We’re coming back! Over the last two months, New Life has done our part to help our community and our state deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. It was right for us to show our love for our community by physically distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. Now, after helping to “flatten the curve” as we were asked to do, it is time for us to come back together for worship in the same building. Thank you to all who helped us with our recorded services.
While we will be opening up for on-site services this Sunday, May 31st, there will be significant changes as we go forward. We look forward to the day when we can get back to normal socializing with each other, but we’re not there yet. Until then, here is what we are asking you to do.
1. If you are uncomfortable going out in public because of the virus, please feel free to continue to stay home. We will be streaming our services live for you to be able to see the whole service while maintaining physical distance. If you are in the higher risk groups because of age and underlying health issues, we want what is best for you and certainly support any decision you make to remain cautious.
2. If you are not feeling well or exhibiting any of the symptoms related to Covid-19 (fever, cough, etc.) we ask you to stay home.
3. Please wear a mask from your car into the building. Once you are in your seat in the sanctuary, you are welcome to take the mask off during the service. After the service is completed, while you are returning to your car, please put your mask back on. Of course, if you would prefer to leave your mask on during the service, you are more than welcome to do so. We want you to be safe according to what you think is best for you. We will have masks on hand if you need one.
4. Please do not shake hands or hug others. You may feel comfortable making physical contact with others, but many people are not ready for that yet. Show your love by respecting their choices.
5. We have removed chairs from the sanctuary in order to help with distancing by providing empty spaces. You are welcome to sit beside someone who lives in your house with you, but please do not sit right beside someone who does not. Of course, if you have been visiting extending family during this time, you are welcome to sit beside one another because you have already expanded your circle.
6. We will not be providing any separate children’s ministries at this time in the building. There is simply no way that we can do this while following CDC guidelines. Children will stay with their parents in the sanctuary.
7. During this time, we will limit our on-site activity to the worship service. No morning Bible study, nor after-service fellowship time. We will not be passing out bulletins, nor will we be passing the offering plates around from one hand to the next. Our ushers will be standing at the back at the close of the service holding a plate for you to drop your offering into without touching it.
Finally, we fully recognize that not everyone will agree with the measures we are taking. Some may feel we have gone too far, while others may feel we have not gone far enough. Knowing that we cannot accommodate everyone’s desires, we have sought to find a happy medium that reflects our values and our commitment to love one another. By this fall, we will have a better understanding of what physical distancing measures we should maintain, and which measures we can relax.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (586) 872-8215.