A Word on COVID-19
Since the term "social distancing" has become the new buzz word (albeit for good reason), we as the body of Christ should stay unified and connected. Below are a few ways New Day recommends:
1. Sunday Services
Although Governor Ron DeSantis (by way of executive order) has deemed church services essential, we would still highly recommend tuning into our live online services at our normal service time (10am Sunday). You can catch our live stream through FaceBook live, YouTube live, from our website's home page, or from our Interactive Online Service. We also understand anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts are real things that people are struggling with. Therefore, we are going to have physical services reopen but still following the CDC's guidelines. No rows will be closer than 6 feet. As a result, seating will be limited (on a frist-come-first-serve basis). If there are more people than our worship center can seat, services will be broadcast on our outdoor speakers for people to listen to under our pergola. New Day Church will continue to act prudently during this time, while still meeting the needs of our community. If you cannot attend or watch live, you will be able to watch the recording of the sermon from the latest messages tab or by clicking here.
2. Children's Service
The team at New Day believes that it is important to keep out little ones engaged during this time, and we want to encourage you to do the same! New Day Kids has also reopened, however we will provide online services if you cannot meet physically at our location. Be sure to check your email for download instructions.
3. Small Groups
While small groups may not want to meet physically at this time, there are still plenty of ways for people to stay connected. Reach out to your small group leader to determine the best way to do so, wether it be phone calls, text messages, or through video apps (Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, etc.)
During this trying time, New Day is choosing to focus in on the power of prayer! Please email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at (813) 853-6743 with any prayer requests.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers who are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
2. Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
3. Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE
- If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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You can find out more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) website.
While we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from Jesus. Let's continue to trust in His promises of protection in PSALM 91 for ourselves, our families, and all those who are affected by illness and pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.