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What to Expect on Sunday
Pulling up to the church on Sunday you will find plenty of parking and see that the entire building is handicap-accessible. Everything’s all on one floor.
Entering the gathering space, you’ll likely find people milling around chatting until service begins.
You may notice a number of Welcome bags sitting on a small table. It’s not likely you will get into the sanctuary without someone greeting you, asking if this is your first visit, and offering you one of those bags.
The ushers will greet you and provide a bulletin with church news and announcements.
Entering the sanctuary, you will hear the music team having a last-minute practice, lots of conversation, possibly some hanging requests on the prayer board, and children being entertained at activity tables in the back of the room.
For mothers with infants and small children, we also have three rocking chairs in the back of the sanctuary.
As you sit down, you also note that there are individual cushioned chairs and no kneelers. Here too, people are standing in small groups talking or greeting one another while others settle into their seats. Studying those around you, you will notice people of all ages, dressed in mostly casual garb, with numerous children joining their parents.
Turning your attention to the raised stage, you will find traditional church items like an altar, baptismal font, and piano but they are joined by a drum set, guitars and bold, colorful banners and decorations. Two large screen TVs are mounted overhead running a series of announcements about upcoming events and ministries.
A description of each of our two services can be found here, but both are rich with music, prayer, scripture, and an explanation of the Word by one of our two co-pastors.
A children’s sermon is part of our weekly service with all the children invited up front to take part. After the message, children exit the sanctuary to one of three Sunday School rooms.
If you are attending the first Sunday of the month you will experience communion during the service. Communion is open to everyone who wishes to know the presence of Christ. Children are welcomed to the Table at their parents’ discretion.
Early in the service you will hear the words, Whoever You Are, Whatever You Have Done, and Wherever You Are on Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here at New Creation. You’ll then be invited to greet your neighbor. You notice that people don’t stay in one spot but take the opportunity to move up and down the aisles greeting each other, shaking hands and briefly chatting. You will be welcome to join in the mix.
After the service, most people won’t head for the doors, but rather turn down the hall to the Community Room for coffee hour (after the first service). On the way, they may take time to drop off food and other items to support our ministries, pick up young children from the nursery, or sign up to help with a fundraiser. People attending the second service will arrive early to join in the fellowship.
We hope you’ll join us!
Frequently Asked Questions
Join us on Sunday! Grab a welcome bag on your way in. Fill out the information card in the bag and give to an usher or drop in the offering plate. We want to know you joined us!
However makes you comfortable! You will find people attend services in dress pants and skirts as well as blue jeans and shorts. Dress shoes, sneakers or sandals; a mix of business and casual is typical every Sunday.
Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month and open to everyone who wishes to know the presence of Christ. Children are welcomed to the Table at their parents’ discretion. All come forward to accept communion during the contemporary service while at the traditional service everyone stays seated and communion is passed through the congregation by the ushers.
We have a nursery every Sunday staffed by employees or volunteers who must undergo background checks and provide all necessary clearances to supervise children. Nursery hours:
8:30 am – 12:30pm
Yes. During the school year the Sunday school classes are separated by age level while during the summer all the children come together for a weekly lesson during both services. Also look for the dates for our vacation bible school. Each year has its own theme with activities, songs, worship and fun for children ages 3 -17.
We do and welcome all to be involved. See additional details here. In addition, for each fund-raiser conducted by the church to support internal ministries and other expenses, the church donates 10% to a local or national charity.
Yes – our community room holds 72 people and can include use of the kitchen if needed. The sanctuary holds 300 and can be utilized for general meeting space. Contact our church secretary at 610-253-1541 for more information and availability.
Contact our church secretary at 610-253-1541
We welcome anyone seeking after Christ to attend any service or activity of the church whether you are a member or not. There is no point at which membership is required. We periodically hold an Inquirer’s Class for those wishing to get a better understanding of our church community and potentially becoming members. Attending the class does not commit you to formally joining the church.
We ask those who wish to formally join the church to attend an Inquirer’s Class during the year. At its conclusion, you may confirm your desire to become a member. You may present a letter of transfer as a member in good standing of another Christian church, have been baptized, or declare your seeking of faith in Jesus Christ. The process is completed by an installation of New Members Service during Sunday worship.
Active membership extends the privilege of voting in congregational matters and holding certain elective offices within New Creation. Active members are expected to attend regularly and take part in the life of the church body; provide financial assistance to the work of the church, and to abide by the procedures of the church and endeavor to apply the teachings of Jesus to all relationships.
A letter of transfer stating that you are a member in good standing with any other Christian church along with attendance at an Inquirer’s Class is all that is required.
If you present a letter of transfer as a member in good standing from another Christian church or have been baptized previously and reaffirm your interest in seeking faith in Jesus Christ, then you are not required to be baptized at New Creation. If you have never been baptized, then you will be baptized prior to installation.
Baptism is performed during a church service. Individual, parents or guardians, and sponsors need not be active members of New Creation. However, at least one of those must be a member in good standing of some Christian church. Prior to the service, the Pastor will meet with those seeking baptism to discuss baptism and the service.
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. New Creation unanimously elected to be designated an Open and Affirming Church. We at New Creation also welcome anyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disabilities. We mean it when we say Whoever You Are, Whatever You Have Done, Wherever You Are on Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here at New Creation.
The building is fully handicapped accessible with everything on 1 floor and no stairs to enter/exit the building. Additionally, there is a ramp for access to the stage in the sanctuary.
The governing system of New Creation is vested in its congregation, who exercise the right of control of all its affairs. As a result, individual UCC churches may operate differently. New Creation is governed by a group of members called a Consistory that is elected by the Active Members of the congregation. Consistory members may serve up to two three-year terms and then must take a year off before standing for election again. New Creation is a part of the national United Church of Christ.
Operating the church and supporting its ministries requires money. We take a collection at each church service. The contributions of our members are the chief source of funding. We ask that all active members contribute as they can during the year, and non-members who attend services may contribute as well. The United Church of Christ stresses giving a deliberately chosen percentage of income to support God’s mission among people everywhere. The UCC church urges us to set at least 10% of income as our giving goal and suggests that we move toward that goal by giving an additional 1% of our income each year.
The best way is to request giving envelopes for your contributions. All giving through the envelopes is recorded and included in a yearly statement in January. Special donations sponsorships are also compiled for members and included. We also offer electronic giving through text-to-give and automatic deductions from a bank account that can be set up on a one-time or ongoing basis.
Yes, with the exception of severe weather, Sunday service is held every week. Adjustments are sometimes made when Christmas falls on a Sunday.
There are a number of ways. If the need is likely to be a long-term one, the individual’s name can be added to the prayer list in the Sunday bulletin. There is also a prayer chain set up for urgent needs, where members are called to lift their prayers on someone’s behalf. Finally, prior to services, a name or list of names can be written and attached to the prayer board in the rear of the church. Those names are then read by the Pastor during the prayer portion of the service. You can include someone’s full name and specific needs, or just their first name if desired.