COVID-19 RESPONSE

June 25, 2020

The session has decided to reopen for worship!

 

We will have two services at our usual times, 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Both services will be in the fellowship hall for easy access and traffic flow.

 

Please enter through the parking lot doors and come into the fellowship hall through the first double doors on the left.

BECAUSE OF OUR CONTINUED CONCERN FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY, WORSHIP WILL BE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT

  • While we won’t sing, we will include other simple and safe ways for worshippers to participate in the service;

  • We will have a children’s sermon, but we will not have a nursery;

  • The service will last around 45 minutes;

  • We won’t have printed orders for a while to limit human contact;

  • We will have solos on occasion and other instrumental music;

  • Ushers will direct traffic flow, but will not seat people;

  • Worship leaders will wear face masks except at the time they are leading worship;

  • Chairs will be placed 6 ft. apart with groupings for couples and families.

 

HERE ARE SOME THINGS EACH OF US CAN DO TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR

  • First and foremost, You can leave a message on the answering machine (638-4119), call Sharon Roberts directly (552-0824) or send an email to office@gcpchurch.org.

  • Arrive roughly 10-15 minutes or less before the service begins;

  • Maintain a distance of 6 ft. while moving among and around others;

  • We’re encouraging everyone to wear a face mask. Bring one from home, but if you need one, we’ll have some available.

  • Clean surfaces you touch in the restrooms with the wipes provided.

 

Staff will make sure that the fellowship hall is cleaned before and after each worship service.

 

Also, please know that we support anyone who still feels the need to stay at home right now. We will miss you in worship, but we want you to care for yourself. We will continue to offer an online worship service for those who can’t make it.

 

Come, let us worship!

Jamie

April 24, 2020

Dear friends in Christ,

 

Church leadership has made the decision not to reopen the church in the month of May.  This decision is in concert with suggestions provided by the Board of Missions of our Presbytery, which is charged with overseeing the well-being of local congregations.

 

It would be grand if all of us could see each other soon and return to our life of worship, fellowship, study and service, but the risks seem too high right now.

 

Our congregation has a large number of folks who are especially vulnerable to the virus.  We also know that the number of infections in Tennessee continues to rise.  In conversations, church staff have heard just how concerned some of you remain about social contact.

 

For these reasons, we believe a more cautious approach now will keep us healthier and more prepared to return to our common life when the time comes.

 

We will continue to stay in touch through the various means we already employ.

 

The tie that binds our hearts in Christian love is still strong.  And we will meet again when meeting is safer.

 

Peace to all,

Jamie Lively

March 25, 2020

Hello, friends.  I miss seeing you very much.

 

Just want to share a few updates with you related to church life.

The interim council, which was elected by the session to make decisions until the session can meet regularly again, made a few decisions that I want to share with you.

  • All church services and activities on Wednesdays and Sundays have been cancelled until further notice due to concerns related to the corona virus.

  • All staff will be paid through the month of April.  Most staff are still working, have shown their faithfulness and need our support financially

  • Full-time staff may work from home, if they so choose, or if developing situations demand it. You will find a staff person here most of the time should you call.

I’m grateful for the work of the council during this difficult time.

 

Peace to each one of you,

Jamie

March 16, 2020

Dear members and friends of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church,

 

On Sunday, March 15, the session voted to cancel all activities on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church for the next two weeks (through March 29). Staff will continue to work during the week.  Church leaders will reevaluate the need to remain closed by the end of March.

 

We trust our decision will promote the health and well-being not only of the congregation, but also of the wider community which we are called to love. The next church newsletter will come out a little later in the week to include more complete information regarding our response to the pandemic.

 

We'll also share more information in the days ahead via facebook, along with periodic devotions and an abbreviated Sunday worship service.

 

While Wednesday and Sunday activities are postponed, mobile meals will continue for those currently on the list who still wish to receive them.

 

If anyone needs us, we're here to help.

 

With deep love and concern for you and in the name of Christ our true hope,

 

Abby, Andy and Jamie

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