Updates from Pastor Daniel Norris – Coronavirus Response

Update 3/26/20

Grace World, it has been a blessing to watch as you have reached out and ministered to this community.  You’ve taken heed to our advice, taking refuge in Christ our Rock and taking refuge in one another.  At the same time you have not held back from embracing the great commission.  In a time when so many business doors, school doors, government doors in our community are shutting, you’ve opened your hearts and doors wide to minister to the Nature Coast!  Thank you for being who Christ called you to be!

Beginning on April 6th, Grace World and Joseph House will be partnering to provide free to-go lunches for our community every Monday and Wednesday at noon.  We will serve until we run out.  The meals on Monday and Wednesday will be provided at the church.  Joseph House will continue to serve a supper on Fridays at 5pm on Josephine St.   If you know someone to whom this would be a blessing please let them know. 

I also want to make you aware that our state has issued a health advisory to all Floridians over the age of 65 to stay home as much as possible, self isolate and avoid crowds.  This virus is particularly harmful to those who are over the age of 65 and to those of any age with underlying health concerns.  I encourage you to follow the advise of our local health department and make use of all the online content we are providing for you as a church to keep you connected.

Our campus is not closed, but we have limited access to certain areas and functions.  Until further notice all midweek campus activities are suspended.  We have also prioritized the livestream for our Sunday morning service and recommend that you enjoy our service from the safety and comfort of your home.   That’s right, live from the Dome into your home.  We look forward to seeing you online this Sunday at 10am.  Parents, if you log on early to the live stream, at 9:55 Pastor Jacob will be doing a devotional with your kids.

It is important for you to know, that while we have limited access to the campus during this time.  The doors do remain open.  A church is a hospital for the hurting and a beacon of light for the lost.  As long as we are able to and it is safe to do so,  we will not close our doors to our community in this time of great need.

If you need the office for something during the week, please call first.  If we can provide assistance by phone, that will help us limit traffic.  If you do need to come in person, please enter through the office lobby.  You will note that we have new procedures in place for access.  All of this is done in observance with CDC recommendations and for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.  We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate this new season. 

If you choose to come to the Dome on Sunday please note the following:

  • Only The Dome will be open for the 10am Service. 
  • All GraceEquip Classes, Grace Cafe, Grace Kids, Grace Kids, Jr are suspended.
  • The FLC and Christian Ed buildings will be closed. 
  • Entrance to the Dome will only be allowed through the foyer.  
  • Our Dome allows ample room to practice social distancing. 
  • If you are sick, showing symptoms of sickness, or have a member of your household who is sick, please remain at home.  Make sure you call your doctor and then let us know so we can be praying for you.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene by following the CDC recommendations. 
  • If you are elderly or have underlying health concerns, protect yourself by avoiding crowds.
  • Do not feel any pressure or guilt to attend.  We are prioritizing and recommending the livestream.
  • If you do not have a reliable internet connection or are unable to watch our service.  Let us know and we can provide a CD or DVD or the service.  We do not want you to miss out. (Please contact Pastor David Looper – david.looper@graceworldag.org)

One final and important note, during this time it is so important that distance does not create disconnection.  As your pastor I want to know every person who calls Grace World home is connected and cared for in a GraceConnect group.  We have over 40 groups available on our website that you can click and register for at this moment. I am not asking you to sign up to meet in a home. That is not possible for many at this time.  However, just because meeting together isn’t possible, we can still connect together.  Our group leaders have stepped up to stay in contact with every member of the church during this time.   Please find a group and engage with that group online and with your leader.

Jenna and I love you and we are praying for you and your family.  Your church is here for you. If you have a need, let us or your leader know.

