Grace Church Re-Opening Plans & FAQ's

Return to Church: Plans & Policies

Welcome back! Beginning Sunday, June 28 we will be restarting our in-person Sunday services. We know that many in our church family will not be able to attend at this time due to a number of reasons. We want to be clear that there is no pressure for anyone to attend. We support your decision to delay returning to in-person services until the time that you and those you care for are comfortable returning. We will continue to live stream our Sunday service live via Facebook, YouTube, and our website. If you need help, please email us at help@gracechurchfremont.org. Our team is ready to connect with you and minister to you as part of our online community.

Should you attend a worship service in-person?

If you answer “yes” to any of the following self-evaluation questions, we ask that you participate virtually by watching our live stream for the following two weeks. Those who are 65+ and/or those with serious underlying health conditions are encouraged to continue participating online for this season. In addition, online participation is encouraged for parents with small children as well.

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How to Prepare to Attend

  • The health and well-being of everyone is our top priority.  Masks are required to enter. If you don’t have one, a mask will be provided for you.
  • During this season, there will be no childcare or children’s ministry. Children who attend the service will sit with their parents in the auditorium. Please carefully supervise your children out of respect to others. Families with children who may not be able to sit still during the service are encouraged to join the service online.
  • Seating will be in alternating rows in order to maintain social distancing.
  • The premises are sanitized, and for your added safety our greeters will guide you to your seat in the auditorium to promote minimum contact.
  • The length of the service will be shorter (1 hour).
  • Due to the safety measures being implemented on Sundays, there will be a line to get into the building.  Please plan to arrive early so that you can be seated before the service begins.

A “Touchless” Worship Experience

Our facility is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized on Saturday to provide a safe and healthy environment.

During this season, our worship gatherings will look a little different in order to adhere to government-recommended safety and health care practices. We will provide a “touchless service” in which your own seat is the only thing you have to make physical contact with during your visit. This includes:

  • Greeters will welcome you with a smile and a wave but will not pass out any literature or hugs.
  • We will use only one point of entry and one point of exit into and out of the building and auditorium.
  • Before you enter the building, you will be required to sanitize your hands.  For those who are allergic to hand sanitizers, gloves will be offered as an option.
  • A greeter will ensure that you (and your family -  children 3 and up) have a face covering in place before you enter.
  • Please follow social distancing protocols during your entire stay.
  • Please keep your mask on at all times throughout the service and until you have left the building.
  • We will not be serving any food or drinks at this time.
  • Household units will be seated together in alternating rows.
  • A greeter will guide you to your seats.  We ask that you do not change seats during service.
  • If you are new or have a prayer request or need, fill out our online connection card and/or prayer card on our church website.
  • At the conclusion of the worship service, please wait for a greeter to dismiss your row.
  • We encourage you to fellowship and connect with others outside the building, making sure to keep social distance.

By attending, you understand and agree that:

  • You are in a public setting with other individuals that are not related to you. Although we have taken enhanced health and safety measures, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Your participation is purely voluntary and by visiting Grace Church you assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
  • You are in good health as far as you know and will take the necessary safety measures to look out for the safety and well-being of others.
  • If you are exposed or become aware of an exposure to COVID-19 after you have attended our worship service, for the safety of our entire church family, we encourage you to self-report this to info@gracechurchfremont.org. The names of those who self-report will be kept confidential.

FAQs

How do I self report a COVID-19 exposure?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please see a doctor as soon as possible. If your exposure to COVID-19 is confirmed, please self report via email to the church at info@gracechurchfremont.org. While you await seeing a doctor, we recommend that you to self-quarantine as a precautionary step to help limit exposure of others.

Our facility is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized on Saturday to provide a safe and healthy environment.

What steps are being taken to clean the facility?

The cleaning company we use does a very thorough job of cleaning the facility before Sunday service. When we offer two Sunday services, we will have volunteers that will clean and disinfect all touch points before the next service begins.

What are the basic guidelines for seating?

A greeter will seat you in family units in alternating rows to ensure proper social distancing. After the service ends, please remain seated until a greeter dismisses your row.

Do I need to wear a facemask in order to attend services?

Yes. It is required that everyone wear a face mask in our facility. We will have them available for you and your family if needed.

Do I need to keep social distancing during the service?

All who attend are asked to please abide by social distancing recommendations all through your stay in the Grace Church facility before, during, and after service.

Do I need to wear gloves in order to attend services?

No. Wearing gloves is up to each individual. Hand sanitizer will be required prior to entry and will also be made available on-site.

Will services still be live-streamed online?

Yes. We will continue to live-stream our services on our YouTube channel, Facebook, and our website.

Will children’s ministry and childcare be reopened?

There will not be childcare or children’s ministry as of yet. We plan to resume only when it is clearly safe to do so. In the meantime, children will be seated with their parents during service. If your child has difficulty sitting still, we encourage you to take advantage of our live streamed worship service.

Should I attend services if I am over 65?

For your safety, we recommend that you participate online at this time, especially if you have a serious underlying health condition.

I have underlying health conditions. Can I attend the service?

If you, or a loved one in your home, is considered at-risk due to compromised health or underlying health conditions, please do not attend and continue participating online at this time.

I have a cough. Can I come to the service?

If you have any of the following symptoms that are new/unusual for you: cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing — please stay home, and seek medical attention as needed. We ask that you check your temperature to ensure that it is normal prior to attending. Also, if you have been exposed to anyone with the above conditions, we ask that you stay home and continue to participate online.

Can I use the restroom?

Yes. Please note that restroom doors will be open at all times to provide a touchless entry. A maximum of two people at a time will be allowed in each of the restrooms. If you need to re-enter the auditorium after using the restroom, please exit and walk around the building and re-enter through the entrance.

Can I greet other people during services?

Please refrain from touching (hugs, shaking of hands) anyone that is outside of your household for safety reasons. We have created a “touchless experience” to minimize any risk of infection.

Will there still be communion during services?

Yes. We will safely provide individually sealed elements.