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Jul

2020

Connect With Us!

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09

Jul

2020

Worship Out of the Valley

On Sunday, July 12, we will be kicking off our new series, "Valleys" and will be challenged by an incredible story tucked away in 2 Chronicles 20. Here is a playlist I put together on Spotify! Let's worship out of the valley just like King Jehoshaphat! - Pastor Dave

Thu

09

Jul

2020

BOLT VBS for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Parents!

 

We've been invited by our friends at Parker Ford Church for a virtual summer VBS! Invite some friends, neighbor kids and engage in this "Backyard Bible Club" type of VBS. Aydric & Anders are looking forward to it! How about you? 

 

BOLT will be happening July 26-28. With minimal preparation, easy to follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids step by step through each of the 3 days, BOLT is designed for you to perform with your family at home. It is so simple. During Bolt, your family will participate in fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to and focus on Jesus. The videos are really fun and engaging. There are memory verses, fun music, and an origami folding craft on each day. BOLT VBS is for ages 4 and up. 

 

In order to provide you a kit with most of the things you will need for the 3 days of VBS, you must register by July 9. We will let you know when the kits are ready for pick up. To register, please follow the link below. Feel free to share the registration link with families, neighbors, and friends. All of them can benefit from our virtual VBS! 

 

BOLT VBS LINK

 

After registering, stay tuned as you will receive an email with a guide for parents and leaders with simple step by step instructions to use BOLT. Get your family excited about BOLT. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

 

If any questions, please contact Brandi Russell at brandi@parkerfordchurch.com

Thu

02

Jul

2020

Summer Life Groups - 2020

We are excited to offer 2 summer Life Group gatherings! We will be reading and discussing the book of James & using a brand new eBook & discussion guide from Daybreak's founding pastor, John Pletcher. 

 

1. Online Life Group via Zoom on Monday nights, beginning July 13 at 7pm. 

2. In-person Life Group (outdoors) at the Ottey's home on Thursday evenings beginning on July 9 at 7pm. 

 

If you're interested in either one of these Groups, contact info@enjoydaybreak.com. Thanks

 

Thu

02

Jul

2020

Re*Opening Indoor Guidelines

In case we need to gather indoors at the Music School (because of bad weather), we want you to know about some changes we've made and some new guidelines in place. The Daybreak Leadership Team has designed a plan around grace and concern for your safety. 

 

The social distancing guidelines below will apply to our indoor meetings.

 

Personal Health

We ask our most vulnerable to continue to worship from home. We hope to live stream our indoor services on YouTube at 9:30am. Our outdoor services will be posted later Sunday afternoon. 

If you are sick or have a fever, please continue to worship from home. 

Click here for info on how to care for yourself and what to do if you are sick.

 

Masks

Show you care for your neighbor by wearing a face covering for the safety, protection, and comfort level of others. If you don’t have a mask (or forget yours), new masks will be available in the lobby. *Unless a medical condition prohibits wearing a mask, or age 2 or under. Here is an article that articulates some Biblical reasons why we are adopting this guideline at Daybreak. 

 

Families

Sit together with your family or those who live in your home. We will not be offering KidZone or BreakOut this summer. FUSE (regional youth ministry for students in grades 6-12) is re-gathering for in-person youth ministry on Monday nights beginning July 6 at Parker Ford Church, Pottstown. 

 

Coming and Going

Restrooms will remain open. There are new hand-sensor faucets, towel and soap dispensers installed.  

Please take your conversations & fellowship outside the building after the service, taking any trash and personal items to help us keep the Music School clean. 

 

Social Distancing 

Stay 6 feet apart from those who do not live in your home. 

Please refrain from handshakes or hugs at this time. A friendly wave and smiling eyes will suffice for now.

 

Food and Beverage

Please eat and drink before arriving at Daybreak.  

Coffee and refreshments will not be available at this time. 

Water fountains will be closed. Daybreak water bottles will be available in the lobby for emergencies.  

 

Hygiene

Hand-sanitizing stations are available. 

High contact surfaces will be cleaned by a cleaning crew before we gather on Sundays.

Doors propped for airflow to reduce contact with surfaces. 

 

Donations

An offering box will be located at the back of the Music Hall near the doors if you wish to give in person as you enter or exit.  

Online giving options are also available through the Tithely App or mailing a check to Daybreak's P.O. Box address (P.O. Box 541 Royersford, PA 19468). 

 

Have Questions? Email us.

Thu

18

Jun

2020

Outdoor Worship Service

That's right!!! After 2 really great worship experiences outside, we are going to continue to gather outdoors for Sunday worship for at least the rest of summer! In case of rain, we will gather indoors (see more info about indoor gatherings)

 

So continuing on July 12, bring a chair, bring a mask and let's continue to gather in the adjacent field next to the Music School. We'll be making a few adjustments to our set-up and also encouraging some folks to park in the grass so the walk is more level and shorter. Let's pray for beautiful Sunday mornings this summer! 

