Welcome, from Pastor Gary McAbee

Our Pastor, Gary McAbee, would love to get to know you and welcome you to New Song. 


A little bit about our Pastor: I grew up on a cattle farm near the town of Hartselle, Alabama. I was raised in a small United Methodist Church congregation, and it was while attending this church that I committed my life to Christ and was baptized. It was also during this time that I accepted my call to ministry and preached my first sermon (at age 17). While at college I began attending and later joined a Baptist Church. I received my bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and my Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I served as a Baptist pastor for almost 30 years and led congregations in Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina. My family and I moved to North Carolina in 2010, where I served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Richlands, North Carolina, for 7 ½ years. During my time in Richlands, I felt God leading me in a different ministry direction, so in December 2017, I resigned as the pastor of the church and accepted a position as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for PruittHealth Hospice in New Bern, a position that I still hold. During the past few years, I have also felt God’s leadership to transfer back into the United Methodist Church, and I am currently working to fulfill the requirements to serve as an ordained Elder from another denomination. In January 2020, I was appointed as the Pastor of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Pollocksville, and will conclude my service there on June 28, 2021, when I will transition to become the pastor of New Song UMC. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Lord with you in this new ministry setting.


Join us for an afternoon of fellowship and a picnic!

We will have a picnic, our annual Easter egg hunt for the kids, and yard games for all ages.  We hope that everyone will be able to join us. 


New Song has folding tables; however, we do not have chairs for outside.  Please bring enough chairs for your family and any guests you invite.


New Song will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and paper products.


We need people to sign up to bring:

Side Dishes –

Salads –

Chips – Please bring the individual serving sized chips.

Desserts –

Soda – Pastor Gary & Edee will provide.

Bottled Water – Pastor Gary & Edee will provide.

Outdoor / Yard Games –


This will be an OUTDOOR activity – please dress appropriately.  You might want to bring bug spray & sunscreen.