FROM THE PASTOR (July 8, 2020)

Dear Family of Faith,

Below is An Update on Communion and In-Person Worship

We are delighted to announce plans for communion and in-person worship services at the direction of the Session of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. As we return to these important patterns in our life of faith, there are many things that will feel comforting and familiar, and there are things that will be different. We trust that the Holy Spirit is at work in our midst as we move forward together in ways that will protect the most vulnerable.

Communion will be offered during pre-recorded worship services on July 12 and 26, and August 2 and 16, so that we can safely share in this sacrament from our homes. You can access these pre-recorded services from our website. Whenever you watch the worship services for these dates, please come prepared with some kind of bread and with “fruit of the vine” – juice or wine, your choice! The liturgist will bless the elements and then invite you to partake, knowing that the Spirit unites you with our Lord, our church community, and with Christians around the world as we share this sacred moment in new ways.

In-person worship will resume beginning Sunday, July 19, at 5 pm on Trinity Terrace.   Seating will be limited to 50 people.  We expect to hold this service every Sunday that weather permits us to be outside.  In order to protect our staff, community, and congregation, this will be different from our typical 5 pm service in several ways. 

  1. Reservations are required. Reservations will open the Monday prior to worship at 9 am and will close at 4 pm each Friday. Reservations can be made either online through our church website (see the green button on the bottom right side of this page) or by calling the church office at 313-882-5330 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm.  We will have a waiting list and may announce additional changes to our reservation process if more people would like to attend than we are able to accommodate.
  2. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. Before entering Trinity Terrace, your temperature will be taken, and you will be asked a few questions regarding your current health status.  While waiting for your turn, please practice social distancing in the parking lot.
  3. Seating with social distancing will be practiced based on your reservation. Chairs will be prearranged to accommodate your reservation with the understanding that seats will be placed far enough apart to minimize virus transmission.  Do not move chairs that are already in place.  If you need additional seating, please acquire additional chairs from the garage area.
  4. Entering and exiting Trinity Terrace. Please enter and exit Trinity Terrace through the large gate next to the Little Club and be mindful to continue social distancing.  At the end of worship, all participants will be dismissed in an orderly way by the worship leader. Please wait for your row to be called. 
  5. Masks are required. All participants over the age of two years are required to wear a mask. 
  6. Worship Participation. Worship practice will not include the use of printed bulletins or song books.  We will not have congregational singing.  Music during worship will only be instrumental.  Communion will not be offered. Passing of the Peace will not include physical contact. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to worship, gathering as a community, and seeing one another face to face. If, however, you are at high risk for COVID-19, we encourage you to take good care of yourself and worship from home. Our pre-recorded weekly worship will continue to be available online and can be accessed through our website. These worship services are released at 9am every Sunday. Whether we worship virtually or in person, we trust that God hears our prayers and unites us into the one body of Christ.

May God’s grace and peace surround you this day and always,
Rev. Sarah Godbehere
Associate Pastor

I’ve Got Peace Like a River
Sung by GPMC’s virtual choir and soloists.

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