New Life Church is here to serve. We offer a variety of ministries for you to explore, experience, and enjoy. We challenge you to find a home in anything from worship to clowning.

Kids (birth - grade 6)

LIFE KIDS MINISTRIES

Our Mission...
...is to partner with parents to grow children spiritually from a "Seed to a Tree"! We support parents as the spiritual leader in the lives of their kids through encouragment, resources, and reinforcement. We strategically place "second voices" in the form of small group leaders and classroom leaders in the lives of kids. This will give them another person speaking into their lives to reiterate the same things they are hearing at home.

We exist to evangelize and disciple kids for future ministry through corporate worship and fellowship. Already a member of Facebook? Click here to visit and connect with Life Kids on Facebook!

 

NURSERY (6 weeks - 24 months old)

We care for your infant and toddler in a loving and colorful environment. When your little one is left with us, you can be sure that they receive the best care possible.

Sundays 9:00am & 10:30am

 

PRESCHOOL DEPARTMENT (2 years - kindergarten)

Our preschool program is for kids age 2 – kindergarten. Our teachers reinforce Bible truths weekly through stories, puppets, singing songs, games, and crafts. This interactive opportunity is a great way to start your child’s Christian education.

Sundays 9:00am & 10:30am

Wednesdays 7:00pm
Tree House Buds (3 years & potty trained – kindergarten)

 

THE TREE HOUSE (grades 1 - 6)

The Kids Ministry Team ministers weekly to our elementary age children, through stories, puppets, illusion, costume characters, and object lessons. It is our goal that each child make a commitment to follow God the rest of his/her life. We teach children to worship God with live music. When a child loves God and can express themselves through worship, they will draw close to God.

Sundays 9:00am & 10:30am

 

TREE HOUSE CLUBS (grades 1 - 3)

Tree House Clubs are open to kids in 1st - 3rd grades. Each class provides fun activities and attention grabbing lessons. Tree House Clubs build on the lesson from The Tree House on Sunday mornings. Kids will have an opportunity to ask more questions and will enjoy learning in an environment suited just for their age group.

Wednesdays 7:00pm

 

456 (grades 4 - 6)

“456″ is a youth group atmosphere for kids in the 4th - 6th grades. Each service is filled with music (performed by their peers), crazy games, prizes, and a Bible message. Students are encouraged to bring friends, participate in worship, read their Bible, and spend time praying. 

Wednesdays 7:00pm

Special Needs

New Life Church is extending an opportunity to families touched by special needs. During the 10:30am service each Sunday, New Life Church will welcome kids who have been diagnosed with medical, developmental, learning, or behavioral issues. The goal is to give these incredible families an opportunity to worship knowing their loved one is in a safe, caring environment prepared just for them. Professional educators and experienced volunteers provide care and share the love of Jesus in a classroom equipped to tailor each child's experience to their needs. 

You must register your child before they may attend their first class to ensure we can provide the best care possible for them. For more information contact the church office at 630-553-0200.

Sundays 10:30am

Students (grades 7 - 12)

Student Life is our community of 7th - 12th graders.  Here, we're all seeking to understand together the kind of life that Jesus Christ wants for us. Student Life is a place where you can feel loved, encouraged, and prepared to show others the love you've experienced. It doesn't matter where you come from, whether you've got it all figured out or feel like you don't know anything at all...Student Life is the place where you can come and be YOU! There's incredible worship, messages from the Bible that make sense, and small groups where you and your friends can discover the incredible lives God has in store for you. In addition, our Student Life community regularly has awesome events doing everything from game nights, boating, and bonfires to all nighters, retreats, and worship nights. For more information, email Charlie at cbassett@nlcyorkville.org.

Wednesdays 7:00pm

Check out Student Life on facebook.

Evergreens (55 and up)

We value the input and wisdom of our seniors and treasure their involvement. They are a great source of assistance to us in many ministries within our church. They meet together on a regular basis for a time of fun, food, fellowship, and Bible Study.

For meeting times and events call New Life Church at 630-553-0200.

Women's Ministry

Every phase of a woman’s life brings its own unique set of joys and challenges. Our ministry is designed to meet each woman in whatever stage she is – from single to married to widowed; from workplace to home to school; from a first look at spiritual matters to in-depth Bible study. Here you will experience a spiritual haven where you can intentionally tend to your soul while connecting with God and other women. Women’s Ministries offers a safe, secure place for a woman to learn to live a transformed life!

