What to Expect
A friendly community. Engaging worship. A challenging, practical message from God’s Word. These are just a few things that you can expect when you visit New Life Assembly. We invite you & your family to come as you are & join us with an open heart ready to receive God.
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that are meant to help you feel comfortable & aware of what to expect when joining us for a typical Sunday service. Please feel free to contact us anytime with additional questions.
Should I bring my Bible?
We encourage you to bring your Bible in whatever format is most comfortable for you. Some bring their Bible while others read scriptures on their smartphone. We display important points & scriptures on the overhead screen.
What should I wear?
We want you to be at ease & dress in attire that makes you feel part of your everyday. You’ll find that most people at New Life Assembly fall somewhere in the casual (jeans) to business casual (slacks/dresses) range.
Does New Life Assembly receive an offering?
Yes. But as our guest, we want you to feel free to let the offering basket pass on by. If you desire to give, please know that New Life Assembly is devoted to being careful stewards of the resources within our care. Members and regular attendees are encouraged to be faithful in tithing. New Life commits 10% of our budget to support missions & organizations throughout the US & around the world.
What is a typical Sunday like at New Life?
At the front door, you’ll be greeted with a handshake by Pastor Joel. As you enter the main lobby, you’ll be welcomed by one of our greeters who will hand you the weekly bulletin & offer directions around the church if you need them. We begin service with a few worship songs that help us disengage from the world & turn our focus to the Lord. During the final song, our Worship Leader will make an open invitation for those in need of prayer to come forward to meet with our Prayer Partners as the rest of the congregation sings. Pastor Joel will lead the church in prayer, we’ll give our tithes & offerings, then Pastor will preach a biblically based message that usually ranges 30-40 minutes & may include a creative video or presentation. The worship team will come back together for one final number as Pastor closes the service. A self-serve café is stocked with quality hot coffee & good books following the first service. It’s a great time to mingle with your friends & meet new people in between & after Sunday morning services.
What is the worship like?
Our talented worship team is made up of adult voices, keyboard, drums, bass/acoustic/electric guitars, & violin. We enjoy a blend of contemporary Christian & classic hymns & we display song lyrics on the overhead screen. Listen to a sample of our adult worship team set list here or our student worship team set list here.
Do you have Kids & Youth Ministries?
We have active Kids & Youth Ministries that help kids cultivate a personal relationship with God by sharing weekly Bible lessons, engaging in corporate worship, praying together, and supporting missionaries. Learn more about our Kids Ministry & our Youth & Ministries.
Do you provide childcare?
A staffed nursery is available during all regularly scheduled services for infants & children up to three years of age. For security, parents must sign-in & sign-out each child. A comfortable private room (Room 1, located off the main lobby) is available for nursing mothers. Diaper changing stations are located in every restroom for your convenience.
How often do you celebrate communion?
Our church family receives communion together on the first Sunday of each month to remember Christ’s sacrificial death for our sins. We invite all believers to take the elements with us, with the bread (cracker) being passed first & then the cups (grape juice). Once all have received the bread & cup, Pastor Joel will guide us as we take the elements together.
How do I become a member?
Becoming a member of New Life means taking ownership of your church (actively volunteering, voting, & tithing), along with the people & community we care about. You are eligible to apply for membership after attending New Life regularly for three months. At that time, sign up for our quarterly Membership Class where you’ll study the book I Am A Church Member by Thom Rainer and learn about the Assemblies of God. Following the class, you’ll meet with the Board to learn more about the church & to share more about yourself (your interests, talents that you can use at New Life, etc.). The Board will vote to receive you into membership & you will be notified of their decision. New Life currently has 131 members.
8am – First Service
Everyone meets for worship in the sanctuary. A live stream of the service & play area for young children are available in the Family Room (Rm 9). Nursery is not available during this service.
8:45am-12pm – Café Open
A self-serve cafe is stocked with quality hot coffee & good books following the first service. It’s a great time to mingle with your friends & meet new people in between & after Sunday morning services.
9:15am – Family Sunday School
Families are invited to experience Sunday School together in one of two classes: Class #1 is for children ages birth – 5th grade, plus parents (location: Room 9). Class #2 is for children in 6th grade & up, plus parents & adults (location: sanctuary).
10:15am – Second Service & Kids Church
Adults meet for worship in the sanctuary. A full church service (including a worship team for corporate worship) is offered for kids ages 3 – 6th grade in Room 6. For security, parents must sign-in & sign-out each child at the Kids Church room entrance. Sign-in begins at 10am.
6pm – Evening Family Service
Families meet for worship in the sanctuary. There are no kids or youth programs on Sunday evenings unless otherwise noted.
7pm – Adult/Youth Bible Study, Rainbows Kids Club, Royal Rangers, Girls Club
Adults meet in the sanctuary, while kids & youth meet in various rooms for Rainbows Kids Club, Royal Rangers & Girls Club. For security, parents must sign-in & sign-out each child (up to grade 6) at the Kids Church room entrance. Sign-in begins at 6:45pm.
NURSERY & MOTHER’S NURSING ROOM
A staffed nursery is available during all regularly scheduled services (except the 8am Sunday service) for infants & children up to three years of age. For security, parents must sign-in & sign-out each child. A comfortable private room (located off the main lobby) is available for nursing mothers.
Directions to 2136 Baltimore Pike, East Berlin, PA 17316
Head North on Rte. 194 and continue 2 miles past the town of East Berlin (stoplight by Susquehanna Bank). The church will be on the left, look for our red & white sign as the church has a long driveway and is sometimes hard to see from the road.
Follow Rte. 234 (East Berlin Road) West to East Berlin. Turn right at the light (by Susquehanna Bank) onto Rte. 194 and continue for 2 miles. The church will be on the left, look for our red & white sign as the church has a long driveway and is sometimes hard to see from the road.
Head South on Rte. 194 toward East Berlin, after 10 miles the church will be on the right. You’ll pass Lake Meade Rd, Davidsburg Rd, and Bermudian Church Rd along the way. The church will be on the right, look for our red & white sign as the church has a long driveway and is sometimes hard to see from the road. If you’re in the town of East Berlin, you’ve gone 2 miles too far.