Our sincere desire is to find a balance between creating a space and place for people to connect in person, while also respecting the reality of COVID.
So, here’s a picture of what to expect if you choose to join us in person:
We’re hosting our adult service in a large room so everyone can spread out. We’ve also moved our Elementary program to a larger room as well.
We have Hand Sanitizer at the entrance, hall junctions and in our main room.
We’re asking everyone (volunteers and guests) to wear masks as they enter the building until seated and settled.
One of the biggest things we want to do is remove the awkwardness that most of us feel these days when interacting with others we don’t know super well. So, as soon as you enter, there will be a welcome table where everyone gets to select a name tag with a border color that will communicate your proximity comfort level. (Green: Hugs ok! Yellow: Fist bumps ok! And Blue: 6’ Preferred!)
Further down the same hall, we’ll have Kids Check-in. If you don’t have children or plan to have them sit with you, you’ll simply turn right into our big room where, from the stage working back, there is a spaced chair section…then…a 6’ round table section…and further back, a high-top table section where people can stand.
This will give you good choices based on your distance comfort level. Once seated, people can remove their masks. We only ask that people keep their masks on when moving about.
For now, we’re not offering coffee and treats, so be sure you caffeine and carb up before coming!
There will be music. On stage, vocalists will take off masks while singing and instrumentalists will wear masks.
Music is during the first 15 minutes or so of the service and many like to sing. If being in a “sing-zone” concerns you, again, we’ll have the high-tops in the back where you can be further back, or you might prefer to arrive about 10:10 and come in after the music is done.
KIDS: You are welcome to utilize our KidsLife program or keep your kids with you. For those that choose to take advantage of our KidsLife program, everyone in our elementary room will wear masks. For infants and preschool, the plan is to have masks on while accepting kids but remove them after they’re settled in the room. (Note: we may have to call an audible change on this based on the child because seeing faces is especially important for children at this stage and we want to keep their anxiety as low as possible).
For those that choose to keep their children with them, we will have kids’ activity bags for them to enjoy!
If at any point we learn that one or more of our attender’s tests positive for COVID-19, as quickly as possible, we will communicate the details via social media, text and Email. So, please be sure to pay attention to any posts or messages from New Life.
Our message to everyone exploring New Life or already attending is: The part each of us play is to use individual “common sense”. If you’re not feeling well or you discover you’ve been exposed, join us online!
Our ability to gather is a fragile thing, so everyone should do whatever they can to not derail that by not honoring our strategy, as imperfect as it may be, because there is no perfect strategy beyond simply staying home.
The bottom line is, we’re taking many steps to provide a lower risk, physical gathering environment, but there are still risks.
Our decision to gather physically has not been made lightly, and we acknowledge the complexities of what we’re dealing with, but what has tipped the scales in us choosing to gather physically is people’s mental and spiritual well-being.
Isolation and the constant tension and uncertainty is beginning to take its toll on relationships, marriages, children, and some are reaching a breaking point.
As we’ve listened to individuals and experts as to the mental and spiritual toll this is taking on most of us, no matter what age or stage of life, we feel there enough benefit that it’s worth taking a measured risk to create a place and space for people to come…connect…and God willing, begin to find hope, healing and peace.
Our hope is that you will join us because life is extra complicated these days, and we’d simply like to help.