Updated May 7, 2021
Dear Grace community,
We are excited to share that we will resume weekly in-person worship beginning June 6. For the time being, our worship will be outdoors in the north parking lot, with advance registration required. Details will follow in the e-news or you can contact the church office. Worship will continue to be live-streamed so that those who are not able to attend in person may still worship with us.
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. And as we begin to re-gather in person, we are grateful for effective vaccines and downward case trajectories in our area that make outdoor worship and groups safer. In addition to worship, small groups such as youth and the "Heart to Heart" widows group have begun to meet in person outdoors. Some of our mission, education, worship, and fellowship groups are beginning to make plans as well.
Meanwhile, 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 are in "Outdoor Expanded" phase, which allows outdoor worship and outdoor small groups of 25 or fewer.
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 75, 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