FAQ’s about Church In Person

Building on what we’ve learned during the pandemic, we will be one congregation, united in worship, even though worship happens at different times and in different places. COVID has reminded us that God isn’t limited to the GPC Sanctuary on Sunday mornings, and we’ll continue to grow in that knowledge.
 
Our worship services are at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and are now in person. The 11:00 service is livestreamed as well.
 
We know that, as hard as we work, no experience of gathering with other people can ever be 100% safe. We cannot make worship completely risk-free for you. If you have any hesitation about coming, please continue to worship via livestream, and know that your choices are respected.
 
You may have some of these questions:
 
How can I register to come to church?
Registration is no longer required for in-person worship. All are welcome! Of course, if you’re sick, please stay home and let us pray for you from afar.
 
What should I expect inside the church?
Beginning April 1, 2022, masks will be optional in worship and at all church activities. Masks are welcome, based on your needs and comfort level. Please continue to maintain appropriate social distancing when choosing where to sit in the Sanctuary. If you have any doubts about your own health, please wear a mask, or worship by livestream.
 
What if I love worshiping from home?
Keep doing that! We plan to livestream forever. It’s not going away. We imagine that many people will find that some combination of church in person and church online works for them.
 
What about communion?
Communion continues to be part of worship on the first Sunday of the month.  
 
What should I do with my offering?
If you bring it with you, you’ll find a box outside the Sanctuary for it. The ushers will make sure that it gets locked up after church. Or, continue to mail your offering, or give via the app. We’re grateful for your gifts in any form.
 
What about the bathrooms? Does someone monitor them?
The bathrooms are limited to one person at a time, as indicated by the signs on the doors. If someone is already there, step back out and wait until they’re finished.
 
Is there coffee hour?
Yes. Coffee hour is held in Lindsay Hall after the 11:00 service.
 
What about Sunday School classes, VIPS, small groups, and activities for kids and youth?
Groups are meeting online, in person, or as a hybrid. For more information, contact the church office.
 
Can we require that only vaccinated people come to church?
Nope. People’s vaccination status is their business, like any other health matter. Please stop asking people if they’re vaccinated. If they want to tell you, they will.
 
Am I allowed to pop by the church to say hello?
The staff continues to work both from home and in the church building, so on any given day only some are in the building.
 
What if I hate everything about this?
Talk to us! You’re not wrong. Church won’t be the way we remember it for quite a while . . . maybe never. The great strength of the followers of Jesus is that we keep adapting and have done so for more than 2,000 years. At the core, we still gather around the God of grace, giving thanks and praise with our time, money, and energy. The outward forms of church are a container where we meet up with God, and we trust that God will continue to be present, even as things change.
 
If you have further questions, please call the church office at 301-948-9418.