Corona Updates

UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Following Howard County Executive Calvin Ball’s most recent update (Nov. 16), along with Governor Hogan’s updates for Maryland (Nov. 17), we wanted to provide updates on how this will impact us and our church community: 

  • Sunday Gatherings: We will continue our Sunday in-person gatherings with our zip code groupings. The latest state guidelines stated that religious gatherings were capped at 50%. We are currently below 25% capacity in our auditorium on average, on a given Sunday. We will continue to require everyone to wear masks while indoors and utilize the space to put more distance between people/families. Based on the latest information and guidelines, we are confident that we are able to provide a safe environment for our church on Sundays. See below for additional measures we have taken since the start of the pandemic
  • D-Teams / Community Groups: Based on the updated County guidelines for indoor (home) gatherings, along with the current County positive rate (+5% in Howard County and surrounding counties), we are asking our D-Teams and Community Groups to meet virtually or outside, and to not meet indoors /in homes. See below for information on how to reserve outdoor space at Grace.

We are continuing to seek the Lord for His wisdom on how best to keep our community safe. We appreciate your partnership and understanding as we continue to navigate this season together. If you have any questions, please reach out – info@gcconline.org

FAQ  

HOW IS GRACE KEEPING THE BUILDING SAFE? 

Once we had an understanding of the virus and the best ways to prevent its spread, we took the following proactive measures at the start of the pandemic: 

  • We upgraded the air filters for our HVAC with MERV-13 filters (CDC-recommended filters). 
  • We increased the continuous airflow in commonly used areas, including the auditorium and staff/admin areas. 
  • We installed a touchless faucet in the staff kitchen and are in the process of installing it in the foyer and admin restrooms. 
  • We purchased an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize and disinfect the common areas.

These measures are in addition to requiring a mask while indoors at all times, observing physical distancing, and having hand sanitizers available throughout the building. 

 

HOW DO I RESERVE OUTDOOR SPACE AT GRACE? 

We are currently allowing Grace ministry-related groups of 24 people or less to meet in our outdoor spaces. We have three areas that are available for the body to reserve: 

  • Warehouse Patio (includes outdoor propane heaters) 
  • Atrium Patio (outdoor propane heaters coming soon)
  • Pavilion (does not include outdoor heaters) 

To make a reservation, please include the following information: 

  • Date / Time of meeting 
  • Purpose of meeting
  • Point of Contact 
  • Number of people in the group 

Email your reservation request to: 

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