Coronavirus updates

Dear North Collins Wesleyan Community,


It is our desire to respond wisely to the coronavirus (Covid-19) and minimize its spread.  Out of love and concern for everyone who attends, worships, and participates with us, particularly whose who may be most vulnerable to the virus, we will be implementing some safety measures.  Please check out this page to discover the current steps being taken and the status on services, events, and gatherings.  

July 3 Update

THIS WEEKEND! Join us for Outdoor Worship!!  
Sunday, July 5th at 10:00AM!!


We are excited to host this wonderful opportunity to recognize our freedom and worship our God!! There will be no services on Saturday, July 4th and just this one service on Sunday, July 5th. Again, at 10:00AM.  

The service will be held on the church lawn under tents. Chairs are provided, but you can feel free to bring your own seating or blankets. Please remember to social distance and when moving around, wear masks! Seating will be spaced around the church lawn (there is plenty of space)! For those wishing to stay in your cars - that is an option! The service will be broadcast through our FM Transmitter.  

Can't make the service this weekend?  You can still catch the message!!  It will be uploaded here on our website, on Facebook, and on YouTube!!  We hope it is a blessing!!

June 26 Update

We hope that you'll join us this weekend for what may be our last Drive-In Worship Services (at least for this season).  You can join us Saturday at 5PM or Sunday at 9AM or 11AM.  These services have been an incredible blessing!  It is wonderful to be together, to worship and sing praise, to hear scripture and word, and most wonderfully to be challenged to live lives of worship for our God!  


We will still be offering online videos of worship and connection.  Those will arrive online tonight and tomorrow morning.  You can again expect videos for all ages.  This weekend, Ed Brown will be speaking in all our venues!  You'll find him speaking at the Drive-In Services and in our online videos!  We are excited for what God has prepared through Ed!


And don't forget!  Next weekend, we will be coming together for our annual Outdoor Worship Service held July 4th weekend.  So, next weekend, there will be no Saturday Service on July 4th, but we will be holding one service on Sunday (July 5th) at 10AM!  This service will feature a message with three speakers: Pastors Hallie, Joe, and Justin!!  They will each be sharing for 5-8 minutes.  We will also be celebrating baptisms!!

JUNE 20 Update

Happy Father's Day Weekend!


To the special men in our lives - we celebrate you and are thankful for you!!


We have a team delivering Father's Day gifts this weekend!  If you'd like to receive one, or would like someone to receive one, please connect with the church office and give us your address (office@northcollinschurch.com).  We will also be handing these out (to the fathers who didn't get a delivery) at the weekend Drive-In Services.  We know some of our congregation is away this weekend - for you, we are holding your delivery!  


We are excited to again offer Drive-In Worship Services this weekend!  They will be held on Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM!  Worship videos are again being posted online.  Please look for them here on our website and on YouTube.  


We are also excited to offer a Community Prayer Walk on Tuesday, June 23rd.  Reach out to the church if you have any questions.  Here are some details:


Our 4th Annual Prayer Walk around the village of North Collins will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd!  We encourage anyone who would like to join us to meet at the church at 7pm.


All are welcome to attend, including families as a whole!  We will be meeting at the Wesleyan Church (by the Elementary School) and walking around the village from there. Waters will be provided!  We will be praying for our community, leadership, organizations, schools, businesses, families, and individuals. 

JUNE 12 UPDATE

We have had an awesome few weeks of DRIVE-IN Services!  With our crowd continuing to grow!  We thank God for setting the atmosphere with beautiful weather, uplifting smiles, and a strong feeling of connection and care!  What a blessing these services are!


This week, we are working on some new opportunities to connect, serve, and bless (as things begin to open up)! Look forward to more details soon about things like a community prayer walk, drive-in movie, town clean-up, and smaller group connections! 


We will be back this weekend with our Drive-In Services - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM!  The weather looks to be PERFECT for these opportunities to connect and worship!  You can also find our weekend worship videos here on our Website or on YouTube!  BE BLESSED!!


As always - if you have a need, please reach out to the church!  We love you!!


June 6 Update

Happy Saturday Afternoon!   What a beautiful day that God has blessed us with!  We hope that you are able to enjoy it.  May the day and the weather and more be a blessing to your life!!


