If you’re thinking about visiting New Denver Church for one of our worship services, here are a few things to help you know what to expect when you come.
When and where? We gather weekly at 9 am and 5 pm on Sundays. We have environments for church during our 9 am morning service and Elevate, for middle and high school students, takes place during our 5 pm evening service. We meet in a former Baptist church at 700 Bonnie Brae Blvd in central Denver near the University of Denver, Wash Park and the Cherry Creek shopping area. From I-25, take the University Blvd. exit and head north. The church is at the intersection with Bonnie Brae Blvd. and Exposition Ave. There is parking behind the church, which you can enter from Exposition Ave.; you can enter the church from the parking lot or from Bonnie Brae Blvd.
ADA Access is available at our 9 am service, which meets in the sanctuary on the main level. There are handicapped parking spots in the parking lot and a ramp is located on the west side of the building (facing Bonnie Brae Blvd.) for the mobility-impaired. ADA restrooms are also located on the main level. Our 5 pm service meets downstairs, requiring a descent of six stairs.
What to expect? Our services last about 1 hour and 15 minutes and usually include an update on what is happening in our community, worship with music, and a time of teaching. It’s hard to define a musical style, but if we had to, we’d say that we’re “progressive.” We sing newer songs written by modern artists like Chris Tomlin and David Crowder. We also sing some well-known hymns of older times; we think there is something rich about them. But if you’re desiring a more “traditional” music style, you’ll probably never hear an organ or harp at New Denver Church. If you’re new to church or Christianity, the best way to describe our style is to say that we like indie music as well as popular bands like U2, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot, Mumford and Sons…stuff like that.
During the teaching time (sermon), we usually explain a passage of the Bible. Even though the Bible is an ancient book, we believe it still has great wisdom for us as we navigate difficult relationships, career moves, financial decisions, and the tough issues of life. More than anything, we think the Bible offers a hopeful message for finding meaning and purpose in a relationship with God. In light of that, our pastors work hard to be understandable and helpful wherever you are on your journey of faith. Every month we celebrate communion (also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist). It’s open to anyone who follows Jesus, but participation is optional.
You don’t have to dress up to attend New Denver Church. In fact, we’re pretty casual and laid back. When you come, hopefully you’ll meet some new people and connect in meaningful ways with others. But if you just want to come, sit in the back, and “check things out,” that’s fine too.
At New Denver Church, we strive to equip parents to be the spiritual leader of their families. We also recognize the importance of children being involved in environments on Sundays that will encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Each secure children’s environment is led by background-checked and trained volunteers!
We have age-specific environments for children which take place during our 9am morning worship service. (We do not currently offer childcare or environments for infants through 5th grade during our 5pm worship service.)
Waumba Land is our environment for babies and preschoolers. (“Waumba” is the Swahili word for “Creator”). Waumba Land is broken up into two rooms, one for children up to two years old, and one for children two to four years old. In the 0-1’s room, our volunteers play with and pray for your children. In the 2’s-4’s room, our volunteers run games, crafts, worship, and a Bible story.
UpStreet is where our children from Kindergarten through 5th grade meet in a blend of small and large group settings to learn about God and the Bible, have fun, and build friendships with other kids and adult leaders. In UpStreet, we journey through the Big God Story, learning about who God is, how He has related to humans throughout history, and how each of us has a part to play in His story!
We also know that as kids get older it’s important to be able to worship together as a family. So the last Sunday of every month, after you check your kids into UpStreet, they will come with you to the main auditorium to experience worship through songs together as a family. Once the music is done, the kids will head upstairs for their Bible story and small group time.
Both Waumba Land and Upstreet are open at 8:45am before the worship service to begin checking children in. When you check your children in, we will ask you to fill out some basic information and then give you a number so that only you can pick them up after the service ends.
Elevate is our ministry for middle and high school students (6th-12th grade). At New Denver Church, we believe that parents are the primary spiritual developers of their children. However as kids get older, other relationships and influences begin to take a more prominent role in the student’s life. The goal of Elevate is to come alongside families to support the spiritual development of students at this critical point in their faith journey as they begin to form their own personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Elevate meets during our 9am service downstairs in the Elevate room.