Big Things are Happening

What a beautiful day in Kansas!  Hope you are taking time to enjoy it and thank God for His blessings today. There are 3 things that I would like to share with you and ask for your help:

First, this Sunday we start another service at NewSpring Church and all Sunday service times will change. The new times are 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon. This will allow us to reach more people in South Central Kansas. There have been times when we ran out of parking space and reached full capacity in KidzWorld classes because so many people want to attend our services. The purpose of the additional service is to hopefully spread out the crowds and allow more people to come and enjoy the NewSpring experience without dealing with parking and room size limitations.

I would like to ask each person who is reading this email and celebrates with us about the number of people who are drawn to come to NewSpring to seriously consider how you can help us make this move work. Please consider attending the 8:45 or noon service as your main service time. We believe that 10:15 will be the most attractive to our many guests so we appreciate your help making space for them. Also, consider volunteering if you don’t already. There are many ways to get involved at NewSpring. You can go to our website to get more information about volunteering or just check one of the boxes on your worship guide this weekend and we will get in contact with you about volunteer opportunities.

Another service time addition is happening for Easter weekend ONLY. In addition to our new weekend service times, we will offer a weekend service on Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m. This service will be identical to the Saturday and Sunday services. We expect it to benefit those who may leave town over the weekend or have family plans on Saturday and Sunday.  KidzWorld will be open during all 6 services and The Wire will be open during it’s new schedule of Saturday at 4 and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 and noon. Pick up some mini-invites in the main foyer or in KidzWorld to invite your friends for that special weekend.

Second, Baby Dedication will be May 6 at 3 p.m. This is a very special service for those families that have children under the age of two. It’s a time for parents to commit themselves to raise their children to follow Christ and to instill in them the values & truth from the Bible. You MUST pre-register if you want to participate in this event. We will send you a packet of information that you should complete before the dedication. You can get more information and register here.

Third, KidzWorld Camp is scheduled for June 4-7. We would like to invite your 2nd-4th grader to go to camp at Sky Ranch in Quapaw, Oklahoma. The cost of camp is 259.00 which is an early bird rate available until April 15. We want to make the camp experience fantastic for the kids. NewSpring has rented out the entire camp facility and we have secured some super nice tour buses for transportation. But the camp and bus company need our final numbers well in advance of camp so we really encourage you to sign up by April 15th if your child would like to attend camp. The KidzWorld staff is already making plans to make this the best camp ever!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to allow your child to have fun and learn something that will impact them for years to come.  Just click here to register. If you don’t have a child going to camp but you would like to help financially with the cost of camp, you can make a donation online or by marking “camp help” on your offering envelope.

KidzWorld March Family Take-Out

All month long, KidzWorld will be learning about the Big Idea of Conviction–standing for what’s right, even when others don’t. As a reminder to stand for what’s right, we are offering a “stand” shoe tag project for the family take-out this month. Pick one up at KidzWorld. Then have fun as a family making personalizing your own shoe tags. The instructions are included below.

Instructions for Shrinky Dink “Stand” Shoe Tag

1. Color. Color and personalize your stand tag with colored pencils. Make sure you color on the rough side. The word “stand” should be backwards to you while you are coloring. DO NOT use water color markers or crayons.

2. Cut-out. Cut out the “Stand” tag on the outline.

3. Punch Holes.  Punch out the small circle to form a hole to fit your shoe lace or a necklace. NOTE: You will need to punch out the entire small circle as the hole will shrink when heated. You will need to make more than one punch if you are using a standard hole punch.

4. Bake. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Put a piece of brown grocery bag paper down on a cookie sheet. Place the Shrinky Dinks, colored side up, on the brown paper and put in the pre-heated oven. Bake approximately 1-3 minutes. As the Shrinky Dink bakes it will shrink and shrivel. After the pieces lay flat, allow an additional 30 seconds of baking time to complete the process. Remove paper from cookie sheet and lightly press FLAT with a folded piece of paper until pieces have cooled (about 15 seconds)

5. Show it off! Lace your “Stand” tag on your shoe lace or wear it as a necklace or backpack tag. Use it as a reminder to stand for what’s right even when others don’t.

Big News

Message from Mark Hoover, Sr Pastor

Good Morning NewSpring,

So much on my mind today, I had to talk to you about some of it. First, this is the final weekend of Valleys. It takes us to the best-known valley in the Bible from Psalm 23. I think you’re going to be deeply touched by what you hear. Next week we begin Heavy Duty, Bolt Down Tight.No doubt about it, this could be the three most important weeks you spend in church! You’ll see what I mean next weekend! And now for some HUGE NEWS… With the dramatic growth we continue to experience at NewSpring, we’re going to OPEN UP A 5th WEEKEND SERVICE! If you regularly attend NewSpring on Sundays, you don’t need an explanation, but I’d like to let you in on what’s leading this step of faith so you can pray for us, and hopefully help.

On recent weekends we’ve seen lines in the parking lot, traffic jams, check-in lines and general crowdedness become more challenging. We actually had two lines overlap each other last weekend. Did you know that we’ve had to close some Adventure Avenue (preschool environments) because we were at capacity?

While these are wonderful signs of a church in the midst of historic and explosive growth, (We have a thousand more attenders than we had this time last year.) we never forget that our main purpose for existing is to help people make an eternal connection with Jesus. While you and I and other committed NewSpringers are good-natured about all these challenges, we can’t afford to forget that they could easily discourage someone taking their first steps toward God.

AND SO… on Palm Sunday (April 1st), we launch OUR 5th weekend service. SUNDAY MORNING TIMES WILL CHANGE TO 8:45, 10:15, and 12:00! Saturday service times will stay the same. More choices to attend… more OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE!

One of those new opportunities to serve will be in KidzWorld. KidzWorld is looking for some people with a passion for NewSpring–people who haven’t yet started volunteering but are ready to take that step of commitment. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of kids and have fun doing it, check out this opportunity. KidzWorld FX happens on Friday, March 9th at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. KidzWorld FX is an event for the whole family where kids and parents learn about the Big Idea together. This month, you are invited to see what a KidzWorld program is like. Right after the program, the KidzWorld team will be available to answer your questions about volunteering and help you fill out a volunteer application. Studies have shown that only 25% of kids in the Wichita area attend church. We want to change that with your help. Come to FX on March 9th or email for more information about volunteering in KidzWorld.

One special note. This coming Wednesday is First Wednesday (6:30). I’ll be sharing more details, opportunities, we’ll celebrate communion, James will lead us in worship. it’ll be awesome. I’d so love it if you could fit it into your schedule!