Review this page for the latest impacts on worship & other Grace UMC activities.
- Grace continue to offer two morning worship services in the Sanctuary at 8 AM and 11 AM and both will be streamed live on our Facebook page, plus the service will be posted on the website Sermons page.
- We also are holding our gathering for all ages called “The Five” outdoors on the church grounds each Sunday evening at 5 PM.
- When in-person communion is offered, participation is optional. Those who want to participate in communion must wear a mask and will approach the server and hold out one hand to receive their bread dipped in juice, which they should wait to eat until they’ve returned to their seat. (There will only be two servers, wearing masks and gloves).
- Congregational singing returns May 1st, with masks on, so feel free to sing along if you wish.
How to Watch Sunday Worship, Video Devotionals & Sunday School
Worship will be streamed on the church Facebook page each Sunday at 8 AM and at 11 AM unless the service time has been changed as noted on the Events Calendar. 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 with safety protocols in place. 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 are 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. We may have a soloist singing in the sanctuary services and the soloist will maintain a safe distance from the congregation, pursuant to COVID guidelines. As of May 1st, we will allow the return of congregational singing with masks on, so feel free to sing along if you are inspired to do so. Please continue to follow all of the guidelines we’ve put in place:
- Bring your mask to worship and wear it as masks are mandatory inside all Grace buildings. (We will have masks if you need one).
- Wear your mask properly the entire time you are inside, with the mask over both your nose and your mouth. If your nose is uncovered, you are breathing in more particles from the air around you (plus spreading more particles) and putting yourself and others at greater risk. Remember to even wear your mask during congregational singing. Soloists on stage may remove their masks as social distancing is in place.
- 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.
- Please notify the church by calling 321-452-2420 if you test positive for Covid, especially after attending a service or other activity at Grace. We want to assist with any needs you may have, add you to our prayer list and also carefully monitor any potential exposures for others.
- If you have tested positive, we look forward to your return to in-person activities at Grace once you have consulted with your doctor on clearance to return. Current CDC guidelines indicate you can end self-quarantine once you have met these three requirements: You have no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of any fever reducing medicine; Your symptoms have improved; and it has been at least 10 days since your first symptoms started.
Florida Conference Bishop Kenneth Carter has posted frequent updates, including guidance last updated 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. 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 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 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. The next Country Store is Saturday, May 1 from 9 to 11 AM. In addition to the normal donations listed below, we are collected packaged valentines for school are children to give out.
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 wear 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.