GRACE AT HOME
One of the wonderful things about the Church is that it is not limited by buildings or geography. We love gathering in person, but that isn't possible for everyone all the time. Grace at Home gives everyone the chance to gather together in worship and connect with others wherever they are!
Worshiping online is new territory.
Here are some tips to help you engage.
CREATE A DEDICATED SPACE OR ENVIRONMENT
Find a space in your home and set it up with two or three things that make your environment comfortable. Do you need candles? Your journal? Your favorite blankie? Whatever it is - when you have these things set up a certain way, that will signify it is time to worship, wherever you are.
Being at home creates opportunities for a whole multitude of distractions! Treat online worship like you would in-person worship. Keep it sacred. Don't try and multi-task. Don't do the dishes, while cooking lunch, updating your social media status while checking your email with worship in the background. That's a recipe for treating worship like entertainment. Turn off whatever devices you aren't using to stream worship and stick to your dedicated space or environment.
Speaking of entertainment, streaming is something we are all getting very comfortable with. We've probably even perfected those skills over the past couple of months! Because of that, we will need to intentionally and actively change our mindset. Remind yourself, "This isn't a show. This isn't entertainment. This is an opportunity for me to worship the living God."
SING OUT LOUD
If you aren't comfortable with your singing abilities, singing with only a few people in the room only highlights those insecurities. It might feel awkward singing in your living room or sitting at your breakfast table. But here's the deal. God doesn't care whether or not you are singing on key. God loves the sound of your voice. So celebrate God. Worship God. Sing loud, knowing that people across states and countries are singing along with you! Remember...even a joyful noise is music to God's ears!
CONNECT WITH YOUR GRACE FAMILY
Join us after worship on the days we're online only for Fellowship Time on Zoom. The link to the days' Zoom meeting room is posted in the comments on the video toward the end of the service. It's a little bit of time to see one another, catch up, and enjoy being together as a church family. (To find out more about using Zoom, click here.)