Church Re-Opening August 3, 2020

The church officially re-opened on Sunday, August 2, 2020 with approximately 15 leaders and members in attendance. There have been several changes made in keeping with the CDC, state and city requirements for proper safety protocol during COVID-19. Below there are guidelines of what to expect on returning to Sunday worship service at GMCC. Only Sunday worship services are being held at this time. There will be no nursery services or Junior Church available. All other services and Bible studies will continue to be virtual until further notice. It is strongly recommended that members and guests who have underlying health concerns and seniors do not attend service in person. We will continue to stream our services live for those that cannot attend.

GMCC WORSHIP GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING

Please read these guidelines to familiarize your self with our procedures to promote the safety and well being of everyone. 

1. Entry and Exit to the church will be via the ramp door.

2. A brief screening and Handless temperatures will be checked before entering the sanctuary.

3. Members, guests, children 2 years of age and all adults must wear masks to enter the church and at all times when in the building.

4. If available, the church will provide a mask to anyone who does not have one.

5. Members and guest must sit in assigned and designated seats to ensure social distancing of 6’ a part. Please cooperate with the ushers and church leaders.

6. Worship will be expressive and high, we will lift up holy hands, but we will not sing to ensure micro molecules are not projected near others.

7. Only members from the same household may sit together

8. We ask that everyone follow the posted traffic patterns to ensure social distancing and a safe traffic flow.

9. We will not hold hands or physically touch or greet one another i.e. hugging and handshaking. This is to maintain social distancing and not spreading the virus in the event someone is asymptomatic.

10. Members and guest must sit at least 25’ from the pulpit

11. If more than one person is in the pulpit at the same time, they must maintain a distance of 10’ from one another.

12. Church will keep certain spaces/rooms locked to reduce the sharing of common spaces and need for cleaning.

13. We ask that everyone follow safety guidelines that will be posted.

14. We ask that members not congregate for long periods of time and that maintain 6’ distance for safety of everyone.

15. Bathrooms will be cleaned after each service.

16. If you are sick, not feeling well, have a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing please seek medical attention early and do not come to church. We will continue to stream our services live for those that cannot attend.

GMCC leadership will continue to review and evaluate these procedures as we hear from God and we learn to navigate in the midst of this pandemic.

Coronavirus Crisis and Re-Opening The Church

In light of the Coronavirus Crisis:

RE-OPENING OF THE CHURCH DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR SOME TIME IN AUGUST

Dear Church Family, July 2020

The Church Leadership has set a goal of re-opening the church building sometime in August for worship service on Sunday mornings for those that wish to attend and are well. There will be several new service protocols put in place to promote the safety and well being of everyone. These protocols have been developed based on the survey feedback you provided and CDC guidelines for places of worship. All other services and Bible studies will continue to be virtual until further notice.

 GMCC guidelines:

1.    Members, guests, children 2 years of age and all adults must wear masks to enter the church and at all times when in the building.

2.    If available, the church will provide a mask to anyone who does not have one.

3.    Members and guest must sit in assigned and designated seats to ensure social distancing of 6’ a part. Please cooperate with the ushers and church leaders.

4.    Only members from the same household may sit together

5.    We ask that everyone follow the posted traffic patterns to ensure social distancing and a safe traffic flow.

6.    We will not hold hands or physically touch or greet one another i.e. hugging and handshaking. This is to maintain social distancing and not spreading the virus in the event someone is asymptomatic.

7.    Members and guest must sit at least 25’ from the pulpit

8.    If more than one person is in the pulpit at the same time, they must maintain a distance of 10’ from one another.

9.    If you are sick, not feeling well, have a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing please seek medical attention early and do not come to church. We will continue to stream our services live for those that cannot attend.

10. Church will keep certain spaces/rooms locked to reduce the sharing of common spaces and need for cleaning.

11. We ask that everyone follow safety guidelines that will be posted.

GMCC leadership will continue to review and evaluate the following four key areas as we hear from God and we learn to navigate in the midst of this pandemic.

