Northminster is all about going deeper in our friendship with God! We offer a variety of ways for students to do that alongside our leaders.
The summer of 2015 NSM went to Copperfield, Tennessee where we served the local community. During this mission trip we planted gardens, plowed fields, painted, assisted with a VBS and participated in the plethora of other activities. It was an amazing experience both for the leaders and the students. Below are a few pictures from the trip and I am sure that anyone that participated would be willing to tell you about their experience!
Throughout 2016 we have been serving in various capacities and below are a few of the ways in which we have been involved throughout the Community:
In January we ventured down to Northside in order to help Troy Bronsink prepare The Hive. The Hive is a place that “seeks to cultivate mindfulness that translates into creativity and action. They offer retreats, events, classes, and one-on-one direction to our neighbors in Northside, Cincinnati, and the wider tri-state region.”. If you have any interest in what The Hive is about feel free to visit their website: http://www.cincyhive.org/about.
In February NSM prepared welcome packages for refugees that are going to be living in the Finneytown area. These refugees will mainly be coming from Butan and may have been waiting 15-20yrs in order to get an opportunity to come to the USA. Northminster Presbyterian Church has been partnering with Catholic Charities to assist these families as they arrive. We are really excited to see what other opportunities arise as we continue to assist with helping families get settled in the area.
In April we went to the Finneytown Community Gardens. Our students assisted with tilling the soil, mixing a compost pile (while adding horse manure), moving leaves to a place where they could be easily added to the compost pile, and mowing the area around the garden. After we had worked for a little over an hour the students were given the opportunity to pray over the garden and add the first of the soil for the season. We look forward to returning to the garden sometime! It was a fun and engaging experience!
In May we had our Pie Sale in order to raise money for the Guatemala Mission Trip! Leading up to the end of April and May many of our students sold pies to school teachers, neighbors, family members, and church attendees. The Saturday leading up to the sales (one in April and one in May) Janelle met up with the students and they spent hours baking pies! We sold around 150 pies and raised about $1,000 for the mission trip that the students are going on this summer!
To round out the year we had our End Of the Year party! We spent time at Winton Woods paddle boating and then headed back to the church for food and games!
This summer our Jr. High students traveled to Chicago, Il in order to serve. We spent a very busy 3 days serving throughout Chicago. We assisted with a meals ministry run out of 4th Presbyterian church, along with another ministry that weaves plastic bags for the homeless so that they have something to sleep on, and we also spent some time working in community gardens. The trip was a wonderful experience and it was awesome to have such a great opportunity to bless people less fortunate than us.
Not long after our Jr. High students returned from Chicago our High School students headed to Guatemala for the experience of a lifetime. While there we built many relationships and worked alongside some amazing people, building a church that connects our congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio with their congregation in Coban, Guatemala. It was truly a magnificent experience and we look forward to returning in the coming years. Below is a picture of both youth groups: