二○二○年五月三十日／五月三十一日 Click here for English version
Physical Worship Services Resume in June
Rev Arnold Chow
Dear brothers and sisters of the NPAC Family, may our gracious Heavenly Father comfort us, and strengthen us in all good works and sound speech.
With the gradual receding of the pandemic in Hong Kong and relaxation of public gathering restrictions, the NPAC Family will gradually resume in-church meetings. First, we will resume our prayer meetings and most of the worship services during the first week of June. But the children and youth worship services will have to wait for the next phase. Fellowship and small group meetings at church will partially resume in mid-June.
We still need to take all precautions before the pandemic ends. To this effect, our venues will accommodate less than half of full capacity after reopening, and social distancing will be observed. For this reason, we will add a worship service on Friday morning for those who do not need to work. This reduces the risk of infection by creating more empty space.
The three worship services on Saturday will resume, but only two of the four regular worship services on Sunday morning at the Main Church will resume so as to leave about an hour in between services. Brothers and sisters can enter the Main Hall earlier. Once the maximum number of participants at the Main Church has been reached, a notice will appear in the NPAC App, "北宣Connect" so those on their way to church can go to the Truth Centre for the worship service. The arrangements are to prevent queuing or congregating outside the church. It will also be a good testimony for our neighbors and the local community.
Please follow the church’s precautionary measures. Pay attention to your health status, check your temperature before going to church, always wear a face mask, and stay home if you have any symptoms of respiratory diseases or are under quarantine. On arrival in church, clean your hands with hand sanitizers and recheck your temperature. Be seated as directed by the ushers and do not choose seats. We will be seated further apart to maintain appropriate social distancing. Moreover, fear God, love your neighbors and worship with a respectful heart.
Certainly, we need to be psychologically prepared that if any of us gets confirmed with the coronavirus after meetings at church, we will need to suspend our in-church worship services again. During this period, online live streaming or pre-recording of some worship services will continue so brothers and sisters can worship online having considered the pandemic situation and needs of family members.
The pastoral staff of various ministries will convey details about the resumption of fellowship and small group meetings at church in mid-June to the respective groups.
As we need to step up the cleaning of church venues, they will not be open to the public outside the worship service hours for now.
Please pray for the above arrangements. Since our church is not an independent building, we need wisdom from God in working out administrative, cleaning and all other arrangements.
Finally, I call upon brothers and sisters to pray for our city. In these days of uncertainties, God alone is our fortress. Drastic changes may conjure up all kinds of feelings. But by the Holy Spirit and the conscience within us, doing good should remain our choice. Let us put our hope in the Lord, who is the pioneer and perfecter of faith.