North River Reopening Update

Watch the video below to hear Pastor Paul and Pastor Todd give an update on how North River will proceed with reopening the church.

North River  Church Update May 29th, 2020

 

“Dear brother and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (emphasis added.) James 1:2

I don’t know about you, but COVID-19 has been a “trouble” in our house, and I’m not sure I have considered it a “great joy” in our house of eight people. 

We are STUCK together. We are WORKING together. We are SCHOOLING together, and to top it off, Rich lost his full-time job the third week of March. (Don’t worry, he is still your Middle School Director!) 

We don’t leave the house unless we have to. Rich and I go to stores twice a week. Mondays, I go grocery shopping for the week and Fridays we both go to Wal-mart or Target, depending on what we need. The six kids… well, they haven’t been anywhere but the cranberry bog near our home since March. Needless to say, we all get a little grumpy occasionally.

“Consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY,” James tells us. But why? How?

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:3-4)

Endurance is certainly not easy, North River, but it sure sounds like it is worth it during this time.  Let your endurance grow… let it become fully developed in this very difficult time. You will become “PERFECT” and “COMPLETE”, and “need nothing”.

We are not the first in history to go through great trials and to have our faith tested over time, and I doubt that we will be the last. Look to this time as an opportunity to build your endurance and your faith and to become more complete in your walk with Christ. Will the trouble go away? Maybe not, but you will feel better and more equipped to deal with whatever comes your way.

We are praying for you, church. Stay strong, and continue to lean in on Jesus’ grace to build your faith and endurance. This is a time to grow (even (especially) when you are feeling ALL the feels!).

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 Reopening the Church

If you haven’t heard how North River is approaching re-opening the church, please watch the update from Pastors Paul and Todd at the top of this page. Stay tuned here for some opportunities to gather as we slowly and cautiously begin to reopen the church.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

#HereToServe


 

Many of you know that we partner with several missionaries and ministries all over the world. We recently heard this from one of our partners, Luke Schreifer who works with Inca Link, a ministry organization located in several countries in South America.“The Covid-19 pandemic has really changed the look of our ministries and the work we are doing.  Most of the people we minister to have no way of feeding their families.  The governments are not allowing people to work.  Without work, families cannot eat.” 

While we may not be able to physically go on the mission trip we had planned to Peru this summer, we are happy to report that through the GO Team, we were able to provide assistance to feed 300 families for one week!  

 

Ministries

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other. Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. Check your email for the link.

Check out Elevate’s Worship Puzzle Challenge on instagram or the website for your chance to win a prize this week.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Our Daily Bread 

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the Staff

 


 

North River Church Update May 22, 2020

“A mature disciple is one who effortlessly does what Jesus would do if Jesus were him.”  ~ Dallas Willard

It’s a very real dilemma that the Christian faces every day: do I live my life today the way I would choose or the way that Christ would choose? In fact, it is the very  essence of Christian’s life. Every day, every waking moment, the Christian is faced with this choice–even in the midst of our quarantine. How do I treat my family? How do I treat the person walking the wrong way down the aisle at the grocery store? 

God’s salvation, through Jesus, is not an escape from this world, it is an invitation to engage in this world, to participate in God’s kingdom work in exactly the same way that Jesus showed us. It’s hard, and I often feel like I fail more than I succeed, but it’s the reality to which we are called as disciples of Jesus. 

Paul says in his letter to the Philippians that we are to “keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.” (4:9) A Christians responsibility does not end with salvation, it begins there. It’s not a one time decision. It’s a continual choice–keep putting into practice. Maybe this is why Paul told the Thessalonians to “pray continually”? Could it be that this is the secret to living life as Jesus’ disciple?

For Paul, and all Christians, the daily task before us is to put our belief into action.

“We can become like Christ by doing one thing—by following him in the overall style of life he chose for himself.” ~ Dallas Willard

Discipleship, every day, is our calling, and it’s the proof of our faith: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” ~ John 15:8

We are praying for all of you who remember your loved ones who have fallen protecting their country this weekend. Have a safe Memorial Day everyone.

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service! 

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

Ministries

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. Our small groups range from young adults to men’s, to women’s, and a variety of topics. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Check your email for the link.

 Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. New invitations to Right Now Media were sent out a week ago to everyone who has never logged in to it previously. If you did not receive an invitation and would like one, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,

Rich Peck for the Staff

 


 

North River Church Update May 15, 2020

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13

Faith, hope and love form a tightly knit circle in the Christian’s life.

Faith links us to our past. God is faithful. When we look back on our lives we can see how God worked for us in the past, and our faith is strengthened. Remembering inspires us towards faithful action when God asks us to obey in the present. (Deuteronomy 15:15)

Hope presses us to contemplate our future. Our past obedience to God’s direction, and his subsequent work on our behalf, builds our confidence that God will continue to do so in our lives. Hope looks forward to God’s fulfilled promises in our lives. Looking forward with hope, grants us courage to take next steps in the present. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Love grounds us in our actions of the present. This is why love is the greatest. Faith and hope serve love by equipping the Christian with confidence and courage to act in the present moment. Loving actions are the proofs of a Christian’s faith and hope. (James 2:20-24)

Remember. He is faithful.

Dream. Hold tight to his promises.

Act. Love demonstrates that God is real.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:35

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:


Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Reopening The Church Update

We have been hearing from some of you as you are eager to know when we are going to reopen church?  Pastor Paul and Pastor Todd will be giving an important update during the service this Sunday.  

Feedback Needed

North River is considering adding a 3rd online Worship Service. The purpose of adding a third service would be to provide an additional option for people who find it difficult to attend a service on Sunday morning.  We would love your feedback.  Please click HERE to complete a quick one question survey.

#HereToServe

Caring Connections

If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry HERE. We have a team of people ready to assist.

Prayer

If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team HERE.

Deacon’s Fund 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance, please contact the Deacons HERE. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund.

Ministries

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. Our small groups range from young adults to men’s, to women’s, and a variety of topics. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Check your email for the link.

 Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. New invitations to Right Now Media were sent out on Thursday to everyone who has never logged in to it previously. If you did not receive an invitation and would like one, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Rich Peck for the Staff


North River Church Update May 8th, 2020

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so we would like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who have played the role of mom in some way! Proverbs 31 concludes with this verse (31), “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” We honor the mother figures in our lives who have worked and loved so hard and hope that you will join us in doing the same. 

This week, we continue with our series, Living In Exile. The “stay at home” order here in Massachusetts and many other states can feel a lot like being exiled. Explore with us what the Bible teaches about times of exile, difficulty, and struggle and be encouraged as we worship together (from home!). 

Even as we are socially distant, there’s still a lot going on at North River! Read on to find out more.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Communion This Sunday, May 10th

We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine.  

 

Deacon’s Fund 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance, please contact the Deacons HERE. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund.

 

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Caring Connections

If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry HERE. We have a team of people ready to assist.

 

Prayer

If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team HERE.

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

 

Elevate

NO ELEVATE Sunday, May 10th. Celebrate Mother’s Day with your family.

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. 

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

 

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Kristie Peck for the Staff


 

Update: May 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” — C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

It seems that God is shouting.

Only, right now, He is not shouting to you or me individually. He is shouting to our entire world.

In the midst of our chaotic, upturned lives, God is shouting, “Here I am! I can help you with this. I’ve been in this business a LONG time.”

People go about their lives often blinded by the routines they’ve established, and it takes something huge coming straight at them for them to notice that they are surrounded by people, who they don’t know. Pain is an eye-opener, a reset button. It is a reminder that life is not solely about the individual.

At a time like this, pain is shared. It is a unifying force, albeit one that we’d all like to avoid, and one that God might even celebrate, not because God enjoys watching us in our pain, but rather because God sees the end result of our pain while we are in the midst of it. We like to think that anything that makes us uncomfortable should be eliminated from life, but this is not the case. Pain drives us towards each other and towards God. It serves a valuable role—it brings qualities like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control to the forefront of our lives, and reminds us that we are called to something bigger than our self-pursuits. Pain develops in us, the believers, the qualities that God desires in his children. In those without God, pain develops a longing for answers that ultimately drives them to God. These are both good things.

