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Kempton New Church
“There are three essentials of the Church: an acknowledgment of the Divinity of the Lord, an acknowledgment of the holiness of the Word, and the life that is called charity.” - Divine Providence ¶259:3

The Kempton New Church is a congregation of people who believe that there is one God in one Person, our Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem are the Lord’s Word; that the life of religion consists especially in keeping the Ten Commandments, and in doing our daily work justly and faithfully; and that there is a life after death, a heaven and a hell, where we continue to live as complete human beings.

We try to help each other understand the Lord’s Word and encourage each other in applying it to life. We welcome you.

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Letter to the Community:

Fall 2018


Dear Neighbor,

Barbara Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush, was a wonderful first lady, wife, and mother. In addition to their sons, she and her husband had a little girl whom they named Robin. Robin died of leukemia when she was just three years old; Barbara was holding her hand as she passed on. It was very sad that she died so young, but George and Barbara were confident they would see her again in the other life, and often spoke of this sure belief.

When Mrs. Bush herself passed on last spring, Marshall Ramsey of the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger drew a beautiful cartoon:

The Lord’s Word was the basis for George and Barbara’s confidence that they would see Robin again. Jesus says, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:6).

In heaven, those who have died as children grow up to adulthood, both mentally and physically, while those who die in old age grow young again, returning to the state of young adulthood while retaining the wisdom of experience they have received from the Lord during their life in this world.

In the book Heaven and Hell we read,

“As soon as little children are resuscitated, which takes place immediately after death, they are taken up into heaven and are entrusted to angel women who in their bodily life loved little children and at the same time loved God. These angels, because in the world they loved all little children with maternal tenderness, receive them as their own; and the children also, from an implanted instinct, love them as their own mothers.”

Our Heavenly Father’s purpose in creating us is that we may be with Him forever, because He loves us and wants to make us happy. He creates the love between parents and children, and He makes sure that all those who have loved each other in this life meet again after death and reconnect. “For His mercy is forever” (Psalm 136:1).


Our yearly “Autumn Weekends” booth will be open soon. Look for the blue signs in front of the red barn on Hawk Mountain Road. Available on Saturdays and Sundays (11:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M.; September 29 through October 27) will be hamburgers, soups, pumpkin pie, and other home-made food. Also planned are some family activities (Big Game-Board, Art, and Carnival Days for example) from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays.

Rev. Lawson M. Smith

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