New to Northland
Welcome to Northland!
We’re so glad you’re here! Below you can learn a little more about us and read some frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to get connected at Northland, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hear from you.
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What to expect
Each weekend our worship services are a little bit different (but all four services are identical, so you can pick the time that works best for you). Each weekend we focus our worship gathering around a specific attribute of God’s nature (i.e. His mercy, goodness, grace, etc.). The preaching is biblical, applicable and winsome. And the music is a mix of contemporary worship and beloved hymns—blending the foundational and the modern. It’s what Robert Webber called “ancient future” worship, “The common tradition of the church’s worship in Word, Table, and song, practiced faithfully and communicated clearly in every context of the world.” Woven together are the historical creeds of the faith and time-honored practices of the church, with new, innovative tools and modern expressions of worship.
Upon your arrival at Northland, expect to be greeted by our wonderful Parking Team that will help you navigate our parking lot. Once inside, our Connect Team will greet you throughout the foyer (they’re the ones with the bright orange lanyards) and make sure you feel welcome. We also have a bookstore and Nature’s Table Café is conveniently located off of our foyer.
What to wear?
At Northland, you’ll see a wide range of clothing choices (everything from full suits to jeans and a t-shirt). The Sunday morning services tend to dress up a little more than the Saturday or Monday night services.
Do you have a program for children? Where do I take them?
At Northland, we have an amazing children’s curriculum for infants through fifth-graders. Every three years, the kids go through the entire Bible (and as they get older, the content and message matures along with them).
Infants through kindergartners are located on the far right end of the foyer (past Nature’s Table Café and The Hub). While grade school (1st-5th) are on the far left side (it’s actually the building that is on the farthest left side of the campus). Of course, if you get lost or need some assistance, our Connect Team (with the orange lanyards will be happy to assist).
What about middle schoolers and high schoolers?
We have a youth group for middle schoolers and high schoolers with engaging activities and worship designed specifically for students their age. Our high school and middle school youth group programs do not happen during our weekend worship services as we encourage them to attend worship with their family.
Why doesn’t Northland take an offering during worship services?
Not taking up an offering during the worship service is a reminder to us that our giving is an extension of our worship. There are several ways to give to Northland’s ministry. Choose the one that allows you give in the way that is most conducive to extending your worship. Giving options include: Offering envelopes available at the boxes located at each sanctuary exit; giving kiosks for credit card use located in the foyer at Longwood; the option of online giving via the Northland website; or even texting. Northland strongly supports the biblical principle of tithing, and even goes above and beyond that as a church body that gives itself away in ministry. Tithing is a tenth of one’s income given for the purposes of God through His church. The only place that Scripture encourages us to “test God” is found in Malachi 3:10 where we are told to test God with our tithe. An offering is any giving beyond a tithe.
Where should I park? Where is everything?
Our parking lot can be a bit confusing, especially on the weekends. Below is a map that will help you find which lot to park in. However, if you turn into our parking lot with your hazard lights on, we’ll be happy to direct you to a front parking spot. If you are handicapped, we have two designated parking lots and we also have wheelchairs on site (available at the main entrance by the automatic doors).
How can I get involved?
Join a small group, find a Bible study or volunteer! Need some help finding what's right for you? Email us!
How do I become a member?
While becoming a member is not necessary to be part of the Northland family, it is a great opportunity to learn more about Northland and get involved. More information and the next Belong Membership gathering can be found here.
What do we believe?
Our mission, beliefs, and history can be found here.
What is a Distributed Church?
Put simply: It means that church isn’t a building … it’s people “being the church,” everywhere, every day. It also means that, in recognition of how God distributes different gifts among different people (1 Corinthians 12:11), we connect with individuals and organizations outside our four walls for long-term support and effectiveness—without blurring distinctions.
“There are many parts, yet one body,” the Bible says (1 Corinthians 12:20). Parts of Northland meet throughout Metro Orlando (Longwood, Lake County and Oviedo. A growing part of Northland’s body now meets around the world via interactive webcast. Northlanders are also regularly distributed in service to the community, participating in everything from local events assisting the homeless to respond to local and national emergencies via Northland’s Disaster Response Team.
“God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:18). He is joining people together to participate in what He is doing … everywhere, every day.
Have more questions?
We’d love to answer any questions you may have! Email us or give us a call at 407-949-4000.