REOPENING UPDATE

New Hope is open for indoor worship services at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

This includes Kids Church (ages 5-10), which takes place at 10:30 a.m. and the Pour Place.

Starting September 4, all circles will be resuming, including Kids Circles and circles for high school students, college-age and young adults, and adults, though each circle will have the flexibility to continue meeting virtually or outdoors.

 

Kids Care will remain closed until 2022.

Based on the recommendations of New Hope’s committee of health advisors, as well as local schools and health experts, we will now require masks inside our facility for everyone’s safety (yours and that of the people you come in contact with).

Our services continue to be streamed online. We look forward to seeing you at New Hope in person or virtually.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Will I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you’ve done a great job since our reopening with wearing a mask to our worship services, and we thank you for that.

Based on the recommendations of New Hope’s committee of health advisors, as well as local schools and health experts, we will now require masks inside our facility for everyone’s safety (yours and that of the people you come in contact with).

We hope you’ll continue to show care and compassion for one another — and yourself.

Thank you for your help and understanding as we all try to navigate our changing world.

What cleaning and safety measures will you be taking when church reopens?

We’ve made more sanitizing stations available throughout the building, including more contactless features in our restrooms, and have contracted with a professional cleaning company to clean our building throughout the week.

Will I have to register to attend church?

Because the county has lifted capacity limits, we will not require registration to attend worship services. Parents must register their kids for Kids Church.

Will there be limited capacity during each service?

No, as the county has lifted capacity limits for indoor gatherings.

Will there be social distancing?

We will implement social distancing for Kids Church but not for worship services, following local guidelines. However, we always recommend taking necessary precautions based on your comfort level, particularly for individuals who are not vaccinated or have health concerns.

Will you do any contact tracing in case someone contracts COVID-19?

Howard County guidelines no longer require contact tracing for large gatherings. We do ask that you remain home if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Why will drive-in church end once New Hope reopens for indoor services?

Hotter and more humid weather makes gathering outdoors uncomfortable for attendees and volunteers. Additionally, given our limited number of volunteers who will serve during the two indoor services, we cannot support a simultaneous outdoor service.

Will the Pour Place be open?

Yes, the Pour Place will be open before and after first service, and will follow guidelines for indoor food service.

 
When will Kids Care and Kids Circles be open?

Kids Circles will resume on September 4 while Kids Care will remain closed for the rest of the year.

 
Will High School, College-Age, Young Adult and Adult Circles be open?

All these circles will meet as usual, but have the flexibility to continue meeting virtually or outdoors as they wish.

 

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Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.