Family Time: Sunday 10:00 AM
Each Sunday starts the week out with the reminder that we are family together in Christ. "Both the one who makes holy [God] and those who are made holy [Christians] are of the same family." Hebrews 2:11 NIV. We want to experience together the "reunion" of God's Family. Some of us haven't seen each other for a week or more. Joining together is almost like a party. So we have singing (and everybody, including children, can choose the songs we sing). We have sharing, sometimes very personal, sometimes very emotional. We have announcements and a celebration of birthdays. All in all, this mini-reunion which we call "Family Time", is a chance to laugh together, cry together, share together.. just like a real family. After the Family Time, we take a short break to grab a snack and say hello, to use the restroom or just plain catch our breath -- and then we begin our "Teaching Time".
- Teaching Time: Sunday 11:00 AM
We want to learn more about our relationship with Jesus and His Church, which is why we have what we call our "Teaching Time". We take God's Word very seriously, so we allow an hour to study God's Word together. The source of our teaching is from the New Covenant Epistles. While a series may be expositional (through a specific book in the Bible) or topical (on a particular subject), it will always be anchored in the New Covenant. That doesn't mean the teachers won't use the Old Testament; they might refer to it in connection with a New Testament instruction.
The purpose of our Teaching Time is practical application. At New Covenant Fellowship, we want all our members educated about living the Christian life. We want them to learn about their relationship with Jesus Christ, and His with them. We want them to learn to be victorious against the pressures of temptation, and against the trickery of the devil, and against the hostility of an unbelieving world. We want them to learn the unfathomable riches of resources that they have through the Holy Spirit. We want them to avoid the dangers of "spiritual ignorance", and to grow up in Christ. That purpose requires regular practical application, giving members the "how-to's" of Christian Life. We are committed to offering that in our Teaching Time.
Our small group meetings
- Community Groups
We call our small group meetings "Community Groups". A Community Group is a group of people, small in number, that meets on a routine basis -- both formally and informally -- with an objective of establishing and cultivating meaningful relationships toward a lifestyle of fellowship.
What happens during group meetings? All kinds of things: personal sharing and personal support, spiritual gift use, singing, often an interactive game, prayer and worship -- all aimed at the deepening of Body-hood, the familiness, the community between those who are part of that group.