Church will be ONLINE ONLY - Sunday, April 12

Our response to COVID-19

Updated: September 9, 2020
Family,

We prioritize the health and safety of people who attend our church and those in our community at-large, and we've been eager to do our part in being good neighbors by following the directives issued by federal, state, and local agencies.

New York City entered Phase 4 of its reopening plans on July 20, 2020, which allows churches to meet in person at 33% of their building's capacity. However, because we hold our services in P.S. 76, our ability to meet in person is contingent upon receiving permits from the Department of Education (DOE). At this time, as the public school system works on maintaining the safety of teachers and students, the DOE is not granting permits for churches.

This limitation means we will continue to hold online services only for the foreseeable future. We will evaluate opportunities to hold outdoor, socially-distant worship services and social gatherings, but these are also dependent on permits/space rentals.

If you don't currently receive our weekly email every Friday, you can sign up for that list here, to ensure you're getting our latest updates. This webpage will also be updated regularly. 

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN NEED

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant health, financial, and security challenges for many. On Sunday, March 22, we announced our We Spread Love campaign, and in one week, our church raised more than $136,000 to support our neighbors in need.

As we all worked to "Stop the Spread," we also found meaningful ways that "We Spread Love." 

WATCH SUNDAY'S SERVICE ONLINE

Although we won’t gather in person, you can watch our service online beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT every Sunday! You have several ways to view the service:
For those of you with children who participate in Renaissance Kids/Middle School Ministry, find resources to recreate Sunday's lesson at home on our Renaissance Families Online page.

Additionally, we've created two Spotify music playlists -- one featuring Renaissance Church favorites and another designed to bring calm in times of uncertainty. Click here to listen

COMMUNITY GROUPS

In addition to moving larger gatherings online, our Community Groups will meet virtually. The mayor's office has asked faith leaders to create safer means for spiritual practice and meaningful connection as best we can. To that end, we encourage Community Groups to meet online and to support each other via digital tools like Google Hangouts, Zoom, GroupMe, and WhatsApp.

Let's ensure we are bearing one another's burdens, covering each other in prayer, and pointing each other back to Jesus.

If you're not following us on social media, now is a great time to connect with us, as we post regularly. 

OTHER CHURCH EVENTS

All additional church events will be held virtually until further notice.