Dear NPC Family,
In light of the recent health concerns with the coronavirus and the global concerns over the spread of this virus, and after much consulting with medical practitioners, including several within our own church family, and discussions among numerous churches, and after much prayer, the Session at NPC has decided that for this Sunday we will gather for worship; though we highly encourage those who are feeling sick, those have a propensity toward respiratory illness, or those who are in one of the vulnerable categories associated with Covid-19, to please stay home this week—which is most of you.
Please note that not going to church physically in a building does not mean that one cannot go to church! The beauty of the 21st century is that you can still join us in spirit by following the service on Facebook Live: follow this link https://www.facebook.com/NPCBakersfield/
Please note: Session has only made the decision for this Sunday. We will meet again on Tuesday night in order to develop a more comprehensive plan moving forward. We will also look at working alongside the deacon board to put together a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of our members during this difficult time.
For those who do attend we encourage you to forgo the traditional hand-shakes and make sure we practice good hygiene and other such habits—including keeping a safe distance from one another! We will not pass the offering plates this week but will have them up front and present an opportunity for you to present your offerings if you so choose. In fact, it may be best for everyone to utilize online giving. Please visit http://northpres.org/ and click on the Giving tab.
Also, note that for this week session chose to allow the AA meeting to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to meet. However, in light of the inability to effectively clean the fellowship hall, due to the lack of cleaning supplies in the stores we do not believe it is wise to hold coffee fellowship this Sunday.
It is important to remember that Sunday remains a sacred day for the people of God. Some wonder if encouraging people to stay home is an act of fear or panic. Not in the slightest. In fact, for those who are the most vulnerable, it may well be the highest expression of care and love.
Pastor Rob and Your Session
Sorry for the delay in sending this out. Pastor Rob's computer crashed and it has been an all day affair getting this document out!