reopening JUNE 21, 2020 @ 10:45AM!

We Miss You!

It’s been three months and we are excited to be reunited, gathering together physically again to worship God in one voice, be equipped for his service, and enjoy one another’s fellowship. Since the day we had to stop meeting, we’ve been working until the day we could reopen.

Lord willing, that day is fast approaching! Circle Sunday, June 21 on your calendar and, if you feel comfortable, please make plans to join us for in-person worship at 10:45AM.

The reality is that our world is different now than it was the last time we gathered, so our gatherings are going to look different too. We are implementing a number of adjustments and precautions to ensure we gather in a wise and compassionate manner. While they are not ideal, they are what we have to do right now.

Loving and Serving Others

We exist at Newton Nazarene church to love and serve God and others. Right now, we feel that loving others means taking these precautions in order to gather again in as safe an environment as we can muster.

Another big part of loving people right now is being gracious with people who have a different conviction or comfort level than you. We are so excited to see you all in person again, but we also know that many in our church family are at higher risk or feel uncomfortable gathering in person for one reason or another. 

Philippians 2:3—5 states, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out for only your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

It is with these verses in mind that your church board voted on the following changes. Here’s what to expect on June 21:

  • Available pews are spaced out to allow for proper social distancing; our ushers will direct you to a seat that is properly spaced from others; families with kids and teens are asked to sit together

  • Overflow seating will be in the balcony after the spaced-out sanctuary reaches capacity

  • Hand sanitizer stations are available near all exterior entrances and sanctuary doors

  • We will not be passing plates during offering; an offering box has been placed in the lobby for you to place your tithes and offerings

  • For at least the first two weeks, June 21st and 28th, we are requiring that all worshipers ages 5+ wear masks; we will reassess this at our June 28th board meeting; masks will also be available at the doors with options for adults and children

  • Most doors will be propped open to allow a touchless experience upon entry/exit

  • We will not be passing out physical bulletins (bring a notebook and pen if you are a notetaker)

  • Water fountains will be unavailable (BYOWB—Bring your Own Water Bottle)

  • We will not be offering a separate children’s church service; we will have worship bags for kids (with disposable bags and activities); nursery is available for children birth—4 years old (volunteers will be wearing masks)

  • At the conclusion of the service we will ask you to wait to be dismissed by an usher to allow proper spacing as we depart (we hope you will take time to catch up and enjoy each other’s company; we simply ask that you plan to do so either outside or in a larger area allowing others to leave); please practice social distancing throughout the building

Thank you for your grace as we attempt to make plans in the midst of this ever-changing situation. At this point, our plan is to take things one week at a time—we will be re-evaluating each week and re-communicating each week as we make adjustments.

How long will we use these new safety measures?

That is a great question! We plan to continue with these procedures for the foreseeable future—likely for a while. We will also evaluate each week to determine if changes are needed.

Will the service be posted online?

Yes, we will continue posting the service on Facebook. However, we, along with many others in the Newton community, have been experiencing internet provider issues. We will record the service at 10:45AM and post it later that day to our Facebook page and the website. We don’t want the live feed to drop during the middle of a service! We’ll monitor our internet access over the next few weeks and hopefully be able to return to streaming live.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call (316-283-4270) or email me at

See you soon!

Pastor J. Jay Hawes