Highlights of our ministry, special events and projects (2012-2018, updated 08/22/2020)
A two-year search for a larger worship space ended in August 2012 when we purchased the Volusia Building Industry Association headquarters at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. The relocation tripled the leased space we were using on Beville Road n South Daytona.
In July 2020, the congregation affirmed Rev. William K. Dunlap as its 10th pastor since 1986. Rev. Bill is licensed as a minister by United Church of Christ but NCF will remain an independent nondenominational Christian church. He succeeded Rev. Donna Choate, who served five years as pastor before retiring in February 2020.
We support Halifax Urban Ministries by sending clothing, food and cash donations to its homeless ministry We also have set up a Samaritan Supplies mini food bank in our kitchen to help hungry people who come to our door.
The church's social events include weekly Game Days, monthly potluck lunches, cookouts, movies and group visits to theaters, concerts and museums.
We videotape Sunday sermons and special events for Facebook. They can be found on this web site, on You Tube and on the Facebook group labeled New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group). We have enhanced the music part of our worship by projecting music videos on a large screen above our altar.
We publish Word Up, a free online biweekly newsletter reaching 600-plus households.
We offer occasional God Gab discussions on a wide range of topics, such as eastern Orthodox denominations, political aspects of Holy Week, Bible translations, gay saints and martyrs, gospels outside the canon, and the nature of Heaven and Hell, as interpreted by author-pastor Rob Bell.
Recent charitable projects include ongoing monthly support of a foster son in Brazil, an AIDS orphanage in Kenya and Teresa's Needy Kids Fund (Christmas gifts and food baskets for Volusia families.).
We provide meeting space for the Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance and other nonprofits. We occasionally rent out our hall for weddings and other private gatherings..We host memorial gatherings for deceased members and their loved ones.
An AIDS memorial quilt is on permanent display at our church. .
We exhibit at annual Volusia Pride and DeLand Pride festivals.
We meet informally for coffee on Friday mornings. Panera Bread in Port Orange is our usual gathering spot.
We serve Thanksgiving Dinner every November for church members and the GLBT community at large.
As the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Florida in early 2020, we suspended services for about two months and resumed them in May, sanitizing our church every week, moving seats far apart and asking people to wear masks. Learn more about the steps we have taken in this video.