Four key areas –

·      Practical procedures and policies.

·      Finances. Budget adjustments and contingency plans.

·      Ministry models. Almost all of them have been disrupted.

·      Mission strategy. Think redemptive: spiritual (reconciliation to God), social (reconciliation to others), and cultural (reconciliation to what we do in the world and how we do it).

·      Timeframes: Many predict this is going to be a yearlong challenge.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO REOPEN THE CHURCH BUILDING

We are in need of several people between July 22 – 31st who are willing to help prepare the church to reopen for worship service

·      4 – 6 men are needed to help remove debris and thoroughly clean Buttry Hall, the handicap bathroom and back stairs.

·      6 – 8 People are needed to clean the front foyers, conference room, mailroom and stair cases

·      6-8 people are needed to clean the downstairs bathroom, downstairs hall, room and kitchen.

·      6-8 people are needed to clean the sanctuary, pulpit, and balcony.

·      4-6 people willing to post/hang signs and social distance markers.

Please contact Pastor Barbara at pastorbarbarahamilton@gmail.com if you are willing and able to assist.

Individuals unable to clean may make a donation toward cleaning supplies and equipment.

 “For the people had a mind to work” Nehemiah 4:6

 If we are going to reopen in August we will need to start preparing. Are you willing to join one of four work teams? If so, send me an e-mail at pastorbrucewall@aol.com.

WE NEED WORKERS FOR TEAMS

TEAM LEADERS

TEAM 1, A plan for the bathrooms. Kenneth, Renee and Edna 

TEAM 2, A plan for seating people in the pews. Michele. Lori and Carol

TEAM 3, Cleaning and disinfecting the sanctuary and church.  Wall, Greaves, Aharon and Eric 

TEAM 4, Ongoing meeting with the other church. Hobbs and Wall


GMCC SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED

Greetings GMCC Family, we would like you to respond to a survey to help us better understand your needs and in what ways we can improve to help us stay spiritually connected to each other as well as plan for our return to the church building. It will only take 5 minutes of your time to complete the survey and we hope to have 100% participation. Please check your email and respond the May 30th deadline has been extended. Thank you in advance. 

GMCC REMAINING CLOSED

Please be advised that our church door will remain closed as we prayerfully plan a process and procedures that promote the safety and well being of everyone. Therefore, we will continue to fellowship, pray, testify and teach virtually for now. Pastor Bruce and the GMCC leadership will be notifying you of an all-church virtual meeting to share the results of the survey and plan for our return. Until then we look forward to advancing the work of Christ through our radio, TV and social media network.

You can log on by using your tablet, phone or computer.

-BostonPraiseRadio.tv (watch on Screen One or Two)

-YouTube (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Facebook Live (Search for Pastor Bruce Wall)

-Roku TV (search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Apple TV (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Tuneinradio.com (Download the app and Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-the phone Dial 712-770-7534 and you will hear the prayer meeting and SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

service

 Join Us for Friday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 7:50

To View the Prayer Meeting:

Click on the Radio & TV tab in the menu above

-BostonPraiseRadio.tv (watch on Screen One or Two)

-YouTube (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV) or

-Facebook Live (Search for Pastor Bruce Wall)

-Roku TV (search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Apple TV (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

To Listen To Prayer Meeting:

-Tuneinradio.com (Download the app and Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-the phone, Dial 712-770-7534 and you will hear the prayer meeting and SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

service

 •Tithes and offerings can be sent directly to the church. Click here Giving (Push Pay) or Giving (PayPal). Tithes and offerings can also be mailed to 670 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 (No cash please. Checks or money orders only) or by text. Pull out your smartphone and text 77977. Type GMCCgive. You will then be able to type the amount you want to contribute and click whether it is a one time gift or a recurring gift.

•If there are concerns that require you to call the church please call 617-282-7794.

