Need a New Friend?

I have served at NewSpring Church for over 20 years now and I’ve had lots of conversations with people about a multitude of topics. (The weirdest one was “Do we really need a building? Can’t we save money by just using tents?” Here in Kansas where the wind blows 30-40 mph all day long, tents aren’t a good idea.) One conversation that has come up many times usually starts with this question, “How can I connect and make friends at NewSpring?” We are large church of 7000 and I know it can be difficult to make new friends and be part of something that is so big.  One suggestion is to find a small group within NewSpring, which is a great idea and has a lot of value in growing closer in relationship with God and others.

There is another great way to make lasting relationships with others. This option can often be overlooked as an opportunity to make connections. I’m talking about volunteering. Often we tend to think of volunteering in the sense of how we can benefit the ministry by being involved. But I’d like to focus on how YOU can benefit when you volunteer. First of all, you are allowed to use your gifts and talents to help others connect with their Creator. Some of those talents stay hidden all week long and some are even unknown to you until you get the chance to try them out conversing with middle-schoolers in a small group setting or operating a camera in the main auditorium or helping a new family navigate the building and feel welcome.

Secondly, I see so many people develop close friendships because they are serving together and watching first-hand what God can do when we turn ourselves over to Him to serve others. I love it when our volunteers care for one another and develop great friendships outside the ministry. So if you are looking for a way to make friends, why not try serving? I think you will find that the blessings you receive will be amazing. Find out more about all the volunteer opportunities available at NewSpring by visiting newspring.org/volunteer.

Over the next few weeks I will have some guest bloggers on my page–my staff. Be sure to check back every week as you will be able to get to know my staff and their passion for the ministry at NewSpring Church.

You are your child’s best influence!

If you are a parent, you have the awesome responsibility of taking a brand new baby who can do nothing for himself and raising that child to be a productive and hopefully, God-honoring adult. Does that seem a little overwhelming at times? Of course it does! But God has given you strategies in the Bible that can help you set your course. KidzWorld and NewSpring Church are here to help. We offer exciting environments every weekend that are designed to give kids a thirst for knowing God. Then we provide tools for parents (and grandparents or other caring adults) to use in reinforcing God’s principles. You can make the most of what your child learns in KidzWorld by taking advantage of the following:

  1. Monthly take-outs are either projects or assignments or sometimes just suggestions of how you can implement the weekend’s lessons. They are handed out as your child leaves KidzWorld usually on the first weekend of the month.
  2. The Parent Cue app is available for your mobile device for $1.99. It includes things to do during drive time, meal time, bedtime and hang time that will help you reinforce the teaching from the weekend. It has a setting for preschoolers and one for elementary age. It is a great way to catch up on what your child missed if you aren’t able to attend church. By the way, it even includes a parent time with great parenting information and tips.
  3. Studio252.tv is a website that has some similar components to the Parent Cue app but is even more interactive. There is no cost for the site and it’s fun to use.

We have some other great ways to partner with parents including JumpStart, KidzWorld FX, Baby Dedication and much more. You can find out more about these events at funliveshere.com.