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NBC Gathering In-Person

NBC Gathering In-Person

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Auditorium Service

This service will be a mask-required service for now. The service can be broadcast to the Ministry Center during this time if needed, giving us overflow space if we reach the maximum number of people that we can responsibly seat in the auditorium.

10:00 a.m. Online Gathering

The service will be live-streamed and hosted on a live-chat platform. 

Childcare and Children’s Ministry

Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:00 service only (see Nursery & Toddler Guide). We are also offering pre-primary and primary ministry during the 10:00 service (See Pre-Primary & Primary Guide).


What will the service be like? It will be like what we have been doing online only now we will be together: a welcome, some announcements, worship through song, prayer, and the message.

What about ABFs and Sunday School? We are not planning a general “restart” of ABFs at this time. If an ABF wants to begin meeting in the building on Sunday, we will work it out on a per-requests basis so we can make sure we have suitable meeting spaces. We encourage ABFs that have been meeting online to continue, and others may find alternative meeting times and locations.

Please read over the Guidelines for Gathering so you will better know what to expect.

Remember safety, sacrifice, and service.

Gathering under the current circumstances will require some things from each of us: caution because the COVID-19 virus is still around; consideration because people feel various levels of personal risk in this season; courage because while venturing out can be risky, we can trust in the good hand of the Lord to provide for and protect us; and compassion because probably everyone has felt a little beat up at one time or other during this pandemic, and hopefully gathering together will be an experience of peace and not tension.

One more word will be key: flexibility. As we see how things unfold, we will adjust as necessary and wise.

Guidelines for Gathering

Guidelines for Gathering

What NBC will do:

  1. We will designate pews and seating areas for appropriate physical distancing. Please allow ushers to provide direction.
  2. We will provide hand sanitizer for use in all public areas.
  3. We will clean and sanitize the building in preparation for use and after each use. We will sanitize foyer and restrooms during and between services.
  4. We will keep outside doors open when feasible, to prevent multiple contacts on door handles. We will sanitize doors and door handles between services.
  5. Bathrooms most accessible to meeting areas will be open and properly sanitized.
  6. We will not distribute paper bulletins to minimize contact.
  7. We will not pass offering plates through the pews. A box will be placed in the foyer to receive tithes and offerings. Online giving is the recommended option.
  8. Nursery, Toddlers, Pre-Primary, and Primary will meet during worship. Specific regathering guides will be posted for those departments. 
  9. We will not be observing communion initially but will do so as soon as the logistics for this are confirmed.
  10. We will not be meeting as ABF groups or Sunday School classes during the initial weeks of regathering. Those will be phased in as we move forward.
  11. We will require staff and volunteers to wear masks at gatherings in which they are serving in a staff role. Speakers and singers will not be required to wear masks while ministering on the platform.
  12. We will have masks available for those who need them or desire to wear them in the building.

What we are asking you to do:

  1. We ask you to avoid physical contact, such as hugging or handshakes, while at NBC.
  2. We ask you, if you have had a fever within the last 14 days, to please stay at home.
  3. We ask you, if you are in a vulnerable group, to consider watching the online service in your home. This would include those who are fearful of contracting the virus, the elderly, the immune compromised, and those who have a vulnerable pulmonary system.
  4. We ask you to please enter and exit through designated doors in the building (north and west entrance).
  5. We ask you not to gather in groups in the church foyer before or after services and to maintain appropriate physical distancing in the parking lot.
  6. We ask you, if you bring your children to church, to keep them with you at all times. The gym will be closed.
  7. A mask is required for attendance at the 8:30 a.m. service. If you choose to attend the 10:00 a.m. service, a mask is required for the present time.
  8. We ask you to continue to lean into your ABF and maintain contact with your ABF leadership team. Though time of connecting on Sundays is limited, our ABF network is in place and working diligently to stay in touch with you. Please lean into these groups as we work together to come through this difficult time stronger than we were before.
  9. We ask you to contact the church office if you are experiencing any needs that we can help meet.

Other Building Usage Information

  1. Building usage will be scheduled through the church office in order to control group size and assure that all spaces have been appropriately sanitized.
  2. Building usage of this nature may be more limited at first, with incremental adjustments made as appropriate, depending on guidelines provided by the governor. Exceptions may be granted in certain cases where there is opportunity to serve our community.

Online Gatherings continue Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

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