April 8, 2020 — Though many things are different right now, we are still looking forward to celebrating Christ and His resurrection during our Easter Sunday morning service at 9:30am. Our worship team will lead us in song, and Pastor Jeff will be preaching an Easter message titled A New Day.
Easter gives us hope that no matter the difficulties we face in this life, Jesus is in the process of “making all things new!” (Revelation 21:5). Many people are looking for that hope, the hope we have “as an anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19). During this time, we have a great opportunity and responsibility to share the hope we have with others who have yet to find it. The Bible in 1 Peter 3:15 NLT says “worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”
Right now, we know there is little opportunity to share with people in-person, so we created a special video for you to invite others to join our Easter Sunday service. We encourage you to like and share the above invite video on your social media platforms, or email the link to a family member, colleague, or friend.
Here’s what else is happening this Easter weekend:
- Tune in Thursday at 12:30pm to hear from Pastor Jeff LIVE on Facebook and Instagram.
- Join us for Good Friday service at 6:30pm Friday on gracepsl.org/livestream and Facebook. There will be an interactive preservice, a special worship set, and then we will re-experience a previous Good Friday message together.
- Enjoy GraceKids At Home with your family at 9am (just before our normal Sunday service) on gracepsl.org/kidsathome
- Join our Easter Sunday service at 9:30am on gracepsl.org/livestream and on Facebook. During the service, we will be taking communion as a church family, so please make sure you have some bread and juice ready as you join the service with us.
Continue to check this page for frequent updates.
April 3, 2020 — Each week at Grace, an army of faithful volunteers serves in GraceKids, and they are dedicated to uniquely designing lessons and an experience with your child’s spiritual growth in mind. During this time of continued changes, one thing we don’t want to change is our investment in the lives of the children in the church family. That’s why we are excited to announce that starting this weekend, we will be streaming a special program called “GraceKIDS At Home” at 9am on Sunday mornings.
GraceKIDS At Home is all about teaching children about Jesus in a creative way. Each week will include worship, a short Bible story, and other fun videos from our friends at GoFish Resources, who provide the content we use each year during our summer Vacation Bible School. The content is engaging, fun, and most importantly, biblically solid and Gospel-centered.
Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” The Kingdom of God belongs to children, and we don’t want to allow the unique challenges of today to cause any of them to be hindered in coming to Jesus. So we encourage you and your whole family to join in each week – sing along, have some fun, and ask your children questions about what they watched and learned. Let’s all together continue to lead our children to, as Psalm 13 says, “call forth His praise.”
Watch this week’s GraceKIDS at Home on Sundays at 9am, and continue to check this page for frequent updates.
April 2, 2020 — Yesterday, the governor of Florida issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The order directs us to “limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” One included essential activity listed is “attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship.” This is in addition to continued adherence to social distancing guidelines.
With that in mind, while the stay-at-home order is in place, we will continue to operate as we have been, because we are conducting essential activities. The front office remains open during normal business hours, and we will still be having an online-only service each Sunday at 9:30am. The Food Pantry is still serving every first and third Saturday of the month from 8am to 10am, and our online prayer wall remains fully functional. Small groups are continuing the transition to meet digitally, and other regular gatherings remain canceled until further notice.
While we are thankful that our state government recognizes church gatherings as an “essential activity”, more importantly, we see in God’s word that being the church is essential to our spiritual health. In the book of Acts, we see gatherings both large and small. The way we do those will fluctuate and change, but as long as we are able, we will continue to be the church as best we can in this season. So we encourage you to remain committed to hearing the Word of God preached, worshipping together, bearing each other’s burdens, and praying for grace in this time of need.
March 28, 2020 — Due to the coronavirus, our Sunday service will continue to be online-only, and other regular gatherings remain canceled until further notice. In addition, we are now transitioning all small groups to begin meeting digitally by using a digital tool called ZOOM. For those who are in a small group, your group facilitator will have the details about ZOOM for your group specifically. If you’re not in a small group, this could be a great time to join one, and we’d love to help. You can contact us to let us know you’re interested in joining a group, and we’ll be in touch soon. You can also email Pastor Chuck via email@example.com
In addition to digital small groups, other canceled regular gatherings are also happening online throughout the week:
- Sunday service every Sunday at 9:30am on our livestream and Facebook.
- The Avenue young adults every Sunday night at 7:30pm and randomly throughout the week on Instagram and Facebook.
- 24/7 High School ministry every Wednesday night at 7pm and randomly throughout the week on Instagram.
Keep checking this page for frequent updates.
March 27, 2020 — One of our Core Values as a church is wholehearted serving. Since we are temporarily online-only, many of you will not be serving with your regular serving team for now. During this unique season, we ask you to take the time you would normally serve during the week, and dedicate it to praying for your church family. There are many needs that could be lifted up, and we believe that prayer is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Here are some prayer points to consider:
- Pray for any needs posted on the Grace Family Church prayer wall. You can also post your own needs here for others to pray about.
- Pray for those in our church family who are battling major health issues like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Pray for God’s healing, grace, and strength.
- Pray for those who have lost jobs or whose hours or pay have been reduced. Pray that God would provide and that they would trust in His provision.
- Pray for those who are fearful or anxious about real or imagined things. Pray that “perfect love would drive out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
- Pray for our church family to stay connected with one another. Pray that we would not let fear or distraction keep us from being the body of Christ and instead live like “each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5)
- Pray for your church leaders. Pray that God would give them the wisdom to navigate day-to-day decisions on how to serve and lead the body during this time.
Keep checking this page for frequent updates.
March 22, 2020 — We want to keep you connected with your church family online during this time, so make sure you’re following us on all our social media platforms. Each week you will hear from pastors on staff and see other content aimed at keeping you connected while we wait for the opportunity to meet together again!
