URGENT: Coronavirus Updates and Changes - 4/2/20
Dear Living Grace Family,
As we continue to receive the latest updates and guidelines related to the coronavirus situation, we will do our best to keep you informed on how these things impact us as a church body. Here is the latest:
- Sunday Services – The government has extended the restriction on groups of 10 or more gathering together through the end of April (at a minimum). So, for the time being, we will continue to worship together via a pre-recorded worship service that will be posted at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. You can find the video recording on both our website (www.livinggracebakersfield.com/messages) and our free Living Grace App (it is titled “Living Grace Bakersfield” in app stores. Click links to download for Apple | Android).
- Home Groups – Our home groups are currently observing their Easter break and will not be officially meeting again until the week of April 19th. As mentioned above, the restriction on groups will remain in place through the end of April, so our Home Group meetings that are scheduled for the weeks of April 19th and April 26th will be held remotely via Zoom. There will be study notes for those weeks that will be sent out in advance as we normally do. We will certainly let you know more about when we can resume normal meetings as the information becomes available.
- Youth Group – While youth group will not be meeting during the same time span as our home groups, there will likely be an opportunity soon for the students to meet remotely and be taught by one of our elders or pastors via Zoom. If you are interested in your student participating when this happens please e-mail Julie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will make sure they are added to the invitation list.
- All Other Church Events – We will be having a Good Friday service that will be recorded and made available to view on Friday, April 10th at 4:00 PM. You will find it the same way you find our typical Sunday sermons on our website or app.
At this point, the plan is to keep our annual church picnic scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd from 12:00-4:00 PM. This may need to be changed as things progress in the days ahead, but this is still the plan for now.
We have been hearing great stories about how well you are staying connected with one another during this time and we encourage you to keep that up. Our staff and elders are doing our best to stay connected with you as well, but please feel free to contact us if you need anything.
We love you all,
Brian Murphy and the Living Grace Elders