Social Distancing Guidelines for New Covenant Church Services:

9:00 am Service (Outdoor Service, congregational singing without masks)

10:30 am Service (Indoor Service, congregational singing with masks)

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. You may remove your mask for our outdoor services once you are in your designated circle.
  • 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.
  • There will be no childcare or Sunday school classes. Diapers should be changed in the main floor bathrooms and the changing station should be wiped thoroughly with using disinfectant and wipes provided after each use.
  • There will be no communion at this time.
  • Refreshments will not be available, but a social time will be held after the worship service, on the south lawn. 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 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 according to the attendant’s instructions, head to the check-in by the front door, and we’ll guide you from there.
  • Please wear masks inside and outside, and observe appropriate social distancing during our time together. You may remove your mask at our outdoor services once you are in your designated circle.
  • Choose your social distanced assigned seating and allow the usher to seat you.
  • 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, and no need to open doors or touch handles.
  • 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.

AFTER CHURCH

You will have a dedicated area outside after the service for a time of social distanced fellowship.

July 9, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

John Higgins, who was an NCC member here for seven years, will be filling the pulpit this Sunday! John runs a YouTube channel called The Bible is Art that produces videos explaining the literary artistry of the Bible. He is married to Jillian and has three children: Briasson, Ella, and Lola Bea. On Sunday morning he will lead an excursion back into our “Wind & Flame” series. John’s message is entitled “The New Israel,” based on Acts 4:32-5:11.
Here are the Sunday morning particulars: 

Service times
    • 9:00 a.m. This will be an outdoor service (weather permitting, congregational singing without masks).

  • 10:30 a.m. This will be an indoor service (congregational singing with masks).

Outdoor tips
  • Prepare for hot weather.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Consider bringing a water bottle, hat, sun screen, umbrella, bug spray, etc.
  • The outdoor service will be moved indoors if necessary.

COVID-19
  • Masks remain mandatory at both services. Outside, you may remove your mask when in your protective circle.
  • Our COVID-19 guidelines are here.
  • Come at your own discretion.

Don’t forget to RSVP (by 9 a.m. Saturday) and volunteer!
 
May the Lord Jesus bless and prepare you for Sunday worship!

In Christ,

Pastor Chris
 

July 2, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

Happy Independence Day Week!

Annual Meeting on Sunday

As we pause to give thanks for this great land in which we live and consider ways to serve it in Christ’s name, we also remember the blessings of membership as New Covenant Church. Yes, it’s time for our Annual Meeting this coming Sunday, July 5, at 2 p.m. All voting members are encouraged to attend.

Zoom details
  • Because of COVID-19, the meeting will be held via Zoom.
  • Here’s how to join: Just click this link for the live video conference.
  • The password for the meeting is: 1.
  • If you would rather phone in, just call 312.626.6799; Meeting ID: 525 732 9579.
Important note: Each member should join the meeting on a separate device so that each person can vote.

Annual Report

To help you prepare for the meeting as a voting member of NCC, please read through the 2020 Annual Report. You can download a copy online.
 
Thank you for taking seriously your responsibility as a member of New Covenant Church!

Sunday morning worship

And of course we will be meeting again for worship at 1 Bunting Lane. Given the July 4th holiday and all we are facing as the people of God in the run-up to the elections, I plan to preach a special message entitled “How to Live Between Now and Election Day (and Beyond).”
Service times
    • 9:00 a.m. This will be an outdoor service (weather permitting, congregational singing without masks).

  • 10:30 a.m. This will be an indoor service (congregational singing with masks).
Outdoor tips
  • Prepare for hot weather.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Consider bringing bug spray, water bottle, hat, sun screen, umbrella, etc.

COVID-19
  • Masks remain mandatory at both services. Outside, you may remove your mask when in your protective circle.
  • Our COVID-19 guidelines are here
  • Come at your own discretion.

RSVPs
  • Please RSVP by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Click on the link below.
Videos
  • Go here for the sermon and service videos later on Sunday.

This is a big day in the ongoing ministry of New Covenant Church. I’m grateful for you and am looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!

In Christ,

Pastor Chris

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

Roy Patterson will be preaching during our worship services at 1 Bunting Lane this Sunday, June 28th.You won’t want to miss his sermon, which is entitled “Just Because I Have a Dream, It Doesn’t Mean I Haven’t Had Nightmares“! His text is Genesis 37:2-8 and 50:10.

