College-aged men & women, join Crosspoint in studying Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. This study will take place online on Sundays at 1:30pm from May 17th through August 2nd. Please order the book* and sign-up to let Roman know to add you to the GroupMe messages!
We are excited to be gathering in-person again! We ask that you read our plan for doing this safely. This can be found below.
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We will have one family service on-campus at 10:30am.
We will follow all of Governor Abbott’s recommended guidelines for cleaning and social distancing. A deep clean with EPA-certified disinfectants will take place before our service.
Please sit in family units on every other row, staggered from those in front of you.
We encourage our GBC family to lead the way in caution by practicing diligent handwashing and good hygiene. Join all of our volunteers in taking your temperature before you come and if you have even a slight fever, stay home and watch online. If you are in a high-risk population, please feel comfortable participating from home. In time, we will all gather again; don’t feel pressured to violate your conscience. Waiting only increases our eventual celebration for when that day does actually come.
What do I need to know if I am attending in-person?
We will still be practicing social distancing which means:
Maintaining 6 feet of distance is important, no matter how much you want to shake someone’s hand or give them a bear hug. Accompany your greeting with a wave instead.
Please wear a mask as you go through the foyer on the way to your seat. Although churches are exempt from Governor Abbott's order to wear a face covering, we encourage those who are willing and able to continue to wear one during the service, especially during the singing portion.
We will have every other row blocked to help spread us out.
Each family unit ought to sit together, at least 6 feet away from others in their pew.
Other important details to know:
PARENTS – Pre-K and Kids’ activity packs can be picked up on your way into the sanctuary. Please do not feel embarrassed when your GBC “littles” make noise! Grace Bible was praying for young ones to shepherd before your little one was even born. This is a unique season; please know that anyone who sees you and your little one in the pew is thankful for this marker of a beautiful but slow transition back into worshiping together. The nursing and cry room will be limited to one family at a time.
We will enter the sanctuary through the propped-open foyer entrances and after the service, we will be dismissed to exit through the stage-front (East) exits.
Hand sanitizer stations will be place at our entrances and exits.
We will not pass the offering plates; instead offering and connect cards will be received through the giving boxes located at every door.
We will not be serving donuts or coffee, so B.Y.O.C. :)
Printed bulletins will be available, but you will also be able to download a digital bulletin on your phone or device before the service.
If you use a pen from the pew-back, take it home as a gift. If you use a pew Bible, leave it sitting on your pew so our cleaning team can wipe it down. Though your pew won’t be used again for a week and will receive a midweek cleaning, we want to go above and beyond with our carefulness.
What do I need to know if I am watching the 9am or 11am service via YouTube Live?
Know that we want to serve you the best way we can in this season. If you don’t attend in-person yet, it doesn’t mean you lack faith or live in fear. You are being wise for your household, and some of you may choose to stay home to protect your fellow members. We love and respect you and that decision!
Though we won’t have the video streaming quality we would like until our audio-visual Special Project is completed, you will still be able to watch live on YouTube or you can watch the service later from our GBC YouTube channel.
On the last Sunday of each month, communion elements can be picked up at 9:30am from under the Sanctuary awning.
General statement for all of GBC to hear and receive:
Here are two reminders that our mission teams practice for being successful: be positive and be graciously flexible. First, be positive. There may be components of regathering that you disagree with, whether it’s something our congregation or another congregation is or is not doing, but please be positive. There are no easy decisions in this unique season. And second, be graciously flexible for those that may have a different conscience. There are many in our congregation and/or prospective visitors that may not feel comfortable gathering yet, and it could be some time until you or they are more comfortable attending. We respect and honor each other’s consciences and are thankful for the ability to livestream the service and later post it for all to see. Know that we want to serve you the best way we can in this season. We love and respect you and your decisions in this slow transition back to physically gathering together.
After much prayer and consideration, we are excited to be shaking things up with a hybrid model of Kids Club! We are going to bring all the excitement of Kids Club right into your living room. Each night at 6pm, we will do "club" (our hyped-up big group time!) LIVE with Stephen and the band, followed by a skit from our super amazing skit team, then Pastor Jon's teaching on the life of Abraham. We will then split into virtual small groups to discuss and pray. But wait -- it's not over! At 7:15pm, you and your family will hop in the car and head up to GBC to pick up a tasty treat along with the activity for the next day's Kids Club. We will have raffles and prizes throughout the week, and our final night will be extra special. Trust us, you do NOT want to miss out! Please e-mail Jon if you have any questions and get pumped for Kids Club!
If you are interested in pursuing membership, join our next New Member Workshop on August 9th from 2-4:30pm in Henderson Hall. This is a great opportunity to hear more about GBC -- our philosophy of ministry, our beliefs, our history, and more. Additionally, you will get to know our leadership better and be able to fellowship with others in our church. We will be offering childcare for those who attend in-person. We will also offer the option to join via Zoom. Either way, we ask that you sign up to let us know you're coming.
Our Pre-K Ministry will open August 23rd. We are diligently pursuing methods for doing this as safely as possible! If you can help us make this happen by serving in Pre-K Ministry, please e-mail Jenny Jones.