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Whether you are single, married, single again, with or without children – no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done – we invite you to experience New Life!

 

New Life is a multi-cultural, multi-generational, Spirit filled congregation that cares about you making a connection to God and to others!

 

We believe church is for everyone; it should be fun, exciting, relevant, equipping and full of Life.  We are not here to impress you by showing off our “Sunday faces”, or creating a production, or even showing off a fancy building (which is good because we currently worship on Sundays at the Renaissance Academy - a public school building).  We strive to meet the needs of our members and community by providing:

  • An inviting atmosphere
  • Friendly people who’ll help you find your way around
  • Messages practical to your daily life & filled with power that comes from sharing God’s Word
  • Today’s music, powerful dramas, high impact media presentations & relevant Bible teaching
  • Most importantly, an understanding that you matter to God and to us

 

At New Life you will find “A Place for You.”  This mindset is woven through all of our energies, efforts, and ministries.  We offer all that we can in order to equip your family with the tools to help them live the life that God intended.  We do our very best to meet the needs of the 21st century family and we understand that families today are extremely busy.


When you arrive

We currently worship on Sundays at Renaissance Academy near Town Center in Virginia Beach.  At the front door, some friendly people (we call them “hosts”) will greet you, and answer any question you have, and direct you to our main meeting room.  At our 10:00 AM Life Classes, if you have children, teenagers and younger, a host will point you to our children and youth ministries.  You will be introduced to the appropriate class where your children will experience exciting, relevant, and engaging Biblical lessons.  We also offer a nursery with age-appropriate toys and accommodations.


How to Dress and what to expect

You will notice that we embrace a “come as you are” dress code.  You will see individuals attired in anything from dressy to “business casual” to jeans.  Our Deeper Life (Sunday School) meeting begins at 10:00 AM.  For the first 15 minutes you can grab a cup of coffee, find a seat, and enjoy the fellowship of friendly people.  Our ministry team then opens the morning with a fun, relevant, and media assisted Biblical study.  You WILL hear something that will assist you in life issues and circumstances.


During the Worship service

Following our Deeper Life (Sunday School), we will take a brief intermission and release all children to join with their families.  Also, many that do not attend Deeper Life, will begin arriving and filling the main meeting room.  Our Celebrate Life service begins at 11:15 AM.  Our worship leader leads our musicians with both contemporary and Pentecostal style worship (drums, bass, keyboard, vocalists).  You’ll hear uplifting tunes that will be sure to encourage you all week long!  Then our pastor, bishop, or another qualified speaker will share a message.  The speaker usually speaks for about 45 minutes.  The message will always be interesting, challenging, and applicable to daily life.  The message will be powerful in delivery, based upon the Bible, and will often include illustrations/stories that will make you laugh or cry and ultimately make you feel right at home.  If we do our job right, you’ll hear solid Christian teaching and preaching in intelligent, understandable, and relevant terms.  At the end of the 11:15 AM service there is always a chance to respond to the presence of God (some call it an altar call), but you will never be pressured by anyone to do so.  People are always available to pray or talk with you any time that you would like.


After the Service

At around 1:00 PM, the service ends and it is our hope you’ll stay and meet some of the friendliest people in town.  Many times, you will be invited to lunch or to exchange contact information so that new acquaintances and friendships can be forged.  There is, of course, no obligation to participate, but the opportunity will most definitely be presented to make new friends.  Church is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope our new friends (that’s you!) really experience warmth, friendliness and most importantly NEW LIFE, the new life in Jesus Christ found at New Life Tabernacle, “A Place for You!”

 

Come and check us out,

Pastor Chad Douglas

 

 
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