New City Fellowship

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Phone: (540) 899-5349

​Address: 200 Prince Edward St,

Fredericksburg,  VA 22401

COVID -19 Protocol

Brothers and Sisters,

 

I want to thank those of you who joined us for the worship service today, March 15th, either online or in person.  Please know we were just trying live streaming out today through Facebook and hope by next Sunday to have better equipment.  With that said, the Session met after church on March 15th and made the following decisions.

 

1. Starting March 22nd we will go online only for Sunday worship services.  This will be reassessed every Friday as to how long only online worship services will continue.

2. Of course the above decision means besides no public worship services, there is no Sunday school, Kids Worship, Communicant Class, Pioneer Club, or Youth Group until public worship services resume.

3. Each person in the Church Staff will make their own decision if they plan to work from home or come into the office.  Please call the church office if you need someone to be there to meet your need.  I, Pastor Bob, plan to be in the office as always on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays unless called out of the office for some reason.

4. Care Groups will meet at the discretion of the leader and those in the Care Group.  Please, however, follow the at-risk protocols mentioned in previous emails and presently online. For your convenience here is a brief summary of what you will find online.

  • ill or sick currently, or a family member is sick or ill 

  • immune-deficient or immune-compromised

  • significant underlying conditions of the heart, lung, or kidneys, diabetes, or immune suppressing conditions

  • seniors, especially with any of the above conditions

  • health professional in contact with those who may be or are infected with the virus.

 

5. The Elders will be contacting everyone on their shepherding list to see if you have a spiritual or physical need. If it’s a physical need, they will contact a deacon or deaconess.

Please let us know if you are running short of supplies to care for yourself and/or your family and if childcare or care for other family members is needed.

 

6. When public worship services resume and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together, we will be using individually wrapped cups of juice and wafers until further notice.

 

7. Last, but not least, we are calling for a day of fasting and prayer for March 19th.  Here is the brief prayer list we gave you before with one addition.  This list will be added to as more prayer requests come in.

 

  • all those who are ill, the families of the sick, and those who have lost loved ones, at the local, commonwealth, national, and worldwide level

  • the health, safety, and wisdom of all medical professionals who are working to care for and attend the sick, in addition to advising us in the general public

  • the wisdom of those in temporal authority over us as they seek to do what is best for the common good

  • our brothers and sisters in Christ, missionaries, and pastors around the world that have been even more impacted than us

  • the wisdom of your pastors and church leadership at New City as we assess our situation and make decisions in the coming days and weeks  

  • that we as Christians will be a light to the world by how we act around others during this crisis and in how we serve our community, our family members, and friends.

Please understand we are taking these precautions not for ourselves, but for the good of others.  Even in my own household each member has a different way of looking at this crisis and have different amounts of fear over the possibility of being infected.  I cannot impose my response on others.  I am simply called to minister to those who are most vulnerable and most frightened.  Therefore, I have decided to suspend my series on Genesis for several weeks and plan on starting a brief series on how the Bible speaks to the issue of fear.  Which fears are normal and which fears show a lack of faith?  How do we deal with fear so we take the necessary precautions without allowing fear to cripple us.

I also feel I need to add that no leader or group of leaders can get it right all the time.  This is true in our nation and in our churches and families.  Let us be gracious knowing each is doing the best they can under the circumstances.  We must remember in the past and in this situation there are many ministers of Christ, health professionals, and emergency professionals who are putting their own lives at risk to care for the sick and needy.  We do not just owe them our prayers, but also our gratitude.  We always welcome your input and suggestions.

Isa 41:13:  For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."

All for Him,

Pastors Bob and Mark and The Session

March 15, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Isa. 41:10: “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  I love how God’s Word reminds us we have nothing to fear from all that is going on around us in this world because our God is in charge and always has good things planned for His people.

 

I thought it best to give you an update about what our plans are for tomorrow’s service and in the weeks ahead.

 

First, here is what we are planning for tomorrow.

 

  1. There will be both adult and children’s Sunday school at 9:30 am.

  2. We will have our worship service at 10:30 am.

  3. There will be Kid’s Worship for those who choose to use it.  You may choose, as always, to keep them in the worship service.

 

Here are some things we will all need to do to remain safe from this virus tomorrow.

 

  1. Pioneer Club and Youth Group is cancelled until further notice

  2. Ushers are asked to open the outside door when people are entering so as few as possible touch the door surface.  This will mean ushers will have to be outside to open the door for people.

