UPDATE: August 23rd, 2020
At Grassy Valley Baptist Church, We take the health of our family very seriously. We want you to feel as safe as possible when you come to worship with other believers. So we have purchased the Ionopure Purity system that will run before the service and sanitize every area of our auditorium and we have another machine in our fellowship Hall doing the same. We also have masks available for anyone who needs it and hand sanitizer available as well. The Ionopure cleaning solutions are produced with technology that uses a gentle electrical current to change the molecular structure of a simple salt water solution. It uses Hypochlorous acid and Potassium Hydroxide. Hypochlorous acid is the same substance the human body produces to fight germs and has all the power of bleach with none of the hazards. We have gone the extra mile to make sure you and your family can worship in a safe environment. If you still have doubts and feel in secure we understand but know that we are doing everything within our power to make the worship experience at Grassy Valley Baptist Church as safe as possible. We would love to see you this Sunday come worship with us!
UPDATE: July 13th, 2020
Beginning this past Sunday July 5th, 2020 the church resumed all services and times as shown below. Please continue to observe social distancing guidelines per the Health Department and wear a mask (this is not a mandate, but a stong encouragement for the well being of others and to yourself). Also, please be considerate and respectful of others space during the greeting time by continuing to do "air hugs".
If you still do not feel safe returning at this time, no problem! We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you feel ready to return or visit us. You can continue to watch us Facebook. We will be livestreaming and or placing a recorded version on Facebook.
Beginning Sunday July 5th
Sunday School – Bro. Richard Brittain 9:30 AM (Fellowship Hall class rooms)
Sunday Worship Service – Dr. Mark Martin 10:45 AM (In the Sanctuary of the church LIVE!, but will continue to stream on Facebook for those who choose not to attend)
Sunday Bible Study – Allen Kurk 6:00 PM (Fellowship hall behind the church Starting August 9)
Wednesday Bible study – Pastor Mark Martin 6:30 PM (Fellowship hall behind the church)
Thank You everyone for your cooperation and patience during this "Congregational Exodus"!!!
The Leadership Team
UPDATE: May 2020
Grassy Valley Plan For Reopening
Dear Church Family,
As we begin to think about easing the lockdown restrictions and moving to more social interaction, I want to provide you with the plan on how our church will be phasing into reopening. As exciting as it is to think about coming back together in worship and fellowship, we still need to take wise and healthy measures of precaution to ensure the safety of all of our guests and members.
How Will It Work?
PHASE ONE: Sunday, June 7th
* We will offer our normal Sunday morning worship services at 10:45 am.
* There will be no Sunday School, no childcare, no Children’s Church, no youth activities, and no choir.
* We will continue to offer our Sunday School classes, Sunday evening class and Wednesday evening Bible Study online at their regularly scheduled times.
* We will continue to provide online live streaming of our 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning service, to those unable to attend in person.
PHASE TWO: Sunday, July 5th
* All church activities return to the pre-COVID-19 outbreak schedule.
* We will continue to provide online live streaming of our services.
What You Can Expect
* To maintain adequate social distancing (6 feet).
* If you would like to sit with other family and/or friends you may do so, keeping in mind that respect of one’s preferences on interaction needs to take precedence.
* Restrooms will only be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before Sunday worship services.
* We will not have a fellowship time with handshakes and hugs during our worship services.
* We will not pass collection plates, but we will have our ushers placed at giving stations at the conclusion of the service for you to drop your offerings off as you exit your worship center.
* At the conclusion of the service, we ask that you continue to respect the preferences on interaction with others. Hugs, kisses and handshakes are discouraged at this time.
What We’re Going To Do To Create A Safe Environment
* Our Welcoming Team will hold open the doors for you to minimize your need for touching door handles.
* Face coverings or masks are not mandatory, but are welcome if you desire to wear them.
* We will be using CDC approved cleaning and disinfectant sprays to clean and sanitize the building before and after worship services.
* We will have available small bottles of personal hand sanitizer for individuals and families.
What Can You Do To Help?
* Stay home when you are sick, running a fever of over 100.4, or have any flu-like symptoms.
* Stay home if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
* If your job requires you to travel internationally or to domestic areas where “hot-spots” are still actively growing with COVID-19, please stay home and enjoy our services through live streaming.
* Work with our church members to help keep everyone safe by minimizing social interaction.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
* Pray! We need God’s wisdom as we move into and through this plan, and His discernment to reveal necessary details to help keep us safe and healthy.
The Governor has recommended that “everyone 65 years and older, people with disabilities, people with serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions” and those with compromised immune systems “should not gather in person until a later time.” If you fall into any of those categories, it is understandable if you choose not to attend in person at this time. At the end of the day, you must make the decision that you feel is in the best interest of protecting yourself and your family.
Churches are not geared for social distancing, and that is why this is so difficult for all of us. I want to get back together as a church family as quickly as possible, but I also want to make sure that we have done everything in our power to make it safe for people to gather.
God has shown and proven Himself to be faithful to our church family during this very unique time in history. We have learned some incredibly valuable lessons through this journey. One of them is to never take for granted the wonder of God’s presence in our worship together, and to appreciate the strength of unity God has given to our church family. In time, we may just look back and say, “That was the time when God began this wonderful awakening we are now experiencing.” I love each of you dearly, and can’t wait to meet and worship with you!
Dr. Mark S. Martin