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Posted by Newsong Church Centerton, AR on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

 

Thank you for connecting with us!

As of Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, Newsong Church has entered Phase 1 of reopening for in person worship events. This is in n partnership with Arkansas State and local Authorities of health and public governance. This page details both the continued online opportunities to worship as well as details on how to join in’person worship events.  

Phase 1 of Re-Opening

Under the guidelines of government officials, Newsong resumed in-person services on

May 17.  However,adjustments have been made, and attending will be a bit different than it used to be during phase 1. 

 

In-Person Worship Event Details:

Sundays  at 9am, or 11am

Seating  will be offered by online sign up.  Seating will be reserved by household (Only reserve seats in groups of people who live in the same house) . Each seating group will be spaced six feet from other seating. We will offer as many worship encounters as needed to ensure no one is turned away from worshiping with us. 

 

While we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment, we are taking steps to help prevent transmission of Covid-19.  You can read more about those steps below.  If you are sick, have a fever, present any signs of cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay home, but contact us so we can come pray for your healing outside your home! We still believe in the power of Jesus to heal when we gather together in His name to pray for the sick!

We care about your health and safety. 

If you are in a high-risk group and decide not to worship in person, no problem!  We offer  all of of our ministry online.

As a result of social distancing guidelines, our capacity is limited in each worship encounter.  An online seating sign up is available. Sign up and indicate which worship encounter you would like to attend.  Seating availability is on a first come – first served basis.  If both the 9am and 11am become full we will offer a third service. No one who desires to come together an worship will be left out.    Please sign up for one service only.

In-Person Worship Encounter Schedule

  • Sundays | 9:00 am (Children welcome, however must remain with parents at all times)
  • Sundays | 11:00 am (Children welcome, however must remain with parents at all times)
  • Sundays | 3:30 pm (Starting Sunday, May 24th – Kids Encounter with Parents)
  • Wednesdays  | 6:30 pm Newsong Student Ministries (must sign up / for ages 12-18)
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What is the Kids Family Encounter?

Starting Sunday, May 24th and every Sunday after  at 3:30 pm, you and your children ages 5-11 can attend together.  Have you ever been just a little bit curious what it’s like for your kids in their worship encounters? Here is your chance! The format will be fun and interactive. The focus will be on the kids.

Our Guidelines for Your Safety

Social Distancing:

Our sanctuary is set to allow for social distancing.  Measures have been  taken to observe the federal standards – six feet between separate household groups. Entering, exiting, and moving about in the building is done with 6 feet between those not living in the same residence as others. 

Common areas and gathering spaces of the building will be closed.  That includes the coffee bar, Fresh Start Cafe, and any place where people might congregate.

If you need to sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose or sneeze into your arm opposite your elbow.

Personal Protective Equipment:

To help prevent the spread of infection, we ask everyone to wear a face mask when not at your seats. You only need to wear .  If you forget, one will be provided for you.  Infants and toddlers will not be required to wear a mask.  If you have a health condition that makes it impossible for you to wear a mask, we understand if you must worship online until masks are not required. 

Gloves are available upon request. Gloves are not required but provided if requested. 

Any ministry team members serving you within 6 feet will be wearing masks and gloves.  We will not shake hands, hug, high five, fist bump, or elbow bump. No physical contact. Instead, we smile and use encouraging words.

Disinfecting Procedures:

Before every service, the sanctuary and all high-touch surfaces will be disinfected.  We will only allow people in the room after that procedure is complete.

Hand sanitizing stations are set up throughout the building.  We encourage their frequent use.

We will continually wipe down surfaces in the restrooms and other high-touch areas.

The Drinking fountain will not be available for use.

We will not distribute any or printed materials other than offering envelopes upon request, which have been quarantined for at least five days. 

We encourage you to continue giving online.  During Worship Encounters, we will take an offering by placing offering envelopes on the seats prior to your arrival. If you choose to give while  on campus offering envelopes will be available upon request. You can place your giving in the giving boxes mounted on the back walls of the Worship Center as you leave.  