Daniel K Norris,

Lead Pastor

Update 3/24/20

Dear Grace Family,


Sunday I shared that in times of great shaking two things will take place.  1) Everything that can be shaken is revealed 2) Everything that can not be shaken is revealed.  It is important in these times that we take notice which things are which.  Today I asked Pedro Rodrigez, our Men of Grace leader, what things in your life have been revealed as unshakable in these past two weeks.  Without hesitation he said, “My faith has not been shaken.”  He said its reassuring in times like these see how our faith is proven in times of trial.
When the ground beneath us becomes unsettled, know that there are solid things, sure things upon which we can retreat and find refuge.  My friend, I don’t have all the answers for trials and tests that life has thrown our way, I just have the Answer.  You know Him as well.  He is the One who holds tomorrow.  He is the one who said, “don’t worry about tomorrow.”  Remain in Him and together we will triumph.
Today many families across our nation and community are presently dealing with the virus.  Let us lift them up in prayer as we continue intercede for our nation in this time of crisis.  Many of neighbors and within our nation are frightened.  They are looking for hope.  You and I are carriers of that hope!  During this time, don’t miss the opportunity to embrace the great commission and be about the our Father’s business.  Let’s win souls in the season!  It truly is ripe.
To give you an update concerning our schedule.  Our pastoral team and our worship and creative arts department has worked diligently to provide content for your family during this time.  We’ve created a schedule of times and online venues when you can expect ministries to go live or drop content.  
In terms of our campus schedule.  We are currently at a Level 3 response (see my update from 3/17/2020). This means that all midweek campus activities are suspended and access to our office is limited.  We have prioritized the live stream for our Sunday Morning service and recommend that you enjoy our service from the safety and comfort of your home. 
It is important for you to know, that while we have limited access to the campus during this time.  The doors do remain open.  A church is a hospital for the hurting and a beacon of light for the lost.  As long as we are able to and it is safe to do so,  we will not close our doors to our community in this time of great need.
That said, If you need the office for something during the week, please call first.  If we can provide assistance by phone, that will help us limit traffic.  If you do need to come in person, please enter through the office lobby.  You will note that we have new procedures in place for access.  All of this is done in observance with CDC recommendations and for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.  We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate this new season. 
If you choose to come to the Dome on Sunday please note the following:

  • Only The Dome will be open for the 10am Service. 
  • All GraceEquip Classes, Grace Cafe, Grace Kids, Grace Kids, Jr are suspended.
  • The FLC and Christian Ed buildings will be closed. 
  • Entrance to the Dome will only be allowed through the foyer.  
  • Our Dome allows ample room to practice social distancing. 
  • If you are sick, showing symptoms of sickness, or have a member of your household who is sick, please remain at home.  Make sure you call your doctor and then let us know so we can be praying for you.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer.  Avoid touching your face.  If you have to sneeze or cough, use your elbow. 
  • If you are elderly or have underlying health concerns, protect yourself by avoiding crowds.
  • Do not feel any pressure or guilt to attend.  We are prioritizing and recommending the livestream for you.
  • If you do not have a reliable internet connection or are unable to watch our service.  Let us know and we can provide a CD or DVD or the service.  We do not want you to miss out. (Please contact Pastor David Looper – david.looper@graceworldag.org)

Last, I want to remind you that during this present some we must take refuge in Christ and refuge in one another.  It’s the way we weather the storm and come through victorious on the other side.  We are coming through this and we are coming through together.  
To this end, we have added over twenty new Connect groups to our website.  I am asking everyone who calls Grace World home go to www.graceworldag.org and sign up for a group.   I am not asking you to sign up to go into homes, or connect outside of the church.  This is about connection and care.  We need one another and our Grace Group leaders have stepped up to stay in contact with every member of the church during this time.  You may have to be distant, but you don’t have to be disconnected. 
Know that Jenna and I are praying for you and your family.  We Love you and our church is here for you.

