Dear Neighborhood Church Family,
Thank you for your continued prayers, patience, and participation with Neighborhood Church.
As of May 21, The county Executive Marc Elrich, along with County Health Officer Travis Gayles are unwilling to set a date for phased steps to reopen.
According to the county's website, there needs to be a sustained 14 day decrease in regards to confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths, acute and ICU bed usage, and more before entering into phase I. There is now a daily County tracker of where we are in each of these critical areas located here
Although much of the Country is beginning to reopen, along with the President declaring Church’s essential, we as a local church and as part of Montgomery County, Maryland will continue to wait for county guidelines and timelines for reopening the inside of our physical building beyond use for live streaming, rehearsals, maintenance, and by staff.
As we look to reopen, safety for all is of paramount importance and we will only reopen when we are confident of having these safety measures in place.
The church is not closed, because the church is not a building! It is the people of God, living out the mission of God. Lets continue to live that out wherever we are.
Some said closing the church building was hard, but reopening will be even more challenging. My prayer is for wisdom, grace, and for God timing to be perfect for when we gather back in person.
Dear Neighborhood Church Family,
In light of the continued spread of the Coronavirus and our responsibility to both honor God and the state of Maryland, of which we are a part, we will continue to meet virtually as a church until further notice.
According to Governor Hogan’s website, as of May 15th Maryland entered Phase I of reopening. Although this is good news for the State, Montgomery County is not yet entering Phase I. According to the county's website, there needs to be a sustained 14 day decrease in regards to confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths, acute and ICU bed usage, and more before entering into phase I.
What about the Sunday Service
When we are able and allowed to meet again, there will be many changes to how we gather to make sure and follow proper protocols with regards to safety, sanitation, and social distancing. We will continue to offer live streaming on Facebook and Youtube here.
What about Small groups?
Although we will not be gathering in large groups, we still encourage you to meet virtually in small groups and contact people through social media, texting, phone calls, video, etc. throughout the week. Click here for current small groups.
What about Youth
Youth continue to meet virtually on Sunday nights on facebook, youtube and zoom here.
What about Children
We continue to offer resources for parents to disciple their children at home through our weekly newsletter and are also incorporating more kid friendly moments into our Sunday Service.
What about the Farmers Market
The Farmers Market opened for the season on May 16th. We are following proper protocols and believing God can use this to share and show Jesus in our neighborhood. Click here to volunteer or here for more information.
What about the coming weeks?
Since this is a fluid situation, we will keep you up to date as we know more information and make decisions in the best interest of the public and church. We will continue to do as many things as possible online and when allowed to meet physically. Please make sure to check the website for any updates and subscribe to the newsletter.
Please know you are being prayed for and if there is any way we can assist you or someone you know, please just ask.