Here is what you can expect if you plan to visit to NABC:

  • We will have one worship service at our regular time of 9:30 am. 
  • Children’s Church (ages 5 – 4th grade) and the Preschool Class (ages 3-4) will be offered. You can drop your children off at their class at the beginning of the worship service (9:30 am) and they will stay in the class for the remainder of the service.  The rooms will be cleaned and disinfected.  Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required.  Most importantly, we will care for your children and help them to see the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • There will be seats in the front of the sanctuary taped off to provide for social distancing.  We understand that there will be some folks would like to attend but would appreciate not being shoulder to shoulder with others not in their family.  Our pews will be taped off in the front portion of the sanctuary t allow space for you to be socially distant from those around you.
  • Masks will be required when entering the building and when you are moving around the building.  When you are seated in the sanctuary you have the option to remove your mask. Please be mindful of those around you and show grace and charity to those who are worshipping with you.  
  • The building itself will be prepared and disinfected prior to your arrival. We will disinfect all “touchpoints” in the sanctuary, entryway, fellowship hall, and restrooms.  The front doors will be the only access point for entrance into the building.  We will provide hand sanitizer throughout the building for you to use if needed but we encourage you to bring your own.
  • We ask that you all exercise personal responsibility when considering coming to church. If you are not feeling well or have a temperature, please stay home.  If you consider yourself “at risk” due to age or because of preexisting conditions, we advise you to stay at home and continue to stream the service.  If you feel physically returning to church at this time is not the best decision for you and your family, that decision is respected regardless of the reason.

These changes will be different for all of us.  We ask that you show grace and charity to one another as we navigate our return to church.  The Apostle Paul shares in Philippians 2:1-7 these important truths for us to consider as we relate to one another in the body of Christ…

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:1–7, NASB95)

In closing, I encourage you to pray.  Pray for an ending to this pandemic.  Pray for wisdom for our leaders and for our frontline workers.  Pray for our church as we transition to returning to worship, realizing it will be different.  Pray also for our brothers and sisters who will not be able to return for various reasons, and that they will be fed and feel the love of the body while remaining absent.

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Todd and the Elder Board