While pain certainly hurts, it also helps us heal. While pain raises questions, it also helps us find the real answers. While pain upsets our lives, it also resets our lives. While pain makes it feel like we’re alone, it also helps us realize that we are not alone.

While we see pain as useless and unnecessary, through the lens of perfect love, God uses pain purposefully to develop his children and draw people to Himself.

As you reflect on the pain we are all currently experiencing, be encouraged by Paul’s words to the church in Rome: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 NIV)

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Way to go North River! 

With your help we were able to provide two SUVs stuffed full with groceries. These items will be distributed to Pembroke families through the Pembroke Food Pantry and the Council on Aging.


Calling All Creatives!

The North River production team is looking for individuals to join our team! Over the past six weeks we have moved all of our services online. We hope you have enjoyed watching with us! If you have experience with graphic design, video editing, camera/filming, audio mixing, or are interested to learn any of these, let us know! Please click HERE if you are interested, and someone from our production team will be in touch.

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is in innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

 

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River Online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Rich Peck for the Staff


Update: April 24, 2020

Dear friends,

I recently read an article about Biblical Rest. At a time like this where it seems that the “Pause Button”  has been pressed for most of the world, one would think that rest should come naturally, that it should be easily attained. If you are anything like me, rest in this time of working from home and changed schedules has not been as easy as I thought it would be.

We wrestle with working from home and separating the work / family schedule. Keeping kids on task, learning, and occupied. Learning new skills (very quickly!). Navigating worry… Am I going to keep my job? How long will unemployment last? How long can my company stay afloat? Will I get sick? Will my family get sick? Navigating loss… My graduation was just canceled. My vacation has to be postponed. A family member has passed and I have no real way to mourn or support my other family members.

All of these things have a way of piling up and preventing us from rest. Sure, we stop and we sit. We watch a few shows or a movie, (Netflix has never had more views in my house than right now!)  maybe we even read a book.  But oftentimes these things don’t leave us feeling rested. Why?

The answer comes when we look at Biblical rest. In an article in Relevant Magazine, Bonnie Gray puts forth that real, true, soul – refreshing rest is found only in authentic relational time spent with God.

To truly experience rest, we must first look to and acknowledge our true identity. That of “son” or “daughter” of the most High God whom He loves deeply! When we are able to see ourselves in that perspective, the worries and the busyness seems less significant in light of the God of the universe knowing and caring for us.

Second, we must come to Him in “emotional honesty.” Don’t hold back, there is nothing you can come to God with that will surprise Him!

Third, make time to commune with God daily. Relationships are built with consistent conversations and time spent together. All relationships are grown this way.  How much more so your relationship with God?

This may be a difficult time, with many real burdens and worries, but we can still find rest during this time. Rest in the one who has promised to give it to you when you come to Him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Jesus, Matthew 11:28.

To read the full article on Biblical Rest click HERE.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11AM

Did you know we have interactive services online at 9 & 11AM every Sunday morning? Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service.

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch onDemand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.


Connecting Point

Are you new to North River? We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 26th from 12:30 – 1:30PM over zoom for a time to meet our pastors and staff, and learn more about what North River is all about. This is a great time to ask your questions about our ministries and practices and get to know others who are new to North River as well. Whether you are local to the area, or joining us online from across the country, we would love to meet you! To join us, please sign up HERE and a link will be sent to you.


Looking for a Way to Help the Community?

With local food pantries closed, the Pembroke council on aging is stepping up to help local senior citizens get the food they need during this time.  North River is partnering with the council on aging to support this much needed resource in the community by hosting a food drive this week. Please drop off your donations on Tuesday, April 28th from 3:00 – 5:00PM or on Wednesday, April 29th from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. Just pull up to the curb and someone will meet you to accept your donation.

Family Trivia Night: ONLINE EDITION

This Thursday at 6PM grab your families and hop online to compete in a family trivia game night! This evening of fun is designed for families of ALL ages and stages. Compete for prizes and see other families playing along! Click HERE to sign up and get your instructions to join.

