Indoor Gatherings are back….

We’re excited to see you indoors THIS WEEKEND.
With Ventura County moving into the “red” tier, we are able to reopen our indoor Worship Center…and we can’t wait to see you INSIDE tomorrow. Service times will remain the same (9:15am, and 10:30am) but worship will be combined with each of those service times. Just like our first “reopening” indoors in June, we will have masks available if you need one, and Hand Sanitizer stations at each of our entrances, and will be taking precautions to sanitize our facility in-between service times with CDC recommended disinfectants.

 

Here is information previously announced for your reference:

WE’RE READY FOR YOU!


We have spent a considerable amount of time preparing our campus for your return. Here are a few things that have taken place:
We have disinfected the following: 
• Worship Center
• Bathrooms 
• Nursery
We have installed several new hand-sanitizer stations in the following areas: 
• Lobby Entrance
• Lobby
• In addition to the existing sanitizer stations that are available in our offices, Classrooms and Kids Check-in station.

WHEN YOU RETURN TO THE CAMPUS

Out of an abundance of caution and wisdom, and to adhere to state and CDC guidelines, we are implementing the following procedures for your safe return to our campus. Please note: We encourage those at high-risk or who are feeling sick to continue enjoying our Livestream services from home.  If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or who have a family members who are ill, please stay home and join us online.
  1. Seating has been redesigned to meet physical distancing guidelines, as well as state and local guidelines capping indoor attendance at 25% of seating capacity. As a result we will be having multiple indoor services to allow us room for physical distance.
  2. In compliance with CDC guidelines, those who attend are encouraged to wear a mask. Masks should not be worn by children age 2 and under.
  3. We are creating a “touchless” environment. This means from the time you arrive in your car to when you leave our campus, you will not have to worry about touching any surfaces. (Common things like Offering buckets, will not be passed, but will be available if you’d like to submit prayer requests, connect cards or offerings)

        Here’s what that looks like:

    • Doors will be propped open so you will not have to touch any handles.
    • Ushers, greeters, and staff are discouraged from hugging our church family in this season.
    • Sermon notes will not be passed out— Feel free to follow along with the YouVersion Bible app, or bring a notebook for notes.
    • We will move to pre-packaged communion elements during this season— and after sanitizing our worship center, ushers will place elements on each chair for the following service.  (We’re asking you to leave them untouched on any chairs not in use by your family)
    • Offering buckets and envelopes will not be passed by ushers. As always, Tithes and offerings are available online, or you can drop your gift in the black box in the rear of the worship center.
  1. We will take the temperature of our any staff and volunteers on campus (or recommend them to take their own temperature prior to arrival), but will not take the temperature of our church family who are coming to attend a service.
  2. Nursery and Kids Church will be not be available during this time.
  3. Hospitality coffee will be available and staffed for a “touch free” experience—  Consider it “full service” 😉

DURING OUR IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

Here are a few things we ask our church family to help with during the service:
  • Have your family sit together.
  • Whenever possible, stay six feet apart from others who are not part of your family unit.
  • Follow the lead of our ushers as they guide you in entering and exiting the service. 
  • Water fountains will be blocked off per CDC guidelines. You may bring a water bottle to service if needed.
  • Parents, please consider bringing a tablet, coloring page, or other quiet activity for your little ones.  We have a few take and keep items for the kids during service, or they can checkout other items with our kids church team (which will be sanitized for another use).
  • Please exit the building immediately following the service. The Worship Center doors will be closed ten minutes after the service ends so our team can begin preparing for the next service.
In between each service our team will clean and sanitize: 
  • Chairs in the Worship Center
  • All door handles
  • Bathrooms
(If you’d like to help serve on this team, please let Pastor Brian know as this DreamTeam is forming now!)
We will have two Indoor Services on Sunday, 9:15am and 10:30am…with one outdoor Worship time all together in between the two services at 10am.  We recommend if you come to the first service, that you head out after the message for a time of worship in the Lawn / Parking area.  If you’re planning on coming for the second service, we recommend you join us at 10am for worship outside, then head in during the second service.  (Note that we will be worshiping exclusively outdoors during this season).

KIDS CHURCH

We love children and students at NewHeart!  While we miss seeing them, we also want to be considerate of their safety.
All Children ages newborn and older, along with middle school and high school students, will enjoy the service in the Worship Center (and outdoor Worship) with their families.  (Whenever California Guidelines are modified and eased, we will make announcements regarding the resumption of in-person Kids and Nursery ministries.)   Our plan is to offer outdoor Youth services sooner rather than later— stay posted for more on these.
That’s it for now… hope to SEE you this weekend!

– Pastors Brian & Rebecca Fox

 

 

Our Previous COVID-19 Updates are below:


UPDATE – 31-MAY 2020 — Time is finally here.  Starting June 14th 2020, we will be resuming a modified in-person service schedule…and we will be getting creative.  Our team has put together a fantastic plan to allow us to both meet in person, AND comply with the current CDC guidelines. Our seating capacity in our worship center will be reduced, and our service times will be multiplied to accommodate each of you (along with your kids) safely.

