Northside Church is a place where you can find community, a place you can call home. But home is not a place created instantaneously; rather, through worship, study, and service, relationships are built and strengthened, allowing us to transcend community and become a family fostered by faith.
Listed below you’ll find overviews of all the programs offered by Northside. We have been called “the biggest little church” in the area because our community is made up of a wide variety of small, intimate groups. This is true in all our ministry departments, from children’s Sunday schools to youth disciple groups, adult study classes to prayer teams, and from mission gatherings to choirs.
Are you a 4th or 5th grader who loves to fellowship with kids your own age? We have a special Children’s Ministry program just for you! We get together once a month for fun, fellowship, food, and more. Past programs include: Stone Mountain Laser show, indoor rock climbing, dinner and movie night, and an overnight retreat. We also participate in mission and outreach programs.
Adult choirs are open to all who love to sing and lead worship through song! Our Chancel Choir leads weekly hymns and music during the 11:00AM Traditional service. Festival Choir is another great ensemble open to anyone who would like to participate in the annual Festival of Carols and the Lenten Music Celebration. Come lift your voice with us and experience worship from a musical perspective! All are welcome.
Looking for a fun, yet meaningful small group? The Adult Bell Choir is the place for you to use your talents and build strong relationships serving God and making new friends. No previous experience is required, but the ability to read music is helpful. The Adult Bell Choir participates in worship approximately every six weeks throughout the school year, and especially on Easter Sunday!
We have various Sunday School classes that tackle issues of faith in the contemporary world, engage Sunday’s sermon to unearth real-world application, and consider biblically and doctrinally based answers to deep questions of faith. Some studies are lecture-based while others are lay-led and more informal. All of our classes promote open discussion, friendship, and growth. There’s something for adults of every age!
The Adult Discipleship ministry offers weekday Bible and discipleship classes, a reoccurring faith and film series, and various book studies designed to provide a fresh injection of God’s Word throughout the week. Led by Northside’s Director of Adult Discipleship, James Johnson, classes marry a wealth of knowledge with laid-back discussions on faith, theology, and biblical truths.
Children’s Choir is a community where Northside’s youngest members come together in fellowship to worship in song and learn about Christ’s love. We offer a blend of worship education and musical training in an environment that encourages spiritual growth.
The Children’s Handbell choir teaches basic music reading, performance, and teamwork skills through fun activities. Participants ring in Traditional worship approximately four times a year, including the Hanging of the Greens service in December and the Children’s Musical in the Spring. Our class size is small to allow for the best learning environment, so space is limited. This program is for Grades 3-5.
At Northside, we believe fellowship is not only important, but necessary. We have a number of events throughout the year that are meant for the whole family—most importantly, Wednesday Night Dinner. We also have an annual family mission project in the spring (Spring MAP) and our signature community event, the Picnic, in August.
Confirmation is a yearlong commitment, which includes a spring retreat, for 7th grade students seeking to confirm their baptism and join the United Methodist Church. In this Sunday morning class, students
Northside Church now has a trained Early Response Team (ERT)! An ERT consists of 7–10, UMCOR-certified people who travel to disaster areas and provide the caring presence of the church to survivors. They serve as needed by taking steps to prevent further damage, managing donated materials, and gathering information on survivors’ needs to then report to local operations.
The journey of a disciple is fraught with mountains and valleys of faith, a long path with many twists and turns. It is not one that should be ventured alone. Indeed, without the encouragement and support of fellow disciples, the journey is impossible. The Disciple Bible study program offered here at Northside provides the perfect atmosphere for forming and developing community along the path to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, through an in-depth study of Scripture.
There is an FA meeting at Northside! FA is a 12-step program for food addiction, modeled after AA. The treatment is for addiction to food rather than alcohol. This program is different from other weight loss programs in that it is not a diet. It is a healthy way of eating that is sustainable for life, combined with a spiritual solution to the issues that were driving the unhealthy eating. FA has been around for many years and has strong fellowships in many large cities but is only now beginning to take off in Atlanta. If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please come! Drop-ins are welcome.
Missions outreach is an opportunity to serve others, not just around the world, but also right here in the community. Northside is committed to mobilizing support for the homeless, at-risk youth, neighborhood revitalization, and general relief programs, through an array of ministries, including Metro Atlanta Project, Murphy-Harpst, Habitat for Humanity, United Methodist Children’s Home, and Action Ministries.
Missions opportunities at Northside span a wide array of foci, but its primary focus is on meeting the basic needs of those in undeserved communities, both in metro Atlanta and abroad. One of those basic needs is hunger, and we partner with Agape Atlanta, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Friends of Refugees, Food Security for America, and PAWKids to ensure the empowerment and support of families in need.
Kingdom Journey is a two-year-long Bible study open to all 9th and 10th graders at Northside. Beginning in September, parent(s) and student will study the Bible and meet with the class two Sundays a month for discussion. The course culminates in a trip to the Holy Land.
Several times throughout the year we have large group men’s gatherings designed to foster fellowship and community. Interested in getting involved in Men’s Ministry but not ready to join a small group? These events are a great place to start!
Looking to connect with fellow men walking a similar path? Men’s Ministry offers daily small groups, Bible studies, and men’s gatherings designed to promote fellowship, strengthen relationships, and equip men with Biblical truths and application to become better fathers, husbands, sons, and disciples.
The Metro Atlanta Project is a weeklong, student-led, adult-supported annual service project dedicated to serving the community through roofing projects, playground construction, and general home repair for those in desperate need. Founded in 1999, this year saw 5,000 total hours of work on 14 different sites and 125 students building community through daily worship and self-sacrifice. We also have Fall and Spring MAP, which are one day service projects generally open to all ages.
At Northside, our mission and belief is that God calls us to go out into the world to serve others, and part of that is supporting global missionaries who seek to transform lives and aid those in need. We currently support missionaries stationed around the world, from The Bahamas and Budapest to Nicaragua and the Ukraine.
Northside Methodist Preschool has a loving and qualified staff of 48 who provide child-centered, hands-on learning for 250 students, ages 18 months to 5 years old. Artwork from our budding artists fills our hallways; the colorful and inviting library has over 4,000 titles; our music and movement programs encourage preschoolers to stretch their bodies as well as their imaginations; and students attend an interactive weekly chapel program to know God’s grace and love. Come join the NMP family!