How you can Serve
Northminster is a church that serves. Nowhere is this more evident than in the multiple opportunities provided to get involved in the work of our congregation. As you make yourself more willing to serve, you undoubtedly will find church to be more satisfying and the friendships you kindle here all the more deeper. Here are just a few ways you can plug into the work and witness of Northminster:
Northminster is known for its wonderful music program. A significant part of this ministry is the Sanctuary Choir. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Coker, the choir helps lead in worship through the singing of an anthem each Sunday morning. Additionally, the congregation enjoys choir programs during special seasons of the year. Choir rehearsals are each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room. No tryouts are necessary. Please contact Dr. Coker through the church office if you have any questions.
Billy Brumfield House
Every Thursday church volunteers rotate in taking breakfast to the residents at the Billy Brumfield House, a ministry of Stewpot Community Services. The Billy Brumfield Shelter serves as an emergency shelter for up to 50 men per night. The shelter provides three services: it serves as an emergency shelter for homeless men, as an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, and it provides room and board for disabled men while helping them find permanent housing. Call the church office if you feel led to assist with this ministry.
The Caregiving Committee is one of the most vital parts of Northminster’s ministry both to those within and outside of the church. Each Monday, volunteers and staff gather at 8:30 a.m. to pray for the concerns of our community, families, and for those throughout the world. Additionally, dozens of prayer cards are sent to those for whom we pray as a ministry of encouragement. Then, throughout the week, the Caregivers serve those in our community through hospital and home visits, phone calls, meals and handwritten notes. Its mission is:
“to create an environment where spontaneous outpourings of love from our members can develop and be encouraged, so that we may truly become a body of believers ministering to each other and ‘being careful to maintain good works’ (Titus 3:8).”
If you have any questions or are interested in this ministry, please contact the church office or join us at our weekly meeting.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” This statement is a call to ministry that Northminster takes very seriously, and we therefore offer our church’s children many different opportunities to come to know the love of Christ. Caring adults are always needed to work with the various children’s ministries offered. From teaching children’s Sunday School to working in Vacation Bible School to serving as a Children’s Chapel helper, Northminster offers many avenues to serve Christ through serving His children. If you have an interest in this ministry, please contact Rev. Amy Joyner at the church.
Every Thursday church volunteers take meals to the residents of Grace House. Grace House’s mission is to provide caring and supportive services to all people affected by HIV/AIDS and to create and maintain a home environment in which people living with HIV may live with dignity, safety and care. Please call the church office if you would like to be added to the rotation of those who volunteer in this way.
Meals on Wheels
Several times a month, volunteers at Northminster take food to vulnerable adults who appreciate a warm meal and a brief visit. Please call the church office if you would be interested in helping with this ministry.
Mission of the Month
Because of the great needs in the Jackson area, the Northminster congregation volunteers to assist several organizations throughout the year. Each month, church members are asked to donate food, clothing, other items and service to area missions and ministries. Stay attuned to the church bulletins and the newsletter to see what each month’s mission will be.
Wider Net Project
Northminster’s Wider Net mission seeks to serve the Georgetown/Mid-City area of Jackson. There are always a number of avenues for service including after-school tutoring, assisting with Habitat builds, and Summer Kids Club. If you are interested in doing hands-on missions work in this ministry, contact Jill Barnes Buckley at the church office.
The Worship of God is central to the ministry and mission of Northminster. Each week, members of our congregation design the liturgy for Sunday worship in consultation with the pastor. A church member is also selected to be the “lay reader” for worship each week. If you have an interest in helping with the worship at Northminster, please call the church office. We will place you in touch with the Worship Committee for questions and involvement in Sunday morning worship.
Working with teenagers at such a formative time of their lives can be greatly rewarding. From time to time, the Northminster Youth group seeks volunteers, special trip sponsors, host homes, responsible drivers and other service needs. Please contact Rev. Tripp Martin at the church office if you would like to be of service to the Northminster Youth group.
Other Periodic Ways to Get Involved
Throughout the year there are seasonal opportunities for service. In December, we bring personal items to residents in Boarding Home care for Christmas. We have made periodic trips to the Gulf Coast to help with rebuilding after Katrina. We assist with other churches and organizations in building Habitat homes. Northminster strives to be active in the community bringing hope and expressing God’s grace to those we encounter. If you are interested in ways to serve within or outside our church walls, please feel free to contact us and watch the church bulletin and newsletter for other ways to plug in.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become servants to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” - Galatians 5:13-15