  3. The greeting time of the service will be cancelled until further notice.  Please keep some distance from others and avoid greetings that involve physical touch—handshakes, hugs, etc.

  4. The offering plate will not be passed during the worship service.  Ushers will be standing at the sanctuary doors with the offering plates so you can place your gift in them.  Also you can give online through PayPal at this link https://www.newcityfellowship.org/donations

  5. Ushers will put bulletins on the back table for you to pick up rather than passing them out and after this Sunday having a church bulletin will be cancelled until further notice.

  6. All activities having food are cancelled until further notice.  The recognition reception planned for Elaine Ramos has been cancelled until a later date.

  7. After this Sunday, all outside groups will be restricted from using the building.  We do not consider Classical Conversations an outside group but they have moved all classes for Junior and Senior High online and all classes in the building are cancelled until further notice.

  8. Hand sanitizer will be provided in the sanctuary as well as in lobby one and throughout the building.  Please wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before and after Sunday school and Worship services.  All children and nursery workers are to wipe down all surfaces consistently

  9. Remember these guidelines and also go to the church website for more information,  Click on Coronavirus protocol

These folks should avoid coming to the worship service.

  • ill or sick currently, or a family member is sick or ill 

  • immune-deficient or immune-compromised

  • significant underlying conditions of the heart, lung, or kidneys, diabetes, or immune suppressing conditions

  • seniors, especially with any of the above conditions

  • health professionals in contact with those who may be or are infected with the virus.

  • The session has scheduled a called meeting after church on Sunday to craft contingency plans for the coming weeks and will communicate information in a timely fashion as necessary.

Please know all of you are in our prayers.  The pastor, elders, deacons, and deaconesses are here for you.  Keep us in prayer for wisdom as many decisions have to made in the weeks ahead as to how best to keep you safe and to minister to those who are affected by this virus.

Trusting in a Loving and Gracious God,

Pastors Bob and Mark and The Session

March 14, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

We hope you are well and healthy!

 

As your pastoral staff, we want to let you know that we are aware of and evaluating the evolving situation of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  We are going to be neither dismissive nor panic as we assess these developments.

 

At this time, the worship service this Sunday will go forward as planned, as will all other Sunday activities.  However, we would encourage you to remain home if any of the following apply (per CDC guidelines for prevention): 

  • ill or sick currently, or a family member is sick or ill 

  • immune-deficient or immune-compromised

  • significant underlying conditions of the heart, lung, or kidneys, diabetes, or immune suppressing conditions

  • seniors, especially with any of the above conditions

  • health professional in contact with those who may be or are infected with the virus.

On Sunday, when you come to worship, we will also ask the following: 

  • wash hands thoroughly before and after worship

  • use hand sanitizer while here

  • be smart about physical contact with others, including refraining from physical contact if you believe this is necessary to do

  • pastors may not be shaking hands; we love you, but we also want to be smart for all of our members and ourselves

Our goal is for our worship and church activities at New City to remain a safe and healthy environment for all.  We appreciate your part in helping us achieve this goal.  Let us be smart, use common sense, and take appropriate and concrete steps in this way as we love our brothers and sisters in this church community and in our wider community.

 

Going forward, we the pastors, in coordination with the leadership of the church, will continue evaluating the situation locally and nationally as we consider what other steps may be necessary.  This is a fluid situation; please be patient with us but know that we are keeping abreast of the situation, and we are prepared to take any further steps with regard to worship services or church activities that we deem appropriate or necessary for the well-being of our church community.

 

In the meantime, let us commend to God in prayer:

  • all those who are ill, the families of the sick, and those who have lost loved ones, at the local, commonwealth, national, and worldwide level

  • the health, safety, and wisdom of all medical professionals who are working to care for and attend the sick, in addition to advising us in the general public

  • the wisdom of those in temporal authority over us as they seek to do what is best for the common good

  • our brothers and sisters in Christ, missionaries, and pastors around world that have been even more impacted than us

  • the wisdom of your pastors and church leadership at New City as we assess our situation and make decisions in the coming days and weeks  

Have confidence in these prayers, for we know that God hears us and inclines unto us if we call upon Him in faith (Psalm 40:1; James 1:5), and He is our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

 

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Bob or Pastor Mark.  Neither of us are doctors, but, if you want more information on COVID-19 or strategies to help with prevention, the CDC website has some straightforward and helpful information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

The Lord bless and keep you all, and we will see you Sunday in worship!

 

Your Pastors,

 

Pastor Bob and Pastor Mark

March 12, 2020