Our congregation’s mission is to nurture people of all ages in the Christian faith and to help them practice the disciplines of discipleship. The church exists not to serve itself but to serve the world. We come to church not only for our own personal enrichment but also to prepare ourselves to do the work of love and to get ready to be Christ’s disciples in the community. Through worship, baptism, Communion, Bible study, prayer, and other means of grace, we’re strengthened for ministry.
Camp 4 Kids is a fundraising ministry to assist families in sending the children and youth of NUMC to Christian Summer Camps, Youth Retreats, Pilgrimage, and Youth Mission trips such as (ASP) Appalachia Service Project. Some of the camps attended are: Camp Willow Run, Camp Willow Springs, Camp Chestnut Ridge, Camp Don Lee, Camp Rockfish and (FCA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp.
Through fundraisers children and youth earn funds in their account by volunteering and working during the fundraising events. A portion of the earnings are also set aside to help fund scholarships for those who are in need of additional funds. Fundraisers include: Plant sales and The Pumpkin Patch. Youth and parents can get more information in the Pumpkin Patch Guidelines..
For some going to camp is their first experience of being away from their parents for an extended period of time. At camp they learn about God through positive experiences with camp staff, worship services, activities and other campers. Many friendships are made that last for years. God moves in powerful ways at camp. Hearts are changed, souls are saved and children find meaning and purpose. The Kingdom of God grows and our loving God is glorified.
Visit the NUMC library. We have a large variety of books including: reference material, group Bible studies, theology, devotions, prayer, poetry, inspiration, family relations, arts and music and we also have special sections for teens, youth, and children. In addition, we have a large selection of Christian fiction and movies for adults and children. We also have a selection of materials for homeschoolers and Christian material in Russian for our visitors from Belarus.
Our library is located in room B104, and we welcome you to browse the selections and check them out for your Christian growth and development.
Sometimes it's hard to ask for help. We're brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it is a sign of weakness, so we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that's not God's plan. Galatians 6:2 says: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." God wants us to care for others--and to allow others to care for us in our times of need. If you're sad or struggling inside, don't suffer alone. Ask for help. We have a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. (It's confidential, too!) Find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders. Our Stephen Ministers are there to care!