So, you’ve heard about New Testament Temple (NTT) and now you’re thinking about a visit. Well, to start you off right, we’ve taken some of the mystery out of your first time with us. Why? Because we know that being at a new church can be a challenge. There’s always questions about what to expect, where to go, and what to do. But we don’t want that to hold you back because we can’t wait to meet you! So, here’s some answers.
1. What do I wear?
2. Where do I park?
There’s limited parking on the east side of our campus as well as some street parking. Parking is always a challenge in the Bronx so come early.
By now you’ve already been greeted by some of the great volunteers standing at the door waiting on your arrival and you’re standing in the main lobby. The restrooms are straight forward on your right, the resource center to your immediate right, and facing you is our Welcome Center. You’re probably smelling the morning coffee, eggs, pancakes etc. That’s because Breakfast with the pastor is being prepared in the fellowship hall just for you. From 10:30 a.m. till 11:30 am. each Sunday morning. The Sanctuary is upstairs. As you find a place to sit, look up at the large screens, they will be filled with exciting information about what is happening at The River. If you have children, they are welcome to stay with you, but chances are they wouldn’t want to miss out on our wonderful children Program located in the administrative building next door. There you can check-in your children ages 6-12. Children 0-5 may check-in to the nursery also located in the administrative building. If you don’t have children, enter the Sanctuary doors and get ready for an amazing experience.
4. I do have kids, where do I take them?
That depends on your child’s age. To start, go to the sign-in table located in the Administrative building, if your child is between the ages of 6 and 12 or down the hallway if they are between the ages of 0-5. After you’ve done that, one of our NTT volunteers will direct you and your child to their new class to meet their teacher. Children are a wise investment so we train every teacher specifically to the age group within their care. We have a goal in mind for your child. We intend to give them tools necessary for a successful life every time they visit with us. All of the classrooms are easily found.
5. I feel uncomfortable leaving my child in a new place. Is safety a priority at NTT?
Here again we’ve thought of your comfort level. For the safety of your child we use a check-in system. Additionally, you can be assured that every teacher has undergone and passed a security background check. During service if your child’s teacher needs you, an attendant will be available to lead you to your child promptly.
6. Okay, I’ve made it into the sanctuary, where do I sit?
As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by more of NTT family, so smile back at them, relax, and stay a while. Make yourself at home and let a usher find you a seat. Better yet, let them show you to it and make a new friend while you’re at it!
7. Now what’s going to happen?
Now that you’re in your seat just settle in. The hard part’s over. Now you get to enjoy the experience, get a feel for the place, and let yourself become a part of it. You’re in for a treat. As you wait for service to begin one of two things will happen. One, you’ll see our screens located at the front of the Sanctuary display information for you about NTT. Or two, you’ll hear someone praying for the service before the band and choresters takes the stage. Either way rest assured, our services begin on time.
8. What’s your music like?
Well, to put it lightly, we do it big! Our music is a strong point at NTT and it’s as diversified as our congregation. Our aim is to take you through stages of praise, prayer and worship that will please God and result in experiencing His manifest presence. We use the stages of the Tabernacle as a pattern for our worship. Don’t be too surprised when while you’re learning a new song, you hear an old hymn which morphs into some contemporary Christian music, only to be topped off by an old R&B tune that’s been your favorite for years. You just never know. And that’s the beauty of it! Why? Because there’s great freedom found in an unconventional, yet very intentional, worship!
9. What can I expect from the message?
Pastor Paul Peart teaches with a style that’s always relevant, entertaining, and applicable to your daily life. He presents the Word of God in a timely way that will enable you to live your life to its fullest. When you leave NTT you won’t just walk out with a feel good message that does little long-term good. You’ll have the tools you need to take control of your life with a sense of respect for God and for yourself. Listening with an open mind encourages a fruitful life.
10. What do I do after service?
Turn around and introduce yourself to the people around you. They’re going to want to see you again and when you come back, you’ll have made a friend! Then, if you have children, go pick then up and look at the great things they made you during service. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Welcome Center. Our pastoral staff will be waiting to personally meet you. Have a cool bottle of water and snack and get to know us. As you go, remember, we can’t wait to see you again!
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