If you are looking to connect in worship, prayer, scripture, and growth, check out here on our webpage or on our YouTube page. All our weekend videos are ready to be connected with!  As per usual, there are videos for all ages: kids, youth, message, and worship!! 


Drive-In Services are scheduled for this weekend! 

Check one out - they are a wonderful blessing! Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM!  


Here are some details to remember upon attending:

*Drive-In Services will be held in the parking lot behind the church. Blue X's have been painted on the lot, we invite you to pull up to a Blue X to park. Attendants will welcome you and guide you in this. Doing so will keep us all safely distanced.  


*Our goal is for services to last around 40-45 minutes.  (This week may be a little longer with communion being served.)  Audio will be played over outdoor speakers and through an FM Transmitter that you can connect to with your car radio.   Tune to 91.3FM!!

*Restrooms will be available for emergencies. If you exit your vehicle, please wear a face mask and practice all social distancing measures.

*And please sure wisdom in attending! We expect these events to be safe and we know Governor Cuomo has stated his support, but if you are in the high risk area for the virus, we encourage you to use caution in attending.  


REMINDER: This weekend we are serving communion in all our services. This means online and at our drive-in services. If you connect with our online worship service, we encourage you to prepare your communion elements ahead of time!


May 30 Update

As we begin another weekend, here are a few wonderful updates to bring to your attention:


*For a few months this summer, we have the wonderful opportunity to host Pastoral Intern Hallie Harrington! She will be serving in a number of ways around the church and community!

 

We asked Hallie to give us a quick introduction, here it is:
"My name is Hallie Harrington, and I am from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania. I am the youngest of ten children, so there’s never a dull moment at home! I am currently a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying Youth and Pastoral Ministries. After graduation, I plan to receive my Master’s in Practical Theology, complete a residency, and get ordained in the Wesleyan Church.


I love making art, watching movies, and reading books. I have a passion for building relationships with teens and telling others about the good news of Christ! I believe the future of the Church lies in the hands of our students, and I love equipping them for Kingdom work. Thank you for inviting me into your church family and allowing me to experience life in North Collins. I am so excited to serve you all!"


When you get the chance, join us in welcoming Hallie!! 

We are thrilled for the summer!


*This weekend, we are again holding DRIVE-IN Worship Services. You can see previous posts for details. If you have questions, please reach out to the church. Services are Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM! 


*As with the last many weeks, our weekend worship and connection videos will be posted Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon! There are videos for all ages - we hope they are a blessing to you!!


MAY 23 Update - Drive In SErvices

This weekend, we are offering Drive-In Worship Services!  


As this is the first time we have held these services, we ask for your grace through this opportunity. We know it will just be wonderful to see each other! 


Here are some details about these services:
*We are holding three services at our regular worship times: Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM.

*Drive-In Services will be held in the parking lot behind the church. Blue X's have been painted on the lot, we invite you to pull up to a Blue X to park. Attendants will welcome you and guide you in this. Doing so will keep us all safely distanced.  

*Larger vehicles, like trucks, will be asked to initially park at the back and allow smaller vehicles to park up front. Once we get closer to service, if space allows, those vehicles can then pull forward.  

*We will do our best to allow everyone to attend, but we remind you, space isn't unlimited. Our 9AM service is usually the most attended. If you can attend a different service, we encourage you to!

*Our goal is for services to last around 40-45 minutes. Audio will be played over outdoor speakers and through an FM Transmitter that you can connect to with your car radio. 

*Restrooms will be available for emergencies. If you exit your vehicle, please wear a face mask and practice all social distancing measures.

*And please sure wisdom in attending! We expect this event to be safe and we know Governor Cuomo has stated his support, but if you are in the high risk area for the virus, we encourage you to use caution in attending


As always - know that you are loved and if you need anything, please reach out to us for support!!

May 21 Update

Thank you God for a week of beautiful weather!  It is our prayer that you have been able to appreciate it and that God is blessing you with hope and peace!


This week, our church board voted to offer DRIVE-IN Church Services starting this weekend!  This falls directly in line with NY Governor Cuomo's direction that Drive-In Services would now be appropriate.  We are excited to offer this opportunity for connection!  


Drive-In Services will be, weather permitting, on Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM & 11AM on church campus.  Our online worship and message videos will still be posted to YouTube, our Website, and Facebook.  Our Facebook LIVE connections will now be held weekly on Wednesdays at 7PM and Saturdays at 7PM.  Because of the nature of these Drive-In Services, expect a shortened time of worship - our expectation is around 40-45 minutes.  


