Welcome and thank you for your interest in the church.
We want your first visit at New Hope to be comfortable and care-free and a blessing for you and your family. Here are a few frequently-asked questions:
Is your church handicap-accessible?
All of our facilities at New Hope are handicap-accessible. There are several handicap parking spaces available near the east entrance to the narthex next to the drive-thru. There are areas of the sanctuary free of obstructions that are specifically designed to accommodate wheel chairs. Handicap-accessible restrooms are located adjacent to the Welcome Room (main foyer) and in the hallway off the smaller foyer in the Fellowship Hall/Gym.
When should I arrive and where should I go first?
When you arrive, you can either enter the church from the parking lot sidewalk on the west side, or east side under the drive-thru. Either way, you will be coming through the Welcome Room (foyer). The Worship Service starts at 10:00. Try to arrive about 10 – 15 minutes early so that you can enjoy fellowship time and coffee and refreshments with us before the service begins. There are treats for the children as well.
You will find at New Hope a loving family of God, not one that will “smother you” with attention, but will make you feel welcome. You may get a handshake or two. It is our sincere prayer that you arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend!
Do you use a program so I will know what is done in the service?
You will be provided with a printed program that will include the morning’s order of worship, announcements and church prayer concerns. The pastor may include a helpful outline of his sermon. An updated program may be found elsewhere on this website.
What do you call the place you worship?
This may seem like a strange question. Many churches today are using the secular term “auditorium” for their place of worship. We still use the term “sanctuary.” When you go from the Welcome Foyer into the sanctuary, you will immediately notice a prayerful, calming, subdued effect. It is a transition from the secular to the holy. The colors in the sanctuary are noticeably different from the rest of the building so there is no doubt that the sanctuary is “set apart” for worship. The sanctuary is a place to worship an awesome God and be reminded of our ancient faith. The stained glass windows around the seating areas tell of the story of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The windows at the front of the church are built around the theme of the Holy Trinity – the east window contains elements depicting the Father; the large Celtic cross over the stage carries through to the building’s exterior and of course stands for Jesus, the Son; and the window on the west side contains elements representing the Holy Spirit. All the windows were donated by church members over the years.
Take a seat anywhere you like – there are plenty of seats toward the back, even if you arrive late. There is an attendance tear-off slip on the program. If you like, you can provide us with your name and address so that we can inform you of other activities going on at the church that might be of interest to you and your family.
How should I dress – is there a “dress code” required?
Looking around, you will notice immediately that there is no required “dress code.” Folks will be wearing everything from suits and dresses to jeans and t-shirts. You will see dress shoes and flip flops. And that’s OK. We feel God is more concerned with the person inside the clothes.
What type of worship service can I expect?
The service is a traditional one, with hymns and the liturgy. We sing praise and worship choruses as well, so the service is slightly blended on occasion. We project the praise choruses and hymns up on the wall but still use hymn books and normally stand when we sing, but not always.
Do you receive an offering?
An offering is taken during the service. We encourage observance of the Biblical teaching of tithing because of the blessing the giver receives, having given. However, as a visitor, you are not expected to take part in the offering unless you wish.
How long does the service last?
You can expect the pastor to deliver a Bible-centered message that is relevant to everyday living that usually runs about 25 -30 minutes. The entire service usually lasts about an hour.
Do you celebrate Communion (the Lord’s Supper) and may I participate since I am not a member of your church?
Communion, or The Lord’s Supper, is celebrated the first Sunday of each month and is open to all who profess Christ as Lord and Savior. We have an “open Communion” table. You do not have to be a member of New Hope to participate in this sacrament. We serve Communion with the congregation remaining in their seats. Church elders serve Communion to the first person in each pew and each person passes the bread and juice to the next person in the pew. We understand all of us to be ministers, and passing Communion is a symbol that we serve one another. Children may take Communion as well, if parents approve. The elders are then served by the pastor at the front of the church. Lastly, the pastor is served by the elders.
If you have questions that have not been addressed here, please call the church at (615)449-7020 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you for taking the time to stop by our web site and check us out!