FIVE WAYS TO WORSHIP

Starting Sunday, May 31st, we are planning to offer five ways you can join us in worship at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church on Sunday mornings.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Two in-person worship services will be offered in the Worship Center--the first at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m. The second service will be simulcast to the HUB auditorium for a third in-person service.  The two services in the Worship Center will be live-streamed on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WLGBC).  Here are the five ways to join in worship: 

Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

  1. In-person Worship Service in the Worship Center.
  2. Livestream on Facebook--watch at home.

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.*

  1. In-person Worship Service in the Worship Center.
  2. Livestream on Facebook--watch at home.
  3. Service will be uploaded on the church website early afternoon.

*Please note:  This will be our basic service schedule until the end of July.  However, this is a fluid situation, so times and locations might change.  We will do our best to keep you informed as they do.

SIGN-UP

Seating in the live services will be limited because of state restrictions on the number of people who can gather and because we will practice social distancing.  Therefore, in order to attend a service, you will need to sign up online in advance.  The online sign-up for seating in a Sunday service will open at 6:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the service.  A link to the sign-up will be sent out in the Wednesday all-church email update (or you can go to the church website).     

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FACE COVERINGS

As part of his “Back on Track” plan, the Governor is recommending that Hoosiers: a) wear face coverings in public, and b) remain six feet apart from those not in their household. For that reason, we will be doing our best to follow social distancing guidelines in the services.  That means…

 

  • The use of face masks is recommended through the end of stage three (June 14th) and encouraged until at least July 4.  The exception is children under the age of two, who should NOT wear face masks.  Masks are available at the church building.
  • Seating will be arranged with appropriate separation between groupings.
  • No food or drink will be served.
  • No bulletin, friend register, or offering plate will be passed (online giving is encouraged and there will be locations to drop off offerings at the church building).
  • We ask that group conversations take place outside in the parking lot.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES?

People of all ages are welcome to attend the live worship services.  However, please take note of the following, as it may impact your decision:

  • There will be no nursery, early childhood care, children’s church, or AWANA Sunday School in May and June.  Children who attend must always stay with their parents.     
  • There will be no Sunday School for youth during May and June.
  • The State of Indiana recommends that people over 65 should “limit exposure” to COVID-19. 
  • We strongly encourage anyone of any age who is susceptible or vulnerable or who has experienced symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, etc.) within the past two weeks to join us in worship from home.  The live services will be livestreamed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WLGBC).  

For these reasons, the best option for many individuals and families will continue to be watching the service online at home.  No one should feel bad about that.

CLEANING

A cleaning team will wipe down door handles and hard surfaces in the Worship Center between services.

BATHROOMS

Bathrooms will be available.  Make sure that children are accompanied by a parent and that social distancing guidelines are followed (i.e. don’t over-crowd the facility).

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

All of this is new for all of us.  There are almost as many opinions on how to reopen as there are people.  So, we will choose to pursue unity in Christ and not let differences of opinion about how to respond to the COVID-19 virus divide us.  Individuals and families will abide by various timetables, choose different approaches to reengaging publicly, and tolerate varying levels of risk. Let’s not make judgments about that.

No matter which of the five ways to worship you choose, we want to join our hearts in adoration for the One who has conquered sin and death.  He is our hope.  And that cannot be taken away!