Coronavirus Updates

NEW COVID-19 POLICIES

WE ARE…

  • Opening the campus for worship activities only at this time. No Nursery, Kids Church, or On Campus Life Groups.
  • Planning for two Sunday Morning Worship Services. (9:00 AM & 10:30 AM)
  • Continuing to Live Stream our 10:30am Worship Service.
  • Continuing Zoom Prayer and Life Group Meetings (times may change).
  • Placing hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building.
  • Sanitizing chairs, door handles, and other touch points in between services.
  • Cleaning bathrooms during each service and cleaning supplies will be present in the bathrooms, should you desire to clean for yourself beyond our cleanings.

AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING

  • Greeters will be opening doors and helping with sanitizing stations but will not be handing out bulletins or notes at this time.
  • We will encourage greetings to your church family to be verbal, or a nod of the head, or other appropriate gestures, but to refrain from shaking hands or hugging your neighbor.  We all trust we can return to those greetings soon.
  • Sermon notes will be available on your electronic devices or you can pick up a printed copy in the foyer if you wish. We will not have a printed bulletin.
  • We will not have café before service at this time.

DURING WORSHIP

  • Rearranged seating throughout the worship center to provide for social distancing.
  • Sanctuary attendance will be regulated, and an overflow area will be designated in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Three Family Rooms will be made available for those wishing to exit the sanctuary with children that are having a tough day.
  • Offering Bags will not be passed at this time. There are secure boxes installed by every door in the church foyer. You may also continue to give online, through text giving, or mail contributions.
  • There will be waste receptacles as you exit the sanctuary. Please take all trash or paper with you when you leave the service so that we can quickly sanitize the chairs for the next service.

5/20/2020 Update

Mid Week Check In From Pastor David

Listen as Pastor David updates us on how we will be worshipping together again on Sunday June 7, 2020.

Posted by NorthRidge Church on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

4/17/20 Update

4/3/2020 Update

3/19/2020 Update

If you have the ability to watch a video please click HERE for a message from Pastor David. The transcript is below and all links to our live stream, website, tithing opportunities, etc. are at the end.

Good day NorthRidge …

Over the last several days, fear over the coronavirus has spiked as the number of cases and infected countries has multiplied.  As a result, we all aware the myriad of changes to schedules and cancellations that are occurring.

What has become increasingly obvious is that while we are learning more by the hour, there’s so much we still don’t know (and may not know for some time, if ever) about the virus and the impact it will make on this planet.

Which is in large part … its staggering power: the awful fear of the unknown.

Fear has gripped this nation; in ways we have not seen previously.  Yet fear, while a powerful emotion, crippling the strongest of men, has no authority in the life of the believer. 

Why is that, you may ask?

While the (CDC) races to contain COVID-19, your Father in heaven is attending to every hair on your head. He rules over a worldwide pandemic, and yet is able to care for your every need. 

Isaiah states … But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.:

And if God be for us … who can be against us?

And yet we are responsible as leaders to navigate during these difficult times.  Our action at a time like this is not reactionary … responding to fear.  But on the other hand, it is set in wisdom and in submission to God’s clear instruction.

Thus, as of today, we will cease all public services and special events for the next few weeks. During that time, we will lead a live worship service that will be available to all via livestreaming on either YouTube or Facebook.  We will livestream at our normal service time of 10:30 each Sunday morning. We will be sure to make those links readily available both in this communication and in reminders along the week. 

We will further utilize these live meetings to communicate the latest information about important news and future services.  Should you need assistance in finding those links or in setting up for viewing the service, please contact us at (863) 422-4488 or at northridge@northridgehc.com and we will do our best to find a solution for you.

I have no idea as to how long we may be doing services this way … but we will reconvene as soon as we are able.  Until then, join us each Sunday and if you are not able to join us on Sunday, the service will be stored and you will be able to view it at your next free moment.

I have been asked about giving during this time.  At present, there will be information given during the livestream as to how one can give.  It is easiest at this time to give online.  You can even do that through our website.  However, some may be reluctant to give online and you are always welcome to use the postal service to mail those gifts.

The pressing question seems to be how will we ever get through this?  Yet, I would like for us as followers of Christ to redirect that question a bit … As we get through this, will we be church that God has groomed us to be?

Will the church, in the coming moments act in great wisdom?  Will we rally to meet the needs around us?  Will we shine in the darkest of times?  Will we serve to move forward the faith of our community?

It will take courage … God told Joshua … “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

It will take courage … not in ourselves, or our government, but in our heavenly Father, knowing all the while that He does His best work in the darkest of hours. 

Today, one of the most courageous things we can do now … is to limit and slow the spread of the virus.

But we will need courage in the days to come as well.  When the community needs strength, and confidence, and hope … Will we be ready?  In the days to come, to step in where needed when few others will.

I’m confident that there will days in the near future for the church to be the church, maybe in ways we have never seen in the past.  Let’s be prayed up and ready for the mission that lies yet ahead.

Charles Spurgeon … The gospel is always drowned out more easily in peacetime. What is there to fear? But not in a pandemic.

When the cholera outbreak came to London, he admonished everyone in Christ,

Now is the time for all of you who love souls. You may never see men more alarmed than they are today …. mind that you avail yourselves of the opportunity of doing them good. You have the Balm of Gilead; when their wounds fester, pour it in. You know of Him who died to save; tell them of Him. Lift high the cross before their eyes. Tell them that God became man that man might be lifted up to God.

Tell them that — “There is life for a look at the Crucified One.”

I have a hunch that we will have great opportunity to lift up Christ in the days to come. 

In the meantime, your church staff is ready to serve.  They are a faithful team committed to the Lordship of Christ and to serve this congregation and community.  Our phones will be readily monitored and calls will be returned.  Emails are always a good choice at times like these to communicate.  We will get back together soon. 

Until then, I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 10:30 via our livestream.  Pray diligently for all who are affected by this virus and for open doors of ministry in the days to come.

I love you my church family.  Lets’ press on and stay the course and do not let the enemy rob you through fear. 

God bless you all,
Pastor David

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3/16/2020 Update

In light of recommendations to limit contact as much as possible we will discontinue all Wednesday evening activities until further notice. This includes, Wednesday night dinner, Awana, Youth, On Campus Life Groups, and Bible Study.

At this time, we are planning to continue all Sunday morning activities.  If any other changes to our schedule are needed, we will update through Facebook, our website, and email.