolation and loneliness by reaching out. And as always, find comfort in prayer and God’s love.