at Northside

Our Outreach

The Outreach Leadership Team works to inspire the church in quarterly mission activities, identify and coordinate church wide outreach opportunities for small groups, Sunday School classes, adults, youth and children, and distribute funds for outreach missions with a clear feedback and accountability system for those missions being supported.

The fruit of love is service. Northside has dozens of mission opportunities so that people, may use their God-given talents to reach out and serve others in the name of Christ. Guided by the Outreach Ministry Team, Northside chooses local agencies to support, both by volunteering and through financial contributions. Find out how you can get involved in “loving one another.”

  • Mission Trips
  • International Partnership
  • Arise Jackson/Team Read
  • Work Days at Wesley Jackson Highlands
  • RIFA
  • Room In The Inn
  • Maplewood Ministry
  • Days for Girls Work Day
  • Christ Community Health Center
  • Hands Up! Preschool
  • The Vine: Multicultural Ministry
  • Educational Gift Fund

Northside offers mission trip opportunities to those interested to various places in the US and to ministries and churches we partner with in other countries. Each year we lead a couple of Volunteers in Mission trips to locations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Haiti, as well as national sites such as UMCOR, Sager Brown or Mountain Top. The entire church gets involved in the gathering of supplies that the team takes and distributes and in providing funds for medicines and food and other supplies that the team members distribute. We also have had several individuals from Northside serve as IVs (Individual Volunteers) in several countries through UMVIM. Our children provide funding for a school for disadvantaged children in India, as well as partner with our Outreach Team to coordinate mission projects throughout the year. We are a church that understands the importance of local, regional and international missions and outreach! If you are interested in serving on one of our mission teams, contact Daphne Moses in the church office.

Northside Church and Gamasara Church in Tarime, Tanzania are entering into our second 2-year partnership.  The partnership exits to promote spiritual growth, understanding, education and connection between the two churches.  Prayer Concerns are shared each week between the two churches.

Gamasara Church Partnership Planning Team: Serve on the team to plan education opportunities and ministry pertaining to our sister church – Gamasara UMC in Tarme, Tanzania in Africa. Meets approximately once a year, emailing in between meetings when needed.

Gamasara Church Partnership Prayer Team: Commit to pray for our sister church, Gamasara UM in Tarime, Tanzania. You will receive regular prayer requests by email from our sister church, Gamasara UM, in Tarime, Tanzania.

Sponsor a Child at Gamasara to Attend School: Be a full sponsor ($420 a year) or partial sponsor (any amount) to enable a child in the village of Gamasara in Tarime, Tanzania to attend elementary school at the school the Gamasara church has established. You will ‘get to know’ your child by receiving photos and information. For more information, contact Lori Williams at lbyoung15@yahoo.com.

Northside’s partnership with Isaac Lane Elementary School

Northside UMC has over 30 individuals serving as ‘coaches’ for 60 children in 6 public elementary schools in Jackson through Team Read.  These individuals are ‘coaching’ two children each week for 30 minutes per child.

Team Read involves volunteers or “coaches’  teaching the foundational words of reading to second graders using Fry’s sight word list (1000 words).  Because 66 percent of words that all readers use are included in the first 300 words on this list, students are more likely to be on grade level when they enter third grade and begin reading to learn.

In Jackson, Team Read is a part of Arise Jackson (A Renewal In Student Education and Evangelism).  Team Read is one of the three goals of Arise Jackson.  The other two goals are: To strengthen the body of Christ by uniting Adopter churches and community churches of diverse sizes, denominations and races, and to help engage people of faith in the broader movement to eliminate educational inequity that disproportionately impacts children of poverty.    For the school year 2015/16, Northside has agreed to be one of the six ‘adopter’ or lead churches in our city to partner with the six elementary schools that are currently part of Arise Jackson.  Our school is Isaac Lane Elementary School, a school of 520 children.  We have created an Arise Jackson Advisory Team of 8 individuals from Northside who work with the principal and leadership of Isaac Lane.  Northside is honored and excited to be able to be in partnership with this group of teachers, staff and students.

Learn more at arise2readjackson.org

Participate with other servants from Northside for a half day in the Spring or Fall cleaning and/or doing minor maintenance at the WJH apartments (located on Highland Ave. just north of NSUMC) including lunch and fellowship with the residents. If you cannot physically be present, you can help out with lunch and drinks for those helping and the residents. Contact Tracey McKnight for more information (tljoyner1263@gmail.com).

We so often hear of hunger problems around the world. Snack Back Pack is a local mission to help over 900 children in Jackson each week receive food items on Friday at school so they have enough food for the weekend.  Christ calls us to serve the poor and the hungry; the Snack Pack program makes it simple to fulfill our calling and minister to those who have real needs right here at home.

RIFA:  Our On-going Monthly Needs

Ramen Noodles, Pop Tarts, Ravioli, Apple Sauce Pouches, Oatmeal Packets, Chicken Noodle Soup, Popcorn single serve Packs, Cheddar Cheese Ramen Noodles.  All products are to be Peanut free per JMCSS Policy

Please leave your donation in the RIFA mission box in the hall outside the Narthex going towards Hope Hall and  a volunteer will deliver them to RIFA.

