“North Branch has always done so much for the community. It’s a church with the community in it’s heart!!”
~ Dan P.

Service Projects

“The number of church and community participants has increased dramatically from last year! Adults and children collect a significant amount of rubbish and when I have problems getting into tight spots my 8 year old son, Alastair, is adept for the task. What better way to thank and praise the Almighty than by being responsible caretakers for the next generation.” ~ John C.
River Clean-up2600“The mission of the Raritan Headwaters Association is to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. Each spring RHA organizes clean-up programs to protect water quality and promote public stewardship of local streams and rivers” ~ Raritan Headwaters Association
Needed to participate: 3 hours on a Saturday April 22

Our Day on the River

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“ BRICK Academy breaks the cycle of poverty in Newark’s South Ward by managing and turning around low-performing public elementary and middle schools.”

Since BRICK assumed management of its first K-8 school—Avon Academy— in 2010, student achievement has improved dramatically, doubling and even tripling performance in some grades in three years. On the strength of this progress, BRICK assumed management of a second K-8 South Ward district school, Peshine Elementary, in 2012. BRICK plans to add 1-2 additional schools in the next three years.

North Branch Reformed Church helps support the good work of BRICK Academy through different missions. In January, there is a Book Drive at the Preschool Book Fair and in August we have our Backpack Project. Many children in need start the school year with no supplies so North Branch donates filled backpacks for children at Brick Academy. Parents and children gather each year to fill the backpacks with donated items that are then delivered the school.  These items enable the children to start the school year prepared to succeed.
Donation of backpack items needed:

  • Backpacks
  • pencils
  • pocket folders
  • child scissors
  • hand sanitizer
  • glue sticks
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpeners
  • durable homework folders
  • non-spiral hard cover composition notebooks

This year we stuffed 110 backpacks!

Needed to participate:  1 hour on a Sunday in August to fill the backpack.

“The best part of the backpack project was its multigenerational nature. My kids (along with many other families) shopped for school supplies and put together the backpacks. Even the youngest children were able to experience this simple act of service. We’re never too young to appreciate our blessings and share with those in need.” ~ Denel B.
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“I began giving blood when I was 23 and to date have given 27 ½ gallons. It is a small way the I can give back to the community and help others.” ~ Kip B
Blood Drive300Joining with other churches in the area, NBRC sponsors and members support the community by participating in 3 annual blood drives. The church joins with others to help save lives and give back to our community, as Jesus gave his blood for us.
Needed to participate: 1 hour on donation day in February, June, and August

“I was awed by the spirit of the clients as they came for their groceries and heard “God Bless You” from so many.  NBRC folks displayed a genuine warmth and respect for each person served.  A set of sisters in their ‘80’s impacted me the most.  To think of having to come for groceries at the food bank at that stage of your life make my heart hurt.” ~ Diane L.

The mission of the Food Bank Network is to distribute food and provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community.”  The food is distributed through 3 food pantries in the county.  The church prepares the bags of food for distribution and fully staffs the center in Somerville for food distribution each Saturday in July, serving over 150 families of Somerset County.
Needed to Serve: 3 hours, each Saturday morning in July. Contact Doug Dzwonczyk for more information.

“Jim McKelvey left a legacy of serving and helping others both as a fireman, as a family man, and as a good neighbor. In that spirit, North Branch wants to love our neighbors, as Jesus taught, and as Jim exemplified.” ~ Pastor Todd.
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Needed to participate: 3 hours on a Saturday morning in May

“It feels good to serve!” ~ NBRC college student
rakers
Needed: Rakes, leaf blowers, gloves (Homeowners supply the S.C. leaf recycling bags)
The church rakes leaves in the fall for the elderly and shut-ins. Working with county agencies to identify individuals in need of assistance, the church rakes and bags leaves for pick up.
Needed to participate: 3 hours on Saturday in November 19th

Leaf Raking Service Stars

“Helping Learning Gate is the best thing that a church like North Branch can do to help families in poverty because reasonable day care allows the clients to work.” ~ County Leader
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Members of our congregation have adopted the Learning Gate Preschool in Raritan and Finderne which helps support low income families who need child care as they go to work.

We have a special relationship with Learning Gate and people at Learning Gate have been very excited with the support we have provided.

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“I found that my time with my troubled 5th grader was the highlight of my week. And his teacher said, “it was ___’s best day of the week.” ~ Pastor Todd.
mentoring

Want to change a kid’s life? Volunteer to mentor an hour per week or share weekly mentoring with another volunteer (every other week?). North Branch is extending our mission to mentor at-risk 3rd through 12th graders at VanderVeer School and Somerville High School. A mentor helps with homework, simply listens, and encourages positive life skills. For questions contact either Pastor Todd or our Coordinator Adriane Domareckyj.
Availablity: One weekday for an hour between noon and 2 PM (the various lunch hours).

“Carla & Danielle and I choose short stories of personal interest, or seasonal or holiday themes. The most important story elements are themes of inspiration, faith hope, humor and love. Through the heartwarming stories and the personal relationships with residents we are touched as well and leave each week feeling truly blessed.” ~ Kathy M.
Nursing Home Outreach With a heart to serve, North Branch works with the elderly and shut ins at Rivers Edge Rehabilitation. Residents are assisted with meal selection, enjoy ‘book club’ with stories and books being read to them, and various other activities that help to brighten their day.
Needed to Serve: 1 hour per week
“I was excited about knitting prayer shawls but visiting turned out to be the best part of this special ministry.  Meeting the lovely souls, wrapping the shawls around their shoulders, praying with them and being photographed with them – then returning and presenting them with their photos – what a blessing!” ~ Pam F.
Prayer Shawl MinistryShawls have been used for centuries to provide warmth. Prayer shawls made by NBRC knitters or crochet participants, provide a loving ‘embrace’ to those in hospitals and nursing homes. Reflecting a loving God, makers of the shawls and lap blankets pray, dedicating the work of their hands and the love of Christ for the receiver.
Needed to participate: The ability to knit or crochet and leisure time to create the gift.
“I love the difference Urban Promise is making in the lives of children. It’s a bright light of hope in a sea of urban challenges. I’m inspired by the people and the work we do around the facility each time we visit.” ~ Kathy G.
“Begun in 1988, Urban Promise serves to provide the children and young adults of Camden with the skills necessary for life through academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership” ~ Urban Promise

Needed to participate: 3 hours on a Saturday in June

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