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. 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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. 

October 22, 2020

Greetings!

This Sunday morning, October 25, we will conclude our missions festival, with Pastor Chris preaching the message “The Weight of Glory,” from Acts 10:34-43. You can find the video of last week’s message, “Crossing the Rubicon,” here. We’re looking forward to seeing you at 1 Bunting Lane
Worship This Sunday

As you have probably heard, earlier this week Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new COVID-related restrictions on several Illinois counties, including DuPage, where our church building is situated. His new executive order concerns businesses such as restaurants and casinos, not houses of worship.

On June 26, Mr. Pritzker established certain exemptions for houses of worship in his Community Revitalization Order. On this basis, churches have the freedom to gather, so long as we do so at 25 percent of capacity. Given the size of our sanctuary (which can accommodate 300 persons), we are well within these limits. If turnout should swell beyond the appropriate number, we have prepared our Fellowship Hall with a projector and screen as an overflow area with worship by simulcast. 

In addition to consulting health professionals, our insurance company, and an attorney (who explained the nuances of the Governor’s current policy), we also consulted the DuPage County Department of Health. Each has affirmed our approach. Therefore, we are proceeding as planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

As we told you last week, we’re offering three worship service options, depending on your comfort level:

–    A 9 a.m. socially distanced service in which the congregation is masked the entire time. 

–    A 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. 

–    In addition to this week’s regular online service, starting this Sunday, we will offer a livestream of the 10:30 a.m. service for those with health concerns or who are uncomfortable with in-person gatherings currently.

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School meets at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The curriculum is available here.

Giving

Here are three convenient and easy ways to securely give to NCC:
    • By check, made out to New Covenant Church and mailed to: 
      1 Bunting Lane, Naperville, IL 60565;
    • From our website; and
    • Via Pushpay.
Service Reminders

Covenant Kids, ages 2 through second grade, will be meeting during the 10:30  a.m. service downstairs in the WOW room. Parents should bring their children downstairs before the service and pick them up afterwards.
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Family Resources (with sermon and service notes) are here.

Bulletins
COVID-19
    • We appreciate your cooperation in the wearing of masks and practice of social distancing. 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 and volunteer below!
 

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.