Roy is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity International University. He hosts three nationally syndicated programs and has a passion to see the body of Christ united through worship, work, and sincere fellowship. He is Special Assistant to the President for Community Relations at MBI. Roy has been married to his wife, Lynette, for over 30 years. They have three children. 

Please note that during this season of COVID-19 precautions, attendance at our worship services is at your own discretion. They will be held half an hour earlier than last week:

– 9:00 a.m. This will be an outdoor service (weather permitting, congregational singing without masks).

– 10:30 a.m. This will be an indoor service (congregational singing with masks).


It’s going to be HOT again on Sunday, even during the earlier service times. Please do whatever you can to keep cool. You’ll want to dress appropriately. Here are a few items to consider bringing: bug spray, water bottle, hat, sun screen, umbrella, etc.

Masks remain mandatory at both services. Outside, you may remove your mask when in your protective circle. Our COVID-19 guidelines are here.

Please RSVP by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Just click on the link below.
We’re so grateful for all of our volunteers, who are indispensable. Please thank them on Sunday. To join them, click on the link below. Thank you!
May the Lord Jesus prepare our hearts to worship Him on Sunday and receive our friend Roy Patterson’s message for New Covenant Church. God bless you!

In Christ,

Pastor Chris 

P.S. – If you’re a voting member, please remember to pray and prepare for our 2020 Annual Meeting (via Zoom), at 2 p.m. next Sunday, July 5th. The 2020 Annual Report is here.

 

June 22, 2020

SERVICE TIME CHANGE: To beat the heat, this Sunday, June 28th, we plan to hold our worship services at 9 a.m. (outdoors, weather permitting) and 10:30 a.m. (indoors, with masks). Please RSVP!

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June 18, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

We are now hitting our stride with the return to corporate worship services at 1 Bunting Lane. I want to give my sincere, heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who have been stepping up to the plate as ushers, cleaners, and more during these challenging days.

And thank you to all our members who are praying, giving, and shining as lights in the midst of much spiritual darkness in our nation. What a comfort to serve a resurrected and reigning Christ together!

Please note that this coming Sunday, June 21, we plan to hold TWO worship services:

– 9:30 a.m. This will be an outdoor service (congregational singing without masks).
– 11:00 a.m. This will be an indoor service (congregational singing with masks).

Masks are mandatory inside and outside the building. Outside, you may remove your mask when in your protective circle. You can find our other COVID-19 guidelines here.

Please RSVP by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Just click on the link below. Thanks! But please note that you are not obligated to come. The 11 a.m. service will be recorded, produced, and uploaded to the NCC YouTube channel. By Sunday evening you should be able to find the link here.


We’re blessed that Dr. Duane Litfin will be preaching this Sunday. Duane, who has shared God’s Word at NCC before, is president emeritus of Wheaton College, where he served for 17 years. His message is entitled, “A Portrait of Faith,” based on Psalm 131. “My goal,” Duane says, “is to help people understand what they did when they trusted Christ for their salvation. Psalm 131 is a cameo portrait of what faith looks like in practice.”
Before I close, I want to ask you to consider volunteering as we open up our church services. We need one another. Please click on the link below. Thank you!

 

May the Lord guide and bless you the rest of this week and prepare your heart to worship Him on Sunday. Please know that New Covenant Church is here for you.

In Him,

Pastor Chris 

P.S. – If you’re a voting member of NCC, don’t forget our 2020 Annual Meeting (via Zoom), scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5th. You’ll find a copy of the 2020 Annual Report here.

June 3, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Last night a team of women and men from New Covenant held a Zoom meeting to discuss our rapidly evolving plans to hold church services at 1 Bunting Lane this Sunday, June 7Now we need your help.

For those who can go (a video option will also be available), we are aiming to provide an indoor service at 8:30 a.m. and outdoor services at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. There are many ways you can help our amazing leadership team to pull this off, but the time is short. We need the following:

– Ushering Team
– Sound Team
– Sanitation / Disinfecting Team
– Help Elderly RSVP

Please go here today to volunteer. Thank you!

