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Church at Home Resource Kit

Our Worship Leadership & Production Staff will be taking a short sabbatical from July 13 through July 26. This means we won’t be sharing an online service or holding Zoom coffee hour on July 19 and 26. As we’ve said from the beginning, this doesn’t mean worship is canceled, rather, it’s coming home. While we take time to rest and pray, just like Jesus did, there are engaging ways you and your family can be church at home, with your friends and families, and in your neighborhoods.

What to Expect

Below you’ll find resources to help you practice your faith through three simple, but powerful experiences over the next two weeks: worship, connect, and serve. These are the heart of Christian communities. There are a variety of ideas and practices to engage with God and each other during this time, and we encourage, even challenge, you to embrace this opportunity fully.

Next Steps

  1. Download and print the PDF below and/or bookmark this post somewhere you’ll remember and access.
  2. Make a plan for yourself or with your family for when and how you’ll use this kit.
  3. If you are viewing this on a computer or mobile device, the links are clickable, and you can also find direct links and our website via the page below.
  4. Lastly, post pictures of your time at home use #graceathome.

Worship

View or Listen to Past Services or Sermons
Since this pandemic began, we’ve kept a running list of all our service videos since March 15. All these services are viewable on our Worship Live page. We’ve also got years of past sermons that you could listen to on our site, or via your favorite podcast platform.

Host a Popup Neighborhood Church at Home or in Your Neighborhood
Below you’ll find easy-to-use guides to hold Neighborhood Church. You could do this with just your family, another family from Grace, or reach out to folks in your neighborhood for a 30-minute, socially-distanced, conversational church experience

Sign up and experience prayer in our Sanctuary
We’ve opened up our sanctuary for individual and family prayer in our sanctuary. You have the opportunity to sign up as a household to spend 30 minutes connecting with God in one of the many spaces where God promises to be present.

Use the ELCA Worship in the Home Service Outline
Our national church is creating worship experiences specifically for the home. Look at their worship blogs page to view and download the service outline and elements. Check back each week for a new service.

Connect

Go to a Connect 2 Community Online Gathering
We’ve been hosting topical conversation online around the things we’re going through. There are two opportunities to join groups these weeks. Join via Zoom, no sign-up required (glcav.us/zoom · password: grace)

Grandparent Happy Hour
Every Thursday · 4:00 pm

Living Alone During a Pandemic
Friday, July 24 · 7:00 pm

Join Neighborhood Church
We’ve got groups meeting in driveways and backyards for 30-minutes of connection and conversation around how we’re doing and the Scripture for the week ahead. Join a group for a week or two! Just email the Neighborhood Church team and they’ll get you connected.

Engage in the Grace Facebook Groups
We’ve got active groups that would love your conversations, questions, ideas, and comments. There is one large group for anyone, plus groups for specific affinities.

Use our online directory to connect with another Grace member
Remember that couple who would sit at the other end of the pew as your family, they would love to hear from you. Use our login-protected online directory to send a card or give them a call. Haven’t set up your Grace account and directory access yet? Use the button below to get started, otherwise log in and find a friend to connect with.

Serve

Connect with or plan a backyard dinner with a friend or neighbor
We get life by the connections we embrace with God and others. Take a moment to think of a friend or neighbor who could use a kind “hello” via call, text, email, or a card in the mail. Who could use a dose of heartfelt hospitality or a tasty, socially-distanced dinner with you?

Join the Prayer Team
There is a spot for you, and anyone for that matter, on the Grace Prayer Team. You’ll receive prayer requests via email as they are shared with our staff.

Make neighbor a verb
Look up and down your street, your hallway, or maybe even in the mirror and pick one thing to do to incarnate the love of Christ for someone. An act of kindess is an act of Christ-ness.

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