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AT-HOME WORSHIP MATERIALS
Register for in-Person Worship
Music for meditation and singing
Resources for understanding racism
Praying the Labyrinth
Compassion Camp Virtual VBS-- Register by July 1st!
Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17
via online resources, with some hands-on materials delivered to participants at home
NOTE: resources will be available on-line for the remainder of the summer.
Sign up to register or volunteer here.
Compassion Camp is flexible, adaptable, and fun for the entire family, featuring a mix-and-match of resources:
Also, you can photograph and/or record your Compassion Camp activities and share with the VBS leadership team. We'll create a video/slide show so you can remember all the awesome camp friends sharing the week with you!
BE LOVED. BE KIND. BE YOU.
FAQ on returning to worship at grace
Do you have a question? Submit it here and we'll post an answer as soon as we can.
Q: Will July 12 be our Easter service? The rules of no more than 50 persons, no singing or responses and no Communion don't seem to reflect "the first Sunday we are back together" - the goal for Easter.
A: Well, that's certainly true. When we first suggested celebrating Easter when we return, we had no idea of all the changes we would have to make. But even though we can't sing, we can still open up all the stops on the organ! So we'll read about resurrection and enjoy some great Easter instrumentals, and hope for a more traditional Easter next year.
Q: If the Illinois moves to phase 4 in June, why are we waiting until July 12 to return to in-person worship?
A: Since the recommendations for procedures frequently change, and we have so many items on our checklist to prepare for re-opening (over 50!), we decided that we would rather be sure we have adequately addressed all the concerns rather than rushing and missing something important. We will need several teams of people (who must be scheduled and trained) to assist with new roles, and we were afraid we might not have enough people available on the July 4 holiday weekend. July 12 is the earliest date we feel we can be ready--but if cases suddenly spike we may reconsider that date.
Q: What's going to change?
A: We will be asking people to register to attend, either online or by telephone, and limit worship to 50 people. We are starting with one service at 9:00 a.m. Everyone will wear a mask and maintain social distancing in the pews. There will be no singing, no communal responses or prayers, and (initially) no communion. We will not have a fellowship hour, and we will ask people not to congregate before or after worship. We will monitor the flow of movement to reduce the ways people cross paths coming in and going out.
Q: What happens if more than 50 people want to attend?
A: We think that several members may not feel ready to return even in July. But if we have more than 50 people, we may either ask people to attend every other week (and record or live-stream the service for those at home) or schedule a second service during the week. (We have another congregation also using the sanctuary through mid-August.)