Social Distancing Guidelines for New Covenant Church Services:

9:00 am Service (socially distanced service in which the congregation is masked the entire time)

10:30 am Service (socially distanced service in which the congregation will wear masks upon arrival, during singing and recitations, and upon departure, but unmasked when listening only)

Before you register, please read the guidelines below.

GUIDELINES

As you know, Governor Pritzger has started Phase 4 of the reopening plan in Illinois. This change allows churches to open with limited capacity and specific safety protocols. Our goal is to make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable in returning to NCC’s church services. So we’re following the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. Thus, the services will look a bit different from what we’re all used to at New Covenant.

Here are some NCC specifics you need to know:

  • While we are trying very hard to avoid the spread of COVID-19 by being as clean as possible, you need to know that it is impossible to maintain a sterile environment. Please note that you are joining the church service at your own risk.
  • Signage will instruct those who are sick or have been in contact with known COVID patients to stay home and refrain from attending worship service for 14 days in case of contact with a case of COVID or 14 days after all symptoms abate, in the case of infection.
  • Masks are mandatory inside and outside the building. It is still advisable to cough or sneeze into the arm, as opposed to the hand. 
  • Everyone will be encouraged to wash their hands before attending a service, to avoid touching their faces, to refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or touching others outside of their immediate families, in any way.
  • All restrooms will be wiped down after each person uses the restroom, by that person, using disinfectant and wipes provided. A more thorough cleaning will happen between worship services.
  • Door knobs and pew rails will be wiped between services.
  • Refreshments will not be available. Please remain six feet apart from all non-family members.

RSVP

  • Our seat reservation forms will be open until Saturday at 9 a.m. the week of the service. At this time seating is limited. If a service meets capacity, the link will no longer work. We are asking everyone who wants to attend to register with us each week. A livestream of the 10:30 service, and post service video option for home worship, will also be available.
  • You must reserve seats for each Sunday service you are attending. If you do not reserve a seat for you and each member of your family, we may not be able to accommodate you on Sunday morning.
  • Every service will be less than an hour in length, and strict cleaning procedures will occur between each service.

PRECAUTIONS:

BEFORE CHURCH

  • Please use your restroom at home.
  • Please take your temperature at home before leaving for church. If you have symptoms of any kind, please do not attend in person. Instead, choose to watch the service online.
  • Please arrive 20 minutes early to check in.

AT CHURCH

  • After you park, head to the check-in by the front door, and we’ll guide you from there. Everyone must be seated by an usher.
  • Please wear masks inside and outside, and observe appropriate social distancing during our time together. 
  • Please obey all signs and follow all traffic-flow instructions.
  • Please use the church restrooms only in an emergency.
  • Please use the designated trash can.
  • Please use the designated offerings box for your gifts.
  • Every service will be less than an hour in length, and strict cleaning procedures will occur between each service.
  • We will be creating a touchless environment that includes no passed offering baskets.
  • In order to maintain the recommended social distancing during the services, we will practice one-way travel through the building and will be leaving four open seats between every family group seated in the sanctuary.
  • We will not provide coffee at this time.

January 14, 2021

 

 

Greetings!

In this extraordinary moment, when the church finds herself blown about by the gusting winds of culture, how do we realize our calling? This Sunday Pastor Chris will share a new message in our “Wind & Flame” preaching series on “God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways,” from Acts 13:13-52. Please join us at 1 Bunting Lane. Remember to RSVP for 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Reminders

We’re offering three worship service options:

    • 9 a.m. socially distanced service in which the congregation is masked the entire time. 
    • 10:30 a.m. socially distanced service in which the congregation will wear masks upon arrival, during singing and recitations, and upon departure, but unmasked when listening only. 
    • livestream of the 10:30 a.m. service.

Giving

To securely give to NCC, you can:
    • place your gift in the church offering plate on Sunday morning;
    • write a check, made out to New Covenant Church and mailed to: 
      1 Bunting Lane, Naperville, IL 60565;
    • go to our website; or
    • use Pushpay.  

Thank you for faithfully and consistently giving to the Lord and to this ministry!

Covenant Kids

  • Children ages 2 through first grade will meet during the 10:30 a.m. service downstairs in the WOW room.
  • Children in grades 2 through 5 will not meet this week.
  • Family Resources (with sermon and service notes) are available here.

Bulletins

COVID-19

    • We appreciate your cooperation in the wearing of masks and practice of social distancing. If you don’t feel well, please stay home as a precaution. Our COVID-19 guidelines are here.
    • While we’re working hard to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable at our services, a sterile environment cannot be guaranteed. Come at your own discretion.
    • Your personal information is used exclusively for pastoral care purposes. It is not shared outside of New Covenant Church. 

Don’t forget

    • The sermon and service videos will be available here later on Sunday.
    • Please RSVP (for one service only) and volunteer!

UPDATE:The livestream of the Christmas Eve service now will be offered at 5 p.m., not 6:30 as Pastor Chris says in this video. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
 
Advent reminds us that Jesus Christ came to make the crooked places straight and the rough places level. In other words, He came to people who long for comfort and joy. That’s one reason why, after such a difficult year for so many of us, this Christmas has the potential to be so meaningful.

 

God’s providential hand on New Covenant Church through this summer has been extraordinary. We’ve enjoyed worshiping outside on our south lawn nearly every Sunday, in addition to our indoor and online services. But as the crisp autumn air sharpens into a frosty chill, we know that we again need to approach our worship with flexibility and creativity. That is why, in the video below, Pastor Chris is excited to tell you about our new winter worship plan.

 
Our new format will begin this Sunday, October 18. Please don’t hesitate to send questions to elders@newcovenantnaperville.org. You will receive a letter on Friday from Elder Chairman Karl Pennings explaining more details of our winter services.