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- Like Grace Family Church of Port St. Lucie, FL on Facebook
- Follow @gracepsl on Instagram
- Follow @gracepsl us on Twitter
The Avenue Young Adults
24/7 High School Ministry
- Follow @247yg on Instagram
Don’t forget, there are other ways to stay connected by visiting our website:
- Submit and pray for prayer requests on our PRAYER WALL
- Sign up to SERVE at the Food Pantry or in other areas of need that may arise
- STREAM our service live on Sunday at 9:30am, or rewatch the whole thing during the week
You can find ALL our updates on the Coronavirus situation by continually checking this webpage.
March 19, 2020 — As you by now have heard, we have temporarily moved our Sunday service to online-only, and canceled other regular gatherings. With these cancellations, it is more difficult to stay connected as a church family, but you can join our service this Sunday at 9:30am on gracepsl.org/livestream and our Facebook page. We will worship in song, give, and hear from God’s Word together, and there will also be an opportunity to chat with one another. In addition to joining our service online this Sunday, there are other ways you can stay connected to the life of the church that we want to draw to your attention.
SERVE: While most serving teams are temporarily not scheduled, it is likely that this crisis will offer many opportunities to share the Gospel and serve one another and our community. For this reason, the Food Pantry will continue to serve on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 8am to 10am. Of course, we will be changing our distribution methods in order to protect the health of our volunteers and visitors. If you know someone in need, you are welcome to inform them of the Food Pantry. We also anticipate that other needs will arise within our community and among elderly members of our own church family. If you would like to be put on a list to join the serving efforts of the Food Pantry or others that arise, please click here and we will be in touch with you in the future.
PRAY: Ultimately, this is a time to seek God’s face and pray. Romans 8 says “in all things, God works.” We believe that God is working through this time of great uncertainty and instability, and revealing how needy we actually are and how much we need the Gospel to stabilize us. Prayer is the way we demonstrate our faith in God as the One upon whom we depend. Our online prayer wall is a great place to post prayer requests and praise reports for the church family to carry or celebrate with you. Additionally, the church office remains open, and we welcome you to come to pray in the sanctuary or visit a pastor for prayer during normal business hours (keeping social distancing and sanitary practices in mind).
Keep checking this webpage for daily updates.
March 18, 2020 — Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Grace Family Church will be temporarily moving to an online-only service beginning this Sunday, March 22. We are also canceling The Avenue young adults gathering, 24.7 high school service, Women of Grace, and Primetimers gatherings until further notice. However, it is important for you to realize that we are not giving up meeting together, but simply meeting in a different way until this crisis ends. Please join us online this Sunday at 9:30am at gracepsl.org/livestream or on our Facebook page. We encourage you to invite others to join you as we worship, pray, and listen to God’s Word together.
This decision was not an easy one to arrive at but we feel confident is right. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our state government have issued guidelines that discourage meeting in groups larger than ten people in order to prevent the possible transmission of the virus. We feel that this is for the general wellbeing of society, and, therefore, in line with the command in Romans 13 to obey governing authority. All of society is bearing this burden together, and by not meeting in large groups we are doing our part to stop the spread of this virus, being a good witness to our community, and ultimately loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Since the CDC guideline for group meetings is ten people, at this time we will still continue to meet in our normally scheduled small groups which are usually less than ten people. In our small groups, we will continue to “prefer one another,” as Romans 12:10 says, by practicing good hygiene, avoiding handshakes, and staying at home if we are not feeling well. It is possible that some members of a group may feel comfortable gathering in person while others do not. We encourage group leaders to be understanding and supportive of each person’s conscience and to find ways to stay connected with members of a group who are not present.
As a society and as a local church we are sailing in uncharted waters. We have never faced anything like this before. Ultimately, this is time to seek God’s face and pray. As Romans 8 says, “in all things God works.” We believe that God is working through this time of great uncertainty and instability to reveal how needy we actually are, and how much we need the gospel not only to save us but also to stabilize us.
This is a very fluid situation and we will continue to monitor it and post all information and updates here on our webpage.
March 12, 2020 — Like you, we are well aware of the news on the Coronavirus and the concerns this has generated. Some concerns are based in fact, while others are based on speculation, projections, or worst-case scenarios. At times it is hard to know the difference and, if we are not very careful, fear can creep in which is not God’s will for His children. He does not intend for us to fear, but for us to use faith and wisdom, for “perfect love drives out fear” as 1 John 4:18 says. In not giving into fear, we will be holding service as scheduled this Sunday morning at 9:30am, in faith that the God we worship each and every Sunday is faithful and worth worshiping and serving together. Additionally, we intend to hold all other scheduled activities on Sunday and through the coming week. However, wisdom does lead us to take reasonable measures to ensure everyone’s well-being at these gatherings during this time. This Sunday and during this season, you can expect the following:
- Grace Family Church staff and the CONNECT teams at the doors will refrain from handshakes and hugs and instead will welcome you with a greeting, smile, and a fist-bump if you are comfortable with that.
- All exterior and sanctuary doors will be opened for you to minimize your touching of door handles.
- As they are twice a week every week, all common areas (such as the atrium and restrooms) will be cleaned and disinfected prior to service.
- As they are every week, all children’s classrooms, nurseries, and mom’s rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected (this includes toys, changing tables, and door handles) prior to service.
We also ask that you help us maintain a clean environment by using basic hygiene practices (washing hands, capturing coughs and sneezes, respecting the boundaries of others, etc.). Please keep an eye on your email for any changes or updates to the above. We look forward to worshiping and serving with you this Sunday, and let’s commit to be in prayer for those people and regions seriously affected by the virus.