REOPENING

What's New

  • Wear a face mask or face covering for all in-person indoor meetings and events - regardless of vaccination status and age.

What's Staying the Same

In-Person Worship Times:
9:00am & 11:00am

Children's Ministry & Youth: 
9:00am

When you come:
  • Be in good physical health and without any potential symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks are available.

Livestream Sunday Worship on Facebook
Watch on Facebook Live 

Prayer meetings will continue to be streamed
Watch on Facebook Live 

Sunday Children's Ministry will continue to be streamed
Watch on YouTube

UPDATES

8/19/21

Dear New Community,

With the recent increase in COVID case rates, the City of Chicago is re-implementing an indoor mask mandate.

Beginning this Friday, August 20, masks must be worn in congregate, indoor settings regardless of your vaccination status. So when you come in-person for worship or prayer meeting, please be in good physical health and wear a mask or face covering.

Learn more at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/health_protection_and_response/news/2021/august/CDPH-announces-new-mask-mandate.html.


City of Chicago :: Chicago Department of Public Health announces new indoor mask mandate with continued increase in new COVID-19 cases in Chicago 

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that it will re-institute a face mask mandate for all indoor public settings as the average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in Chicago surpasses 400. All individuals aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask as of Friday, August 20, while indoors in public settings.

www.chicago.gov

We will continue to keep an eye on the changing situation and be sure to share any updates via email, app, and social media.

With continued love and care,
NCC Staff

5/19/21

We are grateful that God has protected our church and families during this pandemic. As wearing masks and physical distancing has been a new normal for the past 14 months, there is some confusion over what things look like as we are now coming out of the COVID pandemic.

This past Friday, May 14, Illinois entered the Bridge Phase, the last step before fully reopening from the pandemic. If statewide metrics remain steady, Illinois will move into Phase 5—where all capacity limits are lifted—on June 11. Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Yesterday, following the guidelines from the CDC and the state, the city of Chicago announced that fully vaccinated people will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings.

So what does this mean for us at New Community and our in-person gatherings?

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask when we are in-person.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, but for the sake of your neighbor want to wear a mask, please continue to do so.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, for the sake of yourself & your neighbor, please continue to wear a mask.
  • Children under the age of 12 are still required to wear a mask.

Whether you wear a mask or not, let us respect each other's decision and continue to build a loving community of God. We will continue to keep an eye on the changing situation and be sure to share any updates via email, app, & social media. As we begin to fully re-open, we are excited to see what God has in store for us as we look into the rest of this year & the future!

With continued love and care,
NCC Staff

11/15/20

After holding three worship services each Sunday since September to help accommodate social distancing, we have an important change to share in regards to in-person Sunday worship.

Beginning Sunday, November 22, we will go back to two services at 9:00am and 11:00am. Children's ministry will take place at 9:00am. We will continue to livestream Sundays on Facebook Live (facebook.com/newcommunitychi) at 9:00am.

Sunday Service Worship Options

  • In Person: 9:00am & 11:00am (25 people per service)
  • Online: 9:00am
  • Children’s Ministry & Youth: 9:00am (in-person or online)

A reminder: when you come in-person, please be in good physical health, arrive early to allow for a temperature check, and wear a face mask or face covering. We will continue to practice social distancing, utilize hand sanitizers, and sanitize common area touch-points.

Thank you for serving one another with understanding and grace as we make these adjustments. As we continue to keep an eye on the guidelines set by the city and state, please stay connected with us via email, our app, and social media. Please stay safe and healthy!

With continued love & care,
NCC Staff 

9/16/20

After holding three worship services this past Sunday, we have another important change to share in regards to in-person Sunday worship.

For the continued safety of our members and visitors, and to ensure that we can still social distance while in-person, beginning this Sunday, September 20, Children's & Youth Ministry will be held at 10:15am.

We encourage those without children to consider attending either the 8:30am or 11:45am service to help with social distancing. We will continue to livestream on Facebook Live (facebook.com/newcommunitychi) at 8:30am.

Sunday Service Worship Options
  • In Person: 8:30am, 10:15am, 11:45am (25 people per service)
  • Online: 8:30am
  • Children’s Ministry & Youth: 10:15am (in-person or online)

Thank you for understanding and for serving one another as we make these adjustments. As always, for the latest updates, stay connected with us via email, our app, & social media.

With continued love & care,
NCC Staff

9/3/20

It’s been a blessing to gather in person and online for worship and prayer over the past few months. For those who have been joining us online, we miss you and look forward to being together with you very soon!

