Now’s the time to stay on mission…
Handwrite letters of encouragement to medical personnel in your community
It was amazing to see just how great Northland Online went this week. We saw more people engage with our online service last week than Easter last year! During this unique time, I believe we will pull together and continue to be the church. We are so grateful for you and all that you bring to our church home.
We now have a “Safer At Home Order” issued by our local authorities and which includes all “non-essential” people. This is unprecedented and in order to respect our leaders and follow their direction, will include all of us. This means we will not have on-site church until at least May.
What does this mean for Northland?
How can you help right now?
Thank you for helping us make these things possible!
Whether we are meeting in-person or online, we are still called to be the Church. While I’m saddened that we are walking through such a difficult time, I am encouraged that this is when the Church shines its brightest.
I was reminded of the verse in James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, since you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
May we be the light together.
Monday, March 30, 2020, 9:05 AM.
What a week! So much can happen in a week! COVID-19 has reorganized, rescheduled, and ransacked so much in all of our lives. Yet, as we shared Sunday, what you believe determines how you respond. That means we respond with faith, with sacrifice, and with prayer. Let’s all celebrate that TWO people responded in baptism this weekend!
With the ongoing recommendations from the CDC and civic leaders, Northland’s leadership team has chosen to make a difficult decision to meet in an alternative way on the weekends. We don’t want to be fearful, but we do want to be responsible.
We have chosen not to have in-person services or weekly programming at Northland the next two weeks, including the next two Sundays, March 22 and March 29. This includes Sunday School classes, Northland Student and Children’s ministries, Awana, re|engage, Rooted, on-campus small groups, and so on.
We held out as long as we could on canceling our on-campus, in-person gatherings – and we will pursue reestablishing them as soon as we can. We invite you to join with your small group, family, and friends to worship, learn, serve, and grow together during this time.
We will provide Sunday worship services online and invite you to join us Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 AM on our Facebook page.
We will continue to evaluate and communicate as decisions are made. Serving opportunities and ongoing updates will be available at northland.cc/updates and our Facebook page.
See you (ONLINE) Sunday!
P.S. Let’s continue to spend time praying for our leaders, first-responders, medical personnel, researchers, and all affected during this time.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”- 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:29 PM.
This Sunday, March 15th, we will be having all three of our services at Northland at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am. We also understand, that some of you may not be able to make it in-person due to your own health and the concern that you may have. To accommodate for that we’ll be Livestreaming our entire 9:30 service Live on Facebook. Be sure to like us on Facebook and join us with your whole family live from your livingroom.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:55 PM.
In order to honor the recommendations of our community leaders by heeding their guidance to avoid having any large group gatherings over 250 people at a time in one location, we have chosen not to have Adult Sunday School classes at Northland for at least the next 2 weekends, starting March 15. By not having adult classes this will prevent our campus from exceeding the recommended number of people on campus at one-time. Children’s programing will continue as scheduled on March 15.
This decision was not made lightly or out of fear, but faith that is prudent, practical, and filled with love-in-action. We believe we should, in honor and respect, follow the guidelines of Romans chapter 13, and heed the guidance from our state leaders and medical professionals to limit large gatherings. We want to show love and leadership by utilizing wisdom and helping do our best during this trying time.
For any that are comfortable, we encourage smaller groups of people to gather together in homes and workplaces to pray, read the scriptures, and coordinate opportunities to Go and Be the church by caring and showing compassion for neighbors and co-workers.
We will continue to send updates and communications details as they become available. Continue to follow us at northland.cc/updates and on Facebook.
Thanks for helping us be the church and the hands and feet of Jesus to North Topeka and beyond.
Northland Leadership Team
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 5:28 PM.
Let us be reminded that Jesus is firmly on the throne! We live by faith and not fear. The fear of this virus has spread far beyond the reach of it. So let’s breathe a bit, pray, and then respond.
Our leadership is carefully and continuously monitoring the situation. We want to be wise and lead and walk in faith and trust, not fear. Currently, we have decided to have all three services and regular programming at Northland Christian Church. This might be just the opportunity for someone to hear a message of hope, love, and peace that comes from knowing Jesus. We would love for you to join us and bring a friend! Have you taken that breath? Prayed yet? Now let’s talk about our response.
We consistently strive to provide a safe and clean environment for all our guests each week with the following strategies:
We invite you to join in helping us keep everyone healthy and caution you to practice the standard, flu-season safety precautions we are already familiar with:
Should the COVID-19 virus continue to spread and hit the Topeka area we will respond accordingly and will consider how to continue to best play a role in our community for good in a time of need. You will be able to see future communications on our website at northland.cc/updates. We will continue to post on our Facebook page.
For general coronavirus information, the best source of information is the CDC’s website.