The liturgy, or order of worship, of the Sunday service at Northside Church has five major sections:
In this section we recognize the presence and greatness of God. The distinctiveness of corporate worship begins to be felt and seen. The liturgist welcomes the congregation and leads them through a call to worship, a song is sung, and Scripture is read.
The purpose of this section is to pull our affections off the things we worship instead of God. This is a time to be honest with God through corporate and silent confession, receive the proclamation of forgiveness from our Father through Christ, and respond in praise through song.
In this section the grace received from God is manifested outwardly. Through passing the peace, baptizing covenant children, praying together, and taking up the offering we declare that our faith is more than an interior set of beliefs. We are also made ready to actively hear God's Word in the next section.
Together we receive food from the Lord that will not spoil: a biblical, Christ-centered sermon, and the meal of the Lord's Supper. In this way we affirm that God uniquely nourishes our minds and spirits through the practices of preaching and communion.
At the conclusion of the service we rejoice in song and are charged to put our faith into practice by loving and serving God and neighbor.
During the Fall and Spring, we gather in small groups of 7-12 at different times and in various Northside homes (and the church) throughout the week. These groups are a great place to connect with other people, discuss the Christian faith in community, and be prayed for.
Currently, there are 7 groups meeting, all in the Northside. We encourage newcomers to visit a few groups to see if there is one they might like to join.
Leader: Dan Kennedy
Leaders: Hunter & Adrianne Thompson, Chris & Lori Lurhman
Leaders: Sam & Kelly Vaughn, Rob & Julie Hodous
Leaders: Graham Howell, Laurie Howell
Leader: Isaiah Thomas
Leader: Adrianne Thompson
Leader: Laurie Howell
If you would like to receive further information or arrange a visit, please fill out the contact form below.
The Youth Life Engagement Team partners with Youth Life Foundation of Richmond (a local non-profit that runs after-school programs for elementary through high school students) to provide consistent volunteers who care about students' holistic growth and, through long-term relationships, evangelism, and discipleship, to welcome these students into the larger church body. Our purpose is to lead Youth Life students to spiritual, relational, personal, academic, and job-ready maturity.
The Mercy Response Team shares the mercy God has given us by responding to requests for short-term financial assistance from members of the congregation or the community.
The Manor Care Team visits residents at Manor Care to share joy, conversation, crafts, and the gospel. This family-friendly team welcomes children to participate!
The Neighborhood Engagement Team exists to provide ideas, encouragement, and accountability for those who are seeking to live as neighbors who "were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well" (1 Thessalonians 2:8). They do this by developing relationships with those who live around them, actively sharing the gospel, and serving practical needs identified by the community.
Joy House is a local non-profit that offers short-term housing for women transitioning out of homelessness towards independent living. We partner with them in various ways to love and support these women.
If you would like to join an engagement team, please contact Corinne Tucker via the form below.