Your Safety is Our Priority

In this unique season, we are continuing to monitor what’s happening in our area and make the best decisions that we can for our church and community. Safety is an important priority for us, and we are committed to continually evaluating best practices as new information becomes available.

As of right now, we are continuing with onsite and online gatherings, with  safety measures in place.

We have learned a great deal as a nation and as a church on how to safely gather over the last several months. As it relates to our onsite gatherings, we have a large auditorium and even with social distancing measures and other precautions, we are not close to capacity. We also have not been made aware of any spread of Covid-19 at our facility, and so for now, we are continuing to gather with strict safety measures in place. We’re thankful for the commitment of those who participate onsite to precautions like wearing masks and distancing so that we can continue to gather safely.

There may not be a more important time than right now for us to be pursuing that direction by God’s grace!

-Matt Murphy

Lead Pastor

For any questions related to how we are keeping safety a priority, email us at askanything@gfcnow.com.

Here are some of the things we are doing every Sunday to help provide safe environments at GFC.

*Online services will continue to be offered at gfcnow.com/live

  • GFC’s expectation is that everyone will wear a mask at all times while in the building.*
  • Masks will be available at all entrances.
  • All services will be a touchless experience with all doors propped open
  • All high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized during and between services.
  • At this time, all services will be family gatherings. 
  • At this time, The Cafe´ and The Source will be closed.
  • We will not have “meet and greet” times during the services.
  • For now, we will suspend communion times; however, we are considering alternatives for the future.
  • Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building.
  • Seating will be available in the Main Auditorium and the Student Center.
  • Seating will be distanced in a way to provide family group social distancing of six feet.
  • No water fountains will be available.
  • All seat pouch materials, papers, and pens will be removed.
  • Candles on stage will be removed.
  • Bulletins will be digital and accessible through the GFC App. Search “gfcnow” in your App Store to download prior to services.
  • The HVAC air filtration system will be enhanced in all auditoriums.

* Face coverings have proven effective for decades in limiting the spread of airborne illnesses and have also been effective in limiting the risks of contracting COVID-19. Wearing a mask is a simple way we can demonstrate care and compassion for others.

Entrances and Common Areas:

  • Everyone is asked to wear masks at GFC while in the building
  • Prop open entrance doors to the building as well as entrances to bathrooms to keep people from having to touch door handles
  • Disinfect railings, doorknobs, handles, and high use countertops before the first service, during the first service, during the second service, and after the second service
  • Disinfect bathroom faucets, toilet handles, and countertops before the first service, during the first service, during the second service, and after the second service
  • Eliminate self-service coffee stations; café volunteers who serve coffee wear gloves
  • Remove iPads from Lobby and replace with individual cards
  • Disinfect GFC wheelchairs before and after each use

Worship Service & Auditorium:

  • Eliminate “meet and greet” portion of worship service for the time being
  • Postpone communion and re-evaluate most healthy and wise way to do it

Children’s Ministry Areas:

  • Disinfect family check-in stations and equipment before and after each service
  • Open all doors during child drop off and pick up to avoid having to touch door handles
  • Disinfect door handles, toilet handles, soap dispensers, faucets, sinks, light switches, changing stations, water fountains, and toys before and after each service

Staff and Volunteer Communication:

  • Asking staff and volunteers to refrain from coming to GFC if sick
  • Asking staff and volunteers to operate in a “non-contact” mode with other people

The service is available live at both 9:15 and 11am at gfcnow.com/live, GFC’s Facebook page, and GFC’s YouTube Channel.

By live streaming a portion of the service, are we implying that it is unsafe to attend GFC?

No. Right now, we are continuing to be vigilant about providing safe in-person environments where people can experience God’s grace. But, we do recognize there are people in our church and community, particularly those with health challenges, who already do feel some measure of concern about attending in-person. This is to meet them where they are and provide an opportunity for them to experience God’s grace through the truth of His Word.

Like most churches, the majority of GFC’s giving is received through checks and cash dropped off at our building, in secure offering boxes. For those of you who call GFC home, we ask you to consider giving to the ministry of Grace Fellowship online – click here to learn more.

You are also welcome to mail your checks to Grace Fellowship Church on 2314 South Greenwood Drive. Johnson City, TN 37604.

It’s hard to understand what’s happening in our world without understanding the bigger story in which we find ourselves. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it. And all that God made was good. God created human beings to live in relationship with Him and each other, bearing His image and ruling together with Him on the earth.

Humans chose to act in mistrust and disobedience and sinned against God. This act introduced brokenness and death into the world. This brokenness was pervasive, impacting the created order (resulting in things like earthquakes and disease) as well as relationships (resulting in things like manipulation, loneliness, abuse and contempt). This also resulted in distance from God (resulting in things like guilt and shame). The worst part about this brokenness is that it was unable to remedied. Nothing humans did could ever make things right.

And then God took on flesh and stepped into human history in the form of Jesus Christ. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. The decisive act of Jesus’ life was when He died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead. In so doing, He paid the penalty of our sin and conquered death, enabling us to be forgiven and reconciled to God forever. We experience this by trusting in Jesus.

While we can experience new life through faith in Christ, we still live in a broken world, where realities like disease and death abound. We anticipate the day when Jesus will return and make all things new. While we wait, we join God in what He’s doing – building a community to reach a community, through helping broken and vulnerable people find life in Him.

Have additional comments/questions? We would love to hear from you and help in any way we can!

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