They are in NEED of plastic grocery bags.

“Please leave your donation in the RIFA mission box in the Narthex at  the church and a volunteer will deliver them to RIFA.”

Allowing your children to participate by including an item of their choice also helps them understand about sharing and giving to others. This vital outreach is open for everyone, it doesn’t require any additional time away from your family, and it is so simple that even children can contribute.


Room in the Inn is an outreach ministry through which local congregations partner with Area Relief Ministries to open their church facilities to welcome homeless men. Guests are provided with transportation, meals, lodging, clothes, supplies and most importantly Christian fellowship with the host volunteers. RITI provides an opportunity for volunteers to form relationships with our guests and for both the guest and host to receive a blessing — an encounter with God in the midst of hardship and suffering.

To learn more about this ministry or for ways to serve in RITI, contact Karen Fisher at 217-4689 (c) or email at fisher5@eplus.net.

Maplewood nursing home has a special place in Northside’s heart. As part of our community, we are called to serve all! Come be a part of this important ministry to lead the residents in worship.

Sing hymns and worship with residents of Maplewood, 1st and 2nd Sundays from 9:55am – 10:35 am.

Days for Girls is a mission to reverse the cycles of poverty and violence by creating efficient, direct and effective means for girls and women worldwide to improve their dignity, health and standing in their communities. This is accomplished by providing access to sustainable menstrual health management and reproductive health knowledge for every girl and woman. Hundreds of Days for Girls kits have been distributed to Gamasara, Tanzania through Northside Church. Work days are on every 4th Wednesday from 8:30 – noon at Londa Rohlfing’s home. There are tasks for sewers and non-sewers! For more information, contact Londa at Londa@londas-sewing.com.

Christ Community Health Center is a nonprofit, 501c3 full service family practice medical clinic. The mission is to provide quality healthcare to the uninsured and underserved as well as insured in our community. Participate as a volunteer waiting room greeter, clerical work, medication sorting, answer the phone, computer data entry, fund raising and development of website. Areas of help also include the need for volunteer nursing (nurses), doctors, nurse practitioners and other medical personnel.

A preschool serving the ‘at risk’ community in Jackson. Hands UP! provides a curriculum for the children that prepares them academically and socially for kindergarten. Parents commit to three volunteer hours per month, attend one parenting class each month and pay some tuition based on their ability to pay. Hands Up! prepares children and their families for a lifetime of learning!

The Vine Multi-Cultural Planning team: Serve on the team to plan and implement English as a Second Language and other ministry to our sisters and brothers in the Jackson area who are from other countries and cultures. Meets approximately twice a year, emailing in between meetings when needed.

ESL Facilitator for Adult Classes: Assist in facilitating English classes to non-English speaking adults. Materials and curriculum are provided. (Experience in Spanish preferred) Tuesdays 5:30 pm– 7:00 pm. Rotation basis.

Conversational English Volunteer: Have monthly conversations in English with ESL adult students to help improve their English (no foreign language skills required). Last Tuesday of the month 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Children’s Ministry during ESL classes: Assist in leading children’s classes on Christian character traits and values to children while their parents are attending ESL classes. All of the children are English speakers. Curriculum and materials are provided. Tuesdays 5:30 pm–7:00 pm. Rotation basis.

Spanish Class Teacher: Can you speak Spanish? We need someone who will be willing to assist in leading and facilitating a NEW class to non-Spanish speaking adults who want to be able to carry on conversations with our Spanish speaking community here in the Jackson area and when we travel to Nicaragua. It will be focused on basic Spanish and conversational skills.  Materials and curriculum will be provided.

The Northside Church Education Gift Fund provides money to assist students who wish to pursue a continuing education. These funds are not limited to college education alone but can also be awarded for technical or trade schools, retraining for displaced workers, or any other training designed to further the education of the recipient.


* Financial support will be awarded on the basis of need for those who might not otherwise be able to attend an institution for continuing education.

*Each applicant must provide a copy of their registration and class schedule. A copy of their transcript must also be submitted or a copy of the applicant's ACT/SAT score if applying for their first semester of college.

*In addition, two letters of reference, one from the applicant's pastor and the other from a teacher, employer, or non-relative are required.

*The Eductaional Gift Fund will be awarded primarily to individuals who attend Northside Church, but other individuals are not excluded.

*Federal guidelines for financial aid prohibit any student from receiving more total dollars from all sources than necessary to meet student expenses. These funds will be distributed so that federal law is not violated.

*The Educational Gift Fund will not be able to cover all educational costs. Our funds are intended to supplement your earnings, Pell grants, scholarships, governement loans, and contributions from parents and others.

You are strongly encouraged to apply for other sources of funding for your college education or other continuing education. Applicants who have already sought other sources of funding will be considered first.

The deadline for submitting an application to the Educational Gift Fund is July 1st. Scholarships will be awarded annually.

Place completed application, along with other required documents, in an envelope and place it in the Educational Gift Fund mailbox in the church office or mail to:

Northside Church
ATTN: Education Gift Fund
2571 North Highland Avenue
Jackson, TN 38305

 For any questions call Daphne Moses at the church office: 731.668.0617

If you would like to email your application, send it to daphne@northsidejackson.com