Since 1986, the senior members of Northminster have been getting together monthly for activities and travel—they are the Go-Gos! Annual outings include a lunch matinee at the Blue Ridge Theatre at Ferrum College, a January breakfast at Cracker Barrel, a September picnic, and a Christmas potluck with special entertainment provided. Past travels have been to Mayberry, North Carolina and the stone churches of Floyd County. There is one recurring theme throughout their activities—the Go-Gos like to eat! Those of any age are welcome to join the Go-Gos, as they welcome church members, friends, and neighbors.
The Presbyterian Women of Northminster join work, study, and fellowship through their Circles: Circles are groups of women who get together for social time, Bible study, and service projects. Circle One meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the church building, Circle Two meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in various homes, and Circle Three meets at 7:30 pm, also on the first Tuesday of each month in various homes. In addition to the structured monthly meetings, the Circles take turns serving as greeters on Sunday mornings, visiting the sick and shut-in, filling in for the secretary during an absence, cleaning and maintaining the kitchen, hand-stitching samplers for children when they are baptized, organizing flowers for the sanctuary, providing food for families who have lost a loved one, and coordinating the Christmas Mitten Tree for less fortunate children. Many Presbyterian Women volunteer at local charities in addition to their support of Northminster. Northminster’s women are active, kind, and supportive of both church and community.
The men of Northminster, meanwhile, eat and play golf. While the women are organized, the men are more... ’organic’. The men’s fellowship has an occasional breakfast which is sometimes followed by a fellowship outing and sometimes followed by a program. The men provide the cooking for special events at Northminster, such as the Rally Day breakfast. Fellowship events such as football and baseball games throughout the year are sometimes spontaneous—and sometimes actually planned!
Kids in grades six through twelve spend Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm eating, playing games, worshipping, and engaging in Bible study and devotions. Monthly activities such as going to the movies and playing paintball, and quarterly outings such as youth outreach to the SPCA, are some of the youth programs that provide an environment of relationship building and Christian living. For more on Northminster’s youth, visit our youth group page.