Daniel K Norris,

Lead Pastor

Update 3/20/20

Dear Grace Family,

Yesterday Hernando County declared a local “State of Emergency” after four people were confirmed to have the coronavirus.  Our county officials have asked our community to observe the CDC recommendations to help mitigate the spread of this dangerous virus.  To help our congregation honor that request, we are recommending that you enjoy our service from your home this Sunday at 10am. 
We will be streaming the service from the Dome into your home at 10am.  You can access that stream at https://www.graceworldag.org/livestream as well as https://www.facebook.com/graceworldag/.
Our doors will remain open as it is a conviction that the church is a vital part of the community.  A church is a hospital for the hurting and a beacon of light for the lost.  As long as we are able we will keep doors open to serve our community in a time of great need.
If you choose to come to the Dome on Sunday please note the following:

  • Only The Dome will be open for the 10am Service. 
  • All GraceEquip Classes, Grace Cafe, Grace Kids, Grace Kids, Jr are suspended for the next two weeks.
  • The FLC and Christian Ed buildings will be closed. 
  • Entrance to the Dome will only be allowed through the foyer.  
  • Our Dome allows ample room to practice social distancing. 
  • If you are sick, showing symptoms of sickness, or have a member of your household who is sick, please remain at home.  Make sure you call your doctor and then let us know so we can be praying for you.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer.  Avoid touching your face.  If you have to sneeze or cough, use your elbow. 
  • If you are elderly or have underlying health concerns, protect yourself by avoiding crowds.
  • Do not feel any pressure or guilt to attend.  We are prioritizing the livestream for you.
  • If you do not have a reliable internet connection or are unable to watch our service.  Let us know and we can provide a CD or DVD or the service.  We do not want you to miss out. (Please contact Pastor David Looper – david.looper@graceworldag.org)

This is the greatest moment I have ever seen for the sharing of the gospel.  The harvest truly is ripe and there is an urgency in this moment to share the life changing news of Jesus with our friends, family and neighbors.  What a great opportunity to invite a friend to your home to do church with your family.  Don’t miss the season!
Also we’ve taken Grace Kids and Ascend youth ministry online as well.  You can find that content on our Facebook page and soon access it on the website.
All changes and updates will be first announced and uploaded to our website HERE.  Be sure to check the site often for the latest changes.
Grace World, remember we are in this together and will get through this together!  
Jenna and Love you and our church is here for you.
I’m looking forward to seeing you this Sunday at 10 as we worship Jesus together all across the Nature Coast.

Daniel K Norris,

Lead Pastor

Update 3/18/20

Tonight we broadcasted a one hour livestream from the Dome.  We had people watching not only from our church but also from all around the world.  Grace World Outreach Church reached out to the globe tonight!  We didn’t realize that we had been preparing for this moment for the past two years.  Grace, you were called for such a time as this!

I announced several important updates to our schedule and explained our response plan with the congregation.  We are all navigating through unfamiliar waters and uncertain times.  I appreciate your grace as we continue to seek God’s guidance on the way forward.

Firstly, our Sunday Morning 10am service will be streamed live from the Dome.  For the next two weeks we encourage you enjoy our service via the livestream broadcast.  That said, our doors will be open.  The church is a hospital for the hurting.  In times of troubled waters it remains a beacon of light for those who are lost. 

If you choose to come on Sunday please note the following

  • Only The Dome will be open for the 10am Service. 
  • All GraceEquip Classes, Grace Cafe, Grace Kids, Grace Kids, Jr are suspended for the next two weeks.
  • The FLC and Christian Ed buildings will be closed. 
  • Entrance to the Dome will only be allowed through the foyer.  
  • Our Dome allows ample room to practice social distancing. 
  • If you are sick, showing symptoms of sickness, or have a member of your household who is sick, please remain at home.  Make sure you call your doctor and then let us know so we can be praying for you.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer.  Avoid touching your face.  If you have to sneeze or cough, use your elbow. 
  • If you are elderly or have underlying health concerns, protect yourself by avoiding crowds.
  • Do not feel any pressure or guilt to attend.  We are prioritizing the livestream for you.
  • If you do not have a reliable internet connection or are unable to watch our service.  Let us know and we can provide a CD or DVD or the service.  We do not want you to miss out. (Please contact Pastor David Looper – david.looper@graceworldag.org)

During this unprecedented season I want to share with you four things we must do as a church for one another.

