eNews - June 19, 2020

As we prepare our church...



Hey Church Family!

It’s another sunny and beautiful week here in SWFL! We’re continuing our support of We Care with another peanut butter and jelly collection this week. Please drop off your individually wrapped sandwiches by noon on Thursday, June 25 to New Hope and we’ll get them to We Care. We greatly appreciate each of you and your commitment to fighting hunger in our community!!!!

Kevin Kenworthy, our director of contemporary worship for six years, is leaving his position as part of the New Hope staff at the end of June. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kevin for his musical leadership and ministry at New Hope. Using his extraordinary musical gifts and technological knowledge, Kevin has helped grow and expand our contemporary music ministry, served countless long hours editing and producing our services and been an excellent part of our staff. Kevin is a busy father of three and maintains a full-time career outside of his New Hope position as well as leading a band that plays at various venues across SWFL. We are going to miss his ministry but are thankful for the impact he’s had here and are so appreciative of his commitment to always move us forward.

We’re gearing up for our return to on campus worship services beginning June 25 and June 28! You’ll have five services each week to choose from: on Thursdays, there will be a traditional service at 5pm and a contemporary one at 7pm. On Sundays, we’ll have a traditional at 9am, a contemporary at 11am and a hybrid service at 5pm with Pastor Mike and Ben Ball leading our music. The sermon will be the same at all five services. Session and staff have researched the best and safest ways we can begin to meet together and all the details can be found by clicking the SITUATION UPDATE button below. With respect to guidelines from the CDC, we are monitoring our local COVID-19 numbers and if changes to our re-opening plan are necessary, we’ll adjust. Updates will be posted on Facebook and our website should any of our plans change. We know that not everyone may be able to come back or feel comfortable worshipping in the sanctuary so we will continue to offer traditional and contemporary services online for in home viewing, too. Initially, we are only restarting on campus worship services with no separate programming for early childhood, elementary or student ministry. Families are encouraged to worship with their children in our sanctuary that has been set up with physical distancing protocols.


We urge you to stay spiritually connected with your church family and join us for weekly Sunday worship as well as checking out the videos from our staff and pastors on the Experience New Hope channel. We’re continuing to pray and if you have concerns about our plans to meet in person or a prayer need, please do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Eddie (239.450.3331) or Pastor Mike (813.368.1680). Don’t forget to check out our safety measures and plans for gathering again on campus, along with the service time details by clicking the SITUATION UPDATE button below!

With Love,
Your New Hope Team