"We are there to be a part of the community in any way we can, to assist becoming an oasis of hope to the community in which we guide the family and mentor the children and single parents," said Pastor Gary Grant.
Grant is a former assistant director of Evangelism at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and he is licensed under Bishop Eddie Long. He has always felt a calling, but in 2007, it became real - "a burning desire to reach out in 2008," said Grant.
New Life Family Christian Center opened its doors in September 2008 at the Dominy Dance Studio in Conyers. In January of 2010 the church moved into a bigger facility at the Boys and Girls Club at 1015 O'Kelly Street.
NLFCC's mission is to disciple the body of Christ and impact the community one family at a time. "As we lead families and discipline them to Jesus Christ... we help the family form a balance," Grant said. "We don't want to be a regular church and where nothing changes." There is a need in the community to reach out to single parent homes to two parent homes, said Grant. "The demand is there; we have to be there to supply it."
Even before the church was created, the NLFCC donated more than 300 packets of school supplies to children and also provided Thanksgiving dinner for the community, according to Grant.
In July 2009, the church continued these efforts and gave away more than 500 book bags with school supplies and fed more than 700 people, and coordinated a health fair which included games for the children of Rockdale and Newton counties. During Thanksgiving 2009 NLFCC fed more than 500 people and provided clothing for those in the community who were in need.
Local businesses and organizations that stepped up to partner with the church include the Rockdale Fire Department, the Rockdale Sheriff's Department, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, Popeye's Chicken and Biscuit, Staples, and the A.R Gus Boys and Girls club of Conyers.
This year, the church continues its service activities.
On March 26 at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. NLFCC will have a movie night at the Boys and Girls Club. The evening is open to all ages and will consist of Pizza Party and dialogue to reflect on movie. Parents are encouraged to stay.
On Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m., the church is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to hold a Community Health Fair, at the Club. They will have a Colgate Mobile Unit, information from American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Rockdale Fire Department, Rockdale Sheriff's Department, blood pressure checks, fun and games for the kids and free food.
This event is to "let the community know the importance of not neglecting health concerns," said Grant. "The tragedy in life is not death but how long we take to live. Just because we are breathing doesn't mean we are living." The following day the church will hold a resurrection Sunday service.
On Saturday, July 10, they will hold their annual Community Back to School give-away, with the goal of giving away 1,000 bookbags with supplies. In November, they will repeat their annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the community.
NLFCC welcomes the community to come out to their worship service on Sundays at the Boys and Girls Club at 11 a.m. and Tuesday night prayer and interactive Bible study
at 7 p.m.