Our first stop was to NewHope Church in Durham.
The church was started in 2001 by their current pastors and their sanctuary probably seats around 400-ish (my estimate) split over 3 Sunday AM services. The first thing I noticed was the cop directing traffic, friendly parking lot greeters and we got greeted a couple of times on the way to the door.
The girls (5 and 3) loved the kids service which they went to while we went to the 10:10 AM service.
We checked the kids in got our kiddie-receipts so we could get them back and went to service.
We made our way into the sanctuary by way of the coffee shop, I got a caramel macchiato which was very tasty. We brought our drinks in and worship began. They had a pretty cool intelligent lighting set-up with two large HD video monitors with the words displayed below on both sides of the stage and a handful of flat screens playing animations to round out the modern decor which created a cool innovative atmosphere for worship that changed moods with the moods of the songs.
I was a fan of the style of songs, by that I mean it was my style (guitar driven, current, anthem-like, hooky, easy to sing songs). The atmosphere made me comfortable and worshipping there was fun.
After song service there was a pretty cool video from their Pastor (Dr. Benji Kelly) who was in on a mission trip with a handful of people from New Hope in Kenya. I found the clip on his blog if you’re interested. KENYA VIDEO.
That video was followed by a video message from Craig Groeschel called Unstoppable Courage.
Overall we really enjoyed the service. It is very difficult to make a decision about whether a church is right for you and your family from one visit so we are definitely going to go back and check it out one week when Pastor Benji (that’s what the church called him) is back.
Oh I also got a free mousepad with their logo, which I actually could really use a mousepad.
Overall we liked it. The girls especially. Great atmosphere, a bit impersonal, but that is probably what the small groups are for.