- Phone: (303) 660-8011
- Mailing Address: 935 Evalena Road, Castle Rock, Colorado 80108
Guidelines for Returning to In-Person Worship Services at Grace Chapel
It is our hope in these guidelines to promote a worshipful atmosphere that is safe and respectful for all individuals who wish to resume gathering in-person. We’re committed to striking a balance between protecting physical health and preserving individual freedom as much as possible. Let’s give one another grace while we walk this out.
1. Whether you attend in-person or online, come with an expectancy for God to work in your life! This is truly an incredible time to witness to the world that our hope is in Jesus.
2. All individuals are asked to maintain a distance of at least six feet apart.
3. As of August 2, we will be offering childcare and children’s classes for ages 0 – 5th grade.
4. Please allow only one person at a time in restrooms.
5. Please no hugging, handshaking or touching any individual outside your family or personal residence.
6. We will be practicing one-way entering and exiting. Entrance will be through the south, east, and west double doors, then through the foyer. Exit from the sanctuary will be through the north single doors.
7. We will not be providing any food or drinks, but you are welcome to bring your own.
8. To provide a touchless environment, all entrance and exit doors will remain open before and after the service.
9. We will not be passing an offering plate. We will have offering boxes set up in the sanctuary, or you can give online at gracechapelcr.org.
10. Our full statement on masks can be found in the addendum below.
11. If you prefer to watch the service from home, we will be offering a live-stream of the full service at 9:30a and an on-demand video recording of the sermon beginning at noon on Sunday. Both of these viewing options will be available on our website at gracechapelcr.org.
Addendum: Elders Joint Statement on Masks at Grace Chapel
This statement is created by the Elder Body of Grace Chapel, Castle Rock to provide guidance on the topic of masks.
1. How are the elders of Grace Chapel approaching the issue about masks?
We believe all issues a church faces must be filtered through the lens of scripture. Our chief and fundamental role is to ask, “what does the Bible say”? While we acknowledge that the scriptures never address masks specifically, they do give us ample guidance in similar matters. From this we can create a biblically informed response to the topic of wearing masks in church.
2. What do the elders believe the Bible teaches about masks?
From a biblical standpoint, masks are inanimate objects. As such, they possess no spiritual or moral meaning. As with any physical object, they can be used for noble or ignoble purposes. Romans 14:17; 1 Cor. 8:8
3. What do the elders believe the Bible teaches about wearing masks within a service?
We believe the New Testament has given us freedom to practice our individual convictions regarding issues that are non-essential to the gospel (Romans 14:5; Galatians 5:1). Masks fall into that category.
We also believe that the New Testament encourages believers to consider how the exercise of their individual freedom impacts fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not to use our freedom in such a way that it knowingly hinders the faith or conscience of others (Romans 14:20-21; Galatians 5:13-15). Paul modeled a willingness to limit his freedom for the sake of his brothers and sisters in Christ and for the sake of the lost (1 Cor. 8-9). The New Testament teaches believers are to be willing to limit their freedom for the sake of love.
Based upon this biblical precedent, we believe it is appropriate to request – as a show of love – that people wear a mask while entering and exiting the building, or when they are within 6 feet of others. We do not request that people wear masks during the service itself unless they feel so inclined. We believe this to be a faithful application of the New Testament teaching on deference. Additionally, this is a practical way to fulfill Philippians 2:3-4, which states, “3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
At the same time, we recognize that implementing the principle of deference can be a slippery slope and lead to legalism if we’re not diligent to stay rooted in the gospel of grace. For this reason, and because of the general teaching found in the scriptures above, we do not believe it is wise or biblically warranted to make mask-wearing a rule or requirement for admittance into our worship service. It is ultimately a matter of an individual believer’s responsibility before God to do what he or she believes is best. Our motivation is to stimulate greater love and self-sacrifice, not greater laws and man-made stipulations.
We believe under no circumstance is a believer given freedom to judge another believer regarding whether they do or do not wear a mask (Romans 14:13-18).
We believe our ultimate example for how to approach the issue of masks is Jesus. As He has accepted us, we are to accept one another, regardless of one’s position on masks (Romans 15:1-7).
At the current time, due to a number of variables – the chief of which is that we are called to provide spiritual counsel, not health counsel – we are not in a position to comment on the efficacy of masks to mitigate the spread of covid-19 or advise people, on the basis of health, as to whether or not they should wear a mask.