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is in innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others.  A new Small Group was launched this week.  There is a group for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30. For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through on our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

    Peace,
    Kristie Peck for the Staff


 

Update: April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

I read this quote earlier this week, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world.”—NT Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

So often we settle for mediocre instead of extraordinary, but the cross calls us into something deeper, into the extraordinary. To embrace the reality that the “New creation has already begun,” and we were made for so much more.

Now.

Here.

In the middle of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the nations and ended the lives of thousands.

It can be hard to imagine something new and extraordinary happening, but that is exactly what we celebrated together last weekend at Easter. When Jesus conquered death and walked out of that tomb, God’s plan was fulfilled and that birthed the beginning of all things being renewed. That renewal starts with you and I, as God transforms our hearts from old to new when we acknowledge what Jesus did for us on the cross.

The risen Christ gives us the courage to face each day during these uncertain times. The risen Christ gives us hope for the future. The risen Christ give us the ability to stop settling for lesser, mediocre things in our lives. We can choose to leave those things behind in the tomb, and embrace the new creation we are all becoming when acknowledging Jesus is the Lord and the Savior of our lives.


Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11AM

Did you know we have interactive services online at 9 & 11AM every Sunday morning? Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service.

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Connecting Point

Are you new to North River? We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 26th from 12:30 – 1:30PM over zoom for a time to meet our pastors and staff, and learn more about what North River is all about. This is a great time to ask your questions about our ministries and practices and get to know others who are new to North River as well. Whether you are local to the area, or joining us online from across the country, we would love to meet you! To join us, please sign up HERE and a link will be sent to you.

Want To Get Outside?

Des Glynn is looking for a few people to help with some landscaping/spring clean-up projects around our campus. If you have some time and want to get outside for some fresh air, contact Des at HERE

Small Groups Online

Tired of being part of Zoom meetings that are all about tasks and business? How about joining a Zoom Meeting provides that an opportunity for you to experience community with others? Small Groups are a great way connection, community, and spiritual growth. We have 25 groups meeting throughout the week. There is a group for you! Click HERE to find out about joining a Small Group today.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their in-boxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (Grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between online services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.

Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30. For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please email Amy Lynch at Amy@northriverchurch.org

30 Days of Hope Study

Guywire has just relaunched its original email study for men and women called 30 Days of Hope. The passages, and the encouragement written with them, have never been more relevant than in these days. This is a FREE daily email study for each of you that runs now through April. Signup by emailing Derek Churchill HERE.


Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Our Phone System Has Been Updated

Our phone system has been updated this week. Although we are not at the church to answer your calls we do receive your voicemail messages soon after you leave them. Please don’t hesitate to leave a private message for any one of the staff and we will get back to you. The church number is 781-826-0722.

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App and Reading Plans for Children, Students and Adults. You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through on our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.
If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

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Update: April 9, 2020

I went for a walk the other day. It wasn’t a walk that I wanted to go on. It was one of those walks that I “needed” to go on. I found myself angry at everything—myself, my family, this stupid pandemic. You name it, and I was mad at the world. It just welled up inside of me, so I put Planetshakers on my playlist, and powered out the door.

At first, my mind was racing, overwhelmed with absolutely everything that was going on in my life, and each step felt like I was going to break the pavement.

 Something shifted about two miles in. I found myself being swept up by the lyrics of the songs, and the anger I had started with was beginning to subside. I found myself being comforted, and God’s grace enveloped me in a way that it hadn’t in quite some time. I was reminded of God’s words spoken through Isaiah:

 “Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ ??Isaiah? ?40:27-31? ?NIV

By the beginning of mile five, I was in a completely different headspace. I found myself grateful for the things in my life that were frustrating me? just an hour earlier. I found comfort as I put my hope in God, and my strength to continue through the day was renewed.

GO FOR A WALK! It could change everything in a matter of moments.

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Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Good Friday & Easter At North River: Join us for our Good Friday and Easter services online:

  Good Friday Service: 7 PM
Easter Services: 9AM & 11AM

You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

Communion: We will celebrate Communion at our Good Friday Service. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. We will celebrate communion near the end of the service.

