At New Community, we are characterized by three words: “In,” “Out,” and “Up.” “In” refers to those who choose to participate in the life of our church. “Out” refers to those in our broader community and world. “Up” refers to God.
At New Community, all of our ministries (for children, middle school students, high school students and adults), revolve around this IN-OUT-UP vision, which encompasses three ways God is actively moving in and through our church community. Over time, we’ve found that as we devote ourselves participating IN, reaching OUT, and focusing UP, an amazing thing happens.
Through the gift of God’s grace,
As we participate IN the life our our church,
As we reach OUT to our community and the world,
As we focus UP to grow in our love and knowledge of God,
We share and experience the JOY of loving and being loved.
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We desire to engage in activities that will grow our love for one another and provide support for the flourishing of those IN our church community. Activities common in this pursuit are attending weekly worship services and periodic church-wide events, engaging in church-sponsored small group gatherings, volunteering in areas of our unique giftedness, developing a personal life of prayer and Bible-reading, and giving financially to the church with joy.
In the New Testament, there is never any sense that we are to keep this life of love, joy, peace and purpose to ourselves. Instead there is always a sense that our lives are rightly lived when they are filled with invitations extended, conversations initiated and life shared IN community.
Therefore we are committed to increasingly share our lives with others through living IN community, inviting others to join us on this journey of life with Christ. This doesn’t only happen, this doesn’t primarily happen, through invitations to a Sunday morning service. This means that when we serve our community we invite others to join us. When we go camping or hiking, we invite others to join us. When we watch a football game or go to a movie, we invite others to join us. Reading a book, taking our children to the Atlanta zoo, going to a Sunday afternoon Atlanta Braves game, biking along the Greenway, having a “game night” in our home–all these are activities we believe are best experienced alongside others, old friends and new.
Certainly each one of us needs regular times of individual solitude, one-on-one time with a child or spouse, and smaller gatherings with a few close friends. But equally, we believe we are called to invite others to share in the lives we are living. And so we encourage each person at New Community to engage in a sharing lifestyle to foster living IN community. To that end, we have several church-organized sharing events each month.
We desire to engage in activities that will serve and add value to our local and world-wide community. Activities common in this pursuit are: supporting local charities and organizations with time, talent and finances; supporting local Emergency Services personnel (law enforcement, fire service, medical technicians); and supporting charitable work overseas with time and financial resources.
We believe that God has led us to give our time and resources to those OUTside our immediate church community and into our greater Roswell community and world. Specifically God has uniquely blessed us with an ability and passion to make a significant difference in two giving spheres.
The first sphere of reaching OUT to our community is through our partnership with North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC), a non-profit human service agency dedicated to preventing homelessness of individuals residing north of the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell). NFCC assists families with basic needs such as food, rent and utilities, clothing, and adult education classes during short term emergencies. We want to be neighbors that love and serve our community… no strings attached.
The second sphere of reaching OUT from our church walls surrounds our passion to bring freshwater to villages in Africa. Each year we fund the digging of two wells in Africa. Most recently we have focused our efforts in Ethiopia. We partner with charity: water, who has a superior track record of experience in this region, to bring freshwater to our neighbors on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
North Fulton Community Charities and freshwater wells in Africa. These are the two major focuses of giving OUTside our church community. This doesn’t mean we don’t help a neighbor wash their car or load up a friend’s Uhaul or volunteer with Make-a-Wish foundation or Breast Cancer walks or MS bike rides or Project Open Hand food deliveries. We have individuals within our church who are part of all of these activities. This doesn’t mean we don’t send aid to the victims of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti. We do respond to tragedies like these.
But the primary focus of our time and resources OUTside the church walls centers on serving our community through our partnership with North Fulton Community Charities,and the men, women and children in Ethiopia in need of clean drinking water.
The UP component of our vision represents our desire to engage in activities that will grow our love and knowledge of God. Activities common in this pursuit are: attending weekly worship services and periodic church-wide events, engaging in church-sponsored small group gatherings, volunteering in areas of our unique giftedness, developing a personal life of prayer and Bible-reading, and giving financially to the church with joy.
On Sunday mornings we gather together inside our church for children’s ministry, fellowship, and weekly worship services. We greatly value this time together each week. Consequently, we devote a lot of time, energy, skill, resources and prayer during the week to ensuring that our Sunday morning gathering is one of excellence, joy and sacredness; one that honors God and each other.
Throughout the week, many small groups devoted to helping us grow in our relationship with God gather together for prayer, food, discussion, service and fellowship.
The overall goal of our gatherings on Sunday mornings and during the week is not to become great at praying or to become experts in Biblical history and theology, although these can be great things. Instead, our goal is to learn to consistently bring the real us before the real God and to live our lives in such a way that we are able to increasingly experience the life God made us to live—lives filled with meaningful purpose, deeply-felt love, laugh-out-loud joy, out-of-this world peace, superhuman patience, radical generosity, unwavering faithfulness, kind-hearted gentleness, and inexplicable self-control.