Health Team Guidelines and COVID-19 Update

Comprising both members of the congregation and staff, the Gary Church Health team has been working this summer to find ways for us to be together in person, while following the safety recommendations of government agencies and the Northern Illinois Conference. Please know this information is subject to change if conditions regarding the coronavirus pandemic change. We will continue to offer a variety of virtual opportunities as well as limited in-person gatherings.

Worship

Services at Gary Church are livestreamed on Sundays starting just prior to 9 a.m. and recorded for later viewing. Members and guests are invited to sign in and join us online.

Programming

A variety of virtual and in-person studies and small group opportunities are available for all ages at times other than Sunday morning. 

Guidelines for Small Group Gatherings 

The following guidelines must be applied contextually with discernment. What might be safe for one group or one individual may not be safe for another. Before scheduling any in-person gatherings, keep in mind John Wesley’s rule of “Do No Harm.” As the conditions in Illinois change with the coronavirus, these guidelines may change.

Groups of 10 or fewer may meet inside. Masks must be worn at all times. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Keep at least six feet of distance from each other. No singing. No shared food or drink. Participants must preregister with the event organizer and answer screening questions. All events and room use must be scheduled through the Church Office. Upon entering door #5, there will be a check-in/screening area and hand sanitizing station. 

Funerals/weddings of 10 or fewer (including pastors and ushers) may meet inside. Masks must be worn at all times. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Keep at least six feet of distance from each other. No singing. No shared food or drink. Participants must preregister with the family and answer screening questions. Family must schedule the event through the Church Office and present the guest list to the Church Office. Upon entering door #5, there will be a check-in/screening area and hand sanitizing station.


COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE | OCTOBER 22, 2020

Services at Gary Church are livestreamed each week and recorded for later viewing. Members and guests are invited to sign in and join us online.

Limited appointment-only office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The building will remain locked. Upon entering door 5, there will be a check-in/screening area and hand sanitizing station.

Groups of 10 or fewer may meet in limited, designated spaces and will need to be scheduled through the Church Office. Funerals/weddings of 10 or fewer (including pastors and ushers) may also be scheduled through the Church Office. All gatherings must follow strict safety guidelines outlined on the Gary Health Team page. 

The safety guidelines must be applied contextually with discernment. What might be safe for one group or one individual may not be safe for another. Before scheduling anything in-person, keep in mind John Wesley’s rule of “Do No Harm.” As the conditions in Illinois change with the coronavirus, these guidelines may change. 

We are thankful for your continued giving to support the mission and ministry of the church. Please consider setting up online giving on the “Ways to Give” page of this website if you have not done so already. Please pray for one another and take good care of yourselves and your families.