GO Team Update: Thank you for your support in the Easter Meals mission! Money was raised, food was purchased, and a small team will be packing and delivering 15 Easter meals to the Rehoboth House in Norwell, and 1 meal to the Pembroke Council on Aging this weekend. In addition, 60 plants were donated and delivered to the Marshfield Council on Aging, and 45 storage bins were donated to the Rehoboth House as well. Special thanks to the GO Team, with special assistance from Dave Lynch, Bob Maffeo, Jan Goodman and Pembroke Lowe’s for their efforts!

Want To Get Outside?: Des Glynn is looking for a few people to help with some landscaping/spring clean-up projects around our campus. If you have some time and want to get outside for some fresh air, contact Des here.

Small Groups Online: Tired of being part of Zoom meetings that are all about tasks and business? How about joining a Zoom Meeting provides an opportunity for you to be in community with others? Small Groups are a great way for connection, community, and spiritual growth. We have 25 groups that are meeting throughout the week. There is a group for you! Click here to find out about joining a Small Group today.

Elevate: Elevate will not be meeting online this Sunday, April 12th, so that families can enjoy Easter together. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for a family Easter Experience that they can participate in together. Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts will happen as scheduled. Middle School at 7 PM and High School at 8 PM. Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click here to “Like,” and watch this page for updates and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

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Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account here.

30 Days of Hope Study: Guywire has just relaunched its original email study for men and women called 30 Days of Hope. The passages, and the encouragements written with them, have never been more relevant than in these days. This is a FREE daily email study for each of you that runs now through April. Signup by emailing Derek Churchill here.

Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver: MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Wishing you and your family a great Easter.  He is risen!

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Update: April 3, 2020

I read this quote on a Facebook post this morning: “Mountain tops inspire us, but valleys mature us.” It reminded me of Psalm 84. Originally, Psalm 84 was a song for the worship leaders who would travel once a year to serve in the temple. This 40-mile journey on foot would take them through deep, low valleys to the temple, which was located at one of the highest points in Jerusalem. Here is a portion of the song that was often sung while on the journey:

 “How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord;within their hearts are the highways of holiness! Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring. They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward, and the God of all gods will appear before them in Zion.” Psalm 84:5-7

 The metaphor of the valley in this Psalm is a powerful one. Valleys can be dark, dangerous and difficult to navigate. The Psalm reminds us that there is strength and blessing in the valleys because God is with us! This has been a very discouraging month (ok, discouraging year!) for all of us. It is similar to walking through a valley. The hope we have in the valley is God is with us, filling the valley with a brook of blessing. The ultimate blessing for us is God using this time to draw us closer to Him and to mature our faith. Our God is with us!

 Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 Good Friday & Easter At North River: Join us for our Good Friday and Easter services online:

Good Friday Service: 7 PM
Easter Services: 9AM & 11AM

You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

 Communion: We will celebrate Communion at our Good Friday Service. If you would like to participate in Communion, you will need to get some Communion elements. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. We have  individual prepackaged communion elements (a wafer & cup) available for those who need them. You can get them one of two ways:

  • Curbside Pick Up At North River: Please email deacons@northriverchurch.org and indicate how many packs you will                         need. You can pick them up at North River on Tuesday, April 7 between 2:30 PM-4 PM.
  •  Home Delivery: If you are elderly, sick or shut-in, we will deliver Communion elements to you. Please email deacons@northriverchurch.orgto arrange delivery.

 Faith Stories: We are working to compile a list of people who would be willing to share their faith story during one of our upcoming services. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact us here.

GO Team Easter Meals:  The GO Team is currently working with our local Missions Partners on the South Shore to identify needs that North River can serve and support. One immediate need is 15 families at Rehoboth House (Norwell) who need a meal for Easter. To ensure a safe process, the GO TEAM will purchase a canned Ham dinner with potatoes, vegetables and a dessert. Each family also needs a plastic storage bin to store items during a regular disinfecting process of their rooms during this crisis. If you would like to contribute to this need, please earmark your giving to “GO FUND”.

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Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. We have three Zoom Meeting Rooms available. 

 Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

 MyNorthRiver: MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your contact information.
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

 We love you!  We are in the valley with you.

