Dear Grace Fellowship,
Based on President Ramaphosa’s address this week, it appears that the government plans to lighten restrictions somewhat in the days ahead. We hope that this will include a gradual relaxing of the restrictions governing church meetings. However, at this point, there is no guarantee that will be the case. Therefore, the elders have decided to reopen Sunday worship services at Grace Fellowship under the current Level 3 regulations.
Our target date is Sunday, 28 June, which will give us a week to make all the necessary arrangements.
We will follow all the Level 3 regulations for church meetings. We’ll review those regulations with you next week, but as you recall this includes no singing, no communion, no attendance by anyone with infectious symptoms or who is over the age of sixty or under the age of six, or who is in the high-risk category. Masks must be worn. Only fifty people can be on campus at a time, and so on.
In spite of all those limitations, we know that many of you (ourselves included) are keen to reunite in corporate worship. We plan to continue the current internet Fellowship Groups and children’s Sunday School classes for the time being: they keep us connected, especially those who can’t attend the services.
We will need plenty of help to reopen services—from sanitising crews to people running thermometers at the doors. Therefore, the elders might be calling on you to help in some way. Over the next few days, we’ll inform you regarding the time of services, sign-up procedures, and so on. However, we wanted to send out this initial email to let you know that we are targeting 28 June. God willing, everything will be in place, and we’ll be able to fellowship in at least a truncated fashion. Thank you for your prayers as we make all the arrangements.
Grace Fellowship, Pretoria