Outdoor Service & Phase 1 Reopening Policy

Mark your calendar and dust off your lawn chairs! We are hosting an outdoor service next Sunday, May 24, at Grace Baptist Church at 10am! We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines in agreement with the Virginia State Phase 1 Policy, including everyone to maintain a six feet distance. All are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. If you do not own a face mask and would like one, a face mask will be provided. Please join us for worship on the lawn, and bring lawn chairs or a blanket for your family.
 
Click the button below to download our guidelines for next Sunday’s Outdoor Service.
 

COVID-19 Update From Tuesday, May 5, 2020

They say that April showers bring May flowers, so here in Patrick County we should be in for an incredibly beautiful display! If our roses are any indicator, this is definitely going to be a beautiful Spring; and the only thing that could make it more beautiful is seeing all of your faces and being able to worship again together.

Well, it looks like those hopes are also beginning to bloom.

Your Leadership Team has been prayerfully considering our future return to in-person worship and I wanted to let you know that as the government begins to relax its mitigation legislation, we will be ready! Although we are not prepared to release any final details and dates until we get more information, we can tell you that our return will be biblically-based, safety-focused, and phased-in.

Although this virus has kept us from meeting together, it hasn’t stopped us from following our Risen Lord. The Word of God, the Bible, will continue to be our final arbiter in determining how we return to in- person worship services. We will

continue to prayerfully adhere to God’s truths, like those from Hebrews 10 and Romans 13: “25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:25) and “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Rom. 13:1).

We have always strived at GBC to provide a safe place to worship the Risen Lord, with dedicated Cleaning Teams and a policy of continuous disinfection of children’s ministry areas and toys. But now that we are planning our return to in-person worship services, we may have to implement new standards and precautions, such as face masks, additional hand-sanitizing stations, outside services (weather permitting), family seating, and limited health screenings.

And although we want to just get this quarantine behind us and get back to “normal,” we will have to phase-in our return to in-person worship services. In an attempt to reduce confusion, we will most likely follow a 3 Phase return that will reflect the one suggested by our government officials. We aren’t completely sure yet what each phase will look like, but they will probably each last at least three weeks and involve measures to limit the spread of the virus and to protect those most vulnerable in our fellowship and our community.

Beloved, I can’t wait to see you all again face to face and worship our Risen Lord together. Until then, continue to take advantage of our Online, Zoom, and DVD worship opportunities and let the Lord thrive in your hearts and in your ministry to your families, your fellowship, and your community…for His Glory & Our Good!!!

 

We will let you know of any important updates and announcements through our e-mails and social media feeds.

Live-Streaming at GBC

As GBC services and activities are suspended during this season of Coronavirus Prevention Quarantine, be sure to join us for Sunday Morning Service at 11am and Afternoon Devotionals at 2pm on Tuesdays-Fridays. If you have any questions, please contact our church secretary at (276) 229-2486.
 
 
You can also access our live videos after they have finished airing.
If you have any questions, please call or text our church secretary, Casey Elkins, at (276) 229-2486.
 
If you take a picture of you and/or your family streaming our Sunday Worship Service, and post it to social media, be sure to use the hashtag, #GBCTOGETHER2020 so that we can put the pictures together for a project! 
 
Choose from one of the links below to tune in to our GBC Service Videos:

We want to help provide you some clarity on the Coronavirus issue, as well as to reassure you that the safety and well-being of our church family is our highest priority.

 

Keeping Informed

 

At Grace, we are daily monitoring reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, as well as staying in contact with the medical professionals and doctors that serve on our church’s Safety Team. They are receiving information on a daily basis and sharing the latest information they receive with us. And we want to help you stay informed. Below are links to several excellent articles on the subject.  Please take the time right now to read these as they address common questions you likely have, such as: 

HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

Taking Necessary Precautions

Every year during cold/flu season, our Church Cleaning Teams take extra care in sanitizing our building, including bathrooms, classrooms, and gathering spaces. This involves sterilizing toys/games in our nursery, wiping down doorknobs, providing hand sanitizer, and more.  Our goal is to always help stop the spread of any potential sickness.  That’s why, for instance, we have policies in place in our Children’s Ministry advising parents to please keep sick children home who may have a runny nose and fever.  

Responding to the virus  means taking several small practical steps like washing our hands often, covering our nose and mouth when we sneeze or cough, and staying home from school and work if sick. And please, if you do become sick, contact your doctor. These are all common-sense things, but important things, nonetheless, that we need to be reminded about.
 

 

Trusting Our Sovereign God

As always, we are confident in God’s sovereign control and care over all things. As children of God, what would our heavenly Father have us do? While we must remain on alert, we must not give ourselves to undue worry, anxiety and fear. Rather than worrying and being anxious, Jesus calls us to respond with prayer and faith in Him (Matt. 6:33-34Phil. 4:6). God has called us to face life’s troubles and threats (even viruses!) with faith and courage, leaning our weight on Him. That also means we will trust Him to guide us in our gathering of facts and the wise dissemination of information as we deal with this situation. 

 
 

Demonstrating Faith to a Watching World

As you watch the world react to this crisis, don’t neglect to share the faith, hope and confidence you have in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15).  Share how He rescued you from the universal epidemic of sin and eternal death. Truly, we have nothing ultimately to fear.  

Finally, press on, brothers and sisters. Pray for the sick. Walk in God’s strength. Use your health to serve, not to hide.  And rest assured as the situation develops, we will continue to monitor it and keep you informed.