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 Scripture, where they are known and loved, and where they are spurred on to carry out Jesus’ mission in the places where they live, learn, work, and play. 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.

MONDAYS

1 – Group: Women (currently at capacity)
Location: Beverly
Time: 7pm
Leader: Beth Ann Sperr
Note: meeting in person

TUESDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Beverly)
Time: 7pm
Leaders: Russ & Janet Bjork
Note: sermon-based study

2 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Beverly)
Time: 7pm
Leaders: Joe & Lauren Meekins
Note: meet every other week

3 – Group: Young Adults & Families
Location: Zoom (Beverly Farms)
Time: 7:15pm
Leaders: Richard & Tess Wallace
Note: currently studying Mark

4 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Hamilton)
Time: 7:15pm
Leaders: Melissa Lowther, Foster Mann

5 – Group: Young Adults & Families
Location: Beverly (near Cummings Center)
Time: 7:30pm
Leaders: Sam & Sarah Solberg
Note: meet outside in person

WEDNESDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Hamilton/Topsfield
Time: 7pm
Leader: Wally Warrenburg
Note: sermon-based study; some meetings in person

2 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Hamilton)
Time: 7pm
Leaders: Moe & Linda Olmsted
Note: sermon-based study

3 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Beverly Farms)
Time: 7:30pm
Leaders: YB & Cheryl Rao

4 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Zoom (Wenham)
Time: 7:30pm
Leaders: Russ & Debbi Tuck
Note: sermon-based study

5 – Group: Mixed Adults
(currently at capacity)
Location: Zoom (Beverly)
Time: 7:30pm
Leader: Mark Coleman

THURSDAYS

1 – Group: Mixed Adults
Location: Beverly
Time: 7pm
Leaders: Chris Coble, Russ Spooner
Note: some meetings in person

2 – Group: Parents of Young Children
Location: Zoom (Beverly Farms)
Time: 6:15-7:30pm
Leader: Anne Bajema
Note: meet every other week

 

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 meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays nights from 7-8:30pm at the church. Come hear a gospel message from our series on Walking with Jesus Through Tough Times as we seek to understand and live out how the gospel shapes and equips us for seasons of difficulty. Going above and beyond the MA Covid-19 guidelines, come for community, games, and snacks.

Small Groups meet bi-weekly on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm at host homes in our local communities. Youth group and small groups alternate weeks—never meeting on the same Wednesday even. Through the guidance of our middle school girls’ small group leaders, the girls are studying through the gospel of Mark, applying the gospel to the challenges of being a teen on the North Shore. Through the guidance of our middle school boys’ small group leaders, the boys are learning what it means for Jesus Christ to be “the way, the truth, the life” that brings identity, meaning, and purpose to all of life.

High School

Youth Group meets once-a-month on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30pm at the church. Covid-19—including its individual and societal effects—has heightened our collective awareness on problem areas such as racial justice and mental well-being. Come join in on the discussion at youth group as we seek to engage honestly and sympathetically engaged these difficult topics with the gospel. Going above and beyond the MA Covid-19 guidelines, come for community, games, and snacks. Lastly, we plan one additional local outing a month such as a pumpkin carving contest, movie night, and Christmas party!

Small Groups meet once-a-week on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm at host homes in our local communities. With the leadership of our high school girls’ leaders, our girls are discussing, learning, and practicing the importance of cultivating a life of prayer and intimacy with God. With the guidance of our high school boys’ leaders, our boys are studying the life of King David as a pointer to the True King, Jesus Christ, and how this reshapes our identity, our challenges in life, and our view of leadership.

Email our Interim Youth Minister at cameron@nscbc.org to learn more.

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.

Click here to visit the College Students page

Keep up to date

Sign up for our college student email to find out about upcoming events and ways that you can be involved in the life of our church and the wider North Shore community.

 

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 MOPS Kids. MOPS meets two Thursday mornings/month from September-May. It costs $85.00 per semester (due September and January) and scholarships are available upon request.

Spring Dates: 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, and 5/7.

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

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.

OUTREACH MNISTRIES FUND

The Outreach Ministries Fund, or OMF, is earmarked for evangelism or social service needs, both local and worldwide.  Grants can be made to meet a program’s critical need, provide funds for a new project, or towards facilities improvements.  The Fund’s gifts towards social service needs are to be in support of community-oriented projects.

At North Shore Community Baptist Church, we acknowledge that we are called to give generously to all of God’s work as we are able.  The Outreach Ministries Fund is earmarked for evangelism or social service programs outside the regular ministries of NSCBC.  We seek to support the work connected to the people of NSCBC in our communities.

The Outreach Ministries Fund gives four to five grants a year, most ranging from $50 to $1500. These grants serve ministry needs that are specific, one-time, and verifiable by receipt. Grants can be made to meet a ministry program’s critical need, provide funds for a new project, or towards facilities improvements.
Grant Examples from Past Years
• Ministry materials: Bibles; school backpacks; video and workbooks
• Conferences or training: fees and associated costs, travel expenses
• Facility repair and upgrades: repairing building damage; kitchen countertops; a 15-passenger van; heating system repairs; a computer
• Special expenses: food and decorations for a celebration; consultation with a nutritionist for an orphanage.
The Outreach Ministries Fund Team meets quarterly to consider pending requests.

The application is online (see link below). You may also request a printed application.

You may submit an application at any time. You will be notified within a week of our receipt of your information. Please note: a reference from someone at NSCBC will be required.

Application

 

Contact Information

The Outreach Ministries Fund Team consists of Anne Bajema (chair), Sarah Bartley and Rich Healey.

For more information, contact the OMF team at omf@nscbc.org.

 
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