Local Outreach

Through our local outreach initiatives, we partner with several organizations and ministries, working together to meet the practical and spiritual needs of the communities we serve.


For more information please contact Bob Wynne


Operation Christmas Child



The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world.

Individuals, families, churches, and groups fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement.

During National Collection Week Samaritan’s Purse will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The gifts will be delivered to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children through Operation Christmas Child.

More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.

North River participates in OCC each November and has recently become a drop-off location for churches and individuals on the South Shore.


Timilty School – Boston


NRCC has been partnering with Peoples Baptist Church in Boston since 2005 to serve several Boston Public schools.


In 2011 our churches began an on-going partnership with the James P. Timilty Middle School:

“Partnering Together for Educational Excellence”.

The current school project was designed to allow us to deepen our relationship with the school over the years. Thus, we committed to supporting grade 6 students through their graduation from Timilty Middle School in grade 8. We have continued now with a new 6th grade class. Projects have included tutoring and mentoring programs, a portable lap-top center with 30 lap-top computers for students, 5 personal computer stations for administrators, installing white boards in classrooms, purchasing a popular series of books for 6th grade students, a science and education-based field trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for the entire 7th grade student body, Career Days for students where approximately 40 professionals from our two churches explained their career paths and the role that education played in that process. The church-school partnership between Peoples Baptist Church, North River Community Church and the Boston Public School System continues to develop in response to the diverse and dynamic needs of the schools.



A Woman’s Concern


 A Woman’s Concern is a Christian mission to women and couples in pregnancy distress, especially those considering abortion due to lack of information and support, and dedicated to providing life-saving help in a life-changing way. To this end we provide competent and caring services that include free pregnancy tests, sonograms, peer counseling and intervention, on-going support and referrals, parenting preparation classes, post-abortion healing and opportunities to learn about healthy sexual values, mature relationships and how to establish a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

“Everything we do is focused on allowing the parents to make healthy, informed and livable choices. At our facility they will encounter a supportive, non-pressured environment in which to explore all options.”

North River has participated in the Baby Bottle (coin collection) Campaign for AWC for the past several years.



Starlight Ministries


Since 1990, Starlight Ministries has equipped individuals to build life-changing relationships with people affected by homelessness. Starlight trains individuals and groups in classroom settings as well as hands-on ministry venues. These opportunities provide the Church and those struggling with homelessness with effective tools for building communities where all can experience personal transformation through Jesus Christ.

Starlight believes that the main cause of homelessness is the lack or loss of support systems. Folks struggling with homelessness may have lost one or more of the following:

  • permanent housing
  • spouse or family members
  • job/ income
  • health
  • friends

Over time, without these support systems, those on the streets lose their hope.

The Body of Christ can meet the need for support systems and hope. Starlight also believes that the Church is called to be a safe haven for those who are on the fringes of society. The Church can be transformed by becoming the generous and welcoming community that God commands.

Starlight offers both classroom and experiential learning which can teach your group to start their own outreach in your local area. We host quarterly trainings which teach on a general overview of homelessness, effective strategies, homelessness and mental illness, and homelessness and addiction. We also offer learning clinics on Wednesday nights at the Boston Common and Thursdays afternoons at the Emmanuel Gospel Center.

Starlight Ministries is a program of the Emmanuel Gospel Center.

North River has participated in walkathons, clothing drives, help with Christmas & Easter banquets.


Panera Ministry

With the help of Panera, North River has set up a Ministry that is delivering day old Panera breads to Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Senior Centers and Veteran Shelters all over the South Shore.  We have been successful in organizing volunteers to pick up and deliver 6 days a week and are always in need of more.  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact the office or Lori Mulligan.




Angel Tree


 Who We Are

Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program is the only nationwide effort that specifically reaches out to hundreds of thousands of innocent children who carry the heavy burden of their parents’ incarceration throughout the year. At Christmastime, Angel Tree introduces prisoners and their children to Jesus and brings healing and restoration to families destroyed by crime.

What We Do


Through the delivery of a Christmas gift and the Gospel given on behalf of the incarcerated parent, Angel Tree boys and girls are presented with Christ’s free gift of salvation, feel loved and remembered by their parent, and experience the simple joys of the Christmas season. Angel Tree also provides ministry to the children through its summer camping program and promotes family reconciliation through discipleship and mentoring.

North River participates in the Angel Tree Ministry each December


Friends of the Homeless (South Shore locations)


Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore is dedicated to helping homeless families by providing food, clothing, furniture, shelter, education, and advocacy. We address a whole range of needs, from physical to emotional, from personal to social, and from psychological to spiritual.

Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore started in 1982 out of a local church that became aware of homeless families living doubled up, in: hotels, motels, flop houses, the state park, and even in their cars. In time, they realized that homelessness was a problem that was bigger than one little church could handle alone. Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore was founded to encourage cooperation between religious, civic, educational, and government organizations, along with many concerned individuals and groups, to provide a variety of helps for homeless families.

Volunteers are used in all aspects of our program.  We encourage individuals and groups from our area and abroad to be involved with our staff and families.  We have need of volunteers from grade school children to senior adults.  We encourage weekly enrichment programs for adults and children.  We have need of skilled tradesmen and leaders to unskilled helpers.  Volunteers regularly come to us from grade schools, high schools, colleges, civic and religious organizations and businesses, and work with us just once, once a week. or every day.

North River teens have done yard cleanup for the Friends of the Homeless shelters.  We have provided drivers and collected supplies for residents of the shelter.



Friendship Home enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality respite and support services in a safe and caring environment.

Our programs build self-esteem and community involvement for our participants, while providing support for their families who may become overwhelmed and isolated by the daily demands of caring for their family members. While our programs directly address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, we are proud of our efforts to serve the entire community by raising up the people that we serve as vital contributors to our communities.

 North River has hosted several fundraising events for Friendship Home.


Pembroke Food Pantry


During these troubled financial times, the Food Pantry is helping more and more Pembroke families.  North River collects specific food each month (2nd Sunday) for the Pembroke Food Pantry.

The Pembroke Food Pantry is always in need of the following items:  all types of cleaning supplies; health and beauty aids such as bar soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant; paper products such as toilet tissue, paper towels, napkins and tissues.  The Food Pantry is located in the Community Center Building and is open on Wednesdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Telephone number is 781-293-4107.

Pembroke Community Center 128 Center Street P.O. Box 295 Pembroke, MA 02359