Update on Coronavirus
Last update 3 pm 3/18/2020
HOW CAN WE BE "ISOLATED," BUT "TOGETHER"?
Social distancing, self-quarantine, shelter in place – all of these scary phrases don’t change the reality that Jesus is with His followers every moment of every day. We have a plan to combat isolation – and YOU can play an important role!
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation, and, in response to government recommendations, we are moving our worship and teaching times to our online platforms:
- You can watch church here.
- Resources for Children are here
- Resources for Students are here
- Resources for Collegians are here
As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community. Also, we will continually monitor national, state and local recommendations and will keep you updated.
A SPECIAL WORD FOR OUR SENIOR ADULTS
We know our senior adults want to be at church "every time the doors are open." However, this is not the time to do that. Stay home. Contact the church office if you have any special needs that we can help meet.
IS GABC STILL MEETING THIS SUNDAY?
At this point, we are planning to steam worship/ teaching at 10:30am online-only. (Link to online stream)
IS GABC STILL MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY?
Because of concerns for volunteers, all on-campus events on Wednesday nights are cancelled. Here are some links for:
IS THE CAMPUS OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
Yes. At this time, our offices are open during regular days and hours (closed on Fridays). If small ministry gatherings or other programs, events or activities are canceled, we will share that information as widely as possible.
HOW CAN I BE HELPFUL DURING THIS CRISIS?
How you can help:
- Contact people in your group(s): Sunday School, Bible study, friends, neighbors, co-workers. Call and check on them!
- Volunteer to help others as needs arise: if you find a need, try to meet it safely. If the need is beyond you, report it to the church. People who have a significant ongoing need for help with food should call our Helping Hand ministry at 709-9035.
- Continue to support your church financially. Click here for our online giving portal. You can also mail your tithes and offerings. Our church offices are open Monday-Thursday, 8:30-5.
How We Will Care for the Isolated…
We’ll be asking all of our Sunday School directors and teachers to call or contact every member of their group on a regular basis. If you are part of a Sunday School class or department, you may be asked to help with that. We’re asking our deacons to check in with our widows and make sure their needs are being met. We have several widows in our church who are not currently “adopted” by a deacon, so if you would like to be involved in checking on our widows, please email .
Our Connections team, along with our pastoral staff, will be working to make contact with all of our recent visitors and our attenders who are not in a Bible study.
How We Will Engage Volunteers to Help Meet Needs
This will be an evolving crisis, so it’s difficult to foresee the needs we will experience. However, if you are healthy, available, and able to help, please let us know. Some of our oldest members might need help picking up groceries, or medications, or need other small errands run. If there is a widespread disease outbreak in the River Valley, even more people may need help.
We will require that our volunteers maintain appropriate social distancing, practice good hygiene, and reduce the risk of disease spread. If you find a need that you can meet, you are free to do so, while following CDC guidance. We will also require that the identity of those we help and the needs we meet be kept strictly confidential.
How We Will Provide Spiritual Support and Teaching
We will have Sunday morning online worship experiences every week that we are forced to be apart. Go to our "Live" page to participate. You can also do the same through your Facebook account. Share the link with friends.
All of our discipleship ministries are gearing up to provide customized learning experiences for those in their ministries. For example, our student ministry is developing online events for students to participate in Bible study and share needs and concerns with adult leaders. Our children’s ministry is developing online programming for children, plus materials that parents can use to guide their children in learning about Jesus and how they can be part of God’s plan. Some of our adult Bible study groups will be using Facebook Live, Instagram TV, Zoom and other methods to help our people thrive in the midst of challenge.
WHAT IF I GET SICK?
Let our church know, so we can pray for you and reach out to see if we can help you. if you are caring for a loved one who is sick, please do that same, while protecting privacy. Naturally, if you are feeling sick or running a fever please stay home. If you need to stay home due to illness, you can find our worship service online through Facebook live or here.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO GRAND?
We encourage everyone to take certain measures to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- If you think you could possibly be infected with this (or any) virus, we ask that you refrain from attending any campus event until after a 14-day quarantine. We also ask that if you are returning from a high-alert area that you observe a 14-day quarantine before attending any campus event;
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly;
- If you or someone you know attends an event at Grand and tests positive for Covid-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, as well as pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at Grand.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS GRAND TAKING TO MAKE THE CAMPUS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
We have been ramping up our extra cleaning this week, including:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) with an EPA certified disinfectant;
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the building;
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our preschool/children's areas as well as common areas throughout the campus;
WHAT ABOUT UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS?
Our Missions Pastor, Scott Ward, is continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any need to adjust, postpone, or cancel future trips. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, when appropriate. For more detailed, up-to-date information on mission trips in light of coronavirus, please email .
We have also set up a website with updated information pertaining to our upcoming mission trips. You can check that out here... https://gabcmissions.com/coronavirus/
WHAT ABOUT OUR HELPING HAND (BENEVOLENCE) MINISTRY?
We have an abiding concern about meeting the emergency need for food and clothing of those in our area, and plan to continue to operate our Helping Hand Ministry at its current schedule. However, in order to restrict potential disease spread, we will minimize interpersonal contact with clients and volunteers. If you need emergency assistance with food or clothing, please call 709-9035.
If you have any specific concerns about our campus response to coronavirus, you may email our Executive Pastor,