THE WORSHIP GATHERING IS
BY RESERVATION ONLY
PLEASE ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING COVID-19 POLICIES
PLEASE ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING COVID-19 POLICIES
If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19 (or been exposed to anyone who has) in the past 14 days or if you have any cold-like symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, etc ...) that are not related to allergies, please do not come to church.
Frequent washing of hands with soap and water is advised. When this is not practical, we have provided hand-sanitizer stations for your convenience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are a church family, and as such we expect that people will show honor to one another by respecting each other's boundaries when it comes to social distancing. This will no doubt require us to communicate expectations to one another from time to time. If someone is inadvertently too close, politely let them know.
If there is plenty of room in the sanctuary, it is perfectly acceptable to simply put something on the chair next to you. On particularly busy Sundays it might not be possible for extra space. You can stand near the back, if you wish, or choose to listen through the speakers in the lobby. We find that our 11am gathering is a bit less full than the 9am.
The intinction mode (tearing bread from a common loaf and dipping it into a common cup) of serving the Lord's Supper worked very well for us when we were a portable church meeting in a middle school. We will always have fond memories of this time in the life of our church plant. It is possible we will employ this mode again on special occasions such as Good Friday.
Other than the occupancy limit imposed by the county Fire Marshall, we are not limiting the size of our worship gatherings.
Typically our 9am worship gathering has higher attendance than the 11am worship gathering. If you would like a bit more space, your best bet is to attend at 11am.
Pre-registration for New City Kids is made available due to limited space - not because of Covid-19 concerns. While registration is not required, it is recommended if parents want to ensure space is available for their child. New City Kids will continue to set aside space for newcomer's children in each class.
At New City Church, our vision is to live as the family of God, together demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel of grace to one another and our city. God has not placed it on our hearts to develop an online congregation. We believe that God is doing something very specific and very special within our model of missional community and corporate gathering - the livestream is not consistent with this calling.
Even if it was within our vision, a church our size, with an entirely volunteer tech ministry, is not equipped to maintain a livestream on an indefinite basis. Churches that do livestream ministry with excellence have full time staff, including a dedicated pastor of the online congregation.
Here is the simple truth: watching church online (even live) is not the same thing as being present with the body of Christ. If you are homebound for a time, or traveling, it is okay to miss church. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. It is okay, for a short time, to experience separation from your church family - to yearn for the time when you will reunite with them. Traveling can be an opportunity to visit other churches and be refreshed by a different part of the family of God.
We appreciate that you will want to stay connected with the series we are in. The sermon will be available each week by the end of Sunday as a video on YouTube. The audio podcast will also be available later in the week.
We are not discouraging the wearing of masks. Anyone who desires to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. We will continue to have masks on hand for those who ask.
Furthermore, we are encouraging those who do not wear masks to show honor and understanding to those who do - and vice versa. There are a lot of contradicting scientific studies, political opinions, and personal convictions surrounding the concept of masking. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are hoping that we will outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10).
New City Church is aware that some people are committed to wearing a mask. We have plenty of masks on hand.
Studies have consistently shown that hand washing with soap and water is still the best way to protect yourself and others. We have plenty of soap and water in the restrooms.
For convenience sake, we will continue to provide hand sanitizer stations in key locations throughout the church.
In general it is good for people to greet each other warmly. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 16:16, exhorts believers to "greet one another with a holy kiss."
The early church kissed. Our cultural expression of this is typically a handshake or perhaps a hug. More and more frequently we are seeing people do a fist-bump.
Part of being in a family together, means enduring the slight awkwardness of discerning whether or not someone wants to be touched when greeted. Choose not to be offended if someone simply wants to smile and wave. Choose not to be impatient if someone goes in for a hug and you have to ask them to stop.