7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota
952-432-7273

We can’t go to church,

but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop being church.

The church exists for moments like this. In order to guard health for all people, we won’t be gathering in our building for a while. The promise of God’s presence and the persistence of God’s call to share good news and serve the world remain steadfast, no matter the distance. We are building foundation for ourselves and our community on three things: trust God, care for each other, and look out for neighbors. Every creative connection we build, every new way we worship, every pray we offer will be focused on these ways of being. Being church.

Below you will find everything you need to know about how we will be church together during this pandemic. Keep checking back on this page as we’ll regularly update it.

We are going to trust God

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Grounded by that promise, we will continue to worship, learn, grow, and serve each other and the world around us. Here are some of the ways we’re doing that:

Worship

We will continue to gather for worship, but in multiple online spaces rather than in person. These new ways of gather will remind us of familiar things, yet are designed specifically for worshipping from home, whether it’s just you, or the whole family around a computer. We plan to post worship experiences on each Sunday morning at 9:30 am, and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm for a modified Dinner Church. Plus, we’ll have a video and audio call in worship chat Sunday mornings at 10:00 am for those without computer access, or those who would like to chat more about the message. Use the buttons below to join us online.

daily Check-Ins & Devotions

Our pastors, staff, and some wonderful volunteers are planning to check in on a regular basis in a variety of ways. We plan to go live on Facebook once or more a day with a greeting and sometimes a short devotion or faith-focused idea.

prayer

We will continue to gather, monitor, and send prayer requests during this time. Below you’ll find a button to our prayer page where you can do two important things: submit a prayer request, and ask to join the prayer chain team, who get requests delivered by email and commit to prayer for them.

We are going to care for each other

We are deeply committed to keeping the family of Grace connected and cared for during this time. We do that in part through information, but more importantly through conversation in new and creative ways. Here is just the start:

video and audio conversations

Throughout this time, we will have opportunities to log into an audio and/or video conference space to continue conversations after worship, meet in small groups, gather leadership, and more. One of those times will happen Sunday mornings at 10:00 am when we will have a video/call-in worship chat about the day’s message. If someone you know doesn’t have computer access, this call in option is a great way to stay connected. Click the button below to join a scheduled conversation, or call in at 312-626-6799, and use meeting ID #4164783219.

news & updates

We will provide updates from our leaders at Grace and beyond, ideas for worship and faith formation at home, upcoming online gatherings, and more. We will send that information out in up to four ways: We plan to email and create posts on our website with all these news items. We will occasionally send one-way text messages with information. We will also continue to create content and conversations on our Facebook page. To ensure we can contact you quickly and accurately, please ensure your phone and email information are accurate in our database.

FACEBOOK GROUP FOR ALL THE FAMILY OF GRACE

We have created a new space on Facebook for the whole family of Grace to gather online. This group is designed less for information and more for conversation. Think of it like a cup of coffee around a table after worship, a chat in the parking lot, or a heart to heart with a pastor. You have access to ask questions, share ideas, post photos and videos, get recommendations, and more – and please do! We want every member with a Facebook account to join this group today!

Pastoral care

Our pastors and executive team have created a plan for pastoral care during times of pandemic that seeks to honor the hopes and needs of individuals and guard the health of all at the same time. They will not go into homes, but through phone conversations and other ways will continue to provide this type of care. Use the buttons below to read the plan. You may email our pastors or call the office if you are in need of pastoral care.

Children, Youth & Family Ministry is Thriving

Our Children, Youth, and Family team is creating incredible ways for you to continue to form faith at home during this time. Grace Bible School, Confirmation, and gForce have all moved to online formats. Emails have been going to Grace families in those specific groups. If you haven’t received those emails, please email Karleigh for Children’s Ministry updates and Vanessa for Youth Ministry updates. We’d love to ensure we have your best contact information. Daily updates, reminders, faith forming home activities, engaging videos, and more can also be found in the CYF Facebook group. 

We are going to look out for neighbors

The world needs hope in body and spirit right now. Every practice, policy, program, and prayer we embrace these weeks is focused on caring for our neighbors, as Jesus did.

MATRIX EMERGENCY SHELTER

In order to guard the health of all as best we can, the only people in the building at Grace between March 14 and April 2. We made a commitment to our partners and our community that we would do all we could to provide safe and health refuge for the most vulnerable around us. Our decision to close the building, reserving it only for these guests in one way we’re continuing to embrace that call.

Who do you know and What do they need?

Some of our neighbors are yearning for hope in the midst of the unknown. Some of our neighbors need a friendly conversation and warm smile. Some need food brought to their doorstep. Whatever the need may be, Grace will do our best to connect helpers with those who need help. While maintaining safety in terms of distance and healthy practice, we encourage you to find ways to serve your neighbors and friends. We’re here in you need a hand or an idea, and we’ll share some of those ideas in our various communications spaces.

Feeding Souls

Impressively quickly, Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley, along with other area restaurants built a partnership program with local churches to help feed seniors who may be more vulnerable during this pandemic. Vivo will be providing a meal a day to 10 at-risk seniors who may not be able to leave their homes. Meals are delivered to doorsteps by volunteers from Grace. Would you like to help?

The latest news & updates

The world needs hope in body and spirit right now. Every practice, policy, program, and prayer we embrace these weeks is focused on caring for our neighbors, as Jesus did.

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