Dear Church Family,
We miss you all so much and are eager to begin meeting again. Our leadership team met the other night and brainstormed our strategy for the next phases of our state reopening and what that will look like for our church. This is our plan that has been coordinated with the state's reopening plan:
When our region moves into phase 3:
Office hours will resume normal hours of operation (Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30)
Ministry meetings (no more than 10 people with social distancing in place) and small workdays can resume.
Online services will continue.
When our region moves into phase 4:
Live church services will resume. We will offer 2 identical services on Sunday morning to allow for social distancing. The times of these services will be announced as we get closer to a start date.
No Kidzone or Little Kidzone will be offered for the time being, however we do expect to be able to offer these ministries again very soon. Family seating around a table will be available in the sanctuary. This will allow children to have a spot to play or draw around the table. While this is inconvenient, a slower opening of the ministry allows us to ensure everyone’s safety.
Hand sanitizing stations, family seating in the sanctuary, and masks will be available each Sunday.
Online services will continue for those who wish to stay home during this time.
Classes can resume. We ask that classes do not meet on Sundays, but another day to facilitate social distancing.
Youth ministry will resume on Sundays from 6-8 pm.
Thank you so much for your grace during this season. We know its been challenging for everyone and the patience of our church family has been inspiring. Thank you so much for your generosity during this season. It has made a difficult season easier. Again, we love you and cannot wait to see you soon.
Elders and Staff of NWCC
4/1 Update- Because of recent announcements made by our Governor and President, all weekly gatherings are being cancelled for April. The Sunday message will continue to be recorded and available online beginning Saturday evening. Your leadership team loves you and is praying for you, we are looking forward to when we can meet again.
3/20 Update- Given the governor's announcement, the leadership team at NWCC has made two additional decisions.
- To suspend all weekly gatherings through April 7th.
- To close the church office through April 7th.
If you have any needs or questions, please call 217-429-4278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can continue to support Northwest financially through the website (nwcchurch.org) and app. These are safe, secure, and easy ways to give.
You can also mail your offering to 1306 N. Stanley Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526.
The recorded sermon will be available on Saturday evenings on the website and app.
We are praying that our next gathering will be April 12th, which happens to be Easter Sunday. We are anticipating a great time of worship and reconnection.
3/19 Update- We are carefully monitoring the Covid19 news. Our leadership has made the decision to keep meeting for the time being. During this time:
We will suspend our greeting time during the service.
We will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.
If you are immune compromised or susceptible, please use a great deal of caution when deciding if you should attend.
If you are feeling sick or showing any symptoms, please don’t attend.
If you need to miss a Sunday, our messages are posted weekly at nwcchurch.org
Any changes to our meeting schedules will be posted on the app, Facebook, and the website by Friday. If nothing has posted then nothing has changed regarding our schedule.
Be in prayer for our government officials making decisions and for those affected by this virus.
Be committed to showing our community the faith, peace, joy, and hope that Jesus gives his followers.
Be wise but don’t be afraid. God is greater!
Food Pantry - Food Pantry Sunday is the first Sunday of each month. If you are able, please bring some groceries to help stock our food pantry. Carts will be located at both entrances.