On the weekend of August 15-16, we’re excited to invite those of you who are ready to come back to in-person worship. We’ll also continue gathering online for all of our regularly scheduled worship services on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.
We know many of you are ready to walk back into the sanctuary, just like we know many of you prefer to remain online at this time. Praise God that we can remain a church family together, even while we’re worshiping in different rooms!
We’ve worked hard for months to ready our campus, and we’ve been working hard to gather and worship through our online ministries. We’ve also spent months praying for you, and praying for wisdom and discernment to know when to come back to campus.
Whether you’ll be worshiping online or onsite—both are wonderful ways to gather—this weekend will be of special significance to our community because it’s the weekend before school starts. Back-to-school season has always been challenging for families and their students. This year is unique in that we’re all dealing with the additional stress and uncertainty that comes from COVID-19. With that in mind, we look forward to gathering together in worship, prayer, and celebration of God’s faithfulness, love, and care for us—specifically praying for our students, families, teachers, and administrators as they prepare to step into an especially uncertain school year.
Every year we hold a back to school drive and this year, more than ever, our families, students, and teachers need our help. Please consider bringing some school supplies with you when we gather again to support our local schools through our partnership with Tools 4 Seminole Schools.. More details coming soon, including a supply list, at northlandchurch.net/update.
As we open the Main Sanctuary for weekend worship gatherings, these limited-size, physically-distanced gatherings may feel different than what you experienced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope the following information will equip you to navigate the current protocol:
In adhering to the recommended physical distancing guidelines, reserved seating will be required through the use of free tickets. Reserved seating for all three weekend worship gatherings will be available beginning Tuesday, August 11 at 8 a.m. at northlandchurch.net/update. As promised, if you reserved tickets for our original return to in-person worship in June, those tickets can be used on the weekend of August 15-16. Current ticket holders will receive an email tomorrow (Tuesday). If you’re no longer able to use your tickets, we’d love for you to make them available for those who can—details will be included in that email. For future weekends (after August 15-16), tickets will continue to be available on the Tuesday prior to the weekend at 8 a.m. Tickets will be available online only on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Face coverings or face masks will be required in the foyer and sanctuary at all times. Children under 2-years-old are exempt from this requirement. If wearing a mask is prohibitive to your attending in-person worship gatherings, we would ask that you please continue to worship with us online until this requirement is relaxed.
Please maintain the recommended 6-foot physical distance at all times. For the safety of one another, refrain from hugging, high fiving, handshakes, or other physical contact. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the building. We also ask that you and your party proceed directly to the exit once our worship gathering is complete. While we all miss having time to connect socially with each other in person, we need to keep the foyer clear for the safety of everyone.
CHILD CARE/CHILDREN’S CHURCH
While childcare and Children’s Church are not available at this time, be sure to check out our children’s online worship services and resources. These videos can be watched anytime at NorthlandChurch.net/Children, in our app, or by following the Northland Children & Young Families Facebook page.
We appreciate your grace and flexibility as we navigate what it looks like to gather together for worship while maintaining guidelines and proceeding with caution. We will keep you apprised of changes in the guidelines as we continue to partner with local government officials and health care experts.
We look forward to joining with our entire Northland family for worship— whether you join us online or in-person on August 15-16, you’re a part of our family and we are grateful for you! Thank you for your faithfulness and prayer during these unprecedented times.
Your Northland Family
Every single day at 9 a.m., 12 & 6 p.m. we're going live on Facebook! At these times one of our pastors, small group leaders, or Northland families will be praying, reading scripture, worshiping, and just being in community together during these times.
Do you have a prayer request or want to pray for others? Check out the prayer wall and join others in prayer. Also read the daily liturgy which offers a new passage to read together everyday.
Check out this blog by our Missions Director Matt Shiles for some ways that you can serve others during this time.
Children's Ministry has created all the materials you need to teach your child during these times. Below are links to the family devotionals blogs, daily devotional videos, and the weekly children's church skits. All of this content can be found on the Northland Children's page & in the Northland app.
As for our onsite precautions, please know we deeply value the health and safety of each and every person who enters our facilities. We are taking extra precautions in our common areas, using the CDC recommended cleaning agents to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. In addition, we encourage everyone to follow the following precautions for your own safety, as well as the health and safety of others.
Florida Department of Health launched a Call Center for COVID-19 questions which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1 (866) 779-6121
As a church, we are committed to being a light for Christ as well as a source of spiritual and practical help. We also remain dedicated to “bearing one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) as a local church family. If you have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many local organizations that are a great place to start depending on your needs. You can view a resource list here for Seminole and Orange County. If none of these organizations are able to meet your needs, you can submit an application for financial/material support here.