How Grace Community Church is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Great Bend, Kansas

This post is reporting on how Grace Community Church, an EFCA Church which is west of Salina, Kansas is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are communicating about masks and worship. This church is what Jay Beauy is communicating to the congregation and the public. 

“Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.

Jeff Cooper

The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.[e] 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

Luke 16:14-17 ESV

This post is reporting on how the EFCA’s Grace Community Church in Great Bend, Kansas is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The update discusses the mask mandate in Barton County. This EFCA Church is led by Jay Beauy. This post contains both the rules about worship and the mask mandate in the county.

Grace Community Church is currently observing our normal Sunday schedule, with some modifications. As time goes on and we make changes, we will update this page with current information.

Please note: in accordance with the Barton county mask mandate, masks are to be worn insdie the church. Please see this page for more information.

If you are feeling sick, or if you or an immediate family member has a vulnerable health situation, please stay home for now. Also, if you are not yet comfortable gathering in a group of people, we understand. Our live stream will continue to be available on Sundays at 10:30am.


  • 9:15am: Sunday School & Adult Bible Fellowships
  • 10:30am: Worship service. Nursery and Little Grace Place (preschool children’s church) will be available for families with children.
  • 5:00pm: msm (Middle school youth group)
  • 5:45pm: hsm (High school youth group)

Social Distancing

  • Rows of chairs have been spaced out to be 6 feet apart
  • Within a row, please leave two empty chairs between groups of people who do not live together
  • Please wear a mask when you are in the church building. We have masks available if you do not own one or forget yours.
  • We will not have a greeting time during the service.

Other Safety Measures

  • The offering will be collected by means of collection boxes located by each set of double doors in the worship center.
  • Bulletins will be available on a table when you enter. Our weekly bulletin will still be emailed and posted online if you would prefer a digital copy.
  • We will not be serving coffee or donuts at this time. Water fountains will be closed.
  • We have removed all items, including Bibles, pencils, and information flyers from the chair backs. If you want to take notes during the service, please bring a writing utensil.
  • Doors will remain propped open as much as possible.

A Note About Singing

We believe that singing together is an essential part of corporate worship. In recent weeks, there has been concern over the practice of singing in a group (even when socially distanced) and its potential to spread COVID-19 and other viruses. Please use your judgment during the singing time.

Dear Church Family,

As you probably know, Barton County has issued a mask mandate for indoor public spaces.

There are exempt groups, which according to the Tribune include the following: “…children under 5 years of age, people who can’t wear a mask because of a physical or mental condition, people for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk related to their work, persons seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service (while they are eating or drinking), and athletes engaged in a sports activity.”

As always masks are available at the tables in our Welcome Center.

We would ask that everyone comply with the county requirements unless you fit one of the listed exemptions.

Given the number of cases of COVID county wide, we are happy that we are still able to meet together.

We’d recommend that if you have any additional health risk factors that you use good judgment about whether to attend our services in person.

As always, the live stream is available.

We love you all and pray for an end to this very soon.


Pastor Jay