We’ve all been longing for the day when most of us once again can meet together corporately as a church. That day, God willing, is this Sunday. Therefore, let’s lift our drooping hands, strengthen our weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet. With God’s help and your participation and prayers, we can do this!

In Christ,

Pastor Chris

P.S. – We are in conversation with the Naperville Police Department to ensure that we proceed safely and sensitively to the happenings in our community.

May 28, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

So, what’s ahead for the ministry of New Covenant Church? Well, Governor Pritzker says much of the state will enter Phase 3 of his plan to reopen Illinois—the recovery phase—today, May 29th. Under the state’s stay-at-home order, religious services with 10 or fewer people are currently allowed. Unfortunately, gatherings of 50 or fewer people will not be allowed until Phase 4 of the reopening plan, beginning no earlier than late June.

So, with these guidelines in mind, we want to do a number of things. The first is to begin “chair and share” fellowship gatherings. “Chair and share” is a creative way, for example, to visit a friend from church and sit down outside to enjoy conversation. We also want to hold small worship meetings in which participants can watch the service together, pray over it, and discuss it. And we can’t forget having our growth groups meeting in person once again! We’ll be providing guidance of our own on each of these things.

And, of course, we’re looking forward to Phase 4, when we hope to begin meeting in multiple services on Sunday mornings. We’ll provide more details in the coming days, so stay tuned.

If you’re looking for a prayer and share or small worship meeting to join, contact us as at the link below
and we’ll help you get set up with a group near you.

In Christ,

Pastor Chris

May 18, 2020

The people of New Covenant Church in Naperville came through in a big way! We collected nearly sixty care packages for Englewood Family Outreach on Saturday, May 16! A big thank you to all who donated, wrote notes, baked cookies, packed boxes, prayed, and otherwise supported this effort. It was a tangible expression of Christ’s love for our neighbors on Chicago’s South Side. 

The care packages provided a range of Covid-19 supplies (hand sanitizer, TP, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, etc.), food (mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly), spiritual support (Bibles and hand-written notes of encouragement), and other items. EFO’s Daniel Bair delivered all the boxes, to the delight of many Chicago families. EFO seeks to restore communities by proclaiming Christ, training in godliness, and empowering the vulnerable. May He bless and encourage them (and us) in the days ahead.

New Covenant Church will be looking for more opportunities to make a difference among our neighbors amid the pandemic. As always, we invite your ideas and appreciate your support. To see comments from Englewood Family Outreach and pictures of the event click here.

April 30, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

The COVID-19 crisis has stretched us as a church community in many ways. Some of us have gotten sick. Most of us are sheltering in place. A few of us have lost our jobs, suffered financial setbacks, or are simply lonely. A number of us need practical help to get through the week. Many of us have drawn closer to the Lord. All of us have been challenged or stressed in one way or another. So I’m very pleased to tell you about two new NCC initiatives that will help us to support one another and others as the Body of Christ.

The first is our New Covenant Prayer site. It’s our online portal to share a need, meet a need, and lift each other up in prayer. This new resource for NCC is a great way to help or be helped! 

Don’t worry if you need prayer but want to keep a matter confidential. We can help without compromising your privacy. Just click the bar below to get started.

 

We’re so grateful for your partnership with us in the good news of Jesus Christ. As we walk together through the current crisis, we rely upon the empowering presence of God’s Spirit to guide our every step.  

In the Risen Christ,

Pastor Chris

April 3, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in Naperville and around the world, let us take a few moments to pray for all the medical professionals on the front lines. Often going without adequate sleep, rest, or medical supplies, they are laboring to keep us all safe and treating those who are battling a sometimes-deadly illness. We are so grateful for their sacrifices!

If you are a medical worker, please tell us so that in the coming days we can pray for you by name and support you in any way needed as you do your good works. May the Great Physician continue to guide, protect, and strengthen you!

Let us join our hearts in prayer, using the following from World Vision:

God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.

Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread.

In Jesus’ name, amen!

I’d also like to share a few other resources to encourage our faith during this COVID-19 moment:

– “Family Worship Starts Now” (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/family-worship/): A great article by Rusty Osborne that will help those of us with children in the home to begin or improve the spiritual habits of family worship.

