Important Church Update
As COVID guidelines continue to change, our mission is to continue to provide a safe and clean environment for you to come and worship. We have taken enhanced health and safety measures – for you, our Sunday Morning Service Teams, and our staff. Hand sanitizing stations will be available for everyone in attendance. We do our best to clean and sanitize between all services.
As you may know, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attenders with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. We encourage all attendees over the age of 65 or those who have compromised immune systems to worship with us online. We also encourage and honor anyone else who is not comfortable joining us in person to join us online as well.
If any of the following are true for you in the past week, please worship with us online:
– Fever over 100
– Cough or Sore Throat
– Shortness of Breath
– Contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (in the past 14 days)
Also if you have traveled out of the state of North Carolina in the past 10 days we ask that you wear a mask the entire time you are in one of our services. This includes the time you are sitting in your seat.
You can learn more about the safety precautions we are taking by reviewing our FAQ below.
I am not comfortable coming back to church in person yet. Can I still be a part of the GCF even though I will be watching church online?
YES! Of course you can. We understand that not everyone is ready to come be a part of our in person worship services. We honor you in that decision. We encourage you to join us online through our GCF Youtube Channel.
Are all life groups at GCF in person or are there some online options?
We have always believed that community is vital for our spiritual walk, so one of the first things we implemented during this season were life groups over Zoom. You can visit our life groups here and see which one of our Zoom life groups best fits your stage of life.
Will GCF be limiting capacity in the sanctuary?
Yes we are limiting capacity in our sanctuary, hallways and GCF kids classrooms to ensure social distancing. As local, state, and nation guidelines evolve we will update our seating limitations accordingly.
How is social distancing being practiced during worship services?
You will see that our seats in the sanctuary are grouped for families and individuals and are spaced apart for social distancing. We encourage every attendee to practice social distancing while not seated.
Do I need to wear a mask to church?
We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask while you are fellowshipping and coming into the building. Everyone is free to take off their mask once they are seated.
I have traveled out of the state in the past 10 days. Can I still come to church?
Yes you may still come to church. However, we encourage you to wear a mask the entire time you are in the building.
How is GCF cleaning the facility?
We thoroughly sanitize the facility between services and have a through cleaning done of the entire building every week.
Will bathrooms be open during service?
Yes restrooms are available for every attendee and they are located in the main hallway upon entering the building from the gravel parking lot.
Will GCF Kids be offered during this season of COVID-19?
Yes GCF Kids will be offered during our 9am service time. The GCF Kids team has been trained and equipped to sanitize all classrooms after the 9am service. We have also simplified our classrooms to make that process more effective. We ask that parents do not send their children to GCF Kids with snacks or sippy cups and we ask that all diaper bags be placed outside of the kids classroom doors.
Do our children need to wear a mask in GCF Kids?
No they do not. However, our GCF Kids teachers and volunteers will wear a mask at all times.
How can I continue giving?
During this time we will not be passing the offering basket around during service and we are offering a digital giving method through our GCF App and our website. However, you can still give cash or check gifts by dropping them into the offering basket located at our doors that you leave through after the service.