Get to Know New City
New City Covenant Church is a community learning the unforced rhythms of grace. Our vision is to be a community of individuals being transformed into the image of Christ by the grace of God, which frees us to love one another in such a self-sacrificial way that we collectively testify to the presence of God in this world. Our mission is to lead people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus by being a place where people can learn, connect, and share. We welcome any and all visitors who are interested in seeking God.
We’ve been meeting for weekly worship since Easter of 2010, and continue to gather Sunday mornings at 10am virtually and in-person. A typical worship service includes a sermon, worship music, confession and assurance, and communion. After every service, we host a free, all-church lunch called Soul Food. (*Soul Food lunch is temporarily on-hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.)
New City is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination. The ECC is a vibrant and growing denomination that in recent years has placed important emphasis on matters of social justice, multi-ethnic congregations, and urban ministry. While many churches lament their denominational liaison, we at New City love ours. Being a part of the ECC is like being a part of a larger family that shares our passions and vision for God’s work in the world.
From their website:
What Is the Covenant Church? The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength the comes from unity within diversity. We are: * Evangelical, but not exclusive * Biblical, but not doctrinaire * Traditional, but not rigid * Congregational, but not independent.
The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885. For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant affirmations: * We affirm the centrality of the word of God. * We affirm the necessity of the new birth. * We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the Church. * We affirm the Church as a fellowship of believers. * We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit. * We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.