Safety is of utmost importance.  Please following these guidelines in participating:

  • Upon entering the church parking lot, you will be directed towards the back parking lot.  Please drive carefully and look for parking directions.  We will be social distancing each car.  
  • The service will be played both through speakers and over FM Radio.  You will be given instructions on how to connect upon arrival.  
  • We encourage you to stay in your cars.  Restrooms will be available for emergency needs.  If you leave your car, please follow all social distancing standards and wear a face mask.  Our attendants will be wearing face masks and gloves, except when leading the service.  
  • At this time, we will not be handing out bulletins for these services.  For worship music, you will be directed to a page here on our church website.  

While we expect these Drive-In Services to be safe and we recognize the support offered by the Governor, we still express that anyone falling in the high-risk area with the virus should use extreme caution in deciding to attend.  Remember - services are still online and will be for the foreseeable future!  

May 15 Update

This weekend, we will be offering our normal lineup of connection videos for all ages and moments on Facebook LIVE.  We will be offering an extra opportunity - Drive Thru Prayer & Communion.


This will be held on Saturday from 5-6PM and Sunday from 9:30-11:30AM.  Cars may pull up to the front of the church and connect with Pastor Justin or one of our ministerial students.  Please stay in your car.  All these hosts will be social distancing, as well as wearing gloves and face masks.  If you wish to partake in communion, the elements come prepackaged.  In the cup is grape juice, the bread is not gluten free. 


Those leading communion will guide you through scripture and a time of prayer.  As a Wesleyan Church, we practice Open Communion.  This means you do not need to be a member or regular attender to partake with us. We ask that you confess your faith in Jesus Christ. 


As always - if you have a need, please reach out to us!  
Know that you are loved!

MAY 9 UPDATE

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!!  


All weekend worship/connection/lesson videos are here on our website.  You can also find them on YouTube and on Facebook.  We hope they are a blessing to your life!  Joe Cook is delivering the message this weekend.


This weekend, we are also making Mother's Day Gift deliveries.   If you know a mother (or are a mother) that did not receive a gift, please reach out to the church.  We have done our best to make deliveries to everyone on our contact lists, but there are so many mothers in our church and community - we want to make sure they are all blessed!  THANK YOU!

April 29 Update

As we close the month of April and launch into May, here are a few updates:

  • Stay tuned to this page and to our Facebook page for updates in May.  If things in our social distancing status begin to change, we will offer opportunities to connect.  These will all be in response to current safety standards.  
  • Two things we are planning:  1 - A gift to recognize our mothers on Mother's Day!  We will be asking for addresses of all our Mother's (if we don't already have them) and volunteers from men in the church (to make deliveries).  2 - Drive-thru prayer & communion.  
  • This month, our church board voted to postpone our Annual Local Church Conference.  They are asking all individuals serving in voted-upon church positions to continue to serve into the next church year until we have a time to elect officials for that 2020/21 Church Year.  When this event can happen, it may look more like an all church celebration with voting taking place in more of a polling style.  
  • We are incredibly grateful for the continual support of the church and community!  We know that this time of social distancing hasn't been easy, but your graciousness is a blessing and a testament of God's Peace in your lives!  THANK YOU!

APRIL 25 UPDATE

Greetings North Collins Wesleyan Community!  


All our weekend videos are Uploaded and ready for view for this weekend!  We will, again, come to you LIVE on Facebook on Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM!   Please join us, those videos stay on our page and can be viewed at any time.  (Remember you don't need a Facebook Membership to watch them.)


On our heart is the needs of this community.  For many of us, that is simply in the area of connection and encouragement.  If you need either of those, reach out to us!  We are seeking to be creative in our care and would love to be a blessing in your life!  


May you enjoy this beautiful day!  Take every safe and social distancing opportunity to be a blessing!!  

APRIL 18 UPDATE

Happy Beautifully Sunny Saturday!   We hope this update finds you well!


For worship this weekend, all videos have been uploaded to YouTube and are ready to connect with.  They can be found on our Website, YouTube, or on Facebook.  We will be again coming LIVE this weekend on Facebook - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM.  


