SMALL GROUPS

At NSCBC, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ creates a unique and transformed community that is called and sent out to live on mission together. Based on Acts 2:42, our groups create communities where people are growing in knowledge and application of the Gospel, where they are known and loved, and where they are on mission together. We would like to connect you with one of these groups! Take a look at the list below and select a group or two that interest you – remember the day of the week and group number. Then click on the button at the bottom of the page to sign up. Contact smallgroups@nscbc.org with any questions.  The small group signup form can be found HERE.

Many of our small groups take a break from meeting regularly in the summer, but they often still connect about once/month socially. If you are submitting the sign up form in the summer, please note that there may be a delay in getting connected.

SUNDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 6:15-8pm
Location: Beverly
Study: Gospel in Life, Tim Keller

MONDAYS

1 – Group: Women
Time: 7pm
Location: Beverly
Study:

TUESDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
(currently at capacity)
Time: 7pm
Location: Beverly
Study: Philippians

2 – Group: Young Adults
Time: 7:30pm
Location: South Hamilton
Study: Luke
Note: once/month dinner night

3 – Group: Young Adults
Time: 7:15pm
Location: Beverly
Study: Philippians
Mission Focus: Young Adults in Beverly

WEDNESDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults (currently at capacity)
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Hamilton/Topsfield
Study: sermon-based

2 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 7pm
Location: Beverly Farms
Study:

3 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 7pm
Location: Beverly/Centerville
Study: sermon-based

4 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 7pm
Location: South Hamilton
Study: Ephesians

THURSDAYS

1 – Group: Families
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: NSCBC
Study: Parenting Topics: Child Development
Note: During Awana

2 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 7pm
Location: Beverly
Study:

FRIDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
Time: 9:30am
Location: NSCBC
Study: When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada

 

The small group signup form can be found HERE.

CHILDREN

SUNDAYS

Sunday School

Our Sunday School for Toddlers through Grade 5 is a unified curriculum, grounded in the gospel, that helps to guide your children to become disciples of Jesus Christ. The curriculum we use is Gospel Story for Kids. Our teachers are excited to help your children understand and experience Christ and learn how all the Bible points to him and what he’s done for us. An accompanying family devotional helps parents to dive deeper with your kids into what they learn on Sunday and begin to apply it to your lives. Children meet in various classrooms based on age/grade at 10:45 on Sundays.

Children’s Worship

A special time of worship is provided during the 9am Sunday service for children age 4.5 through 2nd grade. Our Children’s Worship program is “designed to help children worship in a special place apart from the worshiping congregation so they become able to worship meaningfully with the congregation.” This program “uses a sensorimotor style of storytelling as a primary means for encountering God, so God is experienced, not just learned about. The experience of God is one of mystery, awe, and wonder. Children need to know how to find a quiet place within, which enables them to get ready to worship ‘all by themselves’ rather than sit in church in an imposed silence. Our goal is to create an environment that enables young children to encounter and worship God.” (Excerpts from Young Children and Worship, Steward & Berryman, 1989)

Toddlers

Our Toddler Care program is designed to meet the needs of young kids in a safe and loving environment where they can grow to trust the church as a fun and comfortable environment. Children attend during the entire 9am Sunday worship service, experiencing a variety of structured and unstructured play, and Bible learning activities including music and art.

Infants

The infant nursery provides a warm, caring environment for little ones during both Sunday worship services & Sunday School. Our Infant Ministry team of volunteers provides a loving environment to care for your child through age 2 1/2 years while you attend Sunday School and/or Worship. All of our helpers have undergone Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background checks, and there are at least two volunteers present at all times. We have a sign-in/sign-out system for security. Stickers are put on your child’s back noting his/her name, age and any special instructions that will help us in caring for your child. Vibrating pagers are available for parents to take with them so nursery staff can unobtrusively notify you if needed. The Nursery Room (Room 208) is primarily a large, inviting play space with a separate room for nursing mothers or napping children. There are lots of colorful toys which are disinfected regularly, as well as changing tables and diaper supplies. We want children from the earliest age to feel secure in church and to sense God’s love.