  1. Maintain my CONNECTION to the body

    In times like these, you need the church and the church needs you. In the coming weeks I need you to prioritize our Sunday service and connection in a GraceConnect group.  Our Sundays will be our collective rally cry and our groups will be your vital connection to the body.  
  2. Maintain CONTACT with the body

    I commit to keeping constant contact with you.  We use various means to communicate but our website and text messaging will be the primary source. Make sure you’re signed up for text message updates by texting the word “CONNECT” to 833-222-2597 and book mark www.graceworldag.org.
  3. I must remain CHARITABLE towards the body 

    In order for Grace to care for your family and this community we must remain financially healthy.  In the days to come there will be a lot of needs in our church family and community.  Your faithfulness in giving enables us to meet those needs.
  4. Faith says I must CARE for the body

    The early church had no choice but to care for one another.  They survived and thrived because they looked after one another’s needs.  We must embrace this attitude. 

    If you would like to help in leading a GraceConnect group please email robert.brosher@graceworldag.org and if you have a need contact our pastoral care department at david.looper@graceworldag.org.

Lastly, I shared our road map for the months ahead.  We are entering a storm that none of us has ever faced before, yet this congregation is well prepared to not only survive through, but thrive as well.  One thing Floridians know how to do is survive a storm.  We know how to take refuge in the storm, how to rebuild after the storm and how to revive into a new normal.  We will face this storm together and will be stronger on the other side.  

This is the graphic I discussed during tonight’s broadcast.  For a full explanation,  please watch the video.  I begin to discuss this at the 50 minute mark. 

Grace World, you are an amazing church.  I want you to keep your head high and be filled with faith.  These days ahead will be trying times, but this is where the church has always thrived.  These are great days and you are up for the challenge.  Don’t be discouraged or dismayed.  This is the season to see signs, wonders and miracles!

Know that you are in our prayers,

Daniel & Jenna 


Update 3/17/20

Grace World Family, 


Today our intercessors gathered to lift up our community and congregation before the Lord.  There are many who are troubled over what they see on the news and read online.  Each family is trying to navigate through these times of uncertainty and preparing for the unknown.
When I feel uncertain or stressed, my go to is Psalm 91.  Let me encourage you to pray this Psalm over your family daily.  Make it a declaration and invitation to find yourself taking refuge in Christ.  Those who do, find rest from the storms of life and the promise of God’s provision and protection.  No matter the problem, Christ is the solution.
Please know that we are praying for you everyday.  If you need prayer or have a need, let us know.  You can send prayer requests here https://www.graceworldag.org/prayer-requests.
I want to remind you that we have suspended all midweek activities at our campus for the next two weeks.  This means our Royal Rangers,  GEMS Girls Club, Ascend Student Ministries, and GraceEquip groups will not be meeting.  
This allows us to create distance between our campus activities and limit the areas of the church we must monitor and sanitize during a gathering. Your safety and security is a top concern for us and we are following the local and state health department’s recommendations for gatherings. 
Tomorrow evening, I need you to join me for a special livestream at 7 pm.  This event can be accessed on our Facebook page and website at https://www.graceworldag.churchonline.org.  We will have a time of worship together and share with you our response plan for the days and weeks ahead.
If you haven’t yet signed up for our text updates, please do so. You can text the word “CONNECT” to 833-222-2597.  
We will get through this, and we will do so together!  

Jenna and I love you and we are praying for you.

