June 28, 2020 — Due to the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to delay the reopening of GraceKIDS and Grace Students until Sunday, August 2. This includes the nursery all the way up to middle school. Obviously, this news is disappointing because we truly believe in the importance of what these ministries accomplish. However, this is simply a delay, not a cancellation. In the meantime, we will continue to offer our online program, “GraceKIDS at Home,” and the student center will remain available each Sunday morning for families to experience the service together. We look forward to welcoming back children and students safely on August 2.
June 14, 2020 — Last week, we announced that we are now in Phase Two of our reopening plan. As part of Phase Two, we are excited to announce we are reopening ALL of our children and student ministry spaces starting Sunday, July 5th! This includes the nursery all the way up to middle school. If you are a parent with children or students a part of these ministries, here is how we are preparing and what to expect when coming to church with children going forward:
- For your convenience, you will check your child(ren) into the same room they are used to. We will not be moving up to 2020/2021 school year rooms until school resumes for our area.
- All children and volunteers will have their temperatures checked prior to entering any GraceKIDS ministry space. Volunteers will be required to wear face coverings.
- All children and volunteers will use hand sanitizer before entering a room, between activities, and again as they leave the class.
- For classes that include a snack time, each child will received an individually wrapped, age-appropriate snack, and bottled water will be provided.
- Each child will use individually packaged crayons and craft supplies for any activities done during the service.
- Every classroom will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each use (this includes door handles, tables, counters, restrooms, toys, and supplies). In addition to regular cleaning procedures, the church will also be utilizing the services of Disinfect Tech, LLC to assist us with sanitizing the GraceKIDS area and other parts of the building on a reoccurring basis.
Important: there will be a limit to the number of people allowed in each room, and each room limit will be clearly marked. Space for children will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please cooperate with us as we do our best to accommodate who we can safely. We recommend arriving at church early to be sure your children can be checked in.
As the church reopens in phases, certain ministry teams (including GraceKIDS) need reinforcements while we wait for team members to return. If you are interested in serving during this time, please let us know by using our SERVE page. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
We are thrilled to be reopening these important ministries for our children and students. Keep checking this page and your email for more updates as we near July 5th.
June 6, 2020 — As the country continues to resume activity from the Coronavirus shutdowns and Florida has progressed in reopening, we are excited to announce that we are moving into Phase Two of our own reopening plan. Small groups are slowly resuming meeting in-person, and our young adults have been gathering for a few weeks coinciding with the resumption of in-person Sunday morning services. Just this past week, we welcomed back our high school students to their weekly service meeting each Wednesday at 7pm here at the church.
Phase Two also includes reopening children’s ministries for children 5 years old through the 5th grade, as well as our One-Way Middle School ministry starting on Sunday, July 5. We will be making adjustments to check-in, rooms, and age ranges while also prioritizing good health habits and sanitized spaces. You will receive updates regarding those changes as we approach reopening weekend.
In the meantime, until those ministries restart, we are temporarily opening up the student center for families to experience the service together each Sunday morning. If you have been coming to church but having a tough time with your kids in the sanctuary, or if you have been staying home for that very reason, we hope this helps you connect with the church family while keeping your kids engaged until children’s ministry is available.
In addition to children and students, the Women of Grace ministry will also resume gathering during Phase Two, with a return meeting planned for August.
Our service will still be available online each Sunday at 9:30am on gracepsl.org/livestream and on Facebook. Weekly devotions from our staff are still happening each Thursday at 12:30pm on Facebook as well.
Keep checking this page for updates.
May 5, 2020 — Last week, the Florida governor issued a plan for reopening the state in phases. In accordance with the guidelines for phase one, and after careful prayer and discussion, we are excited to announce that we are reopening the church building for Sunday service this Sunday, May 10 at 9:30am.
Just as the government is reopening in phases, we are also reopening in phases. We will continue to provide our Sunday service online at gracepsl.org/livestream for those who are uncomfortable or unable to return gathering physically. For the immediate future, our physical gatherings will be all-family, meaning no children or student ministries will be meeting. We will continue to offer our online program for children, “GraceKIDS at Home” at 9am on gracepsl.org/kidsathome, which you can replay at any time.
For those who plan to join our physical gatherings, for the health of you and the church family, here is how we are preparing:
- Building Fully Sanitized. This includes (but is not limited to) common areas, restrooms, counters, tables, rails, and door handles.
- Doors Propped Open. To minimize touching of door handles as you enter or exit parts of the building.
- No Contact. Greeters will wear face coverings, and staff and volunteers will refrain from physical contact like handshake and hugs. Instead, we will welcome you with a warm greeting and smile.
- Social Distance Seating. The sanctuary rows will be modified to create larger walking spaces, and certain seats will be purposely left unoccupied to maintain distance between individuals and families.
- Hand Sanitizer Available. Throughout the common areas for your convenience.
While in the building, please plan to maintain social distancing, and practice other healthy habits like hand washing, covering coughs or sneezes, and utilizing hand sanitizer stations as needed. Signage throughout the building will serve as visible reminders.
Of course, reopening also will begin to impact serving teams and other ministries as the phases move along, so more information will be coming out over the next few days and weeks ahead. All of this is subject to change, so please continue to check this page for frequent updates.
April 30, 2020 — Yesterday, the Florida governor issued a plan for reopening the state in phases. In light of this, we are in the process of discussing a plan to reopen the church with your safety as a top priority. Please continue to check this page for updates as we get closer to reopening.
On a related note, our Food Pantry has seen an increase in visitors during this time. To keep up with demand, we are in need of 12 additional volunteers to help serve at the food pantry this Saturday. For health reasons, we are asking for volunteers that are not considered to be vulnerable population, and face coverings and gloves are required (gloves will be provided). If you are able to help, please contact the church office at 772-878-2040 before 3pm Friday, and report to the church at 7:15am on Saturday.
April 16, 2020 — During this time, it is important to remember that God’s Word shows us how important the church is to our spiritual health. The way we do that 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. There are many ways to stay connected:
- WATCH. Join us each Sunday morning for service at 9:30am on gracepsl.org/livestream and Facebook for our Sunday morning service. For children and parents with children, each Sunday at 9am we are streaming a special program called GraceKIDS At Home. Also throughout the week, there are special live devotionals happening for high school students, young adults, and the entire church family on social media.
- SERVE. Our Food Pantry continues to serve on the first and third Saturday of each month from 8am to 10am. If you are interested in helping serve during this time, please let us know by clicking HERE. Our Food Pantry is also open to members of Grace Family Church who may be experiencing difficulty during this season. Please contact us and we will be happy to help.
- PRAY. For those who are not serving with your regular serving team, we ask that you take the time that you would normally serve during the week and dedicate it to praying for your church family. The best place to find and submit prayer requests is on our prayer wall.
- GIVE. When you give, you’re giving firstly to God, but your giving also enables us to stock our Food Pantry to serve the community, continue our efforts among unreached people groups, and keep our livestream and services functional. You can give online at gracepsl.org/give or mail a check in to our mailing address.
- CONTACT. This can be a time of prolonged challenges for many, and we are here to help. If you need anything during this time, please get in touch with us by calling the church office or by using the contact us form on our website. We are here for you and want to help in any way that we can, while we also point you to where our help comes from (Psalm 121:1-3a).
Continue to check this page for frequent updates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Grace Family Church
- 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.