New Hope Community Church
Traverse City Location
5100 Bethesda Court
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Phone (231) 938-8056
Sunday Services: 8am and 10am
Children’s Ministry Programs are temporarily suspended, but families may worship together in the KidZone Gym on Sundays at 10am
Worship & Executive Pastor
Associate Pastor Connections
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there?
Click HERE for directions to any of our locations.
What time should I arrive?
We start worship at 10:00am sharp! We recommend showing up 10 minutes early to get acclimated and to prepare your heart for worship.
How long is the sunday service?
Sunday worship services in Africa can last 3-5 hours…and they are just getting warmed up. At New Hope, we haven’t quite reached that level of perseverance! A typical worship service at New Hope lasts about 75 minutes. We are not “mastered” by the clock, but we also understand the culture in which we live.
What is worship like?
The word in Christian circles is: contemporary. New Hope worship offers a wonderful variety of acoustical, orchestra, big band, guitars, drums, vocal ensembles, choirs, and yes, for those who grew up like me, we also incorporate hymns! We worship the One True God, encouraging your participation. On a typical Sunday, we worship through singing for about 25 minutes. Want an example? Check out some of our worship HERE!
What is the preaching like?
We preach from one book – the Bible. At New Hope, we preach “expositionally”, which means book by book, chapter by chapter. In the last several years, we have preached through Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Jonah, John, Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians. The sermons are roughly 40 minutes long…but don’t time me because I sometimes go long:) I have two goals in preaching. One, theological truth – what does God’s word say. Two, relevant application – what does it mean to me. My prayer is that there are always action steps to take home and implement into your life. Want an example? Check out past messages HERE!
Where do my kids go?
Early Childhood and KidZone ministries have been temporarily suspended, but families can worship together in our KidZone Gym at 10am on Sundays. Please use the West entrance for the KidZone Gym.
Will my kids be safe?
We have made every effort to ensure the safety of our children and adults. Childcare workers have approved background checks run through law enforcement agencies. We also have a team of security on site to do our very best to protect our premises. New Hope has been on the “cutting edge” of safety and security. We value the lives of every person who walks in our doors.
What should I wear?
In terms of ‘dress’, New Hope is a “come as you are” church. Some men wear blue jeans – others wear dress shirts – a few wear ties. Some ladies wear slacks – others wear dresses. In the summer, shorts are preferred by some. Seriously, from your pastor, wear what is most comfortable. As a pastor who is responsible to deliver the Word, I prefer to wear a coat and tie, but this is certainly a “cut above” what most people wear. Dress comfortably.
How old are people?
New Hope is truly a church of all ages. We have several hundred children from birth through 5th grade – we call this “The Kidzone.” We also have teens (6th-12th grade) who participate in our regular worship service. And we have adults all the up through their 90’s. There are lots of couples; lots of singles; middle-age; upper-age. You will not feel “out of place”…unless you are 125 years old. Even then, please come:)
Are visitors asked to stand up?
No. Years ago, when I visited a church, they asked all the “first-time visitors” to stand so everyone could see them. No way in the world was I going to stand up! I didn’t know what they were going to do to me! On a typical Sunday, we will verbally welcome all of our guests who are visiting for the first time. We want you to feel welcome at New Hope – but we don’t want you to feel embarrassed or singled out. We do, however, have a gift for you. Just stop by the welcome center and let them know it’s your first time.
Can I talk with a Pastor?
After the service, find the “Welcome Center” in the lobby, where you can meet a pastor and ask questions about the church.
Will there be refreshments?
We have temporarily suspended refreshments due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope to resume providing refreshments in the future, when it’s safe to do so.
And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself…”
And Jesus came and said to them… “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”