We love our neighbors. And as a community of service, Northminster is committed to blessing our local neighborhood. We've done this in all kinds of ways in recent years. We've cleaned up an old alley in our neighborhood. We've done lots of beautification projects at local schools. And we have an ongoing neighborhood connection with our Community Garden.
It is hard to miss our vibrant garden as you pass our church campus. 20 boxes host gardeners from the community who are passionate about growing their own produce. Three smaller boxes are nurtured by our preschoolers. Established in May, 2012, our garden has been featured in the Clairemont Garden Tour and hosted several guest speakers. We are a friendly group—you are welcome to stop by on any Saturday at 9:00 a.m. when our gardeners meet to check in and share successes and challenges.
If you're interested in gardening with us, click here for more information.
Our church community loves helping out in our local schools. Through church-school relationships, we have helped Hawthorne hang tiles, establish irrigation in the Kindergarten garden, and general school beautification. At CPMA Middle School, we helped preserve murals while preparing new surfaces for student art. Madison HS has found our members to be particularly helpful, re-establishing a school garden as well as many other beautification projects. The ongoing question is: Where is God leading us next to enhance the learning environment for our local students?
Here are a couple of pictures from some of our other beautification projects.
Our church has many neighbors on either side of our campus that share the same alley, an alley that in the past was overgrown with bushes and weeds, pot-holed and lined with dilapidated fences. Our members held three annual service Sundays, during which our congregation rallied to upgrade our shared alley. Through hard work, a lot of sweat and great fellowship, we made a positive impact on our immediate neighbors.
Urban Youth Collaborative
Connecting churches with local schools makes transformation possible in the lives of students and the church community.
Northminster has a church/school partnership with CPMA Middle School, Madison High School, and Clairemont High School. Our youth director, Laura Agee, is also the Director of Clairemont and Coronado areas for UYC.
Working together to achieve shared goals and promote the well-being of young people, UYC’s vision is to link all 280 public middle and high schools in San Diego County with a local church partner by 2020.
For more information on UYC, please visit UYC.org.