That line will be checked 3 times a day, once in the morning, late afternoon and at 9pm.

Messages will be relayed to the appropriate staff person.


Coronavirus Information

CDC

City Of Boston Coronavirus Site

Massachusetts Coronavirus Site 

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide for Homeless Support

Boston Homelessness Providers and Community Meal Programs

●     Resource Guide

Food Access

●     Free Breakfast and Meal Sites

●     General BPS Meal Needs

○     Contact Laura Benavidez (lbenavidez@bostonpublicschools.org)

●     Out-of-District Students

○     Contact Kristin Dearden (kdearden@bostonpublicschools.org) if you have been displaced out-of-district and are in need of food delivery.

○     All out-of-district students are eligible to receive food from one of the food pick-up sites in the school district where they reside.

●     Pandemic EBT Cards

○     Eligibility: All BPS students are eligible to receive a P-EBT card. These will be mailed directly to the address listed in ASPEN. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and does not impact a family’s or child’s immigration status. All undocumented BPS families are eligible for a P-EBT card.

○     Address Changes: Students whose address on ASPEN SIS is not up to date can call the BPS Helpline (617-635-8773) or Project Bread (800-645-8333) to update their address.

○     P-EBT Card Information Sheet

●     Boston Food Access Network (overview of relevant organizations)

Technology Access

●     Families experiencing homelessness can contact Brian Marques (bmarques@bostonpublicschools.org) to request a BPS Chromebook and/or hotspot.

Clothing and Hygiene Items

●     All BPS food pick-up sites have hygiene items available through Catie’s Closet.

●     Additional requests for clothing and/or hygiene items through Catie’s Closet can be made to Isatu Mansaray (imansaray@bostonpublicschools.org).

Housing Support Resources

●     The Housing Need Flowchart has been developed to help school homeless liaisons assist families to navigate to the right housing support service.

●     Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Housing Voucher Program: BPS families experiencing homelessness that meet the eligibility requirements should apply to receive a BHA Housing Voucher. Families can contact Kedan Harris (kharris@bostonpublicschools.org) for assistance to start the referral process.

●     Office of Housing Stability: In general, the City’s Office of Housing Stability is an excellent resource for families facing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

●     Rapid Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT): RAFT is a state-funded program that allows families and individuals to stay housed or move into their next home during periods of housing instability and crisis.

Legal Services/Unlawful Eviction

●     Greater Boston Legal Services

●     Boston Office of Fair Housing & Equity

●     MassLegalHelp COVID-19 Resources

Unaccompanied Youth

●     Unaccompanied youth are those students who are not only experiencing homelessness, but are without their parent or guardian.

●     No Safe Place to Sleep at Night: Unaccompanied youth who do not have a safe place to stay should go to Bridge Over Troubled Waters for shelter. Bridge can also support a variety of stabilization, wraparound services and access to Rapid Rehousing programs for youth through the City’s “Rising to the Challenge” youth homelessness initiative.

○     Eligibility for Rapid Rehousing

○     Rapid Rehousing Referral Form

●     Case Management and Service Referral Support: In general, BPS partners with JRI YouthHarbors to provide case management assistance, stabilization and connections to wraparound services for unaccompanied youth through their Housing Peer Navigators.

○     Housing Peer Navigator Referral Forms

Healthcare & Medical Needs

●     Boston Public Health Commission Homeless Services

●     Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program: Providing healthcare and access to medical services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Immigrant Families

●     Boston Office of Immigrant Advancement

○     COVID-19 Resource Guide for Boston’s Immigrants

Additional Resource Needs

●     HelpSteps Website & App: HelpSteps is an excellent tool to find social services based on need and location. These resources are also available via phone (dial 2-1-1).

●     General Requests for Assistance and Service Referrals: The BPS Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN) can assist with referrals to a variety of service needs.

○     Email Kedan Harris (kharris@bostonpublicschools.org)