Getting to know each other
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at New Ground a great one!
We meet Sundays both in-person and online at 10AM Eastern.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
New Ground is located in Caledonia, MI in Southeast Grand Rapids. Find our location by clicking here.
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What can I expect?
How long is a worship gathering?
Usually, worship runs about 75 minutes in length. We begin reciting Jesus' Greatest Commandment, and then our worship band leads the church in music - song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable.
After worship music, we have dedicated times of prayer, church life event happenings, and also an extended time to greet others, including having coffee and doughnuts together (don't worry we have other drinks, too!).
Following our meet-and-greet time, you'll hear a teaching that shares how the story of the Bible is not as old as we think, with real-life application to the here and now.
What's the culture like at new ground?
We're a smaller church, so it's hard to hide. But you'll experience a radical hospitality and welcome, not in a creepy way! We value family, and believe that everyone is looking for belonging. Our environment is extremely relaxed and casual. You can come as you are, dressed however you want (the pastor usually is in shirt and jeans on Sundays), and coffee and doughnuts are served. You should expect for others to approach you to make you feel welcome, and not pressure you into anything you don't want to talk about.
What about my kids?
We'll be honest, we don't have mega-programs. In fact, we're highly committed to deep relationships. So we try to involve our children and youth in the whole life of the church. You'll usually see our children and youth as a regular participant our worship gatherings.
We usually have activities for kids birth-5th grade on Sundays, but currently, because of COVID-19 and looking out for those in our community, we have only our nursery available on Sundays for children birth-4 years old. We currently mail packets home to families for activities during the week that also tie into the Children's Story that is read by one of our kids every Sunday. We'd be glad to put you on the list!
If you come in person, we have activity sheets for younger children. Because of COVID-19, we have no other activities running during worship.
Let us know you're coming
Ready to check out New Ground in person or online? We can't wait to meet you! Simply fill out the form below and we'll plan on helping you experience our radical hospitality and welcome!
"We enjoy that there's a lot of different people. Older people, younger people, and kids, my goodness!
Steven and Kristen Parker