All of us at Granada want to support you during the pandemic by sharing several resources with you. Please browse below and if there’s anything your family needs, feel free to call our GranadaCares Hotline. God bless you, may we all come out of this trial stronger.
Questions? Call the GranadaCares Hotline
Our community is hurting. The building collapse in Surfside this week sent shock waves through our city. This time the news isn’t coming from across the world. It is down the street, just a few neighborhoods over. It happened so fast. No one saw it coming. We know people that have been hurt. We’re sleepless worried about those that are missing. Our hearts are shattered. We feel a little less safe today than we did yesterday. We want to be able to help but we are not sure how.
Our first response is to run to God. In the process, we discover deep resources in the gospel. We see Jesus in tears over a shattered city. We see Jesus join others in grief when a friend has died. We discover in Jesus that God doesn’t pull away when we are in pain. He draws near. He doesn’t show up with intellectual answers but steadfast love weeping with us. More than that, he takes our losses as his own. In the process, he shows us the heart of God. It is good for us to be near Jesus when we are hurting.
So, what do we do? First, we love our city. We don’t run from loss, but we come alongside those hurting. We grieve with those that grieve. We find practical ways to help, and we lend ourselves to the work ahead. Our deacons will be helping to provide resources to those that require support. Our pastors are offering encouragement to those walking through grief. You can give to fund these efforts and find a way to serve.
Second, pray for the city. God invites us to cry out to him. Almost half of the prayers and songs in scripture include complaints or tears. God welcomes us when we pray our fears. He doesn’t despise honest grief nor is he threatened by our questions or doubts. Pray for those that are hurting and suffering loss. Pray for those missing or injured. Pray for our city and that this time will bring us together. At lunchtime on Monday, June 28th, our sanctuary will be open for prayer for the city, for those missing, for those grieving. Plan to set aside this time to pray.
Finally, let us extend God’s grace and love person to person. You can do this wherever you are in the city: in the grocery store, on the road, where you work and with your neighbors. When something monumental happens, let it provoke in us a greater love, patience, and kindness with one another. In so doing, we can reveal in our actions that each person matters to God.
Pastor Worth Carson
Changes beginning Sunday, May 16th
Dear Granada family,
We are thankful that God has been gracious to Granada during the COVID pandemic. We have not had any known cases of spreading COVID at any of our worship services. We have been careful to follow wise judgment in responding to CDC guidelines all along the way. We are thankful that vaccinations are readily available to all adults in our community, and that they have been declared successful in preventing the spread of fatal cases of COVID. The CDC has released new guidelines for fully vaccinated persons that will impact our operating protocols. These are the following changes you can expect at Granada worship services and events beginning Sunday, May 16th.
- Masks are no longer required outdoors.
- For fully vaccinated persons masks are optional indoors.
- Non-fully vaccinated persons are required to wear a mask inside buildings during services and small groups.
- We will continue social distance seating in the sanctuary.
- We will continue using ushers to seat and dismiss worship attendees in an orderly fashion.
Please read the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated persons here.
Continue praying for one another and living together with grace and kindness. Enjoy His presence in both the good times and the bad times.
We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday.
Update to our RSVP process
We are no longer requiring guests to RSVP for church on Sundays. During the past months, we have established a great seating procedure that has allowed us to be able to have ample space between parties in the sanctuary without the need for our congregation to reserve a seat beforehand.
The GranadaKids! team will continue to need a reservation from parents who wish to drop off their children at GranadaKids! Time on Sundays. Simply find the GranadaKids! submission form on the GranadaKids! page.
Please let us know how you are doing. Maybe you simply would like to pray with one of the pastors or you have fears to share. We stand ready to come alongside you. Alternatively, you can also text your message to 305-444-5376 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We can better serve each other if we know what is needed.
Pray. We find that when we are going through times of stress, God uses these moments as times of accelerated spiritual growth. God asks us to lean into our fears and draw closer to him and to each other as a result. We’d love to receive any requests you have for prayer and/or to have you share in this time of prayer for the nation and the world.
Participate Online. You can watch the services live or follow the link to watch the service afterward.
We love our family, but being confined together in the same house under pressure for so long has caused some stress fracture to show. Don’t let these feelings take over your relationship or grow into something more hurtful to your family. We are here to provide support. Use this confidential form to contact our counseling pastor.