Parking & Entering/Exiting

Parking

When you arrive you are welcome to enter the building up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the Worship Encounter you signed up for. 

Entering & Exiting the Building

When you enter the building, you will be directed to a seating area for your family. After service, we will dismiss you and direct you on exiting the building to ensure a quick, safe exit.

Connecting On Campus

You can visit with others outside the building observing social distancing of at least 6 feet apart. This applies to those who do not live in your household. All families living in the same household do not have to social distance from each other. 

ONLINE WORSHIP

All of Newsong Church regularly scheduled Worship Encounters and Ministries will be Online as we navigate the challenges to ministry impacted by the Corona-virus  Global Pandemic 

Worship Encounters, Prayer Encounters,  and Age or Gender Specific Encounters can all be viewed live online. For Sunday Worship Encounters and Wednesday Prayer Encounters  go to our website visitnewsong.com. Click the  “messages tab” and select “live Stream. Or enter this link into your web browser:

http://visitnewsong.com/facebook-live/

You do not have to have a Facebook account or open up Facebook to watch our Live Stream Simply go to our website and watch there. 

 

WATCH LATER  OPTIONS:

  • Three ways to watch the recording after Live Stream has  ended:
    • Our Website , Our Facebook Page, and our YouTube Channel :
      • Website: Go to visitnewsong.com and click on the “Messages” tab on main menu and select “HD Recording” 
      • Our Facebook Page:  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/VisitNewsong/
      • Our YouTube Channel :
        • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzi-ZR0_dEDsGRFvEUavJHQ

 

For Age or Gender Specific Ministries those can also be viewed live online

 

To join any Newsong Event, Worship Encounter or Age / Gender Specific Encounter: 

  1. Go to: http://visitnewsong.com/newsong-events/
  2. Our events calendar will come up.
  3. Look for the date of the event
  4. Click on the event you wish to join
  5. Follow the instructions where it says “Description” there.

Here are a list of available ways to receive ministry from Newsong Church:

  • Sunday Morning Worship  Encounters
  • Wednesday Prayer Encounters
  • Newsong Young Adults (Ages 13-35 , Single or  Married)
  • Newsong Student Ministries (Ages 12-18)
  • Newsong Kids (ages Birth to 11)
  • Newsong Women’s Ministry
  • Newsong Men’s Ministry 
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  • SCHEDULE:
  • Sunday Worship Encounters
    • 9 & 11 am 
  • Newsong Kids Encounter
    • Online Only Sunday, May 17th  1 pm
    • In Person with parents attending 3:30 pm each Sunday starting May 24th. 
  • Newsong Student Ministries (NSM)
    • Wednesdays  6:30 pm – In-person & online
  • Newsong Young Adults (Ages 13-35 , Single or  Married)
    • Sundays 6 pm – Online
  • Newsong Women’s Worship & Bible  Study Encounter
    • 6:30 pm – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each Month – online 
  • Newsong Men’s Worship & Bible  Study Encounter
    • First Saturday of each month.  Times vary – online and activities in person.
  • Newsong Prayer Warrior Group
    • Receive and share prayer requests with a group of gifted prayer warriors.
    • e-mail us at info@visitnewsong.com to get added to the group.
  • New Believer Resources 
    • If you have recently become a follower of Jesus e-mail us at info@visitnewsong.com and tell us about your decision to follow Jesus. We will give you free resourced to help you. 
  • Life Groups Launching  Summer 2020
  • Grow Path Launching  Summer 2020

 

 

Last update 5/8152020 @ 3:00 pm CST

 

A word from Rev. CJ Brummett

Lead Pastor

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Action Plan

 

 

A word from Rev. CJ Brummett


I have included a lot of information in this statement on our response to COVID-19. I’m sure you and I both have seen more about it than we would like to. I have read the “short and to the point statements” as well as marathon statements. This is an unprecedented global response like many of us my age or younger have not seen in our lifetime. With the severity of response through prayer and wise council, I have decided to break this statement into three parts. A message from me, an Action plan, and statements from my leaders in the Assemblies of God. If you are reading this on our website, you will be able to hyperlink to the three sections individually, passing over the others. While I understand this may be what many do, I would ask you to consider reading all of this statement in its entirety, as I took the approach to give you a “sermon version” in hopes to Pastor you through this challenging time.

