We are excited to begin welcoming our church family to in-person worship again on June 14. The word "begin" was used intentionally here, because that's exactly what this is- a beginning. We understand not everyone will be ready or able to return at this time. Be at peace in knowing we remain very much one body of Christ throughout this season, and support you in making decisions that are best for your circumstances.
New Beginnings is a church family, and we are committed to returning to in-person services in a way that protects the health and well being of our family. As we move into this new season, protecting our church family means making changes to our Sunday morning routines. Though change can feel daunting, and often uncomfortable at first- progress is impossible without it. God is the originator of change, after all! Change is in the very core of what it means to be a Christian, as we are all made new through Jesus Christ.
Read on to learn what plans are in place, as we prepare to
resume in-person worship.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES:
will be our traditional service
Masks are required for attendance at this service
Attendees will experience piano music unaccompanied by voices at this service, as at this time congregational singing is not permitted.
will be our contemporary service
Masks are strongly recommended at this service
Attendees will experience our praise band leading an instrumental worship at this service, as at this time singing is not permitted.
Both services are "FAMILY SERVICES", all ages are invited to attend.
AS YOU ARRIVE:
Please follow all posted guidance and security team instructions for parking and entering the building.
You will be directed to a seat based on where you enter the building, please come prepared to sit in a different location than you normally do.
The coffee bar will be closed- feel free to bring your favorite beverage from home to enjoy during the service.
We ask that you maintain social distancing, giving at least 6 feet of separation from others (except those who live in your household).
Chairs are arranged in "Family Style Seating", please select a row for your family, sitting apart from all other attendees.
Out of respect for the varying levels of comfort and concern present in the congregation, our staff will not initiate personal contact with attendees. We'd love to hug each of you, but will refrain until its safer to do so.
AS WE WORSHIP TOGETHER:
Hymnals and Bibles have been removed for the time being- be encouraged to bring your own Bible from home for use during the service.
We will not engage in passing of the peace at this time. A wave and a smile are always encouraged!
We are unable to share communion at this time.
The offering plate will not be passed- you'll find baskets provided at the rear of the church to receive your offering and prayer requests.
AS WE DEPART FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER:
Social distancing is requested as you exit.
Please take a moment to spot check your seats, being sure you're removing all personal belongings.
Follow all posted signage and verbal instructions from the Pastor and Security Team instructions for exiting.
The playground is open under parental supervision only.
Know you are loved and prayed for each week!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
WHO SHOULD REFRAIN FROM ATTENDING SERVICES ON CAMPUS?
- Those who fall into a high risk category, as defined by the CDC
- Those who are, or have recently been sick
- Those who have any symptoms of Covid-19- including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shaking or muscle aches, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell
- Those who have been exposed to someone who has symptoms of
Covid-19, or to someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19.
IF I CANNOT COME TO SERVICES ON CAMPUS, WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR ME AT HOME?
Recognizing the decision to return to our church campus for worship is not possible or prudent for every member of our congregation, we plan to continue providing online viewing options each Sunday. A full virtual presence will remain in place to support all members.
HOW WILL THE CHURCH PREPARE TO RESUME IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
A thorough cleaning will take place before each Sunday morning service.
Hand sanitizer is available for use while at church.
Masks are available, however, we kindly ask you bring your own mask if you have one.
WILL MY SMALL GROUP OR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS BE MEETING AT THIS TIME?
Sunday School classes will not meet on campus until further notice, and are encouraged to use an online platform for connection during this time.
Small Groups with less than 10 members may reserve one of our large group spaces (Room 7, KidLink Worship, Sanctuary, or Picnic Shelter) to use for Small Group gatherings.
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR CHILDREN'S/ STUDENT MINISTRIES?
Children's/Student Ministries will continue using online platforms during this time. These groups will not meet on campus until further notice. Leaders are hard at work making plans for the future, and will continue providing digital content each week.
Our on campus services are designated "Family Friendly" services, all ages are welcome to attend. Parents are invited to bring a digital device with WIFI capability and earphones to access the digital content available via email email each Sunday. (This email and content is also available for use at home)
IS THIS THE NEW NORMAL? HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
For now, this should be considered the new normal. These alterations represent Phase 1 of a 3 Phase plan. We will continue to monitor and adjust as circumstances evolve. Updates will be communicated through our social media platforms and newsletter.
If you have questions, prayer concerns, or would like to talk with a staff member, please plan to reach out to the staff via email or phone. Limiting in-person interactions protects the health of both parties.