Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is your worship like?

Our 9 a.m. worship service is a casual, come as you are environment, welcoming all persons. Our music is a blend of piano led hymns, along with a spirited choir, and a praise band singing contemporary music. The pastor's message connects God's word to relative topics in our life, and how to apply it. We serve communion the first Sunday of every month.


2. Can I take communion?

New Hope is a congregation of the United Methodist Church which practices open communion inviting all to the table to receive the bread (body) and cup (blood) of the Lord Jesus Christ; who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

 3. What do I need to do to have my wedding at New Hope?

In order to have your wedding at New Hope, you need to contact the pastor
(231-537-2000) to schedule an appointment. We require six months advance notice, and during this time period we require pre-marital counseling with the officiating pastor or professional Christian counselor.

4. What do I need to do to join?

In order to be a member we require participation in the Membership Exploration class offered periodically throughout the year. The only exception is if you are transferring from another United Methodist Church (or possibly another denomination) in which case you will need to send a letter to your previous church requesting a transfer to New Hope. Please contact the pastor if you are interested in the Membership Exploration class or mark "Wish to Join the Church" on the registration of attendance pads signed in worship.

 5. Baptism

If you wish to be baptized, or have your child baptized, please make an appointment with our pastor to discuss the meaning and practice of baptism. Under normal circumstances baptisms are performed during our Sunday morning worship services, in the presence of our church family (since baptism symbolizes entrance into God's family).





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