Review: New Freedom Christian Fellowship

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Hugo Weaving

Toronto, Canada

#1 Apr 2, 2013
On March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday, I attended this church for the first time. The Aunt to my Granddaughter, who attends this Church, attempted to involve my granddaughter in their children's Easter play. They even attended on nights when they were supposed to be getting their parts and practicing to be ready. Apparently she was never given a part and was not voluntarily involved. We went ahead and let her attend the rest of the children on stage.

Moments after the Pastor opened the service he made a point to mention that they were a nondenominational church but also a "mixed" church. The Pastor and the Church is dominantly African American so from the pulpit he made an effort to assure that they were a "mixed" Church. However, he was addressing the regular African American members more than he was addressing the sprinkling of visiting Caucasians in the crowd. Almost assuring the regular members that it was okay and not to worry about the Whites in the crowd. When he first started speaking about it I thought how nice until I realized he was not necessarily welcoming us.

After service I was hoping that I was wrong and misunderstood his intentions from behind the pulpit. Unfortunately not one member, regular attendee, Deacon, Minister, little old lady, or even the Pastor shook our hands, spoke to us, welcomed us, or made us feel like we were welcomed back for another service. I was greatly let down.

I have lived in this city for over a decade and cannot find a Church were race doesn't play some part in the Church. I was raised as the son of a very respected Bishop/Reverend within a prominent denomination. I have witnessed first hand how you are to treat someone who enters your Church. I have seen first hand how you respect, love, and accept anyone and everyone and make them feel as if they are valued and appreciated as a soul that God himself created and loves.

I wish nothing but success for this church. I only pray that the Pastor will mature, seek council, and learn from those that fought for equality for all.

Godspeed.
Unknown

Duluth, GA

#2 Aug 18, 2013
Hugo Weaving wrote:
On March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday, I attended this church for the first time. The Aunt to my Granddaughter, who attends this Church, attempted to involve my granddaughter in their children's Easter play. They even attended on nights when they were supposed to be getting their parts and practicing to be ready. Apparently she was never given a part and was not voluntarily involved. We went ahead and let her attend the rest of the children on stage.
Moments after the Pastor opened the service he made a point to mention that they were a nondenominational church but also a "mixed" church. The Pastor and the Church is dominantly African American so from the pulpit he made an effort to assure that they were a "mixed" Church. However, he was addressing the regular African American members more than he was addressing the sprinkling of visiting Caucasians in the crowd. Almost assuring the regular members that it was okay and not to worry about the Whites in the crowd. When he first started speaking about it I thought how nice until I realized he was not necessarily welcoming us.
After service I was hoping that I was wrong and misunderstood his intentions from behind the pulpit. Unfortunately not one member, regular attendee, Deacon, Minister, little old lady, or even the Pastor shook our hands, spoke to us, welcomed us, or made us feel like we were welcomed back for another service. I was greatly let down.
I have lived in this city for over a decade and cannot find a Church were race doesn't play some part in the Church. I was raised as the son of a very respected Bishop/Reverend within a prominent denomination. I have witnessed first hand how you are to treat someone who enters your Church. I have seen first hand how you respect, love, and accept anyone and everyone and make them feel as if they are valued and appreciated as a soul that God himself created and loves.
I wish nothing but success for this church. I only pray that the Pastor will mature, seek council, and learn from those that fought for equality for all.
Godspeed.
I am so sorry that you did not feel welcome at our church, and we do not judge people by the color of there skin at New Freedom church, and we actual have more Caucasian members than African Americans and actually a few Hispanics so we are considered a mixed church and every Sunday we always meet an greet with every one, and I pray that u get knowledge and understanding of Gods word and my Pastor is a powerful man of God and he feeds his member with a lot of knowledge and understanding, God bless u and I hope u can find a church where you feel very comfortable!!
Member of New Freedom

Duluth, GA

#3 Aug 18, 2013
Unknown wrote:
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I am so sorry that you did not feel welcome at our church, and we do not judge people by the color of there skin at New Freedom church, and we actual have more Caucasian members than African Americans and actually a few Hispanics so we are considered a mixed church and every Sunday we always meet an greet with every one, and I pray that u get knowledge and understanding of Gods word and my Pastor is a powerful man of God and he feeds his members with a lot of knowledge and understanding, God bless u and I hope u can find a church where you feel very comfortable!!
He has been Pastoring for over 20 years and I don't think after 20 years he need to seek counciling, or become more mature, sound like to me you need to seek God before u try to judge a man of God!!
Nufrdm member

Carrollton, GA

#4 Sep 5, 2013
WOW I AM SO SHOCKED YOU FELT THAT WAY ON UR 1 VISITS.!!!!! MY QUESTION IS WHY COME BACK 3 MORE TIMES IF YOU FEEL SO UNWELCOMED...????? I'm white & families my family's there we members and it wasnt for GOD, Pastor and the rest of my church family at NEW FREEDOM I'D HATE TO THINK WHERE WE'D BE
Nufrdm member

Carrollton, GA

#5 Sep 5, 2013
I luv the fact we all got As pastorof sayes Ring around tbe collar but u gotta be willing 2 change and bring change and at New Freedom thats what we are doing....We dont judge U

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