MIDWEEK

NSCBC conducts Awana, a program for children in preschool through grade 5. The Awana mission is to reach children everywhere with the gospel of Jesus Christ and engage them in lifelong discipleship. Awana reaches kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him. Awana also helps children build self-esteem and good relationships with others. The children focus on Scripture memorization in a fun and engaging environment. Children get uniforms and earn awards as they memorize the Bible. Awana meets on Thursdays throughout the school year. There is a registration fee of $30 per child and $75 maximum fee per family. If this fee is cost prohibitive for you, please speak with the Awana Coordinator, Debbi Tuck: debbi.tuck@gmail.com.

READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE.


SUMMER

For one week each summer, children entering K-6th grade are invited to participate in a free week-long camp called Vacation Bible School!

> Register for VBS here

YOUTH

We desire for Middle School and High School students to develop a meaningful and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. We help students grow in their understanding and experience of the Gospel through:

Middle School Youth Group

Sundays 6:15-8:00pm

In Friendship Hall: A fun night where you can hang out with church friends and leaders, as well as bring along school friends and neighbors. We play games, eat snacks and have a great time getting to know each other better. We look each week at what the Bible says about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We then discuss and work out what this looks like as teenagers living on the North Shore.

High School Youth Group

Sundays 6:15-8:00 pm

In the Youth Room: A fun night where you can hang out with church friends and leaders, as well as bring along school friends and neighbors. We play games, eat snacks and have a great time getting to know each other better. We look each week at what the Bible says about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We then discuss and work out what this looks like as teenagers living on the North Shore.

Events and Retreats

Throughout the year, we also have lots of time to have fun together and build friendships. We take occasional retreats – divided by Middle School and High School – where we get away together, set aside time for personal reflection on Scripture, and share about our struggles and how God is with us.

Middle School Small Groups

Thursdays/AWANA Days 6:00-7: 30 pm

Every MS student is encouraged to join a middle school small group, which meet Thursday nights, on AWANA nights, from 6-7: 30 pm at NSCBC. This time is designed to foster deeper fellowship within each small group as they learn more about the Gospel and grow in Jesus Christ! Each small group is led by leaders on our youth team and each student is encouraged to bring friends.

Middle School Girls

Led by Richelle Jospeh & Elizabeth Stevens
Willington Apartment above Youth Room, NSCBC
9 Hart Street, Beverly

Middle School Boys

Led by Tim Marton & Ross Behuniak,
Youth Room, NSCBC
9 Hart Street, Beverly

High School Small Groups

Wednesdays 7-8:30

Every HS student is encouraged to join a high school small group, which meet every Wednesday night, at host homes, from 7-8:30pm at NSCBC. This time is designed to foster deeper fellowship within each small group as they learn more about the Gospel and grow in Jesus Christ! Each small group is led by leaders on our youth team and each student is encouraged to bring friends.

High School Girls

Led by Ann Marton & Taylor Morris
Marton House, 17 Haskell St. Beverly, MA 01915

High School Boys

Led by Cameron Casey, Ben Friedman, & Dan Morris
Stutz House, 15 Perkins Cir. Topsfield, MA 01983

COLLEGE STUDENTS

Our ministry to college students

The College Ministry at NSCBC exists to connect students with the congregation and encourage discipleship relationships.

We love that we are so close to Endicott College, Montserrat College of Art, Salem State University, North Shore Community College and Gordon College, and having students from these colleges add to the life of our church.

Our church is deeply-rooted, multi-generational, and local. We offer a unique opportunity amidst college life to relate with kids, families, senior citizens, and everyone in between; we’re just 5 minutes from Gordon and Endicott, and 10 minutes from downtown Beverly, a worshipping community in the neighborhood you now call your own.

So what does the college ministry look like at our church?

First, the college ministry connects students with the congregation—think of it like an entryway. We have a weekly shuttle and some college events to let you “come in from the cold” of visiting churches, events where you can learn some names and meet some people like you. However, we know that our church is best suited to serve college students who aren’t looking for more time with college students. The real riches of being a college student at NSCBC are what the college ministry aims to connect you to: The worship service, adult small groups, christian formation classes, and ministry opportunities.

