The pandemic situation is constantly changing. While our campus is closed, we are doing our best to keep the Tower Hill community together. Please scroll through this page to see how you can keep connected. Visit us often, as things may change.
On Sunday mornings, we Livestream our traditional worship at 9am and our contemporary worship at 10:30am. We also host in-person worship outside on our patio at 9am Traditional and 10:30am Contemporary (reservations required here.)
If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, here’s our response:
- We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
- We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
- This is what love requires of us in this season.
Thank you for your patience and working with us through this season. Together.
Connect & Give
Please remember our mission continues even if we aren’t physically on campus. Your donations allow us to continue our ministry.
How can you give from home?
1) Text “towerhill” to 77977
3) Mail a check in your pre-addressed giving envelopes.
NEXTGEN (That’s kids…Cradle through College!)
Homeschooling? Don’t worry. We’ve got this.
Find support on our NextGen Facebook Group!
Support. Ideas. Online Sunday School. Videos. Summer activities for students. Family Challenges. Warm social distancing hugs… we are in this together with you! Join our Facebook Group today to get all of this and more. Find our Family Resources here.
Starts Sept 13, 2020
We are now offering Sunday School for Infant – Middle School AT 10:30 ONLY. Parents will be expected to sign their kids up in advance when they RSVP for in-person service. This Sunday School experience will be outside, and because of this, we will still post all Sunday School videos and activity sheets online each week on our NextGen Facebook page.
Our Weeknight Student Groups
Core, Ignite and Kids Klub – Starts Sept 16/17
Our weeknight student groups are starting this Fall, because we know how important it is for our teens & tweens to be together! We have new times, locations, leaders and safety protocols. Check for updates on our Facebook Group. Or on our NextGen page. You may also contact our NextGen director Lindsey Larkin.
June 1, 2020
It’s been 85 days since we last had in-person worship services at Tower Hill. Eighty-five. For an organization built on physical gathering, it’s been disruptive to say the least. Worship has moved from the pew to the couch. Meetings have moved from conference rooms to Zoom rooms. And online giving, once thought to be a convenient supplement to the offering plate, has become the lifeblood of our operation.
I know I’ll look back on this someday with great clarity. There’ll be carefully curated teaching points and charts. There’ll be a new vision our church will embrace. But for now, the picture remains blurry and largely unknown.
I definitely look forward to reopening with great anticipation. It will be such a blessing to be together. There’ll be hugs and handshakes and smiling faces again. There’ll be baptisms, communion, and pancake breakfasts. And, I can’t wait.
Of course, we know that the Church can never be closed. Ministry has and will continue whether we have a building open or not. But, like you, I definitely feel the pain (and dare I say grief) of maintaining this distance. And, I believe gathering together is a foundational part of living our faith together. So, the big question you might be asking is: when will Tower Hill open its facilities again?
If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve heard the President’s call to reopen houses of worship. You’ve no doubt read editorials and blog posts, or heard from friends in other states, about how churches can reopen their doors. You probably have some creative ideas of your own. But, unfortunately, the picture is still blurry – not because we don’t have faith, or because we are scared – but because we want to make the best decisions we can.
In New Jersey, gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people in a room or 25 people outside. As a larger church, it means that online worship will continue to be our Sunday model for a while longer. How much longer? I wish I could give you a precise answer. But we’ve developed a re-gathering approach.
The criteria for opening our building for services has 3 conditions:
1. When we have permission from the State of New Jersey
We believe that opening before explicit permission is granted could potentially serve as a negative witness to the gospel. We believe compliance for the good of public health and safety is in alignment with God’s call to sacrifice for the sake of others (among other things).
2. When we can gather safely
Your family’s safety and the safety of the people we’re trying to reach is our top priority. Even when the government does allow us to open buildings, we will need to be able to do so in a way that keeps everyone safe. We are after all, a larger church. Sanitization, equipment, social distancing, child care, and at-risk guests are just a few of the considerations. We are currently working in the background on a measured approach to ensure that when we decide to gather physically, we can do so safely.
3. When we can offer a quality experience
It’s important to keep in mind that when we are given permission to open, protocols may make it very difficult to offer a quality service experience. For example, 40 people spread out and wearing masks in a room that seats 400 isn’t really a great Sunday where you can invite friends or even bring your kids. Until we feel we can offer a great Tower Hill service in our building, on-line will be a better experience for all of us as we invite people to join us.
Since the pandemic itself is changing as rapidly as our nation’s response, we are holding our plans loosely. Perhaps the rate of infection will decline so quickly, that we can regather sooner than we think. Or perhaps we’ll come up with some creative solutions for the summer. So, stay tuned!
In the meantime, here are a couple invitations for you to participate in June:
Attend our Congregational Meeting, June 14 @7pm (online only)
- Yes, we still need to elect officers, approve my terms of call, and cover essential business (see below for instructions)
Join us for summer worship beginning June 21 (online only)
- 9am Traditional Patio Service* (online only) via Facebook, YouTube, and our website *will include sermon
- 10:30am Contemporary Service (online only) via Facebook, YouTube, and our website
- How do you keep close to God if we aren’t physically at church? Try a small group. We’re launching a handful of groups in June to help you keep connected with other Christians. Find our new Small Groups here.
Thank you for your support, encouragement, and patience as we all seek greater clarity and insight. And, can I ask something of you? Please pray for our leadership as we navigate the unknown for the sake of the gospel.
In the end, I believe wholeheartedly, that we will be a stronger congregation than we were before the lockdown. We’re not there yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel is burning brighter and brighter.