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Update: March 27, 2020 (4PM)

It’s hard to believe how fast our world has changed over the last week. These are certainly unprecedented times for all of us. Our hope and prayer is during this time, despite all the noise and chaos around us, that you continue to trust in these words from God: “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations,and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth” (Psalm 46:10). May these words give you great comfort as you continue to adjust to new daily rhythms.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Good Friday & Easter Online: The Staff and Overseers made the decision this week to focus on providing the best Good Friday and Easter online experience possible. We believe this decision is vital in our role in helping and serving our neighbor by slowing the spread of the virus, AND is a tremendous outreach opportunity to invite people to experience Easter at North River from the safety of their own home. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

Worship Services Online: Please join us online this Sunday for worship. Services will be at 9 AM & 11 AM. You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. You will have an opportunity to view the service, as well as interact with the staff through comments, questions, and prayer requests.

Care Calls: This week the Care Call Team began calling over 860 people who are part of North River.  As we navigate through this unprecedented time, we are committed to finding ways to help remain connected together.

Deacons Fund: If you need financial assistance, please contact the Deacons here. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Deacons Fund to help others during this time, please select the Deacons fund in our giving app, or contact the Finance Team here, and they can assist you.

Caring Connection: If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry here. We have a team of people ready to assist.

Prayer: If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team here.

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For Children, Students & Adults

Children’s Ministry Online: Amy and her team have been working this week to provide fun and creative activities for children and families. There are also daily devotionals, and updates as well. If you are a parent and are not receiving Amy’s daily update, please contact Amy here, and she will be happy to add you to the list. Check out our Facebook Page to see Children’s Ministry updates.

Student Ministries Online: Kristie and Rich are providing many ways for students to stay connected. Every Tuesday students can join an online “hangout” to spend some time together. 7PM for Middle School and 8PM for High School. Students can also join us for Elevate Online again this Sunday at 6:00 PM. Students and parents will receive a link in their e-mails for these online meeting times. Please contact Kristie here for more information. Check out the Elevate social media channels for more updates, devotions, and activities throughout the week. Facebook Middle School Parents, Facebook High School Parents, Elevate Instagram.

Small Groups Online: All of our Small Groups have moved online and are meeting together for study, prayer, and connection. Small Groups online is an opportunity to increase care for each other. Several of our Small Groups are following our “Journey With Jesus” Sermon Series. If you are not connected to a Small Group, now is a great opportunity to do so. Please click here to sign up for a Small Group today!

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Here are some important resources for you:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. We have three Zoom Meeting Rooms available.

Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile or your online billpay.

MyNorthRiver:  MyNorthRiver is our online communication database.  MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile, and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in.  If you have a moment, please update your profile:

1.   If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your own contact information.

2. If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your own contact information.

We are here for you.  We are praying for you.  We love you.

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Update March 20, 2020 4PM

We hope you have remained safe and healthy this week.  Despite the obstacle of closing down the building, the staff has been hard at work moving as many of our services, groups, and ministries online.  The church is people, not a building. We have quickly learned to adapt and learn new strategies for how we help North River Church (that’s you!) remain connected to God, and connected to each other during this unprecedented time.

Here are some of the ways to connect at North River:

Worship Services Online:  Please join us online this Sunday for worship.  Services will be at 9AM & 11AM. You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org.  You will have an opportunity to view the service, as well as interact with the staff through comments, questions, and prayer requests.  Who is your One? Who will you invite to check out North River Online this Sunday?

Children’s Ministry Online:  Amy and her team have been working this week to provide fun and creative activities for children and families.  There are also daily devotionals, and updates as well. If you are a parent, and are not receiving Amy’s daily update, please contact Amy here, and she will be happy to add you to the list.  Check out our Facebook Page to see Children’s Ministry updates.

Student Ministries Online:  Kristie and Rich are providing daily devotionals, weekly online hangout meetings for students, and will also be hosting Elevate Online this Sunday at 6:00PM. Your son or daughter’s Small Group leader will also be reaching out to them soon if they have provided their contact info to them. Please contact Kristie here for more information.  Check out the Elevate social media channels for updates.  Facebook Middle School Parents, Facebook High School Parents, Elevate Instagram.

