WHAT IS A TYPICAL SERVICE LIKE?
We begin our service by recognizing the goodness and holiness of our God in our Call to Worship. We continue in worship through songs, prayers and the reading of Scripture. We also affirm our faith together through the catechism or confession. We then acknowledge our failure to keep God’s law by confessing our sin to Him. The remainder of the service directs our attention away from ourselves and to Jesus through the preaching of the gospel and participation in the Lord’s Supper. A typical service lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes. We encourage all families to worship together with their children. We expect that we will enjoy the sounds of our children from time to time, as we point them to trust in and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Come as you are or however you feel comfortable. On a typical Sunday some will be dressed in jeans while others may wear business attire. If you own a Bible, bring it with you. If you don’t have one, we would love to provide one for you. Our pastor generally uses the English Standard Version of the Bible, but feel free to use one with which you are most comfortable.
IS THERE A NURSERY AVAILABLE? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY KIDS?
All children are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the service. Nursery is available for children five years of age and younger for those whose parents wish to send them. In addition, we offer a Worship Training class for children six and under. Worship training participants are dismissed to the children’s area just prior to the sermon. All infants and children return to the service after the sermon to be with their families during communion, closing hymn, and the benediction. At New Hope, we encourage families to worship together, serving each other as we care for our young children.
We celebrate the Lord’s death for His people every week in Communion. We come forward to the table by families, or with friends, and receive the bread and the wine, while our Pastor prays for each person.