WAYS TO WORSHIP

In the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, we face as many challenges as we did when Session made the decision to close the church building in March. With Dallas County’s recent return to Level Red, how do we BE church while safeguarding ourselves, our community, and especially, the vulnerable among us? 
 
After gathering scientific facts, evaluating risks, and out of abundance of caution, the NorthPark Session voted to temporarily: 
  • suspend indoor, in-person gatherings,
  • limit outdoor gatherings to groups of 10 or less, and
  • adjust staff schedules to accommodate both on-site and remote work (with continued availability for meetings in the church building by appointment). 
The church’s goal has been to reopen in stages, but we knew that the way forward might not be linear. We thoroughly enjoyed the in-person events we had in October. The congregation was diligent in wearing masks and maintaining social distance – thank you! I am eager for the day when we can safely return to worship and other activities, but I am also grateful that NorthPark takes seriously its call to love our neighbor and slow the spread of COVID-19. 
 

Masks at NorthPark – YES! It is NorthPark’s duty to ensure the safety and health of our community. It has been clearly demonstrated that masks and social distancing slow the spread of Covid-19. Masks will be mandatory for all who attend church events, including outdoor worship service. We thank you in advance for doing your part to slow the spread.  

In the meantime, we welcome your participation in all the ways we are still “being church.” NorthPark will continue to offer worship, educational and fellowship events online. Please send your comments and questions to Rev. Nicole Bates anytime at nbates@northparkpres.org.

Please join us for any of the following virtual events.

Sundays: 

Adults: Six-week Lenten Class Series on Spiritual Practices (Feb 21 - Mar 28)

NorthPark's Christian Education welcomes guest teacher, Rev. Deanna Hollas, on Zoom at 9:30 AM each Sunday through March 28.

Jesus tells his followers to go out and make disciples (Matthew 28:19) and in this six-week online class, we are looking at spiritual practices as a way to draw us nearer to God and better prepare us to reach out to others.

Join us for the entire series, or drop in when you can, as we engage in spiritual practices that expand our capacity to love so that we may love everybody on Sea, Air, and Land. 
 
Week 1 - Get Fit To Serve - grounding in the breath and body awareness
Week 2 - Declarations- grounding in our why
Week 3 - Resilience
Week 4 - Fasting from Fear
Week 5 - Repentance - Confession and Forgiveness
Week 6 - Play/Bearing Fruit
 

Contact Kathy McCarron for questions.

Genesis II Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Discussion of important current issues will be led by class members. Contact Margaret Schieffer for more information. NOTE: Genesis II will NOT meet on April 4 due to Easter Sunday. 

St. Andrews Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Liz Deuillet for more information. NOTE: St. Andrews will NOT meet on April 4 due to Easter Sunday. 

Children's Sunday School (Kindergarten - 5th grade) at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Kathy McCarron for questions. Log in information emailed to families. NOTE: The children will NOT meet for Sunday school April 4, due to Easter Sunday.

Worship with NorthPark at 11:00 a.m. Pastor, Rev. Nicole Bates, presents an online worship service via YouTube. please click here to view the latest Sunday Worship. 

Easter at NorthPark - Sunday, April 4: 
9:00 and 11:00 AM Outdoor Worship (Lawn -West Side) 
11:00 AM Online Worship (YouTube) 
 

Flowering of the Cross: 
Before the 9:00 and 11:00 am Outdoor Worship on Easter Sunday, April 4, you are invited to flower the cross. If you are able, please bring thin-stemmed flowers (for easier placement in the wire mesh) and participate in this meaningful tradition.

Easter Egg Hunt:
After the 9:00 and 11:00 am Outdoor Worship on Easter Sunday, April 4 join us for an Easter egg hunt in the playground. All children are invited!
 

Children in Worship: Mary gave Jesus a precious gift, using her expensive ointment to wash his feet. She was showing that Jesus was much more precious than anything she owned, no matter how expensive or treasured. I wonder how we can show how precious Jesus is to us?

Please contact Kathy McCarron to receive activity and coloring pages for your children and for more details.
 
Virtual Coffee Hour right after worship via Zoom. Please refer to the eNews for link or contact Martica Luckey for information. NOTE: We will NOT host Virtual Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday, April 4. 
 
Visions Sunday School at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Currently, this class usually meets once a month for a time of fellowship. Contact Cheryl Payton for more information.
 
Youth Sunday School (6th-12th grade) at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Kathy McCarron for questions. Log in information emailed to families. NOTE: The youth will NOT meet for Sunday school April 4, due to Easter Sunday.
 
Tuesdays:

Hombres Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Contact Neil Orleans for more information. 

Wednesdays: 

Pastor's Bible Study led by Rev. Nicole Bates via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. Contact Rev. Nicole Bates for more information. 

Prayer requests can be sent anytime to Rev. Nicole Bates. Please indicate if you’d like the request printed in Monday’s eNews.

To learn more about our Sunday School classes visit Life in the Church.

Any temporary changes to the regular worship schedule will be announced on the website.