Updated Aug 31, 2021
Dear Grace community,
We have been worshipping in person this summer while continuing to livestream, and have rejoiced in the ability to gather safely in person. As we watch the rise of the delta variant and keep in mind the needs of our unvaccinated children and immunocompromised individuals, we will be instituting some more safety protocols. The Session returned us to from our Expanded Indoor to Limited Indoor phase at its Aug 25 meeting. Face masks continue to be required, and we'll be more attentive to physical distancing with marked off pews and modifications to children's sermons and prayer requests.
We are grateful for the way this community has continued to be about the work of God's kingdom since March 2020, never missing a beat despite physical separation. Our mission, education, worship, and fellowship groups have continued to adapt , serve, and connect, both in person and online. We recognize that we have not reached the end of pandemic, and are called to continue caring for vulnerable people among us and ensuring our worship and programming is inclusive to all.
Our full phased covid-19 safety plan, revised by Session in March 2021, is available here:
You'll find a summary of the phases of re-gathering below. At this time, we have returned to "Limited Indoor" phase, which allows indoor worship up to 100 people and indoor small groups of 25 or fewer, with precautions.
Note that virtual options will continue throughout the plan and that any in-person gatherings--outdoor or indoor, in any phase--require masks, physical distancing, and discretion for high-risk groups.
|Phase||Safer at Home||Limited Outdoor||Expanded Outdoor||Limited Indoor||Expanded Indoor|
|Criteria||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are at or above 20/100K, and/or cases in the county are increasing significantly for 2+ weeks.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 20/100K.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 10/100K.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 5/100K, and/or local vaccination rates are at least 50%.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 1-3/100K, and/or local vaccination rates are at least 70%.|
|Summary of allowed activities||All worship and activities are virtual||Outdoor groups up to 15 with precautions||Outdoor worship up to 100, outdoor groups up to 25 with precautions||Indoor worship up to 100, indoor groups up to 25 with precautions||Indoor worship with expanded attendance, indoor groups up to 50 with precautions|
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.
Pastor Ben and Pastor Katie