 

We’ve also been listening to and learning from those of you in the healthcare field. Our hope is that you understand the “Pastoral Heart” in which this statement to you was drafted. Your Pastor has been in prayer over this for some time and none of this statement is reactionary, but is done with a great deal of care.

 

As new information is being released by the minute and things are changing very fluidly, we may need to adjust our action plan, at the request of state and local governments (see Romans 13).

 

Please, give me a moment to “pastor” you and then I’ll share the details of our action steps.

 

First of all, CJ Brummett, your Shepherd is unwavering that we serve the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God. He is not taken by surprise in this recent development of a global health concern. Jesus is still at the right hand of the Father, advocating for us. It is Jesus who has the keys to death, hell and the grave. As followers of Jesus, we do not live in fear, nor allow fear of temporary trials to change our direction in fulfilling the vision and mission of the church. In spite of the COVID-19 concern, WE WILL increase reaching the lost and equipping more disciple makers. WE WILL do this while using Godly wisdom and creativity, to adapt to these current challenges.

 

We are the church and this is prime time to walk the walk and talk the talk as the world is closely watching the response of the church. It IS a reflection of Jesus to the world in how we respond to these major events.    

 

With that said, Jesus came to earth in a time of great spiritual and physical need. Many illnesses that were believed to be highly contagious, were controlled with similar actions separating those who were ill from those who were not. Even God’s people complied with the government implemented controls. However, Jesus did not stop healing the sick, nor did He shy away from reaching out to those where were ill. Jesus focused on their healing so they could return to their families and temples. Jesus did not scold the government or society for the precautions they took to keep the illness from spreading, but instead addressed the illness through healing.

 

As the church, the bride of Christ and the extension of Jesus’s ministry to this fallen world, it is our joy to minister to the sick. We can do this while still using the wisdom GOD has given man in avoiding dangers that are evident. Even as we have the confidence in God to heal us, we should not be foolish and try to get sick just so we can prove His power to heal. A Jesus-follower would not seek to get ill or take actions that wisdom would say could cause illness, just to prove to unbelievers that God is our protector. I can’t find an example in scripture where God’s people tried to get leprosy, so Jesus would heal them just so they could rejoice in that healing. In fact, the people of God obeyed the cultural norms that until you are healed of contagious illnesses, you were to take precautions that prevent spreading the disease.

 

As your Pastor, my heart is to shepherd you. Shepherding is a role of guidance and protection and with my God-given responsibility, I am committed to protecting you in any way God makes possible. I pray for wisdom and often ask others to pray for wisdom for me as well. It is circumstances like the COVID-19 global concern, that the answer to this prayer for wisdom is evidenced in our response. Some will feel this global concern is all overdone, while others will feel any response is not enough or too late. My response as your Shepherd is only motivated by love, prayer, scripture, and Godly wisdom.

In Service to King JESUS,

Rev. CJ Brummett

 

Action Plan


Using Godly wisdom, balanced with our faith in God’s power over sickness, newsongCHURCHWILL take the necessary precautions in preventing the spread of COVID-19, while still ministering to those who become ill.

 

newsongCHURCH WILL implement precautionary measures appropriate to the daily updates by local, state, and national leading health organizations.