Most importantly, know that we love you and are praying for you!  If you have a need, please reach out to us.  Individuals in our congregation are donating funds to help others, going shopping for those who'd prefer to stay at home, and connecting through online videos, phone calls, and cards.  If you'd like to help in any of these ways or if you'd like a connection, just reach out to us!  

APRIL 10 Update - Easter Service DEtails

THERE WILL BE NO DRIVE-IN WORSHIP SERVICES EASTER WEEKEND


Yesterday afternoon, Mike Polencarz, Erie County Executive, has specifically recommended that Religious Leaders do not conduct "Drive In" style Church Services. We at the North Collins Weslyan Church feel that your safety and the safety of the church officials is paramount. With this request from the County Executive we will not be holding our outside service this weekend. 


As planned, we will continue to post worship services online and will be connecting with you LIVE on Facebook - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 9AM.  Please contact us if you have any questions. 


Know that you are loved!

April 3 Update - Palm & Easter Details

BLESSINGS from North Collins Wesleyan!   We hope this update finds you well!  If you are in need of support, please reach out.  Know that we are praying for you and love you!


We wanted to share some details about this upcoming weekend and the following Easter week.  We hope that these connection opportunities are a blessing to you.  If you have questions, please reach out.  With the state of our current situation, all plans are subject to change, so check back here often!


Palm Sunday Weekend (4/4&5/20)

For this coming weekend, we will be continuing to offer services online.  Through YouTube, Facebook, and our Website, you will be able to find these service videos.  You can expect children's, youth, message only, and full worship service videos.  Again - we hope they are a blessing!  We will also be coming LIVE to you on Facebook throughout the weekend - Saturday a little after 5PM and Sunday a little after 9AM.   Look for those videos and meaningful moments of connection!


Easter Week (4/8-12/20)

During Easter Week, we are offing quite a few meaningful moments of connection.  We will again offer something fun on Wednesday Evening around 6PM on Facebook LIVE.  Expect Pastors Justin & Jacob to offering a Top 10 List to hopefully brighten your week!


On Holy Thursday (4/9), we will be releasing a video through our YouTube page (with links on Facebook and on the Webpage) that will be focusing on Communion and the events around the Last Supper. 


On Good Friday (4/10) around 11AM, we will be offering a special time of remembrance, scripture, and prayer on Facebook LIVE.  We encourage you to use these moments with some quiet time of your own and to recognize the sacrifice that Jesus has made for you.  


EASTER WEEKEND DETAILS

For Easter Weekend, we will be again offering our regular line-up of service and connection videos for all ages through our YouTube page.  


We want to say a big THANK YOU to those who continue to support individuals in need, our greater community, and the church at this time.  We have been incredibly blessed by the spirit of our congregation and by your continual giving!  WOW!  You are a blessing!  


Remember - reach out to us if you have any questions.  You are not alone!  You are loved!

March 31 UPdate

Hey NC Wesleyan Community! 


We know that through this time of distancing ourselves, connection is of utmost importance! This is why we are making every effort to offer ways to connect! The response to our Weekend Worship/Message/Connection and Facebook LIVE videos have been fantastic! Thank you for tuning in and sharing with one another! We will continue to increase the quality of these videos and time together!


Remember - connecting with God is the most important! See our Facebook LIVE Video from Sunday morning for thoughts about this. For those who use our scripture reading plan, we have the schedule for APRIL/MAY printed and at the church. You can stop in and pick a copy up (Office hours, Tuesday to Friday, 9AM to 3PM). They are also included here as a picture.


Being able to personally connect for prayer and growth is heavy upon our minds. We encourage you to connect with others! Pastor Justin will be hosting a small group connection time through ZOOM Video Meetings on Wednesdays at 2:00PM. Message or email us if you are interested in joining (we will need your email address). If these meetings are popular we will host more. For our Sunday school and small group leaders, this will be an option for them to use!


Please connect with us if you have any questions about upcoming details. We will post about Palm and Easter Weekend details soon! There will be many more ways to connect. Pastors Justin and Jacob will be coming LIVE on Facebook tomorrow at 6PM! 


Know that you are loved!

MArch 27 Update

For the weekend of March 28/29, we will again be hosting online worship services only.  You can connect with the videos of those services here on our website, through YouTube, or on our Facebook Page.  There will again be multiple videos:  Youth, Children's, Service (including greetings, prayer, worship, and message), and the Message Only.  


If you have a need or a question - please reach out to us!  Email us HERE, or call the church - 716.337.3219.

