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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Our Pastor, the Playwright

We’re really proud of our talented pastor, whose show, A Carol Play, was performed at the Brooklyn Opera House over the weekend. Josh wrote the play as a fresh take on Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol, with an emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas. Several from our church family had a role in this Christian comedy, and they had a lot of fun during each performance.

A Carol Play was a family-friendly event, complete with goodie bags for the kids. For a discounted ticket, attendees could bring in a canned food item for the Brooklyn pantry, and we’re happy to report that donations far exceeded expectations. Our community seemed to soak in the comedy as well as the quieter moments from the stage.

Tracey said, “It was so surreal to see this play that Josh wrote 15 years ago brought out of the vault! He did a fantastic time writing and directing, and the actors’ delivery was amazing! It was a full house! Lots of laughs!”

Here are some photos of the highlights, taken by our very own Tracey Gerard.

Pastor Josh has a long history of acting, directing, and writing plays. We hope he continues impacting our community with this work! (Or should we say “play”?)

God bless us, every fudge.

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