A Tree of Hope, an annual tradition at newhope Church, signals the beginning of the Christmas season for this Durham congregation at 7619 Fayetteville Road.
This year the church has partnered with 10 organizations and causes in the Triangle area to offer more than 800 opportunities for attenders to bless adults and children both locally and around the world. Requests from each will be located on tables near the gigantic, 16 foot tree located in the Rotunda, just outside the Worship Center. The congregation will gather around the tree after worship on Sunday, Dec. 5, to choose gifts, volunteer opportunities and donation requests from each of the organizations.
The list of participating groups includes Durham Cares, A Helping Hand, Crayons2Calculators, Samaritan Health Center, Pregnancy Support Services, Communities and Schools, Housing for New Hope, Durham Rescue Mission, International Missions - Kiria, Kenya, and newhope Street Missions.
Gifts and donations must be delivered to the church by Dec. 19.
The church is also inviting visitors to “bring the entire family to Bethlehem” at the Bethlehem Family Night, which will include a living nativity with stable animals, hayrides and horse-drawn wagons. This event is free for all ages. See dates and times below:
- Central Campus in Durham: Sunday, December 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
- Garner Campus: Sunday, December 12, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Pastor Benji Kelley will preach a Christmas Sermon Series, The Christmas Story, during the month of December at regular worship times at the following locations:
- Central Campus in Durham at 8:30, 10:10 and 11:45 am
- Garner Campus at 9:00 and 10:45 am
- Internet Campus on Sundays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm at http://www.newhopenclive.org/
- Time Warner Cable’s Channel 24 on Sundays at 11:00 am
“Look beyond the Christmas cookies and the twinkling lights,” Kelley said. “Dig deep through mounds of wrapping paper and there, hidden underneath it all, you will find the true Christmas Story. It's about the heart of God, loving us so much that he sent his son Jesus into the world as a gift of life and hope for the future.”
Three Christmas Eve services will be offered by the church at 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at the Central Campus in Durham and two at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the Garner Campus.
The newhope Christmas Eve services are a balance of tradition and modern, including the traditions of Christmas with all the nostalgia of candlelight and traditional music along with contemporary and relevant worship and message.
An eight-year-old congregation located at the epicenter of growth in the Triangle, newhope is a nondenominational church that was recently named the 10th fastest growing church in America. Organized with only Pastor Benji Kelley, his wife, Amy Lynn, and their three children at the time, the church has grown to more than 2,000 who attend its Sunday services each week.
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Contemporary Christian Church with 8-year-old congregation and 2 campuses, in Durham and Garner, NC, named 10th fastest growing church in America by recent survey published in Outreach Magazine. Attendance around 2,500. Pastored by Dr. Benji Kelley.