Attendance, Membership and Belonging at New Creation
All are welcome to seek Jesus Christ at New Creation Church. You and your family are welcome to worship with us, to come to our classes and small group meetings, and to share life together. As a community of Jesus, we believe God’s welcome means you can belong before you believe. You need not identify as an Anglican to be one of us. We are one congregation of the church in Washington County, and in the worldwide Body of Christ. Entrance into the Body of Christ is by faith, and is signed and sealed in Baptism. We dedicate or baptize children as infants, based on the conviction of the parents. Communion is open to those baptized and following Jesus as Lord.
But as one grows in affection and affinity for our church family, what does it look like to truly “belong” at New Creation? Over time, NCC has developed a clear path for all, regardless of where folks are coming from. Here’s what it looks like:
New Creation 101: Christianity Explored
All inquirers and seekers are encouraged to attend this course, held at various times through out the year. From the course description: “Christianity Explored gives people time and space to discover the best news they’ve ever heard. Over seven interactive sessions, as they explore Mark’s Gospel, people find out who Jesus is, what he achieved, and what it means for us today.”
New Creation 102: Baptism & Holy Communion Preparation
Through out the year, believers young and old are prepared to receive the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Teaching focuses on the biblical roots of Baptism and Holy Communion as outward signs of God’s goodness and grace, given to sustain us in the Christian life. An instructed Eucharist is also used to help believers fully engage with Holy Communion.
New Creation 103: Foundational Catechism
This is our year-long, bread and butter, four-part, class on the basics of Christian faith. It is based on “To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism” and the 39 Articles. It is an introduction into authentic Christian belief and practice and centers around the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
This class is for all seekers and those new to the NCC parish. We want to emphasize deep, comprehensive discipleship right from the start! It is also for those preparing for Parish Membership and Confirmation/Reception. Participants may be received into Parish Membership and Confirmation once the four part series has been completed. Aside from the class, time will be made to explore aspects of parish membership and the meaning of Confirmation/Reception.
New Creation 104: Spiritual Gifts Discovery & Ministry Networking
The goal of this course is to equip and deploy Christians for effective service in Christ’s body. It begins with a comprehensive spiritual gifts inventory (identifying how God has uniquely gifted you to worship and serve him). It concludes with a networking session, where the class works together to identify the right ministry team and leadership connections based on which spiritual gifts were identified.