A Welcome from Pastor Terry

Thank you for considering New Hope. We know it's not easy visiting a new church for the first time; I want to assure you that we'll work hard to make your first visit an enjoyable experience. I think you'll find New Hope visitor-friendly. Our congregation is from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles, including some who had never been to church before they started coming here.

We look forward to meeting you. Please feel free to contact us with any unanswered questions you have.

Things to Know

Getting to the Church

Our location is 80 North Lake Avenue, just off Rt. 55 about a mile east of the intersection of Rt. 522 and South Street (where the KFC is located). From that intersection go one mile east on Rt. 55 to Walker Ave. and turn left. Go three blocks to Linden St., turn right. After one block, at the top of the hill, you'll see the building and sign. [click here for a map]

Service Options for Children

We begin the service with the children present. Before the message they are dismissed to several age-appropriate classes (someone will be at door to guide them. You are, of course, welcome to keep them with you in the service if you wish. Sunday School begins at 11:00 a.m. . There is a nursery for little ones.

Security

We use a secure check in/check out proceedure for the nursery. Our Safety Team (which includes some of the law enforcement officers that attend New Hope) periodically checks the hallways and patrols the parking area during services.

Children's Ministry, Sunday School Teachers and Youth Ministry workers have all passed an independently administered background check.

Your First Visit

As you come in you'll see some friendly people nearby who'll say hello and answer any questions you might have. There is an attended Welcome Center as you come in the doors to the sanctuary. It has brochures and info packets about who we are and what we do.

As you look around, you will notice that almost everyone is dressed casually (some do dress in more traditional church attire). Even though we are demographically quite young, you will see people of all ages. Within the congregation you will see people from nearly every ethnic group in the area; Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, and Whites.

 If you're recognized as being new, you may receive a visitor packet with a card you can fill out and leave at the welcome center on the way out. This helps us to know a little more about you, and how we can most effectively be a blessing to you. We will NOT add you to a mailing list or give your information to anyone else.

Worship service is at 9:30 and is about 75 minutes long. The service is followed by a 15 minute break to allow a smooth transition to Sunday School. During that time folks also mingle, catch up with friends, and meet new people. Sunday School begins at 11:00 is one hour long.

The Worship Service

The service begins with some upbeat music from Aver Union, our very talented worship team (the words are projected on big screens on both sides at the front of the auditorium). Then there's a short welcome and occasionally an announcement or two.

One of the pastors will then lead a prayer. We collect an offering after the pastoral prayer. This is to receive contributions from members and long-time friends of New Hope—we do not want our visitors to feel obligated to participate.

There is then a worship time with more music and sometimes a drama or video to help focus on the theme of the message.

The preaching/teaching follows that. Our goal in the message is to present solid Christian theology in intelligent, understandable, and relevant terms. Hopefully, you'll laugh at times and maybe feel a tug at your heart too. A prayer and sometimes a verse of song will follow the message.

Pastor Keaton stays at the front of the sanctuary after the message to greet prople and answer questions. He'd be delighted to have you come up and introduce yourself.