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Coronavirus Update

March 12

*We'll keep this page up-to-date with the latest info related to our response to the Coronavirus. Check back here to stay up to date. The most recent info will be posted at the top.

 


Update 3/25/2020

More Ways to Get Help

Whether you need some ideas on how to spend your time at home, need a listening ear, or need physical or financial help, we've got some resources for you. Check out our quarantine resources page for a full list.

Some insurance companies are waiving copays on counseling services done remotely - that could mean free counseling for you. Find out more here.

New Heights has partnered with HarkNWA to help connect you with resources to meet your needs during this crisis. Find out more here.


Update 3/20/2020

Online Church

If you were planning on attending a New Heights event soon, chances are it's cancelled and you're stuck at home anyway. How do we love one another in a quarantine? It's hard. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Let us know both your needs and ways you can help. Fill out our Tangible Love Assessment and we'll work to connect those with resources and those with needs.

2. Join us online each Sunday. We are still having church, just not at the Boys and Girls Club. Join us on our watch page or YouTube each Sunday as we worship King Jesus together in spirit.

3. Connect on Instagram. Follow us. We'll be posting stories of what God is doing in our church. Tag us @new_heights_church when you post about what you see God doing.

4. Email us your God-stories. stories [at] newheightschurch.com

5. Check out our Quarantine Resources page for more ideas on how to use this time to invest in your own spiritual journey.


Update 3/20/2020

Celebrate Recovery Update 2

Celebrate Recovery is moving online. The Boys and Girls Club is closed because of the coronavirus, so we are taking CR online. Check out our Facebook page or contact us at cr [at] newheightschurch.com for details.


Update 3/15/2020

Celebrate Recovery Update

Celebrate Recovery at New Heights Church has been prayerfully considering how we should respond to the recommendations and warnings given by our nation’s and local leaders, including the elders and pastors of our church, who this week made the wise and thoughtful decision to temporarily suspend services. 

Our desire is definitely to join in the majority who are trying to curb the spread of this virus, however, we are also trying to weigh the risk of the individuals who are holding on to weeks, days and even moments of sobriety and who rely on our community to stay steady and encouraged in their sobriety. It is hard to know which threat is greater for our people; addiction or COVID-19. We are genuinely concerned about how the coming months of isolation due to this pandemic will play out for those already struggling. 

For now, we have decided to CONTINUE having a LIMITED VERSION of CR during this season.  While we realize that this decision will probably come under some scrutiny from those who have decided to close or suspend meetings, please know that we will be doing as much as we can, short of closing, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The extra measures we are taking will include, propping doors open, requiring hand-washing, making sanitizer available, spacing out seating, excluding the ‘hugging’ associated with sobriety chips and eliminating the hand-holding that happens during the Lord’s Prayer.  We are also canceling the meal prior to and not having dessert and fellowship following our meetings.  Our gathering will be limited to a shortened service followed by a limited amount of open share small groups.

Our meeting is intended for those who ALREADY REGULARLY ATTEND our New Heights Celebrate Recovery services.  Here is what we are asking each of you to consider regarding this virus; your personal risk of physical health, the risk of those you are in frequent contact with (especially the elderly or people with chronic illness), your emotional and spiritual health and the risk of relapse in your recovery journey.  If your risk of relapse is higher than the current risk factors contributing to COVID-19, then we want to invite you to join us for a limited CR gathering. 

The format of our meetings during this season are different- please note the changes. 

  • There will be NO meal before our service. 
  • There will be NO childcare. Do not bring your children.
  • Our service will start at 6pm.  Unless you have been assigned to help set up, please do not come early.
  • Our service will include a time of worship and a brief teaching (testimonies will be post-postponed during this season).  
  • After the service we will break into issue and gender specific small groups.
  • When small groups dismiss, we will end the meeting.  

We appreciate the support we have already received along with the honesty from those of you who are requesting meetings during this uncertain time.  Your requests are why this decision is so important to us. For now, we will continue to meet at the Boys and Girls Club. We know change is hard, but we appreciate your compliance to our additional ‘guidelines’ during this critical season.  Just to reiterate, if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, STAY HOME.  If you are NOT sick and are in need of a recovery meeting, we looking forward to serving you on Sunday night at the Celebrate Recovery at New Heights Church.
 


Update 3/12/2020

Sunday Services and Other Large Events Cancelled

Due to concern about COVID-19, the elders and staff have decided to temporarily suspend Sunday morning services at The Boys and Girls Club. Instead, we will provide an online experience on our website and YouTube each Sunday morning, available for viewing beginning at 9:00am. We encourage you to watch as a family, and we will provide additional family resources online as well. As children of God, we are not to be overcome by fear, because God is Sovereign over all.  However, we do want to take your health & safety seriously.

Our small groups and Discovery groups will continue to meet throughout the week at the discretion of each group leader. Please use your judgment on attending, and stay home if you or anyone in your family has experienced cold or flu-like symptoms.

We are cancelling or postponing other large-group events as well. Please check our website for the latest updates.

Our mission to love God passionately and love people tangibly doesn’t happen without your help. New Heights is dependent on your faithful, consistent giving in order to continue ministering to Northwest Arkansas and the world. You can easily give a one-time or recurring gift online at newheightschurch.com/give. You can also bring your tithes and offerings to the office at 3011 N. College Ave. We’re humbled by your generosity and we will do our best to make it count for the Kingdom.

A scared world needs a fearless church.
-A.W Tozer

For those who know Jesus, we have an answer to the fear and angst gripping our nation and world. We are reminded that the gospel calls us to live sacrificially in the face of crisis and provide hope to a world that desperately needs it.

We are praying for you, the people of New Heights. May we all draw closer to our Good Shepherd and Savior during these times.  

Lee Epstein & Jim Hall
On behalf of the elders and staff
 

Update 3/12/2020

Men's Retreat Cancelled

Due to concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic and a desire to protect our church family, we are canceling the Men’s Retreat at New Life Ranch, April 3-4. All those who have paid for the retreat will be refunded through their payment method. 

Because we value the work God desires in the hearts and lives of New Heights men, we are planning another event for men later this year. Those details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Update 3/11/2020

Initial Email Sent to Church

The coronavirus pandemic has gotten our attention and we want you to know that we are taking proactive steps to minimize the spread of this virus. 

Here are the practical steps that we are taking on Sunday mornings:

We are placing hand-washing tips and reminders in restrooms and hand sanitizers in many locations. We will have sealed self-serve communion packets at our communion tables. We will no longer pass offering baskets but will have them at the communion tables. We ask that there would be no laying on of hands while praying unless you get permission first. We encourage you to eliminate handshakes, hugs and high-fives and instead use a verbal greeting or an elbow bump for greetings.
All children’s check-in-stations will have a person there to print your children’s tags. Before each service, children's ministry leaders will sanitize toys and surfaces. For the foreseeable future, no snacks will be served. 

Youth ministry will be educating students on proper health tips and provide additional cleaning/hand-washing supplies. Donuts will be discontinued in youth for the foreseeable future. Youth will also use sealed self-serve communion and observe all recommendations adults are following.

Also, for the foreseeable future, this is the last week bagels will be served. Coffee will be self-serve as usual and there will be hand sanitizer on the table. Our shuttles have been cleaned and will be wiped down between trips. 

If you or your child is sick, please stay home on Sunday mornings and avoid all other church activities until you are well. If you’ve had cold or flu-like symptoms within the past 10 days we recommend you not come to any church activities. 

New Heights will continue to conduct all services as usual. However, if a temporary suspension of services becomes necessary, we will provide online resources for you to worship in your homes or smaller gatherings. Obviously, we hope this won’t become necessary, but our staff is preparing for all scenarios and will keep you informed.  Please go online to our website newheightschurch.com for the most up-to-date information.

We are carefully monitoring all travel scheduled by our high school and college teams. We do not want to put anyone at risk, so we may have to cancel trips if the virus worsens. We are sorry for the inconveniences this may cause, but our elders and staff leadership will do our best to choose the most prudent course of action.

Our mission to love God passionately and love people tangibly doesn’t happen without your help. New Heights is dependent on your faithful, consistent giving in order to continue ministering to Northwest Arkansas and the world. You can easily give a one-time or recurring gift online at newheightschurch.com/give. You can also bring your tithes and offerings to the office at 3011 N. College Ave. We’re humbled by your generosity and do our best to make it count for the Kingdom.

What more can we do? 

Pray 

This is the most important thing we can do. It will be tempting to worry and act without praying. The apostle Paul says it well in Philippians 3:4-7:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prepare

God is ultimately in control of all things. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare. Follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control on how to minimize person to person spread of both the coronavirus, as well as the flu. 

The most current information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) regarding minimizing exposure to infection states to:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hand.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of on your hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray.
Provide Comfort and Hope 

I love what A.W. Tozer said, “A scared world needs a fearless church.” For those who know Jesus, we have an answer to the fear and angst gripping our nation and world. We are reminded that the gospel calls us to live sacrificially in the face of crisis and provide hope to a world that desperately needs it. Our mandate is clear, 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Although fear can threaten to flood our hearts and tempts us to isolate and hoard, Scripture anchors our hope in a God who is greater than the pain we endure in this life. History reveals how it’s more than just storms we must weather but more importantly there are windows of opportunity to minister in times of calamity. In doing so, we testify to the truth that this world is not our home; we are citizens of another. 

We are praying for you, the people of New Heights. May we all draw closer to our Good Shepherd and Savior during these times.  

Lee Epstein & Jim Hall
On behalf of the elders and staff

Contact Information

New Heights Office Location

3011 N. College Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 527-6424
office [at] newheightschurch.com

New Heights Mailing Address

PO Box 8668
Fayetteville, AR 72703

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