And everyday; in the temple and from house to house they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
A church is not a building, but a gathering of God's people in various places. At New City Church, we come together as the family of God every Sunday morning for a time of corporate worship, but we also meet regularly within one another's homes (and in the community) to share meals, have fellowship together, study the Word, serve in the community, and to support and encourage one another.
On Sunday morning we come together for a time of fellowship and spiritual renewal that we call a Worship Gathering. Our time together is spent worshipping our Savior in a variety of liturgical rhythms.
The people of God sing together. Theologian Karl Barth once noted that, “singing is the highest form of human expression.” In Scripture we see that song has been a part of the worship of God from creation and that it will continue into eternity. At New City Church, when we gather together, we sing to God of our adoration, gratitude, and need for his saving grace.
The Word of God is rich with wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, and insight for our daily lives. When we gather together, we worship God through the reading of his holy Scripture and through hearing his Word preached.
Prayer is a part of everything we do at New City Church. When we gather together for worship, we pray together, adoring the infinite majesty of our creator, recognizing our unworthiness as those who have sinned against the Father, inviting his presence through the Holy Spirit, and expressing our gratitude for God’s acceptance of us through the work of Jesus Christ.
CONFESSIONS & CREEDS
Occasionally we recite creeds or confessions that are true to God’s Word (such as the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Westminster Standards). This reminds us that at New City Church we are a part of the unfolding plan of God’s redemption for mankind that has extended throughout history; that his truth is timeless; and that his Word is as relevant today as when it was first written.
One of the greatest gifts that God has given to the Church is the grace we are afforded through the partaking of the holy sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper. We go to the Table every Sunday at New City Church. As often as possible, we celebrate together as children or new believers are baptized.
GIFTS AND GENEROSITY
"When we worship we respond to the hope of the gospel by committing our lives to the God we believe in. Worship is giving. To worship, we give him our praise, our attention, our sins, our fears, our burdens, and our hearts. It is also an act of worship to give him our money.
Paul advised the church in Corinth (1 Cor 16:2) to offer their gifts as an act of worship on the first day of the week (Sunday). This regular offering ensured the right proportion of generosity, and that the gifts were given as a joyful, praise-filled response to grace. This is why Christians have always seen regular Sunday offerings as the typical means of giving."
Courtesy of Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York City (C) 1997
A missional community is a small group that meets (usually once a week) in someone's home for the purpose of fellowship, studying the Word, serving together, and praying for one another. There is no better way to experience what it is like to be a part of the family of God. The idea is to support one another - when there is physical need, when we are sharing our faith with neighbors, when we are in need of prayer. These groups are not gender-specific, and tend to be made up of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Missional Communities meet regularly from the Fall through the Spring and less formally over the Summer months. Contact our MC Coordinator if you have any questions.
Discipleship is happening at New City Church all the time; during the Worship Gathering on Sunday morning, throughout the week in one-another's homes, and as we serve alongside one another. Yet, there is something truly exceptional about the intentional, in-depth, life-on-life kind of transformation that happens within a committed discipleship group that follows the method modeled by Jesus in the Bible. Our D-Groups are greatly influenced by Dr. Robert E. Coleman's classic book, The Master Plan of Evangelism.
At New City Church, we have gender-specific discipleship groups that meet from the Fall through the Spring. Most meet every other week. These groups require a high level of commitment and a desire to be vulnerable and grow in Christ. Typically we put these groups together over the Summer months and launch in September.