NLC Women's Ministries offers opportunities for growth as we study the bible, interest groups each month specific to the things you like, and monthly gatherings to encourage women in motherhood. In addition, events with everything from fashion shows to food to movies are held throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events or how to get involved, contact the church office at 630-553-0200.

Men's Ministry

At New Life Church we are committed to developing strong godly men. We build relationships through a variety of events.

Annual Men’s Ministry events include a retreat and summer golf outing, as well as other opportunities for serving together throughout the year. INLC Men's Ministries hold breakfasts monthly for a time of devotion and fellowship on Saturday mornings. Just as the men connect and serve together, they also grow together as they hold both fall and spring bible studies. Whether you are new in your faith journey or have been a believer for many years, you will benefit from the great relationships formed with other men as well as the spiritual encouragement you’ll find in the NLC’s Men’s Ministries.

Worship Arts

We encourage worship as a lifestyle (Romans 12:1). Worship is so much more than going to church on Sunday, singing a few choruses, and listening to a good message. Worship is all about “how” we go from there. How do we live our lives Monday through Saturday? When we live each day as a gift from God and seek to glorify Him in every choice that we make, only then do we truly worship.  The weekend services at New Life Church provide an opportunity for everyone to come be refreshed and energized to live a lifestyle of worship.

Our prayer at NLC Worship/Arts is that you will find the incredible fulfillment of a life lived in complete, authentic worship of the One who gave His all for you.  We look forward to having you join us!

Here at New Life Church we are so blessed to have an incredible team of talented volunteers who lead in worship each weekend. These wonderful individuals faithfully give of their time and gifts each week to lead others into authentic worship. We are always looking for talented people who have a heart for Worship/Arts to become a part of our team. If you would like to find out more please email Karl at kbristol@nlcyorkville.org or call 630-553-0200.

Groups

If you’ve checked us out and want to take your spiritual journey to the next level…consider connecting in a small group. When God gave Jesus the mission of reaching the world with the Good News of His love and grace, Jesus employed a world-changing strategy: He poured His life into a small group (His disciples). Life change happens in small groups. Small groups can offer you the chance to:

Grow deeper in your relationship with God

Connect with others in the NLC community

Expand your vision of what God can do through and in your life

The early church also provided a model of world-changing community – meeting and sharing together daily in the course of their everyday lives:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, tothe breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP?

It is an opportunity for ten to twelve people to connect on a weekly basis. This type of group allows spiritual, emotional and relational growth to take place as the group reads, prays, and discusses the application of God’s Word in their lives. Each group has trained leaders that facilitate and encourage group conversation.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SMALL GROUP MEETING?

Small Group meetings usually last one to two hours and consist of friendly conversation, prayer, discussion, and refreshments. Each group selects its own topic to be discussed. Most conversations follow an established discussion guide which begins with an ice breaker question, followed by a series of discussion questions and a reflection question to apply the biblical text to your life.

NEED HELP FINDING A GROUP?

Contact Jon Lawson at jlawson@nlcyorkville.org, or call the church at 630-553-0200.

The Merry Hearts Clowns

The Merry Hearts Clowns have been entertaining children and their families in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, across the nation, and around the world for over 15 years. Their zany skits, amazing illusions, action songs, and juggling have entertained young and old in many different venues.

 

KIDS CELEBRATION

The Merry Hearts Clowns love kids. They plan special events that are open to the public and are free of charge. You might find them in a park, in a school gym, or at New Life Church. Wherever you find them you are sure to find fun. Every month there is a new event designed for your family to enjoy. Check out our Upcoming Events section to find out what is coming up next.

 

CLOWN CHURCH SERVICES

Sunday Morning and/or Evening or Wednesday Services
The Merry Hearts Clowns will minister to your children or your whole church. Great for Family Sundays or special events. You can choose from a wide range of topics for your service.

 

THE GREAT CLOWN ADVENTURE

A three or four day event, as an outreach to your community.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Mother Daughter Banquets, Festivals, Anniversaries, Picnics, etc.

 

SCHOOL & LIBRARY PROGRAMS

LILY & The Merry Hearts Clowns have a unique method to enforce the 6 Pillars of Character Counts to students. They convey the message in a fun, entertaining, yet meaningful way through skits, magic, and lots of audience participation. Students will remember for years to come the message presented to them by The Merry Hearts Clowns and it will be reinforced as they hear it again from teachers and parents.

The Merry Hearts Clowns library shows are specially designed to complement the current summer reading program or we can present a show that shows kids that it is fun to read and that it is really important. The clowns make it fun to learn about the importance of reading and inspires your child(ren) to do it!!

