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FAQs

 
 What version of the Bible do you use?
The Bible we use is The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, created by Eugene H. Peterson and published in segments from 1993 to 2002. It is a paraphrase of the Bible’s original languages. Peterson says he wrote THE MESSAGE translation “to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’”  
 
What about Baptism and Communion at NEC?
In the Reformed strain of Christian thought, children are included in the sacrament of baptism. This is mostly because this sacrament is understood as a sign and seal of God’s promise to be our God, accepting us in and through Christ. Our acceptance is learned and experienced (and hopefully one day embraced) in a community of faith where Christ is Lord. Baptism is a beautiful way for us to celebrate and remember God’s desire to be our God even before our desire for him begins, so it is truly by grace. Much like circumcision did before Christ, baptism offers a visible and tactile experience for us to welcome new people into the community of faith. We understand that other traditions have different understandings of baptism. Many of us are from various backgrounds such as Roman Catholic, Baptist and Jewish. Each tradition has its own understanding. We respect that. If you have more questions about baptism, or would like to have your children baptized (or be baptized yourself) please come to our Getting to Know session, where we can discuss the matter with other curious people.

Communion (Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper) is also a sacrament that celebrates the love and grace of Christ in community. The emphasis is a little different from baptism, in that we point especially to his offer to eat and drink “as often as you remember me.” While baptism emphasizes coming into community, communion emphasizes staying in community (see 1 Corinthians 11). Children, with a child-like faith, are encouraged to participate. Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about the sacrament, their faith, and their experience in community. Some wonder if the children are knowledgeable enough to participate. Our own understanding as adults is also limited, and hinges on our own child-like faith. Therefore our answer to the question, “Why do you allow young children to participate?” is “Child-like faith is all we need.”
 
Why don’t you pass an offering plate? 
Our Sunday service is a gift to you. If we passed a plate, it would appear we expected you to make a commitment to a church and a community of people you know little or nothing about. That’s the last thing we want! Our members and regular attendees — and others who choose to play a part in our mission — fully support the staff and operations of NEC. 
 
Why is your music different from most churches?
NEC purposefully speaks to all people through art that is interesting, energetic and relevant. Even so-called secular music contains truth from God we can identify with — because all truth is God's truth no matter where it comes from. 
 
What's available for kids? 
Something fun is always happening in Kids Zone! We have a safe, well-staffed environment called Little Kids Zone for children aged birth through preschool and Big Kids Zone for children in kindergarten thru grade 5. For middle school students, we offer Ignite, and for high school students, EPIC
 
What does 'becoming a member' mean?
The biblical practice of community living is about commitment. Although the Bible said pretty much nothing about church membership, it did say a lot about committing to a body, first the universal body of Christ, and secondly to a group of other believers where you can live out Christ's way of life. 

The New Testament scriptures are saturated with examples and stories of people committing to the local church. Today, we call this belonging. To belong to a church is to make a public promise to live according to God's word and to support the work of the congregation. 

Membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a contributor: sharing God's love and care to others through giving of your time, talents and resources. At NEC, we commit to being a church not for ourselves, but to show the love of God to others.