In October of 2001 this group invited Pastor Kevin & Cindy Yandell to join them in these meetings. Within a few weeks it was decided that the group would enjoy meeting for worship and the first “unofficial” meeting was held on November 4 in the home of one of the group members. That group grew in the following weeks to over 50 people (including children) and it was decided that we needed more space than a home would offer.
December 23, 2001 the New Community Christian Church was officially launched in the Saratoga School in Morris. There were 53 people in attendance that morning. Attendance has grown steadily through these past 13 plus years. In 2003 the church moved to White Oak Grade School, which offered more space for growth. In early 2008, NC3 purchased the church building at 705 E. Washington St in Morris as a temporary home. This site gives us a stronger presence in the Morris community and allows us to expand our ministry opportunities.
Currently New Community averages 200 people on Sunday mornings in two identical services (9:00 and 10:45 a.m.). The church staff includes Pastors Kevin Yandell (Lead Pastor) and Jake Raymer (Connections Pastor), Children’s Director Patsy Phillips, and Office Administrator Julie Lardi. The programs of the church have also grown over the years. We offer a full children’s program for ages 0 – 4th grade. 5th -8th grade students have a class during the first gathering time at 9:00 a.m. There are several adult Growth Groups that meet. (Jr. high and High school programs are being evaluated and revamped.)
At NC3 we are learning how to meet people where they are and point them toward God. Our mission is “To love and prepare generations to passionately follow Christ every day.” New Community began as a dream and we believe that it is still God’s dream. God desires to have a personal relationship with every person and He chooses the church as the means to get the message out to the people. We are working to do just that.