Frequently Asked Questions
When are your Sunday worship services?
We worship at 8:15 and 10:30 every Sunday morning.
how should my children behave?
Children of all ages are welcome at New Hope! God put the wiggle in children; don’t’ feel you have to suppress those wiggles in God’s house.
- Consider sitting at one of our family tables where it is easier for your little ones to engage.
- Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the pastors, musicians and leaders.
- Sing the songs, pray and voice the responses. Children learn behavior by mimicking you.
- If you have to leave the Sanctuary with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
- There is a staffed nursery with changing table available for ages 5 and under in the front entry way.
- If your child is beyond the age limit for nursery, be sure to pick up a “busy bag” for them to bring in the service. For your older children, there are “sermon notes” sheets located on the welcome table for them to complete during service.
How should I dress?
Many people at New Hope Church dress casually. If you prefer to dress more formally, you are welcome to do that also. We believe that God is far more concerned with what's on the inside than what's on the outside, so don't be overly concerned with how you are dressed.
What is your worship like?
Music is led by a Praise Team. The music is mostly contemporary in style with occasional traditional hymns. The congregation sings about six songs each week. The words to the songs are projected on screens.
The service is warm, friendly, and vibrant in spirit. The pastor's message (or sermon) usually lasts about 15 minutes. The message will relate the truths found in the Bible to our everyday lives, and will include several stories to help illustrate these truths.
When is communion served in worship? Can I join in?
Jesus had a last supper that was a deeply spiritual experience. Christians regularly share in a remembrance of this meal, and call it "Holy Communion." Everyone, regardless of denomination, is welcome to participate in communion - members and visitors alike. Children of any age are also welcome to participate. We offer communion on the first Sunday of every month.
New Hope offers communion by "Intinction". The congregation is invited to take a piece of bread or "host" and dip it in a cup of grape juice to symbolize the last supper of bread and wine. This usually takes place towards the end of a Sunday service and takes only a few minutes. Participating is a personal decision and there is no pressure to participate. This choice is completely up to the individual.
How long are the worship services?
Our worship celebrations are about 60 minutes in length. We have time for fellowship before and after worship, and you are welcome to stay a little longer and make new friends.
What can you tell me about the Methodist Church?
The United Methodist Church is the third largest Christian group in the country, behind Catholics and Southern Baptists. There are 38,000 United Methodist congregations in the U.S. Worldwide, there are 70 million Methodist Christians. In the Green Bay area, there are nine United Methodist congregations. For more information about the United Methodist Church, see our denomination's website at umc.org. To find out more about what United Methodists believe, check out unitedmethodist.org.
What do you do at your church services?
United Methodists have a variety of worship styles from traditional to contemporary and beyond. You can expect readings from the Bible, preaching, singing and often Holy Communion, also called The Lord's Supper or Eucharist. United Methodists believe that Christ hosts Holy Communion. All are welcome to participate.
Do United Methodists have something like a pope?
pope, no central office and no archbishop. United Methodists have a
structure that in some ways parallels that of the U.S. government. The
church has a General Conference, its legislative branch; a Council of
Bishops, somewhat like an executive branch; and a nine-member Judicial
Council, the judicial branch.
Do you do missionary work? What kind?
United Methodists serve the world over, showing Christ's love through tangible means. From sustainable water systems to health care, micro-lending, advocacy and a plan to eliminate deaths from malaria by 2015 (Imagine No Malaria), United Methodists have many ways for people to live out their faith in community. Many United Methodists are active in both local missions and global efforts.
What do you do with financial donations?
give to a local United Methodist congregation, you support ministries
all over the world. While the largest percentage of your gift supports
local church ministries, a portion (called an "apportionment") goes
beyond the community to make a difference throughout the world.
Is New Hope open to people with a non-Methodist background?
Absolutely! New Hope is open to people of a variety of religious backgrounds, or even no religious background. You may have never attended a church in your life or, maybe you grew up in a church, but haven't been active for a long time. Or, maybe you are new to the Green Bay/De Pere area, and are looking for a church home. Whatever your background, we want to welcome you warmly, help you to grow in your faith, and reach out in service alongside you.
Where does your church meet?
Our church is located at 1950 Dickinson Road, just four blocks east of East De Pere High School and only minutes from Green Bay. (Dickinson Road is also called Chicago Street and County Highway G.) We have a lot of space for our growing congregation - more than 6,000 square feet! However, we also have our eye on the future, and we are already designing for expansion.