New to Northside?

At Northside, we desire to know God's Word, the Bible, and live our lives according to what He teaches us there. We want to live our daily lives in ways that please Him, and we want our worship services and fellowship activities to please Him as well. Whether you have already attended one of our services or are just considering visiting us, we want you to know that we would love to have you! We've become a family here, and we would be glad to have the opportunity to welcome you in. Please view our welcome brochure.

You might be wondering what a visit to Northside on a Sunday morning might be like. Maybe you are wondering:

What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. We're glad you are visiting us, and we don't want you to be distracted by uncomfortable clothes! You'll see some in jeans and others in dress clothes. We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress.

Who will be there?
We're a congregation of all ages—from young children to "senior saints." More than likely, you'll find someone just like you.

How will I know where to go?
When you first come in our front doors, you'll see our foyer at the top of a short flight of stairs. There by the sanctuary doors, you'll find greeters and ushers who are passing out bulletins containing our church announcements. They will be able to answer any questions you might have. When you are ready, please feel free to sit down anywhere in the sanctuary. You might enjoy reading through the bulletin before the service begins; it will give you an idea of what is going on at Northside on the day of your visit.

What about my children?
During our worship service, a nursery is provided for infants and toddlers who have not yet reached their third birthday, and there they will be cared for lovingly. The nursery is on the sanctuary level. Beginning at age three, all children worship with their parents in the sanctuary, and listening pages are provided to help children follow along with what is happening in the worship service.

It can be hard to leave your child with people you've just met. Please know all of our children's workers—those who work with infants through high school students—have been thoroughly screened with background checks. Your child's safety is of utmost importance to us. In each children's class held during our worship service, you are asked to sign your child in and out, designating who has permission to remove your child from our care. Thanks for doing this for us. It helps us keep your child safe!

Some parents prefer to have their children sit quietly with them during the worship service rather than use the nursery. Please do what is comfortable for you.

What will the worship service be like?
Early in the service, everyone in attendance will be asked to fill out our Friendship Registration Sheet. Our regular attendees do this each week, and sometimes they will include notes to the pastor or office staff there. You'll notice that there is a place there for visitors to write their names, and you can give us your address, too, if you'd like. No one will show up at your door if you do this; no one will even call unless you ask us to! You'll just get a letter in the mail from our pastor, thanking you for visiting us. He'll also send along a brochure to help you know a little more about our church.

Worship in Music
It is important to us that the music we sing in our services have a message that communicates clear biblical truth. Therefore, we sing a mixture of old and new songs that accomplish this; they may be older hymns, modern hymns, or more recently written worship music. We use a piano, guitars, a violin, and some light percussion to accompany our singing together. Our desire is that our music helps those in attendance to worship and does not distract them in any way.

Each week, our regular attendees have the opportunity to give to God from grateful hearts for the work He's done in their lives. We see this as an act of worship, but not a requirement. As our guest, please do not feel obligated to give.

Message (Sermon)
Our pastor speaks expositionally, or verse-by-verse, through a passage of Scripture, explaining what each verse means. Typically, we work our way through a book of the Bible, often alternating between Old Testament and New Testament books. Our desire as a church is to discover together what God has told us in His Word and allow what He teaches us there to change our lives.

The Lord's Table (Communion)
Once a month, most often on the first Sunday, we celebrate the Lord's Table with the bread and juice reminding us of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins. You do not have to be a member of our church to participate. If you have placed your trust in Christ alone for your salvation, you are welcome to take part in communion with us.

Our Sunday morning worship service typically lasts seventy-five to eighty minutes.

What happens after the service?
You'll probably find that someone will introduce themselves to you! Northsiders are a pretty friendly bunch. Our pastor will be in the foyer, available there to speak to you and others who attend that day. When you are done visiting, please go to your child's classroom to pick him or her up, signing your child out on the sign-in sheet.




1 John 4:13-14

We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.

Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.