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Updated Friday, August 6:
Grace office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Ministry teams and committees are permitted to meet at church. Please call the church office (218-568-5755) to reserve meeting space ahead of time. Masks are required in accordance with MN Executive Order 20-81.
 
We have a three-month phased plan for returning to in-person worship (at 50% capacity) and live streaming services. This phasing will allow the worship tech team to have a dedicated volunteer or staff member to support the audio and visual needs of recording and live streaming worship. These plans are all contingent on state, county, and conference guidelines.
 
Phased Plan Details:
  • August – We will continue to prerecord worship to view online. Pastor Jen is restarting the Tuesday Morning Bible Study for those who want to meet in a small group. Also, for those who do not have access to internet that allows for at home online worship, the service will be available to watch at church. Please let us know if you would like to view the service at Grace to allow us to schedule the best date and time for viewing.
  • September – We will continue to prerecord worship to view online. In addition, we will have a Sunday morning worship experience that is a hybrid of the “Just Push Play” viewing we held in July. Pastor Jen will welcome folks to church, in addition she will pray and preach live. The music during those Sunday mornings will be prerecorded and played via the screens. Worship will also continue to be available online to watch from your homes.
  • October – We hope to be able to change from prerecording worship to live streaming Sunday morning services starting in October. We will open up worship at 50% capacity (approx. 30-40 in the sanctuary and overflow seating in the narthex). The service will be live streamed while people are in the building attending worship. People can also choose to still watch from home.
 
Click on these links for information about the guidance and recommendations we are receiving:
Details about Grace‚Äôs plan (updated 8/6/20): 
  • Grace Office: As of Tuesday, May 19 the church office has returned to the business hours of Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. to noon. To protect the church community and staff, we ask that those who visit refrain from entering Ann Hutchings office unless necessary. Masks are required when visiting the church. 
  • Meetings: The church building is open for ministry teams and committees to meet. In order to use the building for a meeting we ask that you do the following: Call the church office (218-568-5755) and reserve your meeting time and room. This will allow for us to safely monitor how many folks are in the building at one time and which spaces need extra cleaning. Spray tables and chairs after your group has meet. There will be spray bottles, paper towel, and sanitizer placed throughout the building. 
  • Activities & Events: We are in the process of planning for small groups and other opportunities that allow for fellowship and faith formation to occur within the Grace community. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Online Worship: Sunday morning worship will continue to be available online. See above for our three month phasing plan. 
  • Reaching Out: Please continue to check in with each other and inform Grace staff of any needs; supplies, prayers, or otherwise. 
  • What Happens Next: As government and UMC conference recommendations evolve, staff and leaders will continue to communicate as reevaluate our plan and procedure. 
As a community we are called to love our neighbor. Although the need for social distancing makes checking on each other a bit more difficult, we believe we can creatively share God’s love and provide support for one another. Use this form to sign up to help and/or to let Grace know how we can provide assistance.