Daniel K Norris


Update 3/16/20

Grace World Family,

We continue to monitor the recommendations of our local and state health departments.  Out of an abundance of caution and to provide distance between our activities we are suspending our midweek programs for the next two weeks.  This means all classes and groups that meet on campus Monday-Saturday are postponed.
Compassion Food will take place on Saturday with new distribution methods.  Our prayer team will also be gathering tomorrow for a time of intercession for our nation and community.  If you have any needs, please share them with us at https://www.graceworldag.org/prayer-requests.
We will update you on Wednesday concerning the Sunday service. 
This Wednesday evening at 7pm we invite you to join us online for a special live broadcast from  the dome.  We will stream live to www.graceworldag.org and to our Facebook page.  If you have a question concerning the current crisis please comment below or send us a message.  I will try to answer as many questions as I can during that time.
Last, please make sure you are signed up to receive updates from the church.  Text the word “CONNECT” to 833-222-2597.  
Know that Jenna and I love you and are praying for you and your family.  We will get through this together and will be stronger on the other side!

Believing For Revival,
Daniel K Norris

Update 3/12/20

Dear Grace World Family,

Jenna and I send you our love and greetings.  I trust and pray you are doing well and most importantly enjoying the presence of our Lord.  We count it an honor to serve such an amazing church and are looking forward to celebrating Jesus with you this weekend!

This Sunday, I took a few moments to address the outbreak of the coronavirus and offer some wisdom from the Word of God on how we as people of faith should respond in times like these:

  1. Live by FAITH not FEAR. 
    Paul’s words to Timothy is wisdom for us today.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (1 Tim 1:7)  The media has stirred up a lot of fear and many have been swept up into the hysteria.  Remember, the name of Jesus is greater than every other name and this virus, named “corona,” is no different. 

    As people of faith, let us pray for our nation and those families affected by the illness.  Pray for the virus and fear to cease. Last, pray that the Lord would turn what the enemy meant for evil for our good and cause our nation to turn to Him in repentance.  Pray with me for revival!
  2. Walk-in Wisdom
    God has called us to pursue wisdom and exercise good judgment in all things. Right now, there is a lot of false information being shared about the virus. You can find the most reliable recommendations and news on the CDC website. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)  One of the most practical things you can do is practice good hygiene by washing your hands often and not touching your face.  If you are in poor health or if you are not feeling well, please stay home and consult your doctor. 

    It is also good for you to know that our facilities and children’s areas are cleaned and sanitized after each use.  We use best practices to ensure the safety and security of our property.  This has always been the case, and it is in moments like these that you appreciate the strong dedicated team that serves this church.
  3. Stay Connected to the Body
    Know that you are part of an amazing church family.  It’s true, there really is no place like Grace!  If for any reason you are unable to attend service on a weekend, know that we still have a great way for you to stay connected.

    Being 24/7 digital and on-demand has been a priority for the church for the past two years.  Our Sunday service is streamed live and is rebroadcasted every Monday evening at 8:30 pm so you don’t have to miss anything.  Everything you need to communicate and connect with the church is available online, including online giving. (Our online giving has recently changed, so now is a good time to check that your info is updated.)

    Should the need arise we will always communicate important information on our website (www.graceworldag.org) and social media (facebook.com/graceworldag).  Make sure you are following us checking back often for updates.
    Likewise, if you need us, feel free to call the church office at 352.796.3685 and ask for our Pastoral Care department or request to be added to our prayer list https://www.graceworldag.org/prayer-requests.  Every week our intercessors and pastors lift up the needs of our church before the Lord.
  4. The Gospel is the Answer!
    People all across the nation presently talking about the virus.  They are concerned about their own well being.  Perhaps the most important thing to remember in times like these is the incredible opportunity to share the Gospel with those who need it most!  Rather than feed into their fears, choose to speak faith instead.  The Gospel has always thrived in times of uncertainty.  The church was birthed for moments like this!  Let’s simply be who Christ called us to be and offer hope.

Respond to FEAR with FAITH! These are the moments the Church was made for!

Believing For Revival,

Daniel & Jenna Norris