As the pastor of New Heights Baptist Church I want you to get a feel for our church before you even get here. If I could sit down with you and talk about our church I would try to paint a picture of a warm, friendly family of Christians who really do want to make you feel welcome. Many of our guests, after spending a service or two with us, have told me that we have something special here. NHBC is a wonderful mix of people wanting to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ while helping others along that same path. Some of the people you’ll meet have been Christians for decades, while others only a couple weeks. Some aren’t Christians, but they are welcome just the same.
We have chosen a traditional format for our services. We sing the timeless hymns that your grandparents may have known, but with the fresh excitement of Christians thankful for the amazing gift of salvation. Sometimes we’ll sing a chorus or a Scripture song as well. You can hold a hymnbook in your hands and follow the music or look up at the words on the screens which are larger and sometimes easier to read. Our choir prepares a special opening song each week that is always a blessing. Before the preaching you will hear one of our smaller music groups. I love the music at our church! It is always well-prepared and performed for God – the audience of One.
I spend a lot of time each week preparing to preach from the Bible. Sometimes I’ll preach a series from a book of the Bible. Other times I’ll preach on a topic that I feel will be helpful to our church. On Sunday mornings I will often preach a message about trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour. On most Sunday evenings I will preach a message geared toward growing as a Christian and becoming a better disciple of Jesus Christ. Most messages (or sermons) are about 40 minutes long. That’s shorter than a junior high history lesson! I figure if you can be kind enough to listen to me preach I can be kind enough to not make you endure a long sermon.
We finish the service by giving an invitation to make a decision. I’ll ask you to stand if you are able and respond to the impulse of God in your heart. I’ll give you an opportunity to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour if have not already done that. I’ll also give you an opportunity to spend a few moments at the altar in prayer if you want to. There are always counselors available to pray with you should you want them to. It is during the invitation time that people officially become members of our church after filling out a membership form.
On the rest of this page I’ll try to answer a few questions that you might have. If I miss one or if you just want to say “Hi” please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 505-899-4433.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Just inside the front entrance you’ll find a welcome center where one of our hospitality greeters will meet you and direct you to the right classes and services. They can also answer other questions you may have. They’ll give you a welcome packet with a contact card and a few other items.
During the 9:30 hour we have Bible Classes for every age. These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy some coffee and perhaps a snack, and hear a lesson relevant to your life stage. The best way to get to know people at New Heights Baptist Church is to get involved in one of these Bible classes.
Most adults also attend the 10:30 worship service where they enjoy the inspiring music of the choir, ensembles, and other music groups. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message. The service is a little more than an hour in length.
Where do I take my children?
On Sunday morning, children from infants to 5-year-olds are in easily accessible classes as you enter the main auditorium. Elementary children are upstairs for a Bible lesson at 9:30 and Junior Church at 10:30. Junior High and High School students meet in classrooms behind the auditorium for the 9:30 Bible Study and join the adults in the auditorium at 10:30. We’ll have someone at the main entry to walk your teens to their classes.
For the infants we have the Li’l Lambs Nursery. For the toddlers we have a Toddler Town. For 4 and 5 year-olds we have Kings Kids. 1st and 2nd Grade students have a class called Explorers. 3rd through 5th Grades have a class called Truth Seekers.
What about my teens?
New Heights Baptist teens are involved in many parts of our ministry. Some help in our bus ministry, some attend our teen soulwinning time on Saturdays. Some sing in special music groups in our worship services. Many attend our teen time at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. Most teens attend the 9:30 Sunday morning Bible Class where they are challenged with a Bible lesson and spend some time singing. Our teen choir sings in the main service regularly. During the 10:30 am worship service our teens participate just like adults and often make life-changing decisions during the invitation. We have a full-time youth pastor who works very closely with our teens and their parents. We have a teen activity at least once each month. Our teens spend a week at camp each June and host a large regional youth conference in July that is attended by several hundred teens.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at New Heights Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable while visiting with us.
Am I expected to participate in the offerings?
No. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
If there’s something I missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. I hope your first visit to New Heights Baptist Church will be awesome! I hope to meet you this Sunday! -Pastor Dave Reyes