– My latest podcast, “How Christians Shine,(https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7axqv-d7b348…)” describes how Christians demonstrate the life and hope of Christ amid pestilence and plague. The fourth-century church provides a vivid example.

– In an article by Stan Guthrie, “Coronavirus: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste (https://www.breakpoint.org/coronavirus-never-let-a-crisis-…/),” you’ll find out how, in the midst of plagues, the church in centuries past pointed a sometimes-hostile world to Christ, and how we can begin to do so, too.

– A video to inform your prayers (https://prayercast.com/coronavirus.html) during the COVID-19 crisis.

Feel free to share these resources with your friends and loved ones. Even more, let’s live them out before a watching and needy culture. Thank you for your vital role in standing for gospel renewal in our homes and around the globe.

In Christ,

Pastor Chris

March 19, 2020

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

Greetings in the awesome name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

As you have probably heard, Naperville has declared a state of emergency to increase the city’s responsiveness to COVID-19. The elders are also mobilizing New Covenant Church to better serve you and our community during this extraordinary season.

As we did this past weekend, New Covenant Church will gather for worship in our homes on Sunday, March 22. But instead of providing you with an online worship folder with various links to elements of the service, we are producing a single YouTube video that contains the entire service. We believe this will make it easier for you to participate. Of course, we encourage you to hit pause along the way to read Scriptures that are meaningful to you and to pray at appropriate points during the service, if you like. Stay tuned.

As part of our commitment to serve during this crisis, we wish to help our older members and those who are ill with any practical needs. If you, or someone you know, needs groceries, prescriptions, or something else, please contact the church office. Our number is (630) 357-4092. As God’s Word says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

During this time of uncertainty, be encouraged by the rock-solid fact that the Lord is both sovereign and merciful, and He knows how to care for you. I hope the attached message encourages you and yours to trust Him all the more.

In times of difficulty, God’s people have often been perplexed, but we have always known where to take our perplexity—to the throne of grace. Let’s use this present challenge as an opportunity to refresh and strengthen our commitment to prayer—earnest, trusting, and prevailing prayer. We can pray for protection and healing, of course. But we can also pray for the people of New Covenant Church to rally together during this crisis, trusting God and reaching out to each other and to our neighbors. We can pray:

– for our leaders to have wisdom and guidance from on high;
– that our society, which is caught up in so many lesser things, would focus on what really matters; and
– for a national and international revival, starting in our own hearts.

Let’s make this kind of prayer a priority! As the Word reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16b).

While there is no shortage of information about the coronavirus, be sure to check out the NCC blog for updates  and the City of Naperville news website (https://www.naperville.il.us/city-news/).

We’ll keep you updated regularly, and be sure to let us know how we can serve you. By God’s limitless grace, we’ll get through this together.

In His grace,

Pastor Chris

March 13, 2010

Dear New Covenant Church Family,

After much prayer and careful deliberation, we have decided it is prudent to worship in our homes this Sunday, March 15th, instead of gathering in our building for worship, Sunday school, or any other activities. A worship folder will be sent to you by email on Saturday with links to Pastor Andrew’s online sermon and to other resources. We believe this difficult but necessary step will, to the best of our ability, safeguard the health and well-being of our church family and any people who might be visiting (particularly older people and those with existing health issues). We are sorry for the disappointment that this decision brings but believe it is a tangible way to express our love for you and the Naperville community during the coronavirus crisis.

However, we encourage you to participate in our online church service, which will be available Sunday morning. It will be a recording, not a livestream, so you can choose the best time to see it. This week Pastor Andrew will record the sermon before our regular Sunday worship time (10:30 a.m.), and then we’ll post it to our website on the home page and Sermon Library pages. You will receive a document by email that is designed to guide your worship at home.

While we fully realize that “online church” is not the same as gathering together for corporate worship, we see it as a great opportunity for home worship. And we know that our gracious Lord is truly pleased with any worship offered from the heart. Some of our number will thus be alone this Sunday, and you are certainly encouraged to reach out in love and share this worship experience with them.

Please also note the following:

• Stay Up to Date: To stay updated on NCC’s response to the Coronavirus regarding protocols and event status, please visit the “COVID-19 Response” page of our website at newcovenantnaperville.org.

• Online Giving: You can give online through our website.

We will keep you posted as events warrant.