eNews - June 26, 2020

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Hey Church Family!

It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of June already! We are so grateful for your help and support of our PB&J drive for We Care this week – y’all are amazing! Our next PB&J collection will be Thursday, July 9 with drop off by noon.

We’re excited to share that seven of our New Hope children completed their confirmation program this week, made their public faith statements to Session and have been welcomed into the church membership at our contemporary service on Thursday, June 25. We are so very proud of these young people and their commitment to follow Christ. To read more about this year’s group, you can click here or select the ELEMENTARY button below.

As we shared last week, 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.

Going forward, you’ll have four 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 and a contemporary at 11am. The sermon will be the same at all four services. 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. 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. 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