This fall’s Sunday School program is online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be delivered leaflets for the term and teaching videos will be posted on NPC’s YouTube channel. Each week we will upload a new story and teaching video related to the leaflet. If you’d like to participate in the program or if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we are unable to do our traditional Blessing of the Backpacks this year in our sanctuary, we’ve decided to have a drive-thru blessing on Sunday, September 13 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Just drop by anytime during the hour and we will say a little blessing for each kid before they begin this unusual school year. The Sunday School teachers will also be giving out a goody bag and a blessing tag for the children’s backpacks, lunch bags or (if they are doing virtual school) laptops.
September is almost here and many folks are wondering when the church building might be reopening for Sunday worship and other events. Throughout August, the Session has been putting together a reopening plan for when that time comes. The plan follows the best advice and guidance from the province and the denomination. We are currently in the process of setting up and testing some of our new protocols for worship. Once a final review of the plan is complete, we will release it to the congregation.
As for a reopening date, the Session will be waiting to see the impact that schools reopening will have on the number of COVID cases in Ontario. Many health officials also warn about a second wave this fall. It would be very discouraging for all if we were to open up the church only to have the government close us down again a couple weeks later. In light of these things, we have no concrete date for when we will begin regular Sunday worship or when the hall will be made available for groups to use. However, when the time does come to reopen the church, we want the congregation to know we will be prepared to open safely.
In the meantime, we will continue to use the Zoom app for our worship services and other regular events like coffee hour, Bible study, meetings and prayer time. Our Sunday School teachers are putting together a remote program for the fall and we will also begin to collect items for our local food bank once a month. Some onsite events are in the works like a drive-thru Chicken BBQ on Saturday, September 26 and more details about these will be coming shortly.
These are challenging times for churches and so we thank you for your support, your prayers and your perseverance. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to call (905-749-3993) or email email@example.com.
The provincial government has announced that worshiping communities will soon be able to resume gathering with certain restrictions. In addition, the Presbyterian Church national office has provided congregations with guidelines regarding the re-opening of their buildings. We expect that further guidelines will also be forthcoming from the province. To ensure the health and safety of the congregation and the wider community, the Session will be formulating a plan for re-opening the church building. When it is deemed safe to do so, the Session will begin implementing that plan. We will be considering things like the cleaning of the building, how to maintain physical distance between congregants, which of our different programs can resume, etc. This is important work and we invite your prayers and patience as we make these decisions.
NPC is looking at new ways of being the church during our current crisis and one of the new initiatives we’ve launched in conjunction with Camp Kintail is an online camp chapel. During our regular camp programs, we always begin the day with songs, a story and prayer. We’ve decided to provide that same experience on our Facebook page every morning at 9:00 am. Each day a new family will host chapel in their own unique way. It’s a great way to start the day or a great devotion to use before bed. So gather the family together to watch the latest episode and sing, dance, pray and laugh with other families who are stuck at home too.
Due to COVID-19, NPC is worshipping online using the Zoom app. We continue to worship Sundays at 10:00 am with St. David’s Presbyterian in Campbellville. If you are new to Zoom, it’s really simple to use and can be used from both a laptop/tablet/smart phone or landline phone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom link or more information about joining the service live. We will also post the service afterwards on our Facebook page for anyone who would like to watch. We look forward to worshipping together in this new way each Sunday.
In light of the current state-of-emergency, the church building will be closed until further notice. Church leaders are still providing pastoral care and some programming is still being offered online. Worship will be streamed online this Sunday (details still to come).
NPC is still having its regular worship service tomorrow but we will also be live streaming the service using Facebook Live at 10:00 am for those who choose to stay home. It’s easy to use. Simply go to our Facebook page, scroll down until you see the live stream post and then click. We sometimes have trouble with the internet connection at the church so if the live stream is interrupted, you will be able to view the whole service once its been posted to the page.
Our hope is that during this time of “social distancing” that we will still be able to worship together in alternative ways.