WORSHIP SERVICES... and Church from Home
We usually gather together in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Our future March gatherings are cancelled according to recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. We have a weekly Order of Worship and recorded Sermon that you can use as a guide to Sunday worship in this time, and do Church from Home.
We believe that the message of God's love and grace can be presented in many ways to draw people into worship. Our church provides a place for people to live out their faith, with opportunities to participate in worship through dance, drama, music, song, the Word, sacraments, and art. The New Life Worship Ministry Team also provides leadership for the purpose of providing inspirational worship services that reflect the vision of the church. If you would like to be involved in the drama, dance, music or art ministries at New Life please contact our Interim Worship Coordinator, Carmen Osahor. New participants are invited to join in these activities at any time throughout the year.
THE WORD AND SACRAMENTS
We gather every week to focus on God's word and to grow in grace and wisdom. The Word is presented to us by speakers who teach, encourage and challenge us in our relationships with God, the people around us, and in the world at large. The sacrament of Communion is celebrated monthly, often on the third Sunday of the month. (2019 dates: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, July 21, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15) Baptism Sundays are ordinarily celebrated on the first of the month. Pastor Ed will be happy to meet with families to plan Baptism. Please contact the church office to make an appointment.
To guide us in worship every Sunday, we have several teams led by worship leaders who prepare music, prayer, and meditations for each service. Our worship teams are built up of vocalists and musicians of varying abilities, each of whom is encouraged to grow through their experiences as part of the team. Occasionally, our worship is enhanced by other music groups, such as a choral group for our Easter and Thanksgiving celebrations; Kid's Praise Teams made up of elementary school-aged children, open invitations to participate are sent out periodically. The Training Band is a place for vocalists and musicians to be mentored by worship team members in preparation for joining worship teams. Please contact the worship coordinator for more information.
DANCE AND DRAMA
At New Life, we see the way drama and dance can complement and enhance our time of worship. We have been blessed by the involvement of children and adults in these areas and we consistently seek to identify and develop the talents of our participants. Drama, dance, sign language, dramatic readings, and flags are often used in our worship services. Flags are also available in several areas for personal expression of worship.
ART AS WORSHIP
At New Life, we recognize that worshiping God with the work of hands and through creative experience is a beautiful thing. We incorporate the visual arts in our banners, projected images, paintings, bulletin covers, displays and larger art installments. New Life's ministry, Art as Worship, works within the Worship Ministry to host local artists in exhibits within the sanctuary. Through art, we attempt to convey a message that complements the Word that is brought to us in our services and reflects the liturgical season. For a list of past exhibits please click this link: Exhibit History
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Current Exhibits: Open for viewing during office hours. Please call ahead 519-823-5851.
Artists in Residence "Identity Project" Gina Duque and Nicole Ensing
"The Ripple Effect" Group photography exhibit June 9 - September 2019.
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