Review this page for the latest impacts on worship & all Grace UMC activities: Until further notice, we’ll have one in-person Sunday service at 11 AM in the Sanctuary with masks required and social distancing. We’ll also have an online option at 11 AM. Here’s a video to help you get ready and review the guidelines listed below.
How to Watch Sunday Worship, Video Devotionals & Sunday School
A pre-recorded service that includes the same message as live worship will be posted on the church Facebook page each Sunday at 11 AM. You can also WATCH SUNDAY WORSHIP on the Grace Sermons webpage. View weekly video devotionals and Sunday School lessons on Facebook plus on our video archives web page.
The Latest on the Planning Process for Reopening & In-Person Worship
Starting Sunday, June 21, Grace is offering an in-person worship service at 11 AM. Friends, we need your prayers, your patience, and your cooperation as we move forward. The survey we sent out indicated that less than half of those surveyed plan to return to in-person worship this summer. 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 will also be 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 June 26 as Florida’s numbers of positive COVID cases began an exponential rise. Read the latest June 26 Conference Update, which recommends we all continue to follow safety protocols if there is 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, the conference FAQ and the other conference materials in the list below.
Worship Resumption Guidance from The Florida Conference of the UMC
Click the view the June 26 Update from Bishop Ken Carter & the Conference
Click to view May 27 statement from Bishop Ken Carter & the Conference
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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.
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. Because of the closure, preschool registration for the 2020-21 school year was delayed, and will now take place for new families on June 29 starting at 9 AM. Current families have a spot reserved — but do need to let Ms. Patti know that they plan to return. The preschool plans to reopen with revised guidelines. There will be 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 use your time at home to connect with family and friends by phone and social media. We can avoid Isolation and loneliness by reaching out. And as always, pray and find comfort in God’s love.