New Life Fellowship has created a guide to answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions regarding reopening.
When will New Life reopen the building?
On July 19 we will begin our Phase 2 Reopening. We will resume in-person Sunday worship gatherings at 10:30am. During this phase, we will only be gathering in person in a limited capacity on Sunday. New Life will not be hosting any indoor live gatherings outside of our Sunday worship service.
How many attendees will be allowed in the building?
We will adhere to local safe physical distancing guidelines set forth by our city and state representatives. Beginning on July 19, we will invite a different set of members of our church (approximately 100 people) each week to attend the service. The invitations will be sent by email. Please understand that due to our limited capacity for in-person services, we will not be able to invite everyone to attend.
Do I need to register to attend the service?
Yes, we want your experience to be as safe and smooth as possible. If you receive an email invitation from us, you will have the chance to register until noon on the Wednesday leading up to the Sunday service. For everyone’s safety, we will not be able to admit those who did not register in advance.
Can I bring my family with me?
Yes. When you register you may attend with up to 3 family members. You will be seated together. Children ages 12 and older will be allowed to attend during the summer. No infants or young children will be permitted. Note that we will not be offering any middle school ministry in the building.
What if I’m not comfortable coming to a service yet?
Will the online experiences you’ve created still be available?
Absolutely! We will continue to offer a high quality live streaming experience. Most of us will continue to engage our worship services online, as we have been doing. New Life staff and leaders will continue to be available for prayer and connection in our virtual prayer and lobby spaces.
What if I’m not feeling well?
What will the service be like?
All the things you’re used to in our weekend service will still be there—dynamic live worship, a great message with personal application, and friendly faces! But, in order to ensure that everyone is safe, things will be different. You will be asked to sign up for a check-in time before service and you will be dismissed in sections to prevent crowds from forming at our designated entrance and exit. We will maintain social distancing within the building. We will offer hand-sanitizing stations, require face masks to be worn by those in the congregation, and we will shorten our service time to 60 minutes.
How are the facilities being cleaned and prepared for worship services?
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entries and exits as well as throughout the building.
- Our services and guest interactions will be intentionally touch-free (e.g., no hugs or hand-shakes for now, we will not pass an offering bag, etc…).
- Per state guidelines, there will be more empty space between parties seated in the sanctuary.
- Extensive cleaning and disinfecting procedures will take place before, during, and after every service.
- Air conditioners will be turned on during service. Filters are cleaned and replaced regularly. Windows will be open to allow for better airflow during the service.
- We will gather data and feedback from those attending services to help us strengthen our procedures.
Am I required to wear a mask during services?
All attendees are required to wear their masks at all times in the building. Note: Worship leaders and speakers are not required to wear masks while on stage, but are expected to wear their masks at all other times.
What if I need to use the handicap elevator?
If anyone in your group needs to use the handicap elevator, notify email@example.com the Wednesday before your visit. We will make arrangements for you to access the elevator upon your arrival.
Can I still receive prayer at the service?
There will not be any prayer ministry or fellowship in the building on Sunday. We will continue to offer our virtual prayer and virtual lobby spaces for those seeking prayer and fellowship with our leaders.
Can I still give my tithe or offering during the service?
We prefer that you continue to give online at newlife.nyc/give. However, if that is not an option for you, we will have giving boxes available in the back of the sanctuary and on the 1st level.
How will you handle communion?
If your Sunday worship in-person gathering falls on the 1st Sunday of the month and you wish to participate in corporate communion, we invite you to bring your own communion elements.
Will the church be open for other activities during the week?
No. For the time being, our church will not be open to other church gatherings during the week.
What is the plan for New Life Students and New Life Kids Ministries?
At this time, we will only offer students and kids ministry online.
What about church gatherings off-site, like my small group?
Small groups will continue to meet off-site. While most small groups will be taking a break during July and August, a few groups will continue to gather virtually during the summer. New Life will be hosting a socially distanced in-person Summer Party limited to 50 adult participants on August 8. Community groups which have been gathering via Zoom since the spring will continue to hold events and meetings virtually.
How long will the limited capacity be enforced?
The short answer is, we just don’t know yet. Phase 2 is our “soft launch.” We will be gathering for 4 consecutive Sundays starting on July 19. For the time being, we will limit capacity to ensure the health and well-being of our congregation, staff, volunteers, and communities. If all goes well, we may raise the permitted occupancy for in-person worship services and in accordance with local government regulations.