 

It's our intent to keep these outdoor services pretty simple and informal yet worshipful and honoring to God. Let’s all practice social distancing, using broad smiles as a short-term replacement for handshakes and hugs, etc… We want everyone to feel welcomed, but also feel safe. Thanks for your help with this.

 

The bathrooms in the Music School will be available for use. 

 

If you're unable to join us in person - no worries! We will record and post these outdoor services later on Sunday afternoon on Daybreak's YouTube channel

 

*Please stay home if you or your family members are experiencing or have recently experienced symptoms associated with the flu or the common cold (fever, persistent cough, headache, chills, etc.)  

 

**Please take caution ... if you are dealing with a health issue where your doctor recommends that you not attend gatherings due to the impact of you “catching” whatever is going around, please be wise and follow your doctor’s advice.

 

***Please take caution ... If you are part of a higher-risk group. We are aware that those who are most at-risk for this virus are the elderly and those with compromised immune or respiratory systems. If you fall into one of these categories, please take extra precaution in making your decisions about Sunday attendance. 

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06

Jun

2020

June 14 Worship Service in Philly

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May

2020

Join us Online!

June 6, 2020 UPDATE

 

Hi Daybreak Friends, 

 

Church has never been about a building, but rather the community of believers gathered in unity, regardless the size of the group. Until we are all together again in our building, we invite you to embrace community in some different ways this month as part of our Regathering Plan.

 

First, gather as families in homes … go ahead and invite another family to watch one of the June services (from One Church Initiative) online with you, or simply share a meal with friends you have not seen in a while. Use proper social distancing etc... This month our OCI series is "Prayer Matters". DJay, Brandon, Carl, and I have recorded videos about different aspects of prayer. You can view the videos on Sundays from the One Church Initiative YouTube Channel or the revised one that I put together on Daybreak's YouTube Channel. The series begins this Sunday - "How I Am Praying For My Kids (And You)" 

 

Second, gather once again with your Life Group … take advantage of great weather and backyards for interaction and fellowship. 

 

Lastly, invite an individual or family, new to Daybreak, to your home or to join your Life Group gathering. 

 

As the leadership of Daybreak prepares for regathered services at the Music School, we want to offer the safest facility and environment for all of our church family & community. With this in mind, we will make sure the facility is cleaned and sanitized (especially all hard, common surfaces like door handles, countertops, etc.) as well the bathrooms. CMS has purchased touchless soap, paper towel and hand-sanitizing equipment and is awaiting install on all these. There will be no offering baskets passed around, so please use the offering boxes located in the back of the Music Hall or continue to give online through the Tithely App. 

 

As we move through the month of June, there will be opportunities to gather as an entire church family that will be safe and spirit lifting. Please make yourself aware of them below, taking notice of the social distancing guidelines that will be implemented for each event.

 

June 14: Invitation to attend "One Church, One Hope" in Philly at 10am 

Bring your own chair, a facemask, and observe social distancing 

 

June 21: Drive-In / Outside Worship Gathering at Community Music School at 9:30am 

**Outdoor social distance requirements in place 

 

June 28: Drive-In / Outside Worship Gathering at Community Music School at 9:30am

**Outdoor social distance requirements in place 

 

July 5: Online Service Only (One Church Initiative) 

 

July 12: Worship Service inside Community Music School at 9:30am 

No Nursery, KidZone or BreakOut but family friendly special elements included in the service. 

*Indoor social distance requirements in place.

 

The Lord has seen all of us through it, and He has seen all of us beyond it … and we can say unequivocally, the best days of Daybreak are ahead!

 

Thank you for your love, your prayers, your support, and your patience! We love you, and we will see you soon!

 

Your Daybreak Leadership Team

 

*Indoor Social Distance Requirements: (still in process) 

 

**Outdoor Social Distance Requirements: 

  • If you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness, please stay home.
  • Please be aware of social distancing by keeping a comfortable space between you and those you are sitting near.
  • There will be no handshaking or hugging as a form of greeting one another. Greet each other with a smile and do not assume others are ready for physical contact yet.
  • Masks are highly recommended and encouraged. 

 

"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." Col. 3:14 (NLT) 

 

Online Service for May 31, 2020

Online Service for May 24, 2020

Online Service for May 17, 2020

Teaching for May 3 - "What's Your Purpose?" 

During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we will gathering online for worship. 

Join us on Sunday mornings for a time of worship, teaching, and discussion. Daybreak is partnering with a couple of other local churches for this special series. Watch this video from Pastor Carl Kramer at Northpointe Community Church as he explains what the One Church Initiative is all about. While you're there, be sure to subscribe to the One Church Initiative YouTube Channel.

