After several years of conversation and prayer, a group of three families discerned God’s invitation to move into the International District of Albuquerque in order to be with and for a people and place that is often stigmatized and neglected.
As we began living life in the neighborhood, we began to listen to our neighbors, learn from them and become knit together with their dreams and struggles. In January of 2016, these initial families, and others that sensed God’s call to live in the neighborhood, began a weekly rhythm of life together of worship and mission called New Creation ABQ. Since then, several people have chosen to root themselves with us in the International District. While not everyone in our community sleeps here, we are all committed to “living” in, with and for the International District.
The International District is the most densely populated area in New Mexico. It is one of the most diverse places in our city. In Highland High School alone there are over 28 different languages spoken. The International District is home to seven Buddhist temples, a Hindu temple, and a diverse variety of other places of worship. 28% of International District residents were born outside the United States. 56% of our neighbors are from Mexico and Latin America, with many others seeking refuge from around the world, including North and South Africa, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and the Middle East.
Though the International District is full of resilience and strength, we also face many challenges, including 49% of our residents living below the poverty line. Our neighborhood is often a place where you begin with nothing or where you end up when you’ve lost everything. Jesus is at work in our midst, cultivating peace, justice and flourishing in the midst of violence, injustice and struggle. We are privileged to live, learn, and work alongside our neighbors as we share life with Jesus and one another.
What To Expect
Our Sunday gatherings are full of kids, food and worship. We sing, read and hear scripture, pray, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus together. You’ll find us to be casual in our dress and very flexible when it comes to noise and interruptions as our kids learn to worship with us and some of our neighbors recover from difficulties and traumas they’ve experienced.
The most unique part of our worship together is that we share a meal in the middle of our service. It’s potluck, but don’t worry, there is always enough for visitors, so come and enjoy a full table with us!
The fourth Sunday of each month, we still meet at 4pm, but we move all of our tables and chairs outside in the parking lot and host our “Open Table Cookout.” This is an opportunity for us to cultivate a space of welcome in our neighborhood, inviting people to come share life with us around a common table. During these meals, we not only provide a meal to someone who may be hungry, but more importantly, a listening ear to those of us hungry for community and belonging.
The fifth Sunday: REST. About four times per year, there are 5 Sundays in one month. When there is a 5th Sunday, our community intentionally steps into REST. We do not believe rest is simply “inactivity,” rather it is creating space to intentionally step into relational connection with God and those closest to us.
Missional Communities are simply small groups of people (20-40) who choose to do life together as a family on mission. Missional communities are the place where we put the implications of the gospel into action. These communities meet together regularly to share meals, study the Bible, pray for the city, engage on mission, and share life together. As smaller expressions of our church, these groups meet in people's homes. Every Missional Community identifies a group of people whom they believe God is sending them to love, serve, learn from, and share Jesus with.
Home Together is the result of members of New Creation Church and our neighbors discussing ways to empower neighborhood residents toward home ownership.
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Statement of Faith
What we as a community teach can best be summed up by the following ancient statements of the Church, The Apostle’s Creed & Nicene Creed. They are specific enough to be distinctively Christian, but generous enough to allow us to have a diversity of theological thought among us while living in unity with one another.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.