Why is New City canceling our physical gatherings?
This decision was not made lightly. We're saying no to gathering in our building in the short term so that we may say yes to the well-being of our city in the long term for two reasons:
WISDOM: We are following the expert guidance of our state and local officials, the CDC, and health departments. There are those in our community who are particularly at risk for the virus. It is for those individuals that we exercise caution and do what we can do to mitigate the spread of the disease.
THE GOOD OF OTHERS: We are a community of Christ followers, and as a community, we must care for one another. Whatever we can do to lessen the effects of this pandemic, we want to do. Our call to love our city sometimes doesn’t look like you’d expect—sometimes it looks like closing our physical doors temporarily so we can protect our neighbors from harm.
What about other events and gatherings on New City campuses?
No worship services or ministries (NextGen, Groups, Tot Time Preschool, etc.) will meet in any of our buildings through April. We will regularly monitor the advice of our state’s leaders to determine when we can and should safely reopen our campuses.
How can I stay up to date on new developments and changes as New City makes them?
As a church community, we are committed to keeping you informed. Our team works hard behind the scenes to keep our website and social media channels up to date, and should important developments occur that need to be shared, we will send church-wide email communications. The best way to stay informed is to make sure your profile in New City Center is up to date. You can easily review your profile and settings at newcitycenter.us.
How do I access online services?
We are now broadcasting services to our New City Online page at newcity.us/watch, on our New City YouTube Channel, and on Facebook Live. Services are also available on the New City App for your mobile device, Apple TV, or Roku. On Sundays, our service will broadcast at 9:00 and at 10:30 am.
We have been informed that even within Mecklenburg County's stay-at-home order, faith-based organizations are still allowed to record or livestream services, provided that they abide by the restriction of 10 or fewer people physically on-site while practicing proper social distancing protocols. We are abiding by these guidelines as we record.
Do you have resources for kids?
We do! Our NextGen team has been working hard to connect with our kids and students. Visit newcity.us/nextgen-resources for a list of available resources and also check out our Sunday Experience (linked on that page) each week for a guide for kids. There are also new videos for students and kids going up regularly on our NextGen YouTube channel. If you have any questions, reach out to us at email@example.com.
What about offering?
What about my Community Group? Can we still meet? Can we watch the Sunday service together?
We believe that people are made for community, and we are passionate about the value of studying, struggling, and serving together, especially in uncertain times. Due to the stay-at-home order in Mecklenburg County, we advise you move all your Group meetings to an online format. If you need help learning what to do, please let us know.
What about New City’s Global Serve trips for 2020?
Our Global Serve teams have assessed health conditions abroad and travel recommendations for the coming months, and have chosen to cancel New City’s Global Serve Mission Trip that was scheduled in May. We will be using the Department of State’s and the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Advisories as a reference to evaluate plans for our Fall trip, currently scheduled for October. If you have questions, feel free to contact our Serve Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I help serve those who are impacted locally?
What an opportunity we have right now to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a worried world. Check in on those around you. Ask the vulnerable people in your life and on your street if they need anything or if you can run an errand for them. Our Serve team and leadership continue to identify ways to serve in our city. They are posting those opportunities regularly here.
So many people are afraid. As Christ followers, how does New City recommend we respond in these uncertain times?
Throughout Scripture, we are reminded of the fact that God is in control (Luke 12:22-26). As Christ followers, we are called consistently to trust in his power and wisdom. In this way, we are able to practice caution without being consumed by fear or panic. Second, Scripture calls us to actively and consistently participate in the practice of prayer (Phil. 4:6-7). Prayer is the most powerful way we can impact this situation globally as a community, and there are many things we can pray for. Pray for those impacted by the virus, both those who are sick and their loved ones; pray for healing, for peace, for access to quality medical care. Pray for the medical professionals who are treating them and for the scientists who are working quickly to develop drugs to treat the disease, that they will be given the resources and the wisdom they need to respond well. Pray that doors will be opened to the hope of Christ for those faced with overwhelming fear or loss as a result of this crisis.