Last Updated: Tuesday 30th June 2020.
Last week the Northern Ireland Executive announced that Places of Worship could reopen again for public worship services from Monday 29th June, effectively Sunday 5th July.
We have been talking to other church leaders including CCI and Owen Crane from CFC Belfast and I attended a zoom meeting last Thursday hosted by the Evangelical Alliance NI, attended by 70 ministers and pastors, where Peter Lynas and David Smyth briefed us on the content and guidance from the NI Executive.
These discussions have been helpful to understand best practice and the right way forward.
So here’s a few points to help you understand our current thinking with regards to holding corporate worship services again:
1. While we can now open our buildings, the guidelines still remain in place regarding:
- Social distancing – still recommended at 2m
- Capacity – how many people?
- Face masks
- Toilets, cleaning, sanitation etc
- Children, Youth, Vulnerable people
- Movement within the building i.e. one way system
- Time in the building – number of services
The care and safety of our church family and any visitors is of paramount importance as we consider meeting again.
To this end, the Pastors, Lead Team and Directors have already started to look at how we can start to bring people back to worship together and risk assessments are currently being drawn up.
2. At this point we are not going to rush back, but we believe the wise approach at this time is to do a phased return as follows:
- Continue with online Sunday services throughout July
- We have started a conversation about initially gathering in August and then picking it up in September.
- All moves are dependant on Government guidelines and the evolving situation
- We value your thoughts, and therefore we will be sending out a survey in the next week to help us gauge opinion and move forward.
- We will keep you updated as things progress.
3. Finally, the virus may have closed our doors but the church is very much alive and well and extending it’s reach in this season.
We are very much looking forward to when we can all physically meet again soon. But in the meantime, let’s keep our hearts right before God, seek His presence and have an expectation that God will continue to move in and through us in these days. And let’s continue to look out for, and love each other, as we love and honour God.
Please continue to pray for the Pastors, Lead Team and Directors, that God will give them wisdom to make right decisions in this season.
If anyone has any questions, please contact any of us or email email@example.com
May we all continue to walk in the favour, blessing and protection of our God.
Paul & Helen Cupples – Lead Pastors
Information last updated:
10:00 on Wednesday 18th March 2020.
The Pastors and Leadership of Grace Generation have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and following advice from the UK Government and the Public Health Agency. Our primary concern in this moment is the safety of everyone who calls Grace Generation home.
Please watch the video below from Lead Pastors Paul & Helen were they explain how we will proceed and continue to flourish in this unusual season. Below the video, you will find a summary of points concerning services, events and how to get regular updates updates throughout this time.
You’ll appreciate the situation and advice is changing all the time and therefore our plans may alter as the weeks advance. For now, however, the following points outline how we are going to move forward at this time..
- ALL events and activities have ceased until the Government guidlines changes.
- We are working hard to create online content for our adults, youth, and kids.
- Our Sunday Services will be moving online, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
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