Throughout all thirteen Down East communities, faith is an important part of our daily lives. As in older days, many community events are sponsored and held at our churches because the church was and continues to be a central part of the life of the people.
Paul Gillikin, a Harkers Island native, has begun a new church and describes below how they are progressing. Thanks to Paul and his wife, Aprille, for sharing with us about their endeavors and they continue in their work for God. Please taken note of two upcoming events listed at the bottom of this article.
A New Beginning!
After returning to Down East Carteret County in October 2011, Rev. Paul D. Gillikin (Pastor Paul), began seeking God's will for a new ministry. In March 2012, God put His plan into motion. For nearly four years Pastor Paul shared the Gospel throughout the Down East community. In February 2016, God changed the ministry direction and New Beginnings Church began with nineteen members. In April 2016, the church was incorporated as New Beginnings Church Down East, Inc.
New Beginnings Church is a nondenominational ministry where all people are welcome. Hope through Jesus is the central message, with a heart-focus on love and relationship with God and man. Everyone needs Hope, Love and Relationship. God's Holy Bible is both guide and instruction. The Worship is contemporary in style but stands on sound Biblical principles.
New Beginnings Church is an Elder(s) led ministry under the leadership of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Everyone is important at New Beginnings Church, and all are encouraged and challenged to serve in love. Currently, service opportunities include teaching, music, nursery, youth, visitation, food and prayer ministry.
At New Beginnings Church, the Mission is to Help Others Believe, Belong and Begin Again in Jesus and the Vision is to Finish our Journey Together as we look for Christ's return. We understand the difficulty of life, that people make mistakes and that no one is perfect, so we set goals and work towards those goals. Our Statement of Expectation is our goal as we grow in Jesus. It reads: "With my sincere expectation, I will glorify God with my life and witness, and promote unity within the Body of Christ through unconditional love and forgiveness, and support God's New Beginnings Church in obedience to God's Holy Word, and pray faithfully for the growing of Christ's Church, and serve diligently to accomplish God's purpose, and proclaim the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit."
New Beginnings Church has a theme song that sings, "Come as we are, as we are, before the Lord." It's an invitation to come and Worship the Savior; no rules, no requirements, no pressure, just Reverence, Praise and Worship.
The first meeting of New Beginnings Church was in the home of Paul and Aprille Gillikin but only God knew His plan. God opened doors and Otway Fire Department welcomed New Beginnings Church for a season. In April 2017, God led us to our current location, The Bridge Downeast-Ramsey Center on Harkers Island. The facility is awesome and huge and newly renovated. The New Beginnings family are very excited about our new location and we anticipate lots of people will come and Worship and serve and grow together in Jesus. You are invited!!
To God be all the Glory!
Concert and Worship
Joshua Lewis Praise Band
May 21 , @ 10:30 am
RiseUp (weekend Revival)
Kerry Willis, Vision Pastor
September 8-10, 2017