Programs/Education

There are a variety of educational opportunities and programs at New Covenant Community. Here are some of the ongoing ones.

Adult Education

New Covenant Community members and friends engage in a variety of study groups throughout the year. Adult Study groups are one of the strengths of the community, and a strong norm has been established which encourages serious questioning and discussion. Latest information on groups appears in the most recent newsletters.

Children’s Education

New Covenant Community is not only committed to building relationships and community within our adult membership, but also with our children. To that end we offer opportunities for spiritual participation and growth for our younger generation.

Our program for elementary aged children meets most Sunday mornings at 10:30am (10am in the summer), with teachers who lead on a rotating basis.  We also provide nursery care for our very young children/babies during the service. Or, if you prefer, you may have your children join you in worship.

One of the great traditions at NCC is at the end of our worship service, when all of the children join us for communion and a closing song (“Go Now in Peace”).  This ritual means a lot to the entire congregation.

Meditation Group

A small group meets at the Campus Religious Center for an hour of meditation and reflection on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of each month at 4:15pm.

Men’s Lunch Group

You are welcome to join NCC men and their friends at Denny’s in Normal at 12:30pm every Tuesday (weather and holidays permitting) for lunch and lively conversation on a variety of topics.

The Social Justice Group

… comprises eight to ten members and friends who meet monthly to discuss and promote various activities involving social justice at NCC and in the broader community. These activities have included the following…

Woman protesting with signIllinois People’s Action: We send members of the group to represent NCC at the meetings of this statewide organization. The group as a whole has participated in rallies and circulated petitions designed to heighten public awareness of problems associated with predatory lending, the foreclosure crisis, and the lack of a living wage in Bloomington. I.P.A. has organized and hosted region meetings with representatives of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury regarding the foreclosure crisis and continues to work with both of these federal agencies. See more at http://illinoispeoplesaction.org/

Social Justice Network:  We meet quarterly with representative from other local churches to share ideas and work on common projects.

Socially responsible investing:  We urged the investment of NCC Endowment fund in a mutual fund dedicated to socially responsible investment.  In the past, several members went to Nicaragua on an informational tour conducted by the Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN).  The group is available to give presentations to groups or organizations on micro credit and fair trade.

West Side Revitalization Project:  We support this project financially and with volunteers from the congregation. Click for more information on their web site.