On March 10, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in North Carolina to respond to coronavirus COVID-19. The declaration identified people at high risk of severe illness as “adults over 65 years, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems.” Furthermore, “NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events, and crowded social events.” People of all ages and ethnicities, no matter where they live, can be infected with and be carriers of the coronavirus causing COVID-19.
North Carolina is taking a three-phased reopening approach to lift restrictions in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The state is currently in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. In accordance with Phase 2 guidelines, we are holding worship services on Sunday morning in the Church sanctuary along with online/virtual access using the Zoom meeting information found on the home page of this website. In attending any New Life service in person you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. You and any of your family or guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold New Life Fellowship Church or any of its leaders, staff, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury. Until further notice, all New Life meetings other than the Sunday morning worship service will be held online only.
The situation with COVID-19 is an opportunity for us not to react in fear but to respond in faith. It is an opportunity for us to love people and be compassionate. It is an opportunity to wisely assist those in need. It is an opportunity to pray that when people are confronted with the fragility of life and their mortality they may turn to God, the true source and meaning of life. It is an opportunity for us to be the Church, the body of Christ, that is not defined by a building or location, by programs, or by numbers. Rather, it is an opportunity for us to defined by our mission, by our love for one another, and by becoming more like Jesus.
It is particularly at times like these that we pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit so that we may join with the apostle Paul when he declared in Philippians 1:20-21, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Pastor Philip & Jejee Thomas