Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

In response to public health directives concering the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace Baptist Church suspended public services from March 18 through May 22, 2020.

We are now in Phase 2 of Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions in North Carolina. Governor Cooper has extended Phase 2 through September 11. In this phase, we are gradually and carefully resuming our public in-person ministries.

  • We have resumed in-person Sunday worship services at 11 AM and 5 PM
  • We have resumed the in-person mid-week Prayer Meeting Wednesdays at 7 PM
  • We have resumed the 10 AM Sunday School hour
  • Fellowship ministries such as the Men's Ministry and Ladies of Grace will resume in September
  • Teens Alive will resume in September
  • The Senior Saints ministry will resume when it is safe to do so

During Phase 2 we are following, as much as is possible, the applicable “Recommendations to Promote Social Distancing and Reduce Transmission” under Section 3(B) of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order #141 issued on May 20. Here are the precautions that we are implementing:

  1. You are asked to stay home if any of the following apply:
  • If you consider yourself to be a medically high-risk individual
  • If you are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, but also other viral symptoms like diarrhea or vomiting), please stay home; if you are “fever free” because you are taking Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. you are still sick
  • If there is even a chance that you have had contact with an active case of Coronavirus within the past 14 days
  • BJU students are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from when a fellow dorm resident tests positive for COVID-19
  1. As an added precaution, check your temperature before leaving home
  2. The governor's executive order recommends the wearing of face coverings when social distancing is not possible. We are practicing social distancing within our facility. Those who wish to do so may wear a face covering as added protection. Whatever your choice, please be kind and understanding toward those make a choice different than yours
  3. In order to provide for adequate social distancing, we will use our in-house video feed to the Fellowship Hall, Choir Room, and Nursing Mother’s Room so that people can spread out in the facility.
  4. Cohabitating family units may sit closer together to increase space between families
  5. Please be conscious of social distancing while entering and exiting rooms
  6. Avoid physical contact such as handshakes and hugs
  7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  8. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  9. Touch-free hand sanitizer is available in the foyer and above water fountain in the education wing for anyone who needs it
  10. Please move outside for fellowship and social interaction
  11. While using the church restrooms, please observe the following:
  • One person at a time in each restroom.
  • Wash hands according to CDC guidelines (posted on restroom mirrors)
  • Use cleansing wipes on the surfaces you have contacted (available in each restroom)
  1. Offering plates will be placed on the information table at the back of the auditorium instead of being passed in the pews.
  2. The church nursery will reopen on August 16
  3. The church kitchen will reopen for C&C lunches on August 23 (no coffee fellowships yet)
  4. The church water fountain will remain closed during Phase 2. You are encouraged to bring your own bottled water.
  5. We will continue to livestream Sunday services during Phase 2 for those who choose to stay home

LIVESTREAM

We are livestreaming our Sunday Services and our mid-week Prayer Meeting. The livestream is for the benefit of regular attenders who are continuing to stay home due to COVID-19 and those who are unable to attend for other reasons. If you are a regular attender and would like access to the livestream, please email the church office at info@grace-baptist-church.org.

LOVING ONE ANOTHER

Jesus wants us to love one another (John 13:34-35). The church leadership is aware that some will come to church as soon as the doors are open while others will choose to be more cautious and will have good reasons for waiting a while. Let us all endeavor to love and respect those who make a decision different than our own (Rom. 14:13). May the Lord give each one peace in their decision. It is our prayer that, after the danger has passed, each one will feel the overwhelming desire to come into the house of the Lord to worship the King of kings.