Community Services & Partnerships
Q. Does the church help community members in personal or financial crisis?
A. Yes, we can help in three ways. First, our Congregational Care Minister is available to confidentially talk and pray with you, and if needed, refer you to another help professional. Second, we can provide financial assistance. All requests for financial assistance must be in person. You may obtain an assistance (Benevolence) application at the church office or download one from the Congregational Care or Download page. We work with Love, Inc. to process applications. The application-to-disbursement process takes a minimum of seven days. Third, we partner with The Emergency Feeding Program of King County to offer a variety of special need food bags on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM-Noon at the church.
Q. What community organizations meet regularly at Newport Covenant?
A. During the school year, Friday morning ESL Talk Time Classes are hosted by Hopelink. Please contact them to arrange attendance. Alanon, 4th Step Writers and two Narcotics Anonymous groups meet weekly at the church. Check out the church calendar for specific days and times.
Q. Can community members rent your facility?
A. Yes, Newport does rent its facility for weddings and receptions, as well as for other uses to members/attenders of Newport and non-profit organizations. Call the church office (425.747.0515) or click to request more information.
Our Children’s Ministries
Q. Do you perform background checks on your volunteers?
A. Yes, all volunteers who work with children and youth at Newport Covenant Church, go through an application process, including background checks. Further, they must be regular attenders or members in good standing for a minimum of 6 months.
Q. What is your children’s Sunday School program like?
A. Sunday mornings, we have Christian formation classes for children during both worship services. At 9:00 AM, we have Bible Adventure Club for children two years old through the fifth grade, with caring teachers, age-appropriate curriculum, and a fun “club” environment. First through fifth graders start out in worship with their parents and are dismissed to class after about 15 minutes. During the 10:45 AM service, we have Celebration Station, which combines more ages and uses a variety of active Bible curriculum. The nursery is staffed throughout the morning with loving caregivers. All children’s ministry workers have current background check on record.
Q. What other programs do you provide for children?
A. Children & Families Ministry offers a variety of programs for children birth through fifth grade. Along with our Sunday School ministry, we offer several family events during the year (Fall Fun Fest, Birthday Party for Jesus, Easter Eggstravaganza, Family Ministry Day etc.) and some age-specific programs and events, such as our Kids Choir for first-fifth graders, the fourth/fifth grade overnight in the fall, and the Veggie Tales Breakfast for preschoolers in the spring. We have a weekday Preschool Program (see NCC Preschool). During the summer, we offer a week of Day Camp in July.
Q. As a parent, what role do I have in my child’s spiritual development?
A. The Bible teaches us (see Deuteronomy 6) that parents have the primary responsibility for spiritually educating their children. As a parent, you are the greatest influence in your child’s life. Parents are to teach and model God’s love, truth, and forgiveness to their children. This means, of course, that we, as parents, need to be growing in our faith and the demonstration of it. We offer a yearly three-session class for elementary aged children and their parents which deals with faith issues (becoming a Christian, baptism, communion, the church, worship, growing up in Christ etc.) and provides opportunities for families to discuss these concerns.
Q. What kind of parenting resources does the church offer?
A. The Moms & Kids group meets during the school year for mothers of preschool children. The group provides education and resources, as well as support and encouragement on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. We also offer parenting courses at various times. In addition, many parenting resources are available in our well-stocked church library. Pastor Mary also can provide and point you to other resources.
Q. How can I get involved in Children & Families Ministries?
A. Please contact Pastor Mary if you are interested in serving as a volunteer in this valuable ministry!
Q. Do you have a preschool?
A. Yes! Newport Covenant Christian Preschool is part of the ministry of Newport Covenant Church. To find out more about the preschool program, check out the Preschool Page or email the Preschool Director, Stephanie Dickman.
Q. What age can my children begin attending Preschool?
A. Children may start attending NCCP’s Time for Two’s program when they are two years old (they need to turn two by August 31) and can begin our regular preschool clases once they are three (they need to turn three by August 31).
Q. How do I register my child for Preschool?
A. Follow this link to the registration page, or email our Preschool Director, Barb Cartmell, and request a registration packet.
Q. Do you have a day care?
A. We do not provide day care services. NCCP offers half-day preschool classes, some programs beginning for children as young as two.
The Nuts and Bolts
Q. How can I get involved with Administrative Ministries?
A. We have many projects and opportunities for involvement in Administration, ranging from clerical assistance, to building and ground maintenance. Please call or email Pastor Dan Miller to indicate your area of interest, or check out our volunteer opportunities page.
Q. How can I report a problem with the church facilities or grounds?
A. Any reports or concerns may be made by emailing the Fixit Team: email@example.com. Thank you for helping us take care of our facility.
Q. How may I contribute to the church financially?
A. Contributions to the church are made through check or cash donations. These may be placed in the offering basket during both services on Sunday, or mailed to the church office.
Q. What is a Covenant church?
A. Newport Covenant Church is a member of the The Evangelical Covenant Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish Immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity. Click to learn more about The Evangelical Covenant Church and it’s ministry.
Q. Where do I park and where do I go?
A. If you are attending the Sunday 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM Sanctuary Worship Service, please use the “Sanctuary Entrance” to the building, located near the Factoria Blvd side of the facility. Handicap and Limited Mobility Parking is available behind the Sanctuary (the building with the cross on top), and a separate handicap entrance is available on the east side of the facility. For Wednesday evening Extol Service, there is a Community Dinner offered at 5:30 PM, followed with the service at 6:20 PM, and then Community Groups. The Community Dinner is located near the south end of the building just outside of the gym. There are a few handicap parking spaces near the outdoor play structure.
Q. What are your worship services like?
A. Our 9:00 AM & 10:45 AM Sanctuary Worship is a contemporary service of worship that is accessible to both the seasoned Christian and those who are new to their faith.
Our 6:20 PM Wednesday evening service, Extol, is a worship service that strives to contextualize the Christian worship and message with the current expression of culture of young people on the Eastside. However, it is a worship service for people of all ages. We worship at 6:20 PM in the Sanctuary, followed by Community Groups at 7:00 PM.