Service Times:  9:15am – First Service,   10am – Outdoor Family Worship,   10:30am – Second Service (Family Service!)

Parents: At least for the short term, Sunday School and Nursery ministries will not be resuming— and we will have some fun activities to keep your kiddos occupied as they worship and sit in service with you. We will have two service times inside our worship center at 9:15am and 10:30am (minus musical worship), and have a combined outdoor time of worship at 10am— allowing us plenty of space to spread out and physically distance ourselves a bit as we worship with song. This will be unique and new format for us—and we’re looking forward to seeing you all face-to-face once again soon!

Note, even as our in-person services resume, our online gatherings will also continue…so however you join us, we look forward to opening God’s word with you!

Previous Updates Below…

UPDATE – 3-MAY 2020 — Ventura County is still under a “STAY WELL AT HOME” order, and as such, In-Person gatherings are still prohibited within our county.  Please check back here to find updates— and we will email an update when this order has been lifted and we are able to resume in-person services.  For now, Join us for Online Services — View the service from our homepage or our YouTube Channel.

 

UPDATE – 24-MAY 2020 — We can’t wait to gather together again for face-to-face services…. and we will again soon, but not quite yet.  While we are thankful and optimistic about the President’s recent announcement regarding church services being deemed essential, we are also watching closely with recent developments in our state government…specifically as the Ninth Circuit Court Ruled (2-1) Against the President’s emergency motion to allow for religious services to proceed..  We are praying for a quick resolution  and a clear legal path for our gathering together very very soon.  For now, Join us for Online Services — View the service from our homepage or our YouTube Channel.

Previous Updates Below…

UPDATE – 3-MAY 2020 — Ventura County is still under a “STAY WELL AT HOME” order, and as such, In-Person gatherings are still prohibited within our county.  Please check back here to find updates— and we will email an update when this order has been lifted and we are able to resume in-person services.  For now, Join us for Online Services — View the service from our homepage or our YouTube Channel.

NewHeart Family and Friends,
Our world is experiencing a unique season of time at present, and I wanted to give you some updates on some changes we’re making over the next few weeks as a church.  (Summary and then details to follow)
  • Our regular weekend gathering will be happening Online only (there will be no in-person service)
  • Community Groups will gather on Sunday mornings for Fellowship and Watch Parties
  • Resourcing our Neighborhoods and People.
Our Weekend Service will be ONLINE.  With the most recent recommendations by our President and the CDC recommending cancellation of gatherings over 50 people, we’ve decided to move all of our weekend Gatherings for March to ONLINE ONLY.  (There will be no in-person mass gatherings at the NewHeart campus this weekend or next).  We will re-evaluate the status as we approach  the end of March as to plans for our April services.
We will stream this weekend (as we always do) on Facebook Live.  You do not need a FaceBook account to join our service and you can watch at http://fb.com/enewheart after our stream starts.  We will start streaming right at 10am, so please be ready to start the service stream as we would love for you to join us online this weekend.  Facebook makes a video “app” for all modern Smart TVs and Devices (including Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV).  Please take a moment to download those apps on your TV so you’re ready to join us this weekend  (and you can also watch our previous messages there as well).  If you don’t have a  smart TV but would like to watch or stream the service this weekend, please consider joining a community group gathering, or reply to this email as we have a small number of Roku devices we can lend out for use over the next several weeks.
 
Watch parties in Community.  Most of our community groups will be gathering for a time together to WATCH the service, and pray together in community this Sunday—so we are living out our mission to Live “multiplied.”  If you are part of a community group already, please contact your Community group leader for details on where your group will be meeting.   If you are not part of a community group and would like a place to connect this weekend,
Note— if you, or any member of your household is sick, or is at a higher risk for COVID-19 we are asking you to stay home and self-quarantine (and not join your Community group for a  watch party).
Resources for You and your Neighbors.  

If you are a regular at NewHeart, please let us know if you are self quarantining or sick so we can check in on you and support you through this season— don’t wait until you have a need, let us know ASAP!

Additionally, If you are self quarantined (or know of someone who is), and are in need of assistance, help shopping, or simply need prayer— please reach out to us. You can send an email to this email address, or text ASSISTANCE or PRAYER to (844)947-6156. Our teams would love to pray with people, and to help where possible.

Let’s be good neighbors.  Im encouraging our entire church family to consider the elderly, and those at risk in our community and neighborhoods.  Check in on your neighbors, offer to pray for their fears, and help wherever you can.  (Even share your toilet paper 😉)
Our NewHeart Food pantry will be still open for those in need this Sunday in a new “Grab and Go” Format— and we need volunteers to help with food delivery and pickup on Friday as well as distribution on Sunday afternoon.
As our nation is in the midst of this dark season of Pandemic, and fear and darkness seems to be winning, I wanted to remind you of Jesus words to His followers— to you and to me from Matthew5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Church has never been a building, but it is a movement of people — A WAY.  Let us in this moment of hightened need in our nation, let us show the way and light the path towards God to an onlooking world.

See you this weekend…. online!
Pastor Brian Fox