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

The Foursquare Leader Update is now the Foursquare Leader Weekly! You’ll still receive updates, stories and resources, as well as updates on Foursquare Connection 2021! We kick-off this new email with an encouraging word from our Foursquare Missions International North America Area Missionary Emily Plater. 

Missions Update
The Great Commission is Not On Hold
 
 

THE MISSION OF GOD IS NOT ON HOLD

The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to everyone, including the church. But it hasn’t cancelled our mission. Here are a few simple ideas of how to join God on mission in the midst of COVID-19.

September 15, 2020 / News

Each and every follower of Jesus is called to be on mission. Mission isn’t just for a few of us, for the elite, or for the uniquely gifted. God’s people are called to be people who go, crossing every boundary and barrier to share the Good News of the kingdom of God. In fact, Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples before His ascension echo this truth: “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15, NLT).

So, if we are called to be on mission, what are we supposed to do about 2020? What does mission look like in a world of stay-at-home orders and quarantine? Is it even possible to live on mission in the midst of the pandemic?

This year I suspect that, like me, you have gone fewer places than ever before. Trips, conferences and summer missions trips have been cancelled, and at times it may even feel like the mission of God has been postponed indefinitely. The good news is, that is not true. The mission of God is not on hold. Amid all the disruption to our normal paradigms of going, Jesus is inviting us to reconsider what it means to be on mission with Him.

Life on mission isn’t dependent on plane tickets, passports or large gatherings of people; rather, the only requirement is my daily obedience to listen to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to go and join what He is doing right where I am, in my town, in my neighborhood, even in my apartment building. We may not be on the move, but God is. He is moving in you, your neighbor, your community and around the world—and He still invites us to go and join what He is doing!

Sounds good, right? The question is, what do we actually do to join Him on mission in the midst of our stay-at-home reality? In case you are feeling a bit stuck, here are a few simple ideas of how to join God on mission in the midst of a pandemic.

Be a good neighbor

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but before the pandemic, I really wasn’t a good neighbor. I didn’t throw loud parties or complain about petty things, but the truth is, I simply didn’t pay attention to my neighbors.

This year, this interruption, offers us the opportunity to go outside, talk to our neighbors, run errands for them and invite them to eat with us (while adhering to local safety and distancing guidelines). And, as we seek their well-being in practical ways, we might even discover that God has already sent the nations to us.

Go to the overlooked and under-resourced in your community

Difficult times always impact the vulnerable disproportionately, and this pandemic is no different. Parents are having to choose between going to work and caring for their children. Newly arrived immigrants are suddenly finding themselves expected to manage distance learning for their children. International students have had to choose between completing their education or seeing their families. Many seniors are living in profound and extended isolation.

Life on mission isn’t dependent on plane tickets, passports or large gatherings of people; rather, the only requirement is my daily obedience to listen to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to go and join what He is doing right where I am.

What would it look like if we decided that our missions trips actually didn’t get cancelled, but instead, we simply got reassigned to our own communities? I think it would look something like offering tutoring and education support for distance learning, homecooked meals for international students, grocery delivery for seniors and extra support to the local food pantry. Who is God calling you to go and serve right in your own community?

Give encouragement and resources

As part of The Foursquare Church, we are privileged to be connected to people who are on mission all around the globe. Foursquare Missions International (FMI) workers are strategically placed in nations and contexts we can’t currently visit. Although this year we can’t take our missions teams to work alongside them, we can still partner with them.

Many of these workers are facing new challenges, including isolation and desperate need in the countries where they serve. Reach out to an FMI worker—encourage and pray for themGive financially, empowering them be the hands and feet of Jesus in the place where they serve. Distance can’t keep us from being part of the mission!

Jesus said: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matt. 6:34, MSG). The mission of God is not cancelled; it’s not even on hold. God is calling us to pay attention and join what He’s doing. Let’s go!
 
Area Missionary Emily Plater, who serves with Foursquare Missions International in North America, brings us a fresh perspective on partnering with God’s mission, even when “going” feels inaccessible. It can actually be really simple: being a good neighbor, serving the overlooked individuals in our communities or giving encouragement and resources to those who are suffering.