Category: History

Our Story – Music to make you move

September 18, 2020

New Life has always been a fun loving community. It also has been a community that likes to dance. So here are some memories from our love of music to make you move! This love of music and movement started very early, in August 1970 to be exact. A teenage dance was held behind the church in the parking lot. Record players provided the music and

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Our Story – Pastors

September 11, 2020

An important part of the history of any church is the Pastors who become part of the church family. Here is a listing of the individuals who have cared for us, prayed for us, stood with us in the happy moments and sad, inspired us and played a role in our faith life. *Pictures are from the time they served at New Life Started     

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Our Story – Tornado Relief in Washington, IL

September 4, 2020

In November 2013, an EF-4 tornado hit the town of Washington, Illinois. This community, located east of Peoria, had between 250-500 buildings damaged or destroyed and about 120 people were injured. New Life volunteers showed up in the spring of 2014 to help in the long recovery effort to clean up the land.

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Our Story – Tutoring Ministry

August 28, 2020

The Tutoring Program at New Life has been serving the Bolingbrook community for over 20 years. This has been a wonderful resource for children 2nd grade through 8th grade. Students are from our congregation as well as the community. We work with the local schools, social workers and teachers to identify students who may benefit from this extra help

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Our Story – Cross Raising

August 14, 2020

As part of the remodeling projects in 1996, the front of the church got a makeover. As part of that, a tall brick column was added to serve as the backdrop for a new metal cross.

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Our Story – Youth Mission Trips

August 7, 2020

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. As far back as 1999, New Life has helped provide opportunities for our high school youth to serve others and grow in their faith. These short-term mission trips help to transform a community and put their faith in action!  Residents are help

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Our Story – IAG Picnics

July 31, 2020

This week’s edition of our Blog isn’t from that long ago, but certainly represents a treasured time of fun and fellowship with the residents of IAG (Individual Advocacy Group homes). These provide a home setting for adults with special needs. In December 2018, the Wednesday morning bible study group decided to host a Christmas party for the

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Our Story – Caring for our Church Building and Property

July 24, 2020

We have always been a can-do congregation who serves with our hands. We believe this is God's house and we are called to care for it. One way that started was serving as janitors! In 1970, every week, two families were assigned by alphabetical order to clean the building, wash windows or whatever else was needed.

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Our Story – Vacation Bible School

July 17, 2020

Since the very beginning, New Life has offered a special opportunity in the summer for youth to learn about God through VBS. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19-14 This special time also required a lot of passion and hard work from volunteers

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Our Story – Church Outdoors

July 10, 2020

New Life has a history of gathering outside, long before there was a COVID pandemic. Large striped tents were brought in to place on the lawn to gather everyone together on a summer Sunday. This one is from 1988. You'll notice the wooden orange covered chairs brought out from the sanctuary in addition to folding chairs.

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