COVID-19 Updates

Updated July 26, 2020

Dear Grace community,

We continue to long for the day we will all be together in body once again. Until that time, we rejoice in the ways we have been united in spirit, the ways we've seen love and hope embodied by one another, and the continued prayers and concern not only for our selves but for those who are suffering most in our community and in our world.

And in the meantime, we have been planning for what return to physical gathering will look like. At its May meeting, the Session commissioned a Covid-19 Safety Task Team to create a plan for re-gathering. At its July meeting, the Session received with gratitude and affirmation the report of that task team and approved it as a guiding document for continued decisionmaking. You can view that guiding document by clicking here:

GRACE COVID-19 RE-GATHERING PLAN.

You'll find a summary of the phases of re-gathering below; at this time we remain in Safer at Home phase due to recent uptick in cases in our local area.

OPERATING STATUS Safer at Home- All Virtual  Limited Outdoor Gathering Limited Indoor Gathering Expanded Indoor Gathering
Criteria Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County are increasing or have been decreasing for fewer than four consecutive weeks, infection rate is above 0.9 and/or there is a 7-day average of greater than 200 new cases per day in Northern Virginia. Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County have been decreasing for four or more consecutive weeks, infection rate is below 0.9 and/or there is a 7-day average of fewer than 200 new cases per day in Northern Virginia. Documented new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax County have been decreasing for six or more consecutive weeks, infection rate is below 0.75, and/or there is a 7-day average of fewer than 100 new cases per day in Northern Virginia. An effective Covid-19 treatment and/or vaccine are publicly available and/or there is a 7-day average of fewer than 50 new cases per day in Northern Virginia. This phase lasts until federal/state/ local public health officials deem the threat is over.

We continue to pray for you all. And we invite you to contact us anytime, in the church office or by email for ways this community can support you or answer your questions and concerns.

Blessings,

Pastor Ben and Pastor Katie