New North has a history of service to the community. For a relatively small congregation, New North undertakes a wide variety
of outreach efforts:|
Local Fuel Assistance
For the past few years, New Northers have left their sanctuary unheated for one Sunday in January and held their Sunday worship in front of the fireplace in the church parlor. These "Heatless Sundays" dramatize a community-wide fundraising effort which, with the cooperation of some area fuel oil dealers, enables us to donate a free tank of oil to hard-pressed local families during the coldest months of the year. Dozens of area homeowners have benefited from this unique New North initiative.
ACA 12-Step Meeting
"On The Job" Support Group
Feel free to join the 12-step meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) that meets Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the New North parlor. The meetings are for anyone who has been affected by alcohol in their families or by a dysfunctional family.
A new support group meeting Mondays in the New North Church parlor is intended to help people find their next job in this difficult economic time. The one-hour meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and feature practical suggestions for using networking and other resources to find employment.
Christian Children's Fund
Since 1996, the New North congregation and Sunday School have taken monthly collections to support two children through the Christian Children's Fund. This person-to-person program provides school uniforms and other clothes, medical supplies, after-school training in nutrition,
health, vocational skills and remedial education to disadvantaged young people in other countries.
New North member Bill Staples spends several weeks each year working on community service missions in some of the poorest communities in West Virginia. Through
Bill, New North is able to send cash and services to places where it will do immediate good, funding home repairs, sanitary improvements and other service projects in Appalachia.
Christmas Gifts for Area Shelters
For more than a decade, those attending New North's traditional community candlelight Christmas service have been asked to bring gifts of cash donations to benefit
the residents of Father Bill's Place, a homeless shelter in Quincy, or the Mary Martha Learning Center for young mothers and their children in Hingham. Many dozens of gifts
are delivered to the shelters in time for Christmas each year.
Each year, New North families take part in a number of fundraising walks for other charitable organizations, including local hospice organizations and cancer treatment and research centers.
New North's parish house is home to three popular dance and music programs for children: Metro Music Together, Dance Steps and Children's Ballet Arts. Hola La, a Spanish language program for toddlers, also offers classes in the parish house. Many other organizations also use New North's facilities from time to time for a small fee.