 

Here are immediate steps we will be taking to ensure the ministry of newsongCHURCH is not hindered:

 

    1. PRAYER: WE WILL pray as a church body for the end of the COVID-19 illness and for the Healing of those who have become infected.
    1. WORSHIP: WE WILL continue to meet at regularly scheduled Worship Encounters until credible information is presented that prompts this direction to change. Again, these updates are being monitored multiple times daily.
      • Any gatherings, meetings, or other face-to-face interaction will be evaluated more closely to determine if an online meeting is a better choice.
      • Should the direction come from Health Authorities in Arkansas that churches should not have gatherings, WE WILL be prepared to utilize our current online ministry to continue to encounter God’s presence together through our regular Worship Encounter schedule.
    1. STEWARDSHIP: WE WILL work diligently to clean and disinfect all areas and surfaces of contact around the newsongCHURCH
    1. MINISTRY: WE WILL continue to offer age specific ministry with necessary adjustments.
    1. HOSPITALITY: WE WILL continue to be an inviting, loving, welcoming, and an adoptive church family, while using wisdom in adopting temporary methods in how we greet one another.

At newsongCHURCH we love to hug, pat on the back, and shake hands.  At gathering and worship encounters, we will temporarily switch to a “wave and greet” style of welcome, opposed to hugs and handshakes, until the “ALL CLEAR” to resume normal physical contact is given.

WE WILL continue to be hospitable, as we believe each gathering is the same as if we invited you to our home.  We prepare all week to welcome you home.

 

    1. WE WILL, as a church body, be kind, considerate, and protective of one another:
      • 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.
        • Hand sanitizer will also be offered in the newsongCHURCH lobby
      • If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with your arm or with a tissue.

Forgo shaking hands at church and smile with a warm welcome instead.

    • If you feel ill, have a fever of any level, cough, or other symptoms of Illness:
      • Stay at home when you or a family member are sick. We will see you at church when you are well.
      • Please e-mail us at info@visitnewsong.com so we can pray for you and offer to help with anything we can.
        • In the subject line type “Prayer”
        • Include in the e-mail your name, phone number, and if you would like us to contact you
      • Please join the Worship Encounters from home online, by going to our Facebook page:
    • Please check in regularly with the church office, so we can stay ahead of your needs until you are healed.
    • HIGH ALERT LOCATIONS: If you are returning from a “High Alert” area, please adhere to the recommended 14 days at home before attending any gatherings.
    1. HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS: Health officials are reporting that the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are of greatest risk of infection. If you are in an age group or have a higher risk of infection due to immune deficiency, or decide to avoid meeting in large groups, please do what you feel is best for you. If that means joining us online, until the risk of COVID-19 infection is mitigated, here are ways to stay connected:
    • Please call the church office to notify us of your decision to worship from home. We support your decision, however, we would like to stay in contact to minister to you effectively. (479) 224-4988
    • Your generosity makes it possible to minister to you, your church family, the community, and all those who join us online. Please use our online giving platforms, available on the church website: www.visitnewsong.com
      • Now available:
        • “text to give” (Instructions on the church website under the “GIVE” tab)
        • GIVE PLUS APP: A downloadable app for your smartphone and even set up automatic reoccurring giving (Instructions on the church website under the “GIVE” tab.)
        • WEBSITE: You can still use our website to give without text or an app (Instructions on the church website under the “GIVE” tab.)

 

    • NOTE: The above options have a fee attached. You can choose to increase your giving to incur the fee, or choose that your original donation has the fee deducted and the church receive your donation, minus the fee. The 3% fee goes to Vanco, the company providing our GIVE PLUS e-giving services. This fee is comparable to other online giving services.

 

    • PayPal FOUNDATION: Also, PayPal foundation option is still available (Available on the church website under the “GIVE” tab)
    • NOTE: PayPal foundation giving specifics
      • No fee for you or the church
      • You CAN NOT designate for specific ministries through this option. Only general fund giving is available.
      • PayPal is able to offer this with no fee by dispersing the funds once per month, so they can earn interest on the funds in the time between disbursements.