New Heart Update
by Andrew Lewis
Hello to all! We pray that this updates finds you well and at peace in the loving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This update is fresh off of our first Community Meeting last Thursday where we were able to connect and talk about some of the future decisions that need to be made for New Heart Church.
First i’d like to take a moment to thank all those who joined us last Thursday. It’s a great encouragement to know that so many people are interested and value the future of this Church; Amy and I are grateful for all those who took time out of their week to share their opinions and thoughts.
At the top of our agenda was the ‘reopening’ of New Heart to meet face-to-face again. It is important for us to remember that although restrictions are lifting more and more we still have regulations that we must adhere to; this means the ‘reopening’ process will be slow and limited in numbers.
The restrictions place upon singing makes it difficult for Churches so we have decided to move forward with a ‘Prayer & Meditation’ service where worship will be on-screen (and still online) but the message will be spoken from the platform. With the singing being on screen we will be encouraging people in attendance to use that time to pray, meditate and reflect; with each week the focus being a different topic of prayer.
Currently we have made no decisions on numbers that can attend as we still have to focus on ticking some of the regulation boxes to actually reopen during this COVID season.
What we will be doing is reaching out for an expression of interest in order to gain insight into how many people would potentially want to attend a live service during this time. Amongst all this information of reopening, New Heart is still committed to its online platform; we will not cease trying to serve those who feel uncomfortable or vulnerable with the current pandemic.
July 26th is the date we have chosen to kick-off our ‘Prayer & Meditation’ services; please keep in mind that this is a tentative date as we cannot predict what restrictions might be in place or what might happen in regards to the virus.
What we will be encouraging, alongside the ‘Prayer & Meditation’ services, is for Open Houses to start meeting in groups on a Sunday to watch New Heart Online together and share in some of those face-to-face aspects that many of us are missing so much; keep a watch for more information on this.
The second item on our agenda was to talk about the future of the building. The contents of our discussion that night is probably to full for this update, but it was great hearing so many different thoughts and opinions. I encourage you to keep this conversation going, ask questions and bring forward thoughts.
Our contract for our current building will expire in October and as a Church we need to make a decision no later than the end of August. So to help us with that decision-making process I am offering another Community Meeting time on Thursday the 30th of July at 7pm.
By this date we may be firmer on the option we want to take for the current building, again I would encourage to keep a watch out for information over these next few weeks and, again, I encourage you to keep the conversation flowing, ask question and bring your thoughts.
What I can suggest is that to keep the current building I believe that we need to be a year in advance with rent, so if we look to raise through pledges and givings that amount before August we then would be able to sign for another year with confidence; I won’t list that figure here but am completely happy to talk about it elsewhere.
In all of these discussions I am always greatly encouraged and at complete peace with the words of our Saviour …
‘So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’
Let’s turn our worries into worship, our fear into faith and may we seek God’s Kingdom first; every time.
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