QUESTIONS, ANSWERS & RESOURCES

  1. What are your weekend services like?

    Each weekend at NSC you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a practical, relevant message. You’ll also receive a printed outline for notes that will help you make the most of each week’s teaching. Children are well-cared for in a loving, quality nursery and fun-filled NEW SONG KIDS service.

  2. What will happen when I visit for the first time?

    If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people want to check out the church and be “anonymous” for awhile—and that’s fine with us! Come in, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and see if this is the church for you.

  3. What do I wear to attend your services?

    You’ll find everything from casual clothes to business suits at our Weekend Services. Come in what is comfortable for you, because New Song is not about what you look like or what you wear.

  4. Do you have a midweek service?

    Yes and no. We offer a wide-variety of small groups, several of which meet at NSC on weeknights. Go to our Small Groups page to download the latest small group directory. Once you pick a group to attend, simply call the leader of that group to get all the details. Of course, you can call the church office; we’d be glad to help, too!

  5. What about my children?

    Children are a top priority at New Song. Our nurseries are clean, safe, and staffed with loving workers. We offer a dynamic children’s ministry as well as life-changing ministry to students from junior high through high school that we call The Bridge and Project 4:Twelve.

  6. How can I meet others and get connected?

    There are many ways to get involved. You can begin by attending Step One (this is part of Next Steps). Small groups are another great way to connect. In each of these, you can build friendships, learn more about the life of our church, and have the opportunity to grow in your faith.

  7. How can I serve at New Song?

    Our desire is to see you become a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Next Steps offers the tools necessary to make this happen in your life. From the initial decision to accept Jesus as your Lord to your involvement in life-changing ministry, we will lead you step-by-step from healing to growth and into leadership. Begin the process at Step One.

  8. Why do you have small groups?

    Small groups are very important to us. In fact, you haven’t fully experienced the church until you’ve experienced our small groups. Groups allow you to meet other members and develop relationships that will spur your relationship with God. As NSC grows, groups allow us to “stay small” and connected. Groups are available for all ages and interests—there’s bound to be one that’s just right for you. Again, go to our Small Groups page to download the latest small group directory.

  9. Do you help those in need of financial assistance?

    At times, due to emergencies, job loss or unexpected circumstances, people may find themselves in need of temporary benevolent help. We not only understand, but consider it a privilege to help. Jesus came to bring the gospel to the poor and needy; that is our desire as well. Because we receive so many requests for help, we have developed several guidelines to help us determine when we can be of assistance. Of course, our first responsibility is to assist the members of our church family. If and when we have additional resources, we may be able to help those who are not a part of the NSC family, but this cannot be guaranteed. If we are not able to assist you, we would be glad to refer you to other agencies in the Plymouth area that may be able to provide assistance. If you’re in need of financial assistance, please download, print and submit our Financial Assistance Request Form (forms are also available at our church office).  Please understand that we require a minimum of 7 business days to respond to your request. As stewards of God’s provision, this time period allows us to sort through a variety of needs and requests, helping us to be both generous and wise.

  10. Do you allow people to reserve your church facility?

    We receive many requests throughout the year to use our facility for baby showers, weddings, receptions, birthday parties, etc. If you are a current member and would like to reserve our facility, please complete and submit this Church Reservation Form (as well as the cleaning fee) to the church office as soon as possible. Approval will not be granted until both are received. After approval, a confirmation letter will be mailed to you. Please note that, due to the large number of requests, reservations are strictly limited to members of NSC and availability is not guaranteed.

  11. Do you offer wedding or funeral services?

    We consider it not only our responsibility, but a great privilege to serve our church members during times of celebration as well as times of loss. Accordingly, we offer high-quality premarital counseling to engaged couples as well as counsel for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Although we truly wish we could be available for every need in our community, we simply do not have the personnel to handle so many requests. Accordingly, these services are offered only to our church family at this time.

  12. What is 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting?

    Here at New Song, we have set our hearts to be a people of prayer. In fact, we spend the first 21 days of January and August collectively seeking the Lord. Our rally cry has simply been, “Pray First.” In every situation, whether good or bad, we try to pray before we act. Many times people act first and then want God to bail them out of that situation; prayer, however, should be our first response, not our last resort. Understanding the necessity of prayer is not enough. In order for it to become a part of our life, it needs to become something we look forward to doing. In fact, most people don’t enjoy prayer because they have never been taught how to pray. That’s where this simple Personal Prayer Guide can help. Using several prayer models out of the Bible and having some guides to make prayer more personal, this booklet is designed to bring joy into your time with God. When you discover the beauty of daily conversation with Him, you’ll experience the presence of God that will change your life. Once you learn how to pray, prayer can become a part of everyday life.

    FASTING

    We also encourage our church family to fast during one of these times of prayer emphasis. Of course, the goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Again, the overall goal is to disconnect from the world in order to connect with God.

    TYPES OF FASTS

    COMPLETE FAST
    In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. Some people fast this way one day per week for three weeks. Others fast three days in a row and then refrain from sweets, soda, etc, for the rest of the time. Still others skip one meal a day for the entire 21 days. Obviously, there are multiple options. Whatever you do, though, it’s important to seek advice from your family physician before beginning a fast of this type.

    SELECTIVE FAST
    This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the “Daniel Fast,” during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

    PARTIAL FAST
    This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

    SOUL FAST
    This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

    Whatever type of fast you choose, make sure you not only speak to God, but take time to listen. Sometimes, especially in our generation, we fail to listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us or asking of us.

    Here are a few Scripture references for you to read through:
    Matthew 6:16-18
    Matthew 9:14-15
    Luke 18:9-14
    Acts 27:33-37
    Nehemiah 9:1-3