COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE – 1/8/2021

Dear friends,
Just a reminder as we begin to gather in person again, that we’re focused on providing a great experience for everyone, in ways that allow for proper social distancing. Here’s what we’re doing to keep our community safe and healthy:

  • For those choosing to attend in-person, masks are required to be worn within our buildings at all times and we ask that you continue practicing social distancing and sit only with those who you came with. Seating is adjusted in the auditorium to allow for more space between guests and family groups.
  • All high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized between services, as well as all bathrooms. (Did you know? These procedures are nothing new for us, our amazing Facility Care teams have engaged these deep-level cleaning practices well before the introduction of Covid-19. We use hospital-grade sanitizing machines and solutions that allow us to thoroughly and safely disinfect seating and surfaces, even hard-to-reach places.)
  • Guest Services and volunteer teams will be wearing masks for your protection.
  • Additional hand-sanitizing stations are placed throughout the building.
  • No water fountains will be available, but several water-bottle filling stations will be open if needed.
  • Instead of offering bags being passed, you are encouraged to set up online giving, so you can easily give in advance. If you want to give in-person, a station at the back of the auditorium will be available for you to give your offering.
  • Self-service coffee and beverages won’t be available, but we will have lots of delicious drinks and snacks for you at the café, prepared by our staff.
  • Maintain distance between yourself and other guests. Waves and smiles are the way to go; we’re avoiding hugs, handshakes and high-fives.

GRANGER KIDS
Granger Kids (for infants-5th grade) is available during each in-person service. Here are the additional steps we’re taking to keep our amazing children’s spaces safe and fun for your family:

  • We’ve increased cleaning protocols in Granger Kids spaces both during and between services.
  • Toys and hard surfaces will continue to be sanitized at every service.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available in the Granger Kids areas. Be sure to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before checking into Granger Kids and encourage your kids to do the same.
  • Launch Zones and slides will be temporarily closed, so please walk your child to their classroom before service starts.
  • We will be encouraging kids to wave and smile at their friends, to limit hugs and high-fives and close contact.
  • You’ll be directed to check-in stations to check your child(ren) in before service. Stations will be sanitized in between each guest.
  • If your child is showing any symptoms of illness (like those associated with Covid-19) or has in the past 14 days, please keep them at home and do not check them into Granger Kids.

If you or anyone in your family are experiencing any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to a known case of Covid-19, we ask that you stay safely at home. Weekend services will also be available to watch online via our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon fire and the Granger Community Church app.

  • Granger Campus
    Saturdays at 5 p.m.
    Sundays at 9 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Elkhart Campus
    Sundays at 9 a.m.

We are excited to continue gathering together, and whether we’re in-person or online, we’re determined to continue being the Church, being a source of hope and help here in Michiana.

 


 

12/23/20

Friends,

With Christmas Eve and the New Year upon us, we want to update you on the status of upcoming weekend services. The December 25-26 and January 2-3 weekends will be online-only and then beginning the weekend of January 9-10, we will be offering in-person weekend services (in addition to streaming online) and in-person Granger Kids, as well as in-person student gatherings with Granger Student Ministries.

For those choosing to attend in-person, just a reminder that masks are required to be worn within our buildings at all times and we ask that you continue practicing social distancing and sit only with those who you came with. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to a known case of Covid-19, we ask that you stay safely at home. Weekend services will also be available to watch online via our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon fire and the Granger Community Church app.

Granger Campus
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 9 & 11:30 a.m.

Elkhart Campus
Sundays at 9 a.m.

Get a head start on your planning for 2021 by downloading our Family Events Calendar. It has all the big things—like camps, retreats and more—blocked out for you to help you plan your year. We can’t wait to experience Jesus with you and keep taking steps together in 2021.

-The Directional Leadership Team at Granger Community Church


12/12/20

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

You’re invited to celebrate with us at one of these Christmas Eve services, a special tradition for the whole family. This year, you can choose to attend online, or in-person at one of 11 services.

We’re going to offer Christmas Eve services in both formats this year, for two reasons: 1) As a church, we’re burdened by the loneliness and isolation experienced by so many, especially during the Christmas season and 2) We believe we can increase precautions for this unique event, to create an environment that is as safe as possible. We’re convinced that whether experienced in-person or online, this Christmas Eve will be a life-giving, hopeful gift to all!

IN-PERSON:
We’re offering in-person services for Christmas Eve in a format intended to mitigate the risks of Covid-19. We’re opening each of the 11 services to a fraction of our normal attendance capacity, by utilizing free tickets. This allows us to spread guests out, with expanded time in between each service for increased sanitization of our campuses. Masks are required to enter any of our buildings and are to be worn throughout, and we encourage everyone to continue maintaining social distance while visiting. This year, we will not have Granger Kids programming for infants or young children during any Christmas Eve services, so families will enjoy the service together. Families and groups who arrive together need to sit together, spaced apart from other guests. If you wish to attend in-person, please reserve your FREE tickets online, and either print them out to bring with you or have them available to show on your phone.

NOTE:
Tickets are limited, so we ask that you kindly only reserve them for the one service that you know you will attend. We want everyone who would like to attend in person to be able to do so. If you have mistakenly reserved tickets you know you will not be using, please contact us to see about returning those so that we can open up more spaces for those who need them.

ONLINE:
If attending online is best for you and your family, pick your service time, fire up your laptop to Facebook, YouTube or live.grangerchurch.com, Amazon Fire, Apple TV or Roku and grab a few candles to join us, where you can fully participate in the experience from home.

Reminder: Anyone with any known symptoms of illness or those knowingly exposed to Covid-19 should remain safely at home and enjoy a service online.


11/14/20

We wanted to update you that we’re making an immediate shift to online-only weekend services for the time being. Starting this weekend, November 21-22, we will be gathering online-only for weekend services and Granger Student Ministries (GSM).

We want you to know we’re making this shift, not because of an outbreak here at Granger Community Church, but because of the fact that our local hospitals are at capacity as a result of the rapidly rising numbers of Covid-19 cases here in Michiana. Our essential healthcare professionals are relying on our cooperation with masking and social distancing and limiting social gatherings, in order to provide care for those who are the sickest and most vulnerable in our community. As a church, we’re choosing to be proactive to help stop the spread of the virus and love our neighbors well and have determined this is the best course of action to accomplish that. So, just as we did back in the spring, we’re moving to gathering and connecting online. We hope you’ll hop on and join in a special all-church meeting online, this Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. where Lead Pastor Ted Bryant will be sharing more about this news and giving you an update.

As we lean further into the Hostage series, which is all about mental health, we feel this is a prime opportunity for you to not just join us online with your families, but to invite friends and co-workers to join us virtually, too! We know that so many people participate for the first time in a weekend service because of the invitation from a friend, so invite someone to watch online Saturday at 5 p.m. or Sunday at 9 or 11:30 a.m. (you can watch on our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon fire and the Granger Community Church app) this weekend as we continue the conversation about practical ways we can address our mental health challenges with hope and clarity from God’s truth. You can even interact with one another, get the message notes and give online.

We also have content for your kids and students to continue to gather and engage during this time. Middle School will meet virtually at 4 p.m. and High School at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Granger Kids content is available on-demand during the weekend.

Our goal is always to give you tools to invite a friend, so take advantage of social media and share widely! This coming weekend is going to be practical and inspiring—we can’t wait to “see you” online!