Small Groups Online:  Most of our Small Groups have moved online and are already meeting together for study, prayer and connection.  Small Groups online is an opportunity to increase care for each other.  Several of our Small Groups are following our “Journey With Jesus” Sermon Series.  If you are not connected to a Small Group, now is a great opportunity to do so. Please click here to sign up for a Small Group today!

Care Calling:  Beginning next week we’ll be making Care Calls to everyone at North River Church.  Our plan is to make sure no one falls through the cracks during this time. To help ensure that you get a call, please help us with the following:

  1.  If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your own contact information.

  2. If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your own contact information.

  3. If you would like to help with making phone calls, we would love your help!  Please email Pastor Paul here and let him know you want to help.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room.  We have two Zoom Meeting Rooms available.

Prayer:  If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team, Deb Clapp here.

Help:  If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry here.

Give Online:  We have moved our giving online.  You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.  You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, or through your own online billpay.

We love you.  We are praying for you.  We trust in the hope we have that God is at work in this crisis, and through this crisis.  Be mindful of the words of Paul to the church in Rome, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12).

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Update March 16, 2020 7PM

We continue to navigate and address all of the challenges, changes, and ordinances to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. We also continue to remain faithful in the hope and promises we have in God. We are trusting the words of the Apostle Paul, that in all things (and in this crisis in particular), God is working for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

In light of the latest developments, and our continued support of decisions by our state and federal officials, there are two short-term changes to our ministry that you need to know:

Sunday Worship Services: We will not physically meet this Sunday for Worship.  We will be providing an online,
pre-recorded service you will have access to at our regular service times, 9 AM and 11 AM.  We realize that some of you experienced dropped-connection and poor sound issues last week, so this modified approach will rectify those issues. You will be able to view our services either on our website (www.northriverchurch.org/livestream) or on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Northrivercc/).

Ministries & Programs: To help avoid the further spread of the virus, and to ensure that we are doing our part in keeping everyone safe and healthy as possible, we will be closing the building to all ministries, groups, and programs beginning today, March 13 until Monday, April 6. No ministries, groups or programs will be able to meet at North River Church during this time. This was not an easy decision, but we feel it is best given the circumstances to ensure safety for our congregation, and maintain alignment with the current recommendations from the state.

We are working to provide online resources and support for groups to continue meeting (Online Meeting Rooms). If you are a Ministry Leader or Small Group Leader, we will be communicating with you directly over the next couple of days about some best options for your group. We want to encourage groups to use the resources provided, or feel free to innovate on your own.

Parents and Families, you will be hearing from our Children’s Ministry and Student Ministries Teams about some creative ideas to promote faith-filled moments at home.

Here are a couple of resources for you:

Right Now Media:  Right Now Media is online Bible Study resources for children, families, and adults.  If you already have an account, you can access Right Now Media here.  If you need an account, please contact Sue Crossman and she will set up an account for you.  You can email Sue here.

Text Updates:  We will be adding Text updates to our communication plan.  If you would like to receive Text Updates, please text the word CONNECT to 781.227.8765.

Please remember our value of Stewardship.  Though we are not physically meeting, our ministry to you and to the South Shore will continue as we develop innovative ways to fulfill our mission.  You can give through our App (myNorthRiver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.

As a staff, we are here for you.  If you need prayer, have a specific need, or just want to connect, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Though not what we planned, this is a unique opportunity for the church to love, care and support each other, and our neighbors around us.  We are committed to leading the way.

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Update March 15, 2020 (9PM)

By now you have received word of the most recent update from our Governor, Charlie Baker, banning all gatherings over 25 people for the foreseeable future. As Christians, we are called to obey the authority of our government. Therefore, North River Church will suspend Sunday morning services during this time.

The staff is currently working on a plan to provide a worship resource for everyone during this time. You will hear more about these plans later this week.

North River Church will be officially closed tomorrow, March 16. All ministries and programs have been canceled.

Please continue to pray for North River, the region, and the world. This crisis is certainly affecting all of us. Thankfully, our God is greater! We can take comfort in the words from Psalm 46: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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Update March 13, 2020 (5PM)

Here is an update regarding North River Church and our approach to this weekend.

