Many times, attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. Don’t worry. Everyone is welcome at New Hope. Perfect people are the only ones not allowed! We’re just regular people who realize that we need God and are trying to understand what it means to have a relationship with Him and how to fulfill His purpose for our lives. No religion just for religion’s sake. No empty ritual. We study the Bible together to find meaningful, practical, real-life answers that God has for us in His Word.
A few people dress up, but most choose to dress down. Come the way you feel most comfortable.
The worship services (Sat. 6pm, Sun. 10am) usually last about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes and consist of contemporary music led by a praise team and worship band (keyboard, drums, guitars) as well as a Biblical message that relates to real life. We use a lot of multimedia as well as periodic dramas/skits that illustrate some aspect of applying God’s Word to our lives. We are not stuffy, but we are not overly emotional either. Some clap and lift their hands to God. Others are more quiet and reflective in their response to God. That is up to you.
Every weekend, you will hear a relevant, straightforward message that is based on Scripture and is designed to be helpful in your daily life. We trust these messages will help you begin and develop a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and provide a strong biblical foundation for your life. Most weeks, the message is brought by Pastor Robbie, our lead pastor. However, we do have periodic special speakers or other men in our church family who have been gifted to share God’s Word publicly.
Worship means giving ourselves completely to God. Part of our worship experience each week is a time for the New Hope family to give the Lord our tithes and offerings. As a guest, you may give financially to support the ministry of New Hope if you want, but please do not feel obligated to do that. This is an act of worship for our members and regular attendees, allowing another opportunity for them to thank God for all of the great work He is doing in their lives and support His work through this church family, providing New Hope with the resources needed to share the Good News about Jesus with more and more people.
As a guest, we ask for you to fill out a Communication Card during the service and put it in the offering pouch as it comes by in the service or in one of the “response boxes” on the back wall of the auditorium as you leave. We commit not to put you on any mailing lists you do not want to be put on, but we do have a gift that we want to send to you the week after your first visit. This is just our way of saying, “Thanks for being our guest.” The Communication Card can also be used by anyone to share prayer requests, a spiritual decision you have made, or anything else you would like to communicate with us.
(The Lord’s Supper)
About once per quarter, we celebrate communion together. We encourage anyone who has personally received God’s gift of salvation and publicly identified yourself as a follower of Jesus through believer’s baptism to participate in this time of worship.
The Bible teaches that those who have received Jesus as their Savior should publicly identify themselves as a follower of Jesus by being baptized. It is our great joy to be a part of this special step in someone’s life, and we celebrate baptism as often as people are ready (usually averaging about one weekend per month). Please let us know if you are interested in being baptized.
After the worship service…
If you have time after the service, we invite anyone who can to stay for refreshments – coffee and snacks. This gives us all an opportunity to get to know one another better – ministering to one another and sharing about what God is doing in our lives.
We offer child care for children birth-5th grade at both our Saturday and Sunday services. Each class is led by a church member. Be sure that you have the security tags that the children’s workers gave you when you dropped your children off so we can ensure your child’s safety. Please pick up your children promptly after the service so those serving can round up their families as well before leaving for the day. Thank you, and we look forward to ministering to your children.
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