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Family Portrait

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

We all belong to some kind of family, and no family is perfect.  In our new teaching series, Family Portrait, we’ll learn how God uses broken people, and broken families, to communicate his redemptive story.  You can click HERE to view the teaser video for this series.

As you can see below, there’s a lot going on at New Church over the next four weeks, so make sure you show up to experience it all, and remember to bring people with you!

Let God’s story paint your Family Portrait.

T. J.

Week 1 – Portrait of Redemption (Free family portraits being taken before and after Sunday’s worship experience)

Week 2 – Portrait of Dedication (Child Dedication at the beginning of the worship experience)

Week 3 – Portrait of Obedience (Giveaway for all Parents in attendance)

Week 4 – Portrait of Commitment (Baptism Celebration)

Categories: Church

Volunteer Leader Spotlight: The New Church Invite Bunny

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Although this guy only shows up once a year, he works hard when he does.  Not only did he spend time greeting guests and taking pictures with children before and after our worship experience on Easter Sunday, but he also handed out gifts to people as they left, in the form of New Church squeeze bottles.

He did some marketing the day before Easter too, standing at a busy intersection near The YMCA where we have church and waving at people as they drove by.

I realize some people don’t agree with making him part of what we do on Easter, but I had to give the Invite Bunny his props.  Besides, I met a family on Sunday that came to our church because they saw him at the intersection dancing and waving at people.

Well done, Invite Bunny, and we’ll see you again next Easter!

T. J.

Categories: Leadership

300 and 30

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

God did something out of the ordinary at New Church last Sunday!  Three weeks ago I announced to our church that on February 23rd, I began praying a specific prayer in relation to what I believed God wanted to do through New Church, on Easter, for his glory.

That specific prayer was that God would allow us to have 300 people in attendance, and that he would allow us to see 30 people place their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

Some people I talked to about it doubted that it would happen because our church is less than four months old, and we have been averaging a little over 100 people in attendance each week.  But for the most part, I think the people in our church believed it was possible. (See Matthew 19:26)

I asked our church to do three things leading up to Easter: Believe, Pray, and Invite, and they did an amazing job at all of those things.  I’m humbled to say that we didn’t reach our goal of 300 people, but I’m honored to say that God did more than we could ever imagine by allowing us to see 34 people put their faith in Jesus for salvation! (See Ephesians 3:20)

I’m so proud of our Volunteer Leaders for creating environments that are welcoming to our guests and for sacrificing their time each week to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

God was honored at New Church on Sunday, and Jesus was lifted up!  That’s why we were  able “…to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!” 

T. J.

Categories: Church, Milestones

THE STORY

April 22, 2011 1 comment

Easter Sunday at New Church, we will take a look at a story that changed the course of history and has the potential to change your life too!  It’s a story of hope, freedom, and overcoming the most overwhelming of obstacles.

If you live in the Winston-Salem area, we would like to invite you to our Easter worship experience.  We meet on Sunday mornings at 10 AM at the Robinhood Rd. Family YMCA.

You’ll find that New Church has friendly people, excellent children’s environments, edgy music, and practical teaching.  If you are looking for a church to attend Easter Sunday, we would love for you to be our guest at New Church!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Milestones

Whatever It Takes

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

This Sunday, we will celebrate the most important day in the history of the world–the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Make no mistake about it, this is the biggest day of the year for New Church, and we are all about doing whatever it takes “…to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!”

People are most receptive to attending church on Easter than any other day of the year, so who are you bringing with you to church on Sunday?  Peoples’ eternities are at stake, and we have the only message that can change their lives forever!

In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”  Jesus modeled this idea of doing whatever it takes to help people far from God by giving his own life for the lost.  Since it was important enough for the Son of God to die for, it should be important enough for us to live for!

Click HERE to listen to a message entitled, “Whatever It Takes” from the last week of the “Who’s Counting on You?” teaching series.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Volunteer Leader Spotlight: Lindsey Dixon

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This week’s Volunteer Leader Spotlight is shining on Lindsey Dixon.  Lindsey is a student at Salem College, where she received a leadership scholarship as a result of implementing a program to feed the homeless as a high school student.

Lindsey was one of the first people to commit to help start New Church, and she volunteers as a teaching assistant and small group leader in Newkidz, which is our K-5th grade children’s environment.  She loves to drink coffee and talk about Jesus (2 of my favorite things).

Lindsey took time out of her busy schedule to grant us a 2 question interview.  Here’s what she had to say:

Why New Church?

It was after my first Bible study with the New Church team, before the church even existed, that I fell in love with New Church.  At my previous church, I was beginning to feel as though I was missing something.  I was one of those people that came to church every Sunday, sat on the front row, listened to sermons about how to be a good person, raised my hands when we sang worship songs and thought that I was doing all that I was supposed to.

After a few years though, I began to feel unsatisfied, like something was missing.  My pastor was awesome–he doubled as pastor and youth pastor, so we were really close, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that we were supposed to be doing more.  Finally I realized what was driving me so crazy.  While my pastor was a great speaker, he never really dove into God’s word.

This frustrated me because, as Christians, we are constantly being told how important the Bible is to our spiritual growth.  So, how could God’s church not be studying God’s own word?  To make a long story short, I met T. J., and he invited me to a Bible study.  I’ll never forget the chills I felt as I actually studied God’s word for what felt like the first time in my life.  So that’s why I chose New Church–because they get the importance of God’s word and what it does to your life.

Why  volunteer?

I volunteer because I want to show obedience to Christ and give him more opportunities to teach me.  I work with Newkids now, and while I never would have chosen that originally, I’m thankful that’s where God put me.  I know that He is using this time to mold me into the person that he wants me to be.

Lindsey is being used greatly by God to make a difference in the lives of the children in her small group and in the life of our church!  I’m grateful for Lindsey, and I look forward to what God is going to do through her in the days ahead “…to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!”

T. J.

Categories: Church, Leadership

Who’s Counting on You?

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

This Sunday at New Church, we will be wrapping up our current series called, “Who’s Counting on You?” The question we’ve been asking ourselves, and each other, over the last few weeks is “Who’s counting on you to tell them about Jesus and bring them to church?”

This is such an important question for us to consider, especially leading up to Easter, which is the most attended Sunday of the year.

So, who are you bringing to church with you on Sunday?  Who’s counting on you?

You can view the bumper video to the “WCOY?” series below.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth