Newlife church to meet at Pavilion | Letters | April 3
April 2, 2009 · Updated 3:34 PM
I am writing to you to let you and the readers of the Review know about a new church called “Newlife” coming to Bainbridge Island.
I can imagine what some readers might be thinking at this point: Why another church on Bainbridge Island? Aren’t there already enough churches here? What’s wrong with the ones already here?
Another response might be even more direct: “What idiots would try to plant a church on the island?”
I totally get all of those responses! I recall the first time I attended Newlife four years ago. I was done with church, which seemed more about money than people.
And it seemed like the churches I knew had forgotten that Jesus was about both truth and grace. Then I began attending Newlife.
Newlife turns out to be a church where you can explore who Jesus is in a safe environment; you can belong before you believe.
Its strength is people— a.m. who are motivated to both follow Jesus and live more like Jesus. It’s clear newlifers don’t want to talk about the mission – they want to “do” the mission Jesus called us to.
Now, four years later, my hope is that this campus on Bainbridge will be a place where Islanders can experience Jesus in a fresh way that changes our lives!
Many people on the island have been intrigued by the Newlife campus – there is a sense that God is up to something. This may be the church you are looking for.
Come and see for yourself on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Bainbridge Cinemas in the Pavilion.