The thought of visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating. All of us were visitors at one point so we know that it’s much easier to enter a new place when you know what to expect. At New Life, you will find a warm and friendly atmosphere, uplifting music, and helpful Bible teaching and preaching. We hope you will find the following information helpful:
Where do I park?
Our church does not have its own parking lot so most of us park on the street or at the Carleton Funeral Home directly across the road. (If the Funeral Home parking lot is not available on a given Sunday, “No Church Parking Today” signs will be set up to let you know.)
Which entrance should I use?
You may use either entrance. Most people enter through the Willow Street entrance which provides access to the auditorium, restrooms, nurseries, and classrooms. Others choose the Main Street entrance which leads to the back of the auditorium.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code for our members or our guests. Our pastor and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at New Life.
What are your services like?
While we follow a traditional style, our services are not ultra-formal. You will enjoy a warm family atmosphere, uplifting congregational singing, and a practical biblical message from Pastor Hawkins. Hymnals and Bibles are available in the pews for your use during the service.
Will I have to stand up in front of people?
Though our pastor does welcome our guests at every service, he will not single you out or make you feel uncomfortable. He will only ask that you raise your hand so that our Care Team can give you a small gift from our church. They will also give you a VIP Prayer Card to fill out with any information you feel comfortable giving so that we can have a record of your visit and better meet your needs.
Do I need to give in the offering?
No. We don’t ask you to put anything in the offering plate when it passes. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
Do you provide childcare during any of your services?
Yes. We offer safe, clean, and professional nursery care during every service for children ages 0-3 so that you can enjoy the service without distraction. Nurseries are located off of the hallway inside the Willow Street entrance.
Where do my children go?
We offer age-specific classes during the Sunday School hour for children and adults. If you attend the Sunday School hour, we will be happy to take you and your family to the appropriate classes. (More information on our Sunday School classes is available under the Ministries tab above.) During the Sunday Morning Service, children in K4-4th grade are welcome to attend our Junior Church service, while older children can attend the Morning Service in the Auditorium.
If there’s something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at New Life will be refreshing and encouraging! We are looking forward to meeting you personally. Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!