You may have noticed that church is going to look a little different right now. Churches in many countries are suspending regular in-person gatherings, but that doesn’t mean church is canceled. As followers of Jesus, we are the Church. So, how can we stay connected even if we don’t meet in person?
During the next few weeks or months, our prayer is that we will see God work in and through people attending Northfield Church Online as our world works together to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Having Church at Home:
Doing church from home is not a new thing. Here’s some encouragement from the Apostle Paul who helped lead the early church when it essentially only met in homes.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Here are Some Ideas:
Attend Northfield Church Online. As the phrase social distancing becomes a household term, we know that we can still be social and connected even if we’re physically distanced. We can keep meeting together digitally.
1. You are invited to join us live on Facebook at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
2. You are also invited to one of our Northfield Church Online services throughout the week.
3. Stay up to date with us in our Facebook Group.
But don’t just attend by yourself. You can invite your friends, family, or anyone to join you. Be sure to comment, share, and hold a watch party to get the word out to others in the community.
There’s something for kids and students too.
We will have content for everyone in your home. Our Northfield Kids parents should follow us on our private Facebook Group to stay connected. We will be offering church and devotionals for kids. Our Youth Director Mason is working hard to stay in contact with your youth and we will have fun things for them online as well!
What Does It Look Like to Be the Church?
We don’t just go to church; we are the Church, and that means loving our neighbors as ourselves where we are. But how do we do that right now? The best way to discover the needs of neighbors is simply to text or call and ask how they’re doing. Here are some ideas for being the Church right where you are:
- Text or call people you know who are vulnerable (elderly, asthmatic, those living with MS, HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc.) and ask how they are feeling. Listen to them. Pray with them. Ask if there’s anything they need.
- FaceTime or call your friends and family. Skip the text. As people are practicing social distancing, seeing your face and/or hearing your voice will go a long way for their well-being, as it will yours. Talk about anything and everything, especially if it doesn’t have to do with world events.
- Call your neighborhood and offer to pick up prescriptions or groceries for those who can’t, or shouldn’t. Again, only do this if you know you are well.
- Give. God has blessed many of us with margin—both financially and with our time. Look for ways to be generous with your family, your friends, your church, and your neighbors.
- Look for needs on social media. People are quick to point out that they’re in need on social media. Maybe someone needs encouragement, prayer, or someone just to be kind. Meet a need.
- Call or text parents you know. With school being postponed for a month or more, there could be some moms and dads struggling with the new reality of working from home and balancing the needs of their children. Sometimes just talking with another adult helps.
- Pray specifically. Pray for a vaccine that works. Pray for healing and protection for your neighbors all around the world. Pray for God to show you when, where, and how to act. Pray for you pastor.
Share Stories and Find Hope
#NFCathome: Will you do us a favor and help us discover your story by posting about your experiences with church at home? You can do this by tagging your post with this hashtag: #NFCathome
You can share stories of church at home or being the Church where you are. You can also follow the hashtag to be encouraged with other people’s stories! Want to share a little hope on social media? Repost Northfield Church Online channel content, share your own personal stories of overcoming anxiety and finding peace, and invite people to attend Northfield Church Online or Facebook with you. Follow Northfield Church on Facebook.
Health and Safety Reminders
- Stay up to date with recommendations and requirements from your local, state, and federal government.
- Practice social distancing and excellent hygiene, and use caution when meeting with others in any way.
- If you believe you may have been in contact with someone infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact your healthcare provider, practice all recommended health guidelines, and keep coming back for hope and encouragement at Northfield Church.
Remember, just because church is different right now doesn’t mean we stop being the Church. We are the Church. And as the Church, we have an opportunity to live out the love, hope, joy, and peace that can only be found in Jesus. We will live by faith, trusting that the Holy Spirit is at work in homes around the world as people continue to worship God together online, with family, or as the Church wherever they are.
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our country, we’re doing everything we can to Northfield Church going as a building and as a family. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that.
We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle, Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.