Second, the college ministry encourages discipleship relationships. There are some unique opportunities and challenges for Christians in college, so we want to address questions and concerns that might not come up in the worship service or Sunday School classes. We believe the best way to meet the most needs in the most fitting way is through individual discipleship. If you’re interested in being discipled by a mature Christian in our community, we’ll find someone to take you out for lunch or a cup of coffee, no strings attached, to talk about growing your faith in college. If you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to continue meeting throughout the year.

LOCAL OUTREACH

Local Outreach

Family Promise

Family Promise is a local organization that organizes an interfaith hospitality network. This means that churches on the North Shore are collaborating in order to provide shelter, food, and community to local families experiencing homelessness. NSCBC has signed on as a Partner Congregation in this effort. This means NSCBC will quarterly have a week where we participate in an organized fashion by having dinner with families, playing games with the kids, and hosting guests overnight in our church facility. As you enjoy participating and get to know guests, there are certainly opportunities to return more often.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can learn more about Family Promise and how they help by visiting their website http://www.familypromisensb.org or by speaking with the NSCBC Family Promise contact, Sarah Bartley. Ultimately if you wish to participate in a way that will include guest interaction, you will need to participate in a Family Promise training (approx 2 hours including a CORI check). See the Family Promise website for up to date information on upcoming trainings and RSVP through Sarah.

Evening Service

The Evening Service is an accessible worship service held on the first and third Sunday of each month from 5 pm to 7 pm. We seek to bring together people of all physical, cognitive, social and economic abilities to love God and love each other. The evening consists of a potluck meal and worship through singing, prayer and the teaching of God’s Word. In addition to traditional methods, each service uses multi-sensory teaching methods such as hands-on activities, videos, pictures, and discussion.

Read more on our Evening Service page

Beverly Downtown Dinner

Every night in Beverly, a warm meal is provided for those in need. NSCBC prepares and serves that meal on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Memorial United Methodist Church on Dane Street. To learn more and get involved in cooking, serving, or interacting with guests, contact Lianna Sours: liannamsours@gmail.com

Night to Shine

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, at North Shore Community Baptist Church, in partnership with North Shore Young Life.

Read More on our Night to Shine page

GLOBAL OUTREACH

NSCBC is known for its strong program of outreach throughout the world. The World Team coordinates the support of over 20 career World Partners located overseas and elsewhere in the USA. It does so by:

  • Stimulating interest in what God is doing around the world.
  • Spreading information about the work of our World Partners. Spurring involvement of individuals in our congregation.
  • Supporting investment and intercession. Sending individuals and teams throughout the U.S. and around the world.
  • We believe this kind of world focus is obedience to Christ’s command to: Go, preach, disciple, and teach. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 20:21). Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. (Matthew 28:19-20). Minister to the whole need of mankind: physical, mental and spiritual (Matthew 25:31-46).

MOMS (MOPS)

MOPS logoMOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and is an international organization focusing on supporting and equipping mothers of young children. NSCBC is the chartering church for North Shore MOPS, and our bi-monthly meetings provide an opportunity for development of meaningful relationships between moms from all backgrounds around the North Shore through engaging speakers, small group discussion, creative activities and plenty of food and coffee.

We also have a wonderful program for all children (infant – 6 years) called MOPPETS. MOPS meets two Thursday mornings/month from September-May. It costs $75.00 per semester (due September and January) and scholarships are available upon request.

Email mopsnorthshore@gmail.com to learn more or register.

MEN

Our Mens MinistryAs Christian men we recognize a call to seek each other out in discipleship, fellowship and worship by our sovereign God, a call made manifest by our Lord Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that we live in a sinful world that promotes isolation, temptation and the rejection of support from other men. Knowing this, we are committed to the worship of God, believing in salvation through Jesus Christ, guidance by the Holy Spirit and the promotion of godly relationships amongst men. Understanding that the world’s view will not support us in these efforts, we will remain steadfast in our daily walk with Christ.

To this end, we will continue to look to God and to first give Him praise. Men’s First Praise meets on the first Saturday of every month. We gather at 7:30am for refreshments and coffee. At 7:45 we begin with worship, followed by a speaker and discussion. We finish our time with prayer and worship ending by 8:45. Men ages 13 and up are welcome.

GRIEF SHARE

This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.

Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program.

Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.

The class is a 13-week program and costs $20 for a workbook. Learn more at griefshare.org.