  • We will have services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am this Sunday, March 15th.
  • If you are at risk, sick or feel unsafe, please stay home this Sunday.
  • We are providing a LIVE STREAM link so that you can view North River’s service at home. That link is: northriverchurch.org/livestream
  • Please use your on-line banking or the MyNorthRiver app to give financially.
  • ELEVATE has been canceled for this weekend.

Why will we have services?
We respect the decisions other churches have made to meet or to cancel services. Governor Baker has asked churches to suspend any gatherings larger than 250 people. With the exception of major holidays, we are below the 200 level in each service.

Our Overseers and Staff have prayed and we have considered the options. In the end, we believe that Christians are called to face difficult times with prayer and worship. We wish to avoid the polar extremes of this crisis: we refuse to ignore it and we refuse to panic. So we are planning to worship on Sunday morning – The Lord’s Day.

If the Governor bans all religious services for the next few weeks, we will comply for the sake of respecting authority and for the welfare of others.

What should we expect?

  • For those who choose to worship with us on Sunday, we will have offering buckets available instead of passing the offering bags. On days when we have Communion, we have ordered pre-packaged communion kits to reduce the items we all touch or pass down the rows.
  • Bring your own coffee! We will not be serving coffee or food for the next two Sundays in order to reduce the number of items touched by the hands of others.
  • We will spend some time praying for our church members, for our neighbors, for our nation and its elected officials.

What can we do?

  • Jesus tells us in Mark 5:36, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He also tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So the message from Jesus is to expect trouble, but to avoid being overtaken by fear.
  • In Matthew 22:39 Jesus tells us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Find a way to be a blessing to someone else who is struggling during this time.
  • Check our web site for updates: NorthRiverChurch.org/Coronavirus
  • Check our social media channels for updates as well.

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Update March 12, 2020 (10AM)

Like many of you, we have been closely monitoring the news and developments of the Coronavirus. Some of you have been disappointed as trips, classes, and plans have been postponed or canceled. Some of you are nervous about how to stay healthy, and not get infected with the virus. Some of you are rightfully scared, wondering what is going to happen around the world in the days and weeks to come. Thankfully, we have a God who brings us comfort, hope, and peace in times of confusion and uncertainty. Jesus said, “Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in me also (John 14:1).” Jesus is greater than our fears, and our future with him gives us eternal hope. While we certainly need to be careful and take appropriate precautions, our greatest remedy during this time is to trust God with our lives and circumstances, and not live in fear.

Here is some important information and updates about our services and ministries at North River:

 

What are we doing to ensure a safe and healthy environment at North River?

We have increased cleaning and disinfecting around the building, including regularly disinfecting all of the door handles.

You will also notice:

  •  Extra Hand Sanitizer pumps around the building.
  •  Lysol wipes/spray/towel stations around the building.
  •  All hard surfaces in the Nursery and Toddler room have been disinfected.
  •  Welcome Center and Food Stations are cleaned before and after each use.


What can I do to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus?

Please help us by doing your part:

  • Please use discretion and stay home if you are sick.
  • Take extra care when washing hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • During the greeting, we are encouraging everyone to smile, wave and give an “elbow bump” instead of handshaking and/or hugs.

Are you planning to cancel Sunday services?

We are not planning to cancel our services at this time. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of state and local government officials.

Should I stop going to church while the Coronavirus is spreading?

Please use discretion and stay home if you are sick. You can listen to the message online via our website, iTunes or Spotify.


Is the process for collecting the offering going to change?

Instead of passing the collection bags, we will have two ushers with plastic buckets at each exit of the Worship Center at the end of the service. Please put your tithes and offerings into the bucket as you leave. You can also give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.


Will we still have Communion?

We will still have communion and will provide individually packaged bread and juice cups for the foreseeable future.


Are the Summer Mission Trips canceled?

Sadly, the Zambia trip has been canceled. As of now, we are still moving forward with the Peru trip and will continue to monitor developments closely.


Helpful Resource Links

Center For Disease Control

Mass.gov

World Health Organization

We will continue to send out regular communication and updates via email, and will update our website and social media channels.

As always, we are here to serve. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. If you need assistance, please reach out to one another, or to the staff. It is times like these where the church must be the church and support each other as a community.

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