March 21 Update

We remind you that there are no worship services being held at our campus this weekend.  

BUT!  You can join us for worship online!  These worship videos are being posted on YouTube, Facebook, and here on our web page.  To see them just click HERE!


This weekend, there is a video that includes worship, prayer, and a message.  There is a children's video as well as a youth video.  ENJOY!  


And as always, if you need help, please reach out!  We are praying for you and love you.  

March 19 Update

Our church community is assisting in making a care package for a North Collins family quarantined due to Covid-19.  If you would like to contribute, donations can be dropped off at the church during office hours and when the sanctuary is open during the weekend (Tuesday-Friday 9AM to 3PM, Saturday 5PM to 6:30PM, Sunday 8:30AM to 11:30AM).  


Some simple ideas are gift cards for delivery services, gift cards for much needed FUN for the family after the quarantine, arts and craft supplies, books, activity books, board games, card games, etc.  


This is a great chance for our church to be The Church!  Let's rally around one another in love and support! 

March 18 Update

Hello North Collins Wesleyan Community!  We want you to know that we are praying for you!  Covid-19 has brought all of us into an unprecedented situation.  We are all stepping into the unknown.  Fear of the unknown is often the greatest of all fears, please don't let it control you!  Our God is GREATER!  Nothing is unknown to Him; there is nothing He isn't prepared for.  Our FAITH is greater than our fear.  Stay strong in your faith, take a deep breathe, and offer grace to our world in this moment of need.  


In John 16:33, Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."


Here are some updates about our ministries and services over the next few weeks:


1.  Seeking to follow the most recent guidelines of social distancing set by many of our government agencies, we are canceling/postponing all activities and services at the church for at least the next two weeks.  Listed at the bottom are all the events impacted.  For the weekends of March 21/22 and March 28/29, worship services and videos for children will be posted online each Saturday by 5PM.  These will be posted through YouTube and can be found on our Facebook Page, Website, and also sent via email & text message upon request.  We don't know how long these steps will need to be taken, but we will continue to offer online services as long as needed.  For the weekends of Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday, we are working on holding drive-in, radio, worship services.  This will be weather permitting.  


2.  Know that we are here for you!  To keep up contact and connection, and to further build a stream of encouragement, we will be often connecting LIVE on Facebook.  You can expect regular moments of greeting and prayer on Wednesdays at 6PM, Saturdays at 5PM, and Sundays at 9AM (plus other random moments of connection).  


3.  Our office remains open - Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.  The sanctuary is open and heated during this time.  Feel free to stop in for prayer.  The church sanctuary will also be open on Saturdays from 5:00PM to 6:30PM and Sundays from 8:30AM to 11:30AM.   No services will be held during these times, but those seeking a place to pray will find an environment to do so.  We will continue to clean and sanitize the church following the precautions stated in previous posts.  


Upcoming Events Cancelled/Postponed:

Weekend Worship - 3/21&22, 3/28&29

Power-Up Kids - 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

Youth Group - 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10

Paint Work Night - 3/19

Taco Night - 3/21

Soup & App Night - 3/29

Good Friday Service - 4/10


Know that you are loved and you have a source of support in North Collins Wesleyan.  If you know of an individual or family in need, please reach out!  We will be putting together some basic care packages to hand out to those in need.  

March 13 Update

1.  Weekend services for March 14/15 will be held as scheduled.  Anyone concerned or under the weather can/should use their discretion to stay home.


2.  Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging when arriving to service and during the 'Moments of Friendship' time in service.  Greeting one another with smiles and waves can help minimize the risk.  


3.  In preparation for the services, during and after there will be staff wiping down entry areas, surfaces, and restrooms.  Please wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitizer provided throughout the church.  Restrooms have also been supplied with Clorox Wipes.  


For those who choose to remain at home, we encourage you to join the FACEBOOK Live Message on Sundays at 11:20/30AM.  These messages go live the moment they are happening in service.  Join us on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/NorthCollinsChurch/ - you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the services.  


Our response to Covid-19 is one of faith and not fear.  Furthermore, our prayer is that we will all remember God is in control!  As we continue in the message series "Who is in front of you?", this is a great reminder to offer love and care to one another.  


Remember that you have a church family that is here to support you.  You can connect with us on Facebook, by email - office@northcollinschurch.com, or call - 716.337.3219.