Sunday 3rd May 2020
Covid Update for members and friends of NCC
following government briefing.
Implementation date from 19th July 2021
In view of the government’s decision to lift most of the restrictions around Covid 19, we, Rev Mark and the Elders and Deacons would like to assure members and friends of NCC that we intend to continue to maintain a safe and positive environment for us to worship.
We will do this by updating our Risk Assessment which will include the following principles:-
We will continue to maintain a register on Sunday for Track and Trace, although we will not insist on people booking in for a meeting or service. New people attending should make sure they have given their contact details…….Any one entering the building other than Sunday morning will still be required to sign in the book by the side door or on the front table. This is very important. CCTV is also in place and captures people’s arrivals and departures.
Windows and doors will be opened where possible during services/ meetings and fans used when the weather is warm. This will be reviewed as the weather gets cooler.
Signage will continue to be in place to encourage and remind people “Hands, Face, Space”, although social distancing will not be mandatory.
Regular cleaning will be done between hall users and the 99.9% bacterial spray will be used on chairs and touching points between users and during regular cleaning. More anti bacterial spray could be made available for touch points.
We will ensure there is plenty of hand sanitiser and will still encourage those coming into the building to sanitise their hands.
The wearing of a mask will not be mandatory, but we will respect those who wish to continue wearing a mask. A one way system will be encouraged. All of the downstairs doors could be used as exits and not just the main doors.
The onus with the lifting of restrictions is upon each individual, we would therefore respectfully ask that if you have cold or flu like symptoms or have a temperature that you refrain from attending the worship service or entering the building.
The main hall will have some chairs spaced out so that people may choose where they sit.
Singing will be encouraged. This may now happen without masks, although we will respect those who may continue to want to wear a mask. Everyone should be looking forwards when singing so that particles will not be widely spread. Those who may be more fearful may wish to sit/ stand nearer the back of the hall. The screen/ barrier can be removed.
Communion will be usually be served on the first Sunday of the month. The wine will be served in individual glasses and the bread prepared by a person who is wearing (Non latex gloves). We respect there will be those who still wish to bring their own elements for communion.
Laying on of hands. This could and should happen, but people should be asked if they would like this before it happens.
Refreshments may be served after a service. When possible this will be outside. There will be 2 or 3 allocated servers who will facilitate this. Paper cups will continue to be used on a Sunday morning. Mugs with handles are available for those who need a handle. We were reminded by Lee Coleman last week of Gods teaching to the Israelites.
Who invented the three basic Covid rules to protect us? 1- Social Distance. 2 - Hand Washing hygiene. 3 - The Use of Mask. These laws were given to the nation of Israel 3,500 years ago. So look it up in the BIBLE ! 1 - Exodus 30: 18-21: Wash your hands so that they will not die. 2 - Leviticus 13: 4, 5, 46: If you have symptoms, keep your distance, cover your mouth and avoid contact. 3 - Leviticus 13: 4, 5: _Who is infected must remain in quarantine for 7 to 14 days. And there are still those who doubt that the Bible is a book of wisdom!
14th May 2021 from Rev. Mark
I love being the minister of our church, because I felt ill last night I forgot to put our bins out. As I sorted it first thing God spoke to me as I also put our neighbours bin out also. God is doing good things within our church, but every now and then we need to put our bins out, But thankfully they come back in again so they can be filled ready for the next time they need to go out. God is working through us and we need to deal with our insecurities rubbish etc keep short accounts keep trusting keep loving. God bless you my church family. Love you all
28.4.21 from Rev. Mark
Be encouraged Church friends. Exodus 2:23–24 says - Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. There is an enemy who wants to keep you enslaved to that situation in your life. The enemy wants to keep you in a place of despair and to keep you so focused on your disappointments you cannot lay hold of God’s promises for you. That is what he did to the children of Israel. When Moses told the Israelites that God would rescue them from their bondage, the Bible tells us “they refused to listen” as they had “become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery” (Ex. 6:6–9). God did not abandon them even though they refused to listen. He knew they were in a state of despair because they had suffered under the yoke of slavery for so long. Do you want to know what the children of Israel did that caused God to rescue them so mightily? The children of Israel were so oppressed all they could do was groan. There was nothing left in them to compose any prayers. The Bible tells us God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I share this with you because I want you to know that you do not need to craft impressive declarations of faith or do anything for God before He hears you. Just a groan will reach the throne. A simple sigh from you will reach the throne room of your Abba in heaven. If just a groan from the children of Israel could activate the covenant God had cut with their forefathers, how much more would your cry accomplish, oh child of the Most High! If you are in a place of discouragement about your situation, cry out to Him and take this additional insight from the Passover as an encouragement. I love it that God told the children of Israel to partake of the Passover lamb in this manner: “And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand” (Ex. 12:11). Why did they have to eat with belts on their waists, sandals on their feet, and staffs in their hands? God was telling them to be ready for their physical deliverance even as they ate the roasted lamb. In the same way, when we partake of the Lord’s Supper, let’s partake with faith and expectancy. Our compassionate Lord Jesus has heard our groans and He is both willing and able to deliver us from any oppression. Let’s partake expecting our miracle to take place, expecting our deliverance. That’s what the Israelites did despite their suffering, and they came out with not one sick, not one feeble. I want to see that happening for my church and for you. We may not yet have come to the place where we can say there are “none feeble,” but I believe we are on our way.
Message from Mark 29.3.21
Dear NCC Congregation,
With new rules coming into place after this weekend, I am setting up what I am calling Life groups @NCC. Friendship groups of up to 6 people. They can meet in a garden/park, maybe in a home in the future or at the Church.
To begin with it will be to chat and share things as confidence grows etc. The groups will be self-governed and you as friends can decide how and when you meet etc. It does not have to be a weekly commitment; it needs to fit around you and the other folk in your group.
The groups will have a leader who can talk with me so I can offer support if needed.
In the future we could prepare Bible study notes that can be emailed to leaders in each group. The groups can change interlink as time & God develops them. Currently I have spoken with enough people to create 5 groups
Group 1 – Ryde to Yaverland
Group 2 – Carisbrooke
Group 3 – Central Newport
Group 4 – Sandown & Lake
Group 5 – Newport & Pan
There is currently space for people to join each group or set up new groups.
My prayer is as we deepen in our friendships after a time of isolation and lockdown we grow in confidence in our faith and grow disciples. Please let me know if you would like to know more about one of these groups or have some input in to this idea.
God bless you all.
Marks Thoughts 16.8..20
This week our message is ‘Get a great deliverance’ as part of the theme People meeting with Jesus. Jonathan will be preaching from Mark 5:1-20. In this past week since planning, I have heard how Church folk have been open recently to seek deliverance in their own lives. I am also planning to meet with other folk that want to deal with their past issues and pains. God is on the move and it really excites me, as we deal with our past and move on, set free from all that hinders. Be it a man tormented be demons, or someone caught up in greed. God can set you free to, just trust in him. I will be reflecting how Zaccheus changed when he encountered Jesus.
My gift day reflections - updated from last week are below.
If you would like to give, simple offering envelops have been prepared and can be dropped off to you, if you are not able to attend Worship.
Gift day, we normally celebrate during August our Church Anniversary, tradition is we have a special one off collection for the life of the church. If you are able to give, our current focus is ‘How we help people meet with Jesus’. In this challenging time we have seen hundreds of people view our online streamed Services. Jonathan & Sandra have done an amazing job with the help of Shane Randall. What I would like to suggest, is we invest in better equipment to make sure our Live-stream Services are as good as they can be. I am seeking advice in what equipment to purchase, anything you can do to support this project as this time will be greatly appreciated.