In recent weeks, we have noticed an influx of in-person attendees. Additionally, our worship room seating is reaching maximum capacity between the two services on Sundays. For your safety and to ensure we can still socially distance while in person, for the time being, we will add a third worship service. 

Beginning Sunday, September 13, our worship times will be as follows:
In-Person: 8:30am, 10:15am, 11:45am (25 people per service)
Online: 8:30am
Children’s Ministry & Youth: 8:30am (in-person or online)


When you come in person, please be in good physical health, arrive early to allow for a temperature check, and wear a face mask or face covering. We will continue to practice social distancing, utilize hand sanitizers, and sanitize common area touch-points. Regardless of whether we are worshiping from home or at church, let's continue to pursue and seek the Lord together!

For the latest updates, stay connected with us via email, our app, & social media.

With love & care,
NCC Staff

6/26/20

The State of Illinois enters Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan today, Friday, June 26. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer are now permitted because testing & contact tracing is now widely available. However, as we meet in-person, we will continue to practice social distancing, utilize temperature checks, hand sanitizers, masks, and gloves. Additionally, we will continue to sanitize common area touch-points.

We continue to understand that each of us are responding differently to COVID-19. If you feel unsafe in larger groups, please continue to worship from home. If you are sick, please stay home & get well. But whether we are at home or at church, let's continue to worship, to encourage, and to persevere in faith together!

Here are some important guidelines to note as we meet in-person…
 
1.     Sunday Worship Service Options
  • In-Person at 9:30am & 11:30am
  • Online at 9:30am on Facebook Live (facebook.com/newcommunitychi)
  • Children/youth worship via YouTube

2.     Arrive 15 Minutes Early
  • Touchless temperature checks
  • Use of hand sanitizers, masks, and gloves

3.     Practice Social Distancing
  • Seats will be 6 feet apart
  • No food will be served

4.     Sanitization: All common area touch-points like doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, sinks will be sanitized before & after worship service.
 
For the latest updates, stay connected with us via email, our app, & social media.
 
With love & care,
NCC Staff

6/9/20

As we continue to implement Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, in addition to Sunday worship, we are re-opening our prayer meetings, and other meetings like small groups and discipleship/accountability groups.

Beginning today, Tuesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 11 at 7pm, you are welcome to join us in-person for intercessory and open prayer meetings. We will also continue to livestream prayer meetings on Facebook. When we're together, we will take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and one another (temperature checks; use of hand sanitizer, mask, gloves; seating 6 feet apart).

While small groups and discipleship/accountability groups are free to meet together, please contact group leaders for whether meetings will begin meeting in-person or continue meeting virtually. Whether we're at home or at church, it is imperative that God’s people continue to gather, to pray, to study God’s Word, and shine His light in our dark world.

For the latest updates, stay connected with us via email, our app, and social media.

With love & care,
NCC Staff

6/3/2020

For almost 3 months, due to COVID-19, we limited our gatherings by livestreaming worship and participating in Zoom meetings.  Yet, God has been faithful to us as we realize that meeting together for worship and prayer is something we are called to do as the body of Christ.
 
As many of you know, we are now entering into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan outlined by the State of Illinois. Now we are permitted to meet together as the body of Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, to continue to meet together, and to encourage one another.”
 
After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to open our church for worship and meetings. Fully aware that we still have no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, we will carefully observe social distancing guidelines and other safety precautions given to us by the state.
 
Beginning Sunday, June 7, you are welcome to worship with us in person. While we realize we can't completely keep you physically safe, it is the responsibility of the church to protect and keep you spiritually safe. So when we're together, we will take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and one another.
 
We understand that each of us are responding differently to COVID-19. So, if you feel unsafe in larger groups, please continue to worship from home. If you're sick, please stay home and get well. But whether we are at home or at church, it's imperative that God’s people continue to gather, to worship, and to shine His light in our dark world.

Here are some important things to note as we prepare to re-open:

Sunday Worship Service Options
  • In-Person: 9:30am & 11:30am (if needed, children/youth worship will be provided)
  • Online: 9:30am 
  • Children/youth worship online

Due to limited seating capacity, please RSVP in advance for In-Person Attendance

Arrive 15 Minutes Early
  • Touchless temperature checks will be performed.
  • Use hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves.

Practice Social Distancing
  • Seats will be 6 feet apart.
  • No food will be served.

Sanitization
  • All common area touch-points like door knobs, elevator buttons, light switches, sinks will be sanitized before amd after worship service.
 
We'll share more regarding prayer meetings, small groups, and other meetings next week. For the latest updates, stay connected with us via email, our app, and social media.
 
With love and care,
NCC Staff