You Can "Do Church" at Home. Here's a Guide to Help
So, Church is a little different right now. It looks different, sounds different and feels different. This past week we were able to experience New Beginnings Online for the first time. This was an awesome experience that I hope to improve and also continue offering even once we are back together in person.
The Online attendance Sunday included 55 unique connections! We are estimating at least two people per connection, which takes the viewing audience to be somewhere in the neighborhood of ~110 people reached.
Having church from your home is nothing new. In fact, let’s look here at what Apostle Paul said when the early church 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 NLT
Here are some Ideas on How to Stay Connected
Attend NBF Online. As “Social Distancing” becomes the new buzz word for 2020, we know that we can be connected and social even when we are physically distant. We will continue to meet together digitally through the various tools that we have, and you are always invited to our Online Service. But here is the real key: Don’t just attend by yourself. Invite your friends and family to join or anyone else simply by sharing the link to our website. nbfstx.org
Things for the Kids. The FaithlifeTV platform that comes with each Faithlife account offers hundreds of hours of programming for kids and youth. We are also planning on some activities for the NBF youth to keep them connected Stay tuned for that info soon.
Discover All The Tools. Family now is the time to look into all the resources that you have access to. NBF has support for Online Small Groups, Video Conferencing, Bible Apps, In Depth Bible Study Material, Group Studies, Prayer Lists, Online Giving, a Social Platform, Video Streaming Services, and some things that we haven’t even found yet! And it is all accessed through one password, your Faithlife account. If you haven’t get signed up today! SignUp for Faithlife
Remember the reason why you connect remains the same regardless of how you connect!
What does it look like to Be the Church?
We have to remember that the church is not the building that we go to but it each and every one of us. We are the Church. So what does that mean? It means, let's love our neighbors as ourselves, but where we are. How do we do that in the current conditions? The best way to discover the needs of our neighbors is to simply call or text them and see how they are doing.
Here are some Ideas on how to Be the Church
- Text or call people you know who are vulnerable (elderly, asthmatic, organ-transplant recipients, those with MS, HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc.) and ask how they are feeling. Listen to them and Pray with them.
- Call or Facetime your family and friends. Forget the text. With social distancing in place, seeing your face and/or hearing your voice will go a long way for their well-being. Talk about everything, especially if it has nothing to do with current world events.
- Call the food banks and other non-profits and ask what you could do to assist them in their efforts.
- Give. Many of us are blessed with a little extra margin, both financially and with time. Look for ways to be generous to friends, family, your church and neighbors.
- Look for people asking for help on Social Media. People are quick to hop on to Social Media. Perhaps they need encouragement, prayer, or just someone to talk with them. Meet a need.
- Check on parents that you know. With school being postponed, for who knows how long, there could be some moms and dads struggling with this new life balance. Sometime just talking to another adult can help.
- Pray. Pray for a vaccine. Pray for Healing. Pray for Protection for you and your neighbors all over the world. Pray that God will show you when, where and how to take action.
Health and Safety Reminders
- Stay up to date with the recommendations and requirements from our local, state, and federal government.
- Practice social distancing and excellent hygiene, use caution when meeting with others in any way.
- If you believe you have been in contact with someone infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact your health care provider, practice all recommended health guidelines, and keep coming back for encouragement at New Beginnings Online nbfstx.org