On November 18, 2020, the Linn County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new mask mandate written by the Linn County Board of Health which takes effect November 19. As a result, we have required everyone to wear a mask while attending services and programs at New Covenant since then, until a policy change occurs.
There are some allowed exemptions listed in the mandate including:
- Persons younger than 2 years old
- Anyone who has trouble breathing, on oxygen therapy or ventilator
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance
- Anyone who has been provided written notice from a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings
- Anyone who is in the process of eating or drinking
- Anyone who is outdoors when staying six (6) feet away from others
More detailed information including some additional exemptions and guidance on appropriate mask use is given in the full mandate which can be found here.
Thank you in advance for honoring this request and for your flexibility. Please be mindful that there may be some people in attendance who meet one of the given exemptions. I continue to urge all of us to seek to put into practice passages calling us to act in love and serve humbly such as Romans chapter 12 including verses like "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." (vs. 10)
I'd like to ask you to join us in prayer. All of us have been impacted by COVID in some form or another. Let's pray for wisdom, discernment, and grace as we each navigate through this incredibly complex season. We are thankful we know that in all things, including COVID, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
We look forward to worshipping together on Sundays. If you are healthy and feel comfortable, please join us in person. We ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing and the measures we have in place - - like spaced-seating options. Please worship with us however you feel most comfortable.
- In-person worship services at 9:00 & 10:30 AM in the Worship Center.
- Livestream services are also available for you to connect from your home at 9:00 and 10:30 AM.
Children (Birth to 5th grade)
We have NCBC Kids ministry for children from birth to 5th grade during the 9:00 AM service. We are asking everyone who is two and older to wear a mask.
Kids are also welcome to join the regular adult service.
Worshiping from Home:
Our worship services will continue to be livestreamed. You will continue to find messages and resources for you, for small groups, and for families on the "Watch Now" page of our website, and on our church app.
You can worship through giving online at ncbc.church/give. Many small groups are still meeting through Zoom meetings.
Whether we're gathered together at our church building or with loved ones at home, we want you to feel comfortable and blessed in your choice to worship. We want to safely celebrate the many ways we're seeing God move. We want to continue pursuing God, pursuing others, and practicing His ways.
If you have questions, concerns, thoughts, or ideas, please email us. Your feedback truly matters to us.
You can find more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) here