I’d venture a guess that roughly everyone in Brooklyn, Iowa not only knows Josh Gerard, but they also know he’s a man of the theater. This year, our pastor put on a second Christmas play that he wrote, and it was another smashing success. Between the laughs, the audience was reminded of the gospel and the real reason for the season.

Sharing his faith and entertaining at the same time is a passion Pastor Josh has had for a long time. With this year’s play, It’s a Wonderful Christmas Story, he told the tale of a dad who is visited by an angel after showing some confusion about the meaning of Christmas. A mashup of several classic holiday movies ensues. Josh was happy to direct a fantastic group, many of which included those from our church family.

An article about Josh and his many roles in life was published in The Poweshiek County CR. We’d love for you to read this article, which includes a powerful testimony of God’s guidance. You can see Josh’s response in the photos below.

We believe he’s going through the three stages of fame: shock, joy, and finally, acceptance.

If you missed the play, watch the New Beginnings Facebook page over the Christmas holiday for a recording that will be available for three days only. In the future, we hope to offer Josh’s faith-based plays as downloadable PDFs in a shop on the website, so stay tuned! It’s our hope that many other churches and theaters can put on his productions and share a fun, inspirational time for their community.

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We thought we should introduce ourselves on the blog! New Beginnings Church is a small place with a big heart, and all are welcome and invited to join us! New Beginnings Church is located in Brooklyn, Iowa. We love our small town and our location in central Iowa, surrounded by cornfields.

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We had a great time painting faces during Brooklyn’s Flag Festival on June 10! It was a gorgeous day, there were tons of wonderful activities for families and kids, and the whole community seemed to have a wonderful time. We had five painters who decorated 119 faces.

Other activities at Brooklyn Flag Festival included the parade, a classic car show downtown, entertainment at the Michael J Manatt Community Center, and tons of things to do at the park, like bounce houses, foam dart target shooting, and more! There was plenty of tasty food around, too.

We were in a great location in the small shelter at Landes Park. There was a constant flow of kids getting their faces painted!

Karissa, Addi, and Lorelai

Face painters included Karissa Heishman, Addi Day, Lorelai Gerard, Ryan Emerson, and Laura Emerson. Tracey Gerard coordinated the event and counted each person coming in. We were happy to bring extra cheer to this already fun local event!

Browse the Face Painting Gallery

We raised $600 in funds for kids and youth camps this summer. We thank God for His provision! We’ll see you next year at the Flag Festival.

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We’re thrilled to have the wonderful opportunity of offering Christian summer camps to our children and youth. Open Bible Central, our denomination and region, partners with a wonderful Christian campground in Iowa to give kids a fun-filled time to grow closer to Jesus.

Hidden Acres is a camp center with loads of fun activities and modern buildings. Campers enjoy things like a lake, waterslide and “blob,” indoor pool and hot tub, game room, gym, hiking paths, climbing tower, and more. Hidden Acres manages a large hospitality staff and volunteer nurses to make sure time at camp is safe, fun, and spiritually nurturing. It is the largest camp in the state of Iowa.

Parents, this could be a key time in the spiritual life of your child. Many kids choose to commit his or her life to Christ for the first time at camp. Most will deepen their faith and make lasting friendships. Open Bible has created wonderful programs for your children to help them understand God’s love for them.

Kids, get ready for an awesome summer!


Kids Summer Camp: Stories

Dates: July 31st- August 3rd, 2023
Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center – Dayton, IA
Cost: $219
Registration cost includes: All meals, lodging, services, camp t-shirt, activities, snack shack, and camp materials.


REGISTER FOR KIDS CAMP (no payment due)


Youth Summer Camp: Erosion

Dates: July 24-28, 2023
Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center – Dayton, IA
Cost: $255
Registration cost includes: All meals, lodging, services, camp t-shirt, activities, snack shack, and camp materials.


REGISTER FOR YOUTH CAMP (no payment due)


We are so excited for this season! We hope to see you at camp!

Please reach out to our Children’s Pastor, Tracey Gerard, with any questions.

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