Metanoia Church and Only By Grace Church will gather together at the Avalon Area of Patapsco State Park for a combined Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 4! Rain or shine, we will be gathering together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ!


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    Date: Easter Sunday, April 4
  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location: Patapsco State Park, Avalon Area (Arbutus), Shelter #105; 5254 South St, Halethorpe, MD 21227 (CLICK for map)
  • Cost: Bring a few dollars to pay for park access (charge is per person, not per vehicle)
  • Rain or shine!
  • Live stream on YouTube for those who are unable to attend

**Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. There will be seating under the pavilion, but some may prefer to sit outside of the pavilion and overflow seating will be in the grass.

**Guests will sit on alternating sides of the picnic tables to help with distancing between households. Please look for center pieces that will indicate on which side of the table you can sit.

**You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and stay at the park after the service to share a meal together.

***We are now collecting our annual Easter offering for church planting and missions. CLICK HERE to give.


Due to current COVID conditions, reservations are required. Click the image below to register.

COVID-19 Restriction Details

Outdoor Worship Policy

All outdoor worship health and safety policies are in effect. See below for additional details.

What about food?

You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch for yourself and your household!

Limited Attendance

Due to COVID restrictions, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to attend in-person. The number for attendance will largely be determined by restrictions placed upon us by Patapsco State Park and the weather. (Note: If it rains, significantly less people will be permitted to attend.)

Therefore, attendance is limited to a certain percentage of the first people to register from Metanoia Church and Only By Grace Church respectively.

Outdoor Worship Safety Protocols

Maryland requires wearing masks in public. Masks are a way to protect those around us in case we might expose others to illness. Wearing masks is a way to love our neighbor and protect the vulnerable during this time. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is also recommended by the CDC and state and local government. For this reason, we are requiring 6 foot distancing between households at all times.


  • All participants (5 and up) must wear masks at all times.
  • Masks should be put on before exiting your vehicle and cannot be removed until back in your vehicle (except while eating).
  • You may remove your mask during the sermon. Please follow the preacher’s instructions of when to remove and when to replace your mask.

Physical Distancing

  • Please observe 6 foot physical distancing in the parking lot and on your way to a designated seating area.
  • Seating areas are spaced 6 feet apart and will be indicated.
  • Parents are responsible for keeping children within their designated seating area.

Before you Come

  • If anyone has any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19, they must not attend the gathering and should participate virtually instead…
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Nausea or diarrhea
    • Shortness of breath
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • If anyone has been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 they should not attend the gathering for 14 days after exposure and participate virtually instead.
  • If anyone has traveled to a known COVID-19 hot spot or has been exposed to someone displaying any of the above symptoms within the last 10-14 days, they are recommended not to attend the gathering and should participate virtually.

Arrival and Dismissal

We want this to be as simple and enjoyable as possible under the circumstances, so here are a few guidelines to help you prepare for your time together and to ensure our time runs smoothly.

  • Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. There will be seating under the pavilion, but overflow seating will be in the grass surrounding and some may prefer to sit in the grass for extra distancing!
  • Arrive early to find and set up your seating area.
  • Masks on before leaving the vehicle.
  • Observe physical distancing of 6 feet when moving to your seat and while socializing.


Congregational singing under some circumstances is considered a higher risk activity. We are not medical professionals, but based on what we have read, we believe that a short gathering with masks and 6 foot distancing will offer the most protection possible for participants, but those who are at higher risk and have a low risk tolerance, should be aware that there will be singing and are welcome to choose the virtual option if preferable.


Children are an important part of our congregation, and we want children and families with children to feel welcome at our gathering. However, we also need to make sure that safety protocols of masks and physical distancing are observed.

Families are welcome to join us if children are supervised, wearing masks (age 5 and older), and staying with an adult at all times. Families with young children may consider sitting on the periphery to provide extra space for them to wander if restless. Older children may socialize with other children as long as they can maintain distancing.