We are made up of sinners striving to live a life that honors Jesus Christ. We make every effort to be a welcoming place for everyone and realize you may feel anxious about visiting a new church for the first time. It is our hope this section of our website will give you more of an understanding of what happens here at the New Paris Church of the Brethren.
Parking and Entrances to the Church
When you arrive at the church, you will find the parking lot to the south of the building and across from the doctor’s office. The handicap parking is on the north side of the church. Some families like to drop off a family member, especially those who have difficulty walking, under the canopy located on the east side of the church.
You may enter through the double doors at either the north entrance or the east entrance. You will find smiling faces of the greeters as they welcome you to church.
There are stairs leading up to the sanctuary. At the east entrance, there is a chair lift available for those who have difficulty walking up the stairs.
At the top of the stairs of the north entrance, you will find a nursery. Turn left to enter the narthex, which leads to the sanctuary.
Entering the Sanctuary
Ushers are at the entrance of the sanctuary wearing a smile and welcoming you to join us in worship. They will give you a bulletin outlining our order of service, events, news and more. Large-print bulletins are available for the asking. Click here for this week’s bulletin.
Feel free to sit wherever you like.
What You Will See
You will see individuals from all walks of life and age groups. Some people dress up and others wear jeans (no one will expect you to dress a certain way.)
Children Are Welcome
Children are welcome during our worship service. For your convenience, childcare is provided for children preschool and younger. The nursery is located on the west side of the church across from the stairs at the church’s north entrance.
A children’s message is included in the worship service. The children are given a snack and an activity sheet paper based on the sermon.
Twice a month, during the school year, the children may go to Children’s Church, which is held in the basement of the church.
Worship Service Highlights
Worship service begins at 9:00 AM in the sanctuary. You will find the order of service in the bulletin mentioned above. We wish to highlight a few things that occur during our worship services.
We begin our service by greeting one another. Soon after, introductions are given. This is when the worship leader will ask if there are any guests who wish to introduce themselves. It isn’t mandatory for you to introduce yourself and you will not be singled out.
The worship leader will ask everyone to sign the attendance (black) book at the end of the pews. Attendance is taken for statistical purposes and not to check how often people attend church.
We ask you to please sign the book and include your address. The pastor likes to send thank you notes to those who visit our church.
The prelude is when two children from the 2nd to the 6th grade bring the light of Christ into the sanctuary and light the candles in front of the sanctuary.
We have a blend of traditional hymns and praise songs, which appeal to the old and young alike. Two Sundays a month, the worship team will lead us in song. One of the Sundays they will have a pianist accompany them, and the other Sunday we will follow along with Christian songs from YouTube.
We sing traditional hymns the first, third and fifth Sundays. You will hear beautiful music as our organist and pianist play.
You are welcome to join us as we sing. The words to the songs are projected on a screen or if you prefer, you may use the hymnals when we sing the traditional hymns.
Our Time of Offering
The offering received at each worship service is based on 1 Corinthians 16:2 – “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” Some use the tithe (10% of what one earns) as their guide for giving. The money collected allows us to maintain our building, our ministry, our staff, and fund outreach ministries.
Giving an offering is a voluntary act. You may choose to give if you wish.
Morning Prayer Time
We lift up our prayers of joys and concerns to God. You will hear mentioned those who request prayer for themselves or a loved one. Our joys consist of answered prayers, announcing upcoming life events (weddings and births) and more.
You are welcome to stand and request prayer if you wish.
The pastor preaches a message based on the Word of God. Our pastor most always preaches using expository preaching. At this time, we are working through the epistles of Paul. You are welcome to listen to recent sermons by clicking here.
Coffee & Fellowship Time
The worship service ends around 10:15 AM. You are welcome to join us for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in the kitchen located in the church basement.
Sunday School begins around 10:30 AM. There are classes for all ages. Childcare is available in the nursery for infants up to age one.
There are three Sunday School classes for children.
- The preschool class (ages 3 – grade 2) is located past the nursery and up the stairs. The room is the first one on the left.
- The older elementary (grades 3, 4, 5 & 6) class is located past the nursery and up the stairs. It is the second room on the left.
- The classroom for children ages two & three is also located past the nursery and up the stairs. It is the third room on the left.
The Youth (grades 7 – 12) meet in the room opposite of the children’s classrooms.
There are four adult Sunday School classes. The ages of the individuals in the classes overlap. You are welcome to join the class you feel more comfortable with.
- Adults with young families meet in the basement opposite the kitchen.
- Adults who are semi or retired age (Class 15) meet in the basement on the west side of the church. You will exit the fellowship hall to the west side of the church and go past the stairs. You will know you are in the place when you see the bright alphabet rug the preschoolers use during the week.
- If you continue past the rug and up a short set stairs, you will another adult Sunday School class at the end of the hall on the right side. The adults range in age from 50 to those who are retired.
- Those who are more seasoned adults (Class 16) meet in the small chapel opposite the sanctuary.
Sunday School ends around 11:10 AM. The time mostly depends on when the worship service is over.