 

One Church Initiative Service for May 3 - "Jesus is > Me"  

March 29 - "Jesus is > Fear" (Pastor DJay Martin at Parker Ford Church)
April 5 - "Jesus is > Loneliness" (Pastor David Hakes at Daybreak)
April 12 - "Jesus is > Death" (Pastor Brandon Vining at NorthPointe)
April 19 - "Jesus is > Suffering" (Carl Kramer at NorthPointe)

April 26 - "Jesus is > Time" (Pastor DJay Martin at Parker Ford Church)

May 3 - "Jesus is > Me" (Pastor Tim Doering from Netzer) 

May 10 - "Mothers & the Life of Jesus" (recorded Zoom call with pastors)  

Join us every Thursday evening at 7pm for a Midweek Online Connection! We'd love to have your smiling face on the screen  via Zoom Video Conference. This is a great way to connect with your Daybreak friends and pray together as a church during this pandemic crisis. 

Zoom Link / Password: Daybreak

Even though we are not currently meeting on Sundays, you can still support Daybreak's ministry! Feel free to use the free Tithely App or mail a check to Daybreak's mailing address (P.O. Box 541 Royersford, PA 19468). 

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28

Mar

2020

Online Worship Services

We're partnering with NorthPointe and Parker Ford Church for a series, called "Jesus is Greater Than". This series is based on the book of Hebrews and calls us to a specific "Let us ..." in response. There will also be a time of worship. Feel free to sing and worship along at home as the lyrics are provided on the screen. Gather all those in our home and come together for a collaborative online worship experience each Sunday morning until we are able to gather again! 

Sat

14

Mar

2020

3/15 Service CANCELLED

What a week it has been, right? Take a deep breath. 

 

I want to update you regarding Daybreak's response to the COVID-19 virus and the recent developments regarding how to handle it and recommended actions. I've been in communication with Daybreak's leaders, other regional church leaders, Bryan Hoke from the BIC, and the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety (including an important conference call this morning for churches). I have made the difficult decision to cancel our Worship Gathering this Sunday (3/15). 

 

We are not fearful or panicked. However, we do want to be wise, and particularly cognizant of how this virus is effecting the most vulnerable among us. In that way, our desire is that this move is a tangible way to love our neighbors by discouraging it's further spread. This is especially important right now in Montgomery County. 

 

Our Church Management Team is monitoring the situation closely and will be in regular communication about how we as church should be responding, both to ensure the safety of all our folks, but also keeping an eye out for opportunities for us to be a blessing in our communities.

 

Community Music School followed the orders from Governor Wolf yesterday to close "all schools, community centers, gyms and entertainment venues, including (YMCAs), theaters, sporting events, concerts, and I am strongly recommending the closure of non-essential retail facilities", They will remain closed with a tentative re-opening date of March 30th. Daybreak still has the opportunity to utilize the building on Sundays if we so choose. 

 

At this point, our hope is that we will resume our normal service next Sunday, March 22nd. But again, I'll keep you posted. 

 

As of right now (as things can change rapidly), this coming Sunday morning, I will be participating in a round table discussion at another local church in Chester County along with a couple of other pastors and regional leaders. This church has cancelled all kids programs and is asking everyone 65 years or older to remain home and it will probably be a small gathering. I am not asking you attend this church but hope to share the video/podcast with you all at the beginning of next week. We will be discussing the situation, what it looks like to respect/submit to the authority over us, how our witness to our community is impacted by how we respond in this instance, best care for the vulnerable around us, and fear versus faith. 

 

Finally, while all of this can feel overwhelming and fearful, I want to encourage you to use this as an opportunity to shine out Jesus' light and love to your neighbors. Here are a few ways you can do that: 

  1. Follow the precautions recommended by the CDC. If you stay healthy, you won't help spread anything. (see these precautions below.)
  2. Pray for and check in on your elderly neighbors or those with chronic illnesses. Can you pick up some groceries or other necessities for them so they don't need to go out? Can you pick up medications for them at the Pharmacy? 
  3. Only buy just what you need. If you need something, go ahead and get it. But don't let fear drive you to stock up on things you don't need that others might. If you have 10 cases of toilet paper at home, you've probably given into fear ...
  4. Check in with one another. If you are concerned about someone, check in with them and see if there's any way you can help out.
  5. My hope and prayer is that we would respond with profound love and grace during this uncertain time, bringing peace where there is anxiety, hope where there is despair and love where there is fear. 

 

If at anytime you have needs, questions, thoughts, need prayer etc... please give me a call. Cell # 610.850.3454 

 

Prayer & blessings,

Dave

 

CDC Recommendations to stay healthy:

  • Practice social distancing (limit unnecessary gatherings with large groups)
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces (phone, computers, etc.)