New Beginnings Christian Center

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New Beginnings Christian Center is a young, growing ministry planted on the west side of Jacksonville, Florida, right off of Interstate-10 at Lane Avenue and Ramona Blvd.  We believe that God has called us to train and equip a new generation of Christians devoted to serving the King and advancing His Kingdom here in Jacksonville and around the world.
Our mission is to Touch People with the love of Jesus, to Restore the broken relationships which plague our lives, to Equip Believers for works of service and to Release Disciples into the world to proclaim the good news of the risen Christ.
New Beginnings Christian Center is a member of the Southeast Districtof the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. You can learn more about our beliefs and values here on our website, or visit the International Foursquare Website for more information about the Foursquare movement. (More Foursquare News)
Corona Virus
 

Dear New Beginnings Family, 

 Public health concerns should always be taken seriously and prayerfully for those that call upon the name of Jesus.  Scripture tells us that we have God given authority to walk in faith, proclaim healing over the sick.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global public health threat, and there have been reports of the virus in our state. 

We here at NBCC are taking the following proactive steps to do all that we can to ensure the safety and health of our families and friends:

We are asking our pastors, staff, leaders, and prayer warriors to increase prayer regarding NBCC and NBCA families and loved ones.

We are endeavoring to maintain the of best health practices in the event that we face the virus in our community.

We keep hand sanitizer throughout the facility as well disinfecting wipes. Please use these items as needed to minimize the spread of any illness. We also encourage all staff and students in proper handwashing. 

We have asked that our Children’s ministry is take extra precautions based on the most up-to-date information.

We are monitoring communications from both local and federal health officials as they are made available and will make any prudent adjustments accordingly.

Currently, medical professionals are telling us that the simple act of washing our hands reduces risk considerably, so we encourage you to use as much of our soap here as you like. We are a family here at NBCC; however, we ask that each of us would be aware when we are greeting others. And we should all become more sensitive about touching our mouth, nose, and eyes when in public spaces.

While Coronavirus can be asymptomatic, if you or your child have any fever or cold symptoms, or just don’t feel “right” physically, please don’t give in to fear.

Instead, respond in faith through one or more of the following:

Begin to declare God’s word of healing over yourself and others by laying hands on one another and praying. Ask for prayer for your health.

Request prayer on our website nbccjax.org or email us at secretary.nbccjax@gmail.com

If needed, get medical advice or attention — we strongly believe medical science and faith are on the same side, fighting against anything that challenges health and vitality.

Stay home and get the rest you need.

Finally, let’s also be praying for God’s protection over the other churches in our area and our missionary friends around the world currently living in infected areas.

In the service of our King,

Pastors Bill and Donna

For more public information, visit cdc.gov 
For information on reopening America, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

Here are a few community tips from health officials that we advise you to follow both in and outside of church:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your elbow, if you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.
  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you start to feel ill, contact a medical professional immediately. 
  • Ask that anyone who is sick stay home out of respect for those around them and to lessen the spread of illness and germs
  • If an individual or family feels they need to stay home for a week or two for their peace of mind, please support their decision to be careful for themselves and their family. 
  • As a church, stay up-to-date with medical professionals suggestions on best practices and monitor communications from your local and federal health officials. 
A Message from our Pastor:
 

NBCC gathering Procedures July 5, 2020

Limit 50 people gather for meetings under current guidelines.

  • To ensure our compliance with current Jacksonville health and safety mandates:
  • Due to our limited supply of masks we ask that each person Please bring your own masks

 

  • Masks must be worn with in the facility by all when not seated except for speaker unless ministering within 6 feet of anyone. 

 

  • We have reduced age exclusion to Children age 10 years or older.  

 

  • No one admitted with fever or other symptoms or who has been in contact with anyone sick.
  • Use of instant read thermometer
  • No children under the age of 10 in the facility during service hours

 

  • Limited seating based on ability to separate 6 feet household, once capacity of 50 has been reached no others will be admitted

 

  • MASKS AND GLOVES: Anyone involved in direct contact i.e. (one on one) serving or laying of hands in prayer ministry must wear masks and gloves when inside 6 feet of those residing outside of their households.

 

CLEANING AND SANITIZING:

Complete cleaning / sanitizing of all spaces open to congregation; prior to and at the end of service.

Tables and chairs and supplies

  • Periodic surface Disinfecting- wipe down bathrooms, water fountain and coffee area at minimum once every 30 minutes while building is occupied.

It is our desire to ensure the safety of all whom we minister to, as well as comply with our local government and our denominational leadership; please inform me of any other recommendations or precautions that we should take to insure the health and safety of our congregation.  

Sincerely

Pastor Bill Holland

 

Submit to Government authority

 

Romans 13:1–2 (NKJV)

Submit to Government

13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

 

Titus 2:15–3:2 (NKJV)

15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Graces of the Heirs of Grace

3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

 

1 Peter 2:13–17 (NKJV)

Submission to Government

13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Foursquare Leader Weekly

In this issue, we continue to envision what the church could look like in the current season. Pastor Anthony Flores gives a word from Scripture about changing your perspective and allowing God to provide, while a video about Nerd Church shares how even while social distancing, church fellowship can thrive. Also, read about Foursquare Missions International’s appointment of Jonathan Hall as area missionary to the Caribbean. 

 
Cast your nets
 

In September 2009, I received a prophetic word to cast my nets on the other side of the boat. God asked me to start a church where unchurched people would love to attend.

It’s time to do church in an unconventional way to reach people who are far from God. I wasn’t raised in the church, so I had a lifetime full of experiences with those who are far from God. Our church sees value in each empty chair. That empty chair represents a person who has a story that matters to God.

The disciples thought they knew how to fish, but in John 21:4-6 the Lord reminded them that He is the Lord of the harvest, and that He provides the fish.

“And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish” (v.6, NKJV).

Are you discouraged in this season? I encourage you to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to grant you insight into how to reach your community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are a few of my own suggestions:

  • Invite people to like and follow you and your church on social media.
  • Ask people you meet about specific needs in your community. If you’re able, look at ways where you can personally contribute to reach people.   
  • Volunteer to take groceries to your elderly neighbors or those who are isolated.  

Cast a wide net, and allow the Lord to provide you with fish. 

By: Anthony Flores is senior pastor of Adventure Church (Fresno Eastside Foursquare Church) in Fresno, Calif. ​

Prayer + Reflection

 

Take a few moments to seek the Lord by reflecting and praying using these prayer points:

1. Let’s pray: “Lord, please help me reach even one person during this time. Help me see into their heart and speak truth into their life, sharing your Good News.”

2. Pray that you would teach people first by example, and second by your words. 

3. As some churches begin to reopen and gather again for worship, pray that the Good News of the gospel would make its way to the unreached in our communities in whatever way you’re able to serve them. 

4. Even amid a global pandemic, let’s pray for a new wave of missions workers to continue the good work in areas with an established Foursquare presence, as well as in unreached areas around the world.