 

CLOWN TRAINING

CLOWN TRAINING

The Merry Hearts Clowns’ “Be a Clown” workshop begins each year during the first week in January and people are trained in the art of clowning until graduation at the end of March. This training includes designing your face and makeup application, designing your costume, character development, balloon sculpture, clown etiquette, and much more. This is a hands-on training that will help you become a professional clown.

MISSIONS TRAINING

If you are planning on using the art of clowning on a missions trip overseas or here in the USA, The Merry Hearts Clowns will help you prepare. Learn makeup application, costume design, and learn how to minister in other cultures using skits and other methods.

CLOWN CONFERENCE OR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY CONFERENCE CLASSES

The Merry Hearts Clowns have taught classes at conferences such as: Kid U, Fellowship of Christian Magicians, Midwest Clown Roundup, and others. Classes on a large variety of topics are available.

 

MISSIONS

The Merry Hearts Clowns believe that children all over the world love clowns and need to hear about Jesus in a fun and life changing way. The Merry Hearts Clowns have traveled to Belize, Russia, Uganda, Africa, Peru, South America and Cuba..

The Merry Hearts Clowns equip, encourage, and train clowns in the countries they go into and would encourage your prayer and support for their missionary outreach.

 

MEET THE CLOWNS

Lily is the “boss clown” of The Merry Hearts Clowns. She is a sweet, kind, gentle, fun loving clown who has been making kids and their families laugh for over 15 years.

Bethy B is a very bubbly and playful clown. After all, she is only three years old!

Pickles is a whacky, fun loving clown. You never know what Pickles will do next. She makes everything an adventure. That’s why the kids love her so.

Yippie Hoo loves to have fun and make people laugh. She has a heart for missions and has been on many trips here in the USA and overseas. Her heart is to bring not only the message of salvation, but to bring joy to a hurting world.

Stitches will wow you every time you see her and her amazing magic! She is not only magical, but is also a great trickster and tons of fun. She will keep you in “stitches” as she makes you laugh and laugh some more.

You can reach any of the Merry Hearts Clowns at merryheartclowns@aol.com or by contacting Debbie at 630-553-0200.

 

PRIVATE, CORPORATE & MUNICIPAL CLOWNING

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

One or more of The Merry Hearts Clowns will come to your child’s party. Your child will enjoy being the clown’s special helper and all the children (and adults too) will participate in the magic and fun of the party.

FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

Add fun and laughter to any family event by having a clown come to do a show, make balloon sculptures, and/or do face painting.

CORPORATE & MUNICIPAL EVENTS

A clown show, tailored to fit your event, will entertain young and old with audience participation, magic, skits, and tons of fun. The Merry Hearts Clowns can also make amazing balloon sculptures, do incredible face painting from small cheek/hand art to full face designs, and do walk around entertainment.

  

CLOWN DOWNLOADS

Watch an introduction video to the Merry Hearts Clowns!

MerryHeartsClownsMovie.wmv
Please note: This file requires Windows Media Player.

Download, print, and color these Merry Hearts Clown Coloring pages!

MerryHeartsClownsLogo.pdf

KidsCelebrationLogo.pdf

Clown.pdf

 

A MESSAGE FROM LILY

Jesus loves you bunches and bunches and bunches and His love never runs out. NOT EVER!

For more information or questions, contact:

The Merry Hearts Clowns
3205 Cannonball Trail
Yorkville, IL 60560
merryheartclowns@aol.com
630.553.0200

Protection Ministry

Thank you for your interest in serving at New Life Church. Please take a moment to review our process for partnering in ministry with us.

All those wishing to work with kids or teens must complete the following process:

You must fill out a Ministry Partner Application linked below. (If you are wanting to serve but are under 18 years of age please fill out the form marked, “Under 18 Ministry Application.”)

As part of the application process, you will need to provide three references. Once you’ve completed your application please inform your references that a link is provided on this page for them to complete their “Reference Questionnaire.” All of your references must have completed their questionnaire BEFORE you will be allowed to serve. If your references have not completed a questionnaire regarding your service within 30 days, your application will be denied and you will need to reapply using different references.

You must complete a “Background Release Form,” this allows us to check the criminal records of those wishing to serve at New Life Church (included in Ministry Application link).

You must attend all three Greenhouse classes. Our Greenhouse classes share the beliefs of New Life Church. Greenhouse classes are required for church membership as well.

 

Under 18 Ministry Application

Ministry Application

Reference Questionnaire