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Welcome From Pastor Van

What a joy it has been to witness the addition of so many new families to North Side. From a pastor’s perspective, it is a bit of a mixed bag of blessing and frustration. It is such a blessing to see so many new faces and yet it is frustrating to not have the opportunity to get to know them all personally. I am so grateful to our pastors and ministers who keep in touch with individual families through their care and instruction. We are blessed to have Sam Nobles leading our discipleship ministry as Teaching Pastor. He is a gifted teacher, a solid theologian, and just a really fun guy to be around. Our Executive Pastor, Keith Warren keeps all of our many systems humming along and somehow seems to remember all those who have come through the Connection Class.

If you’ve been on our campus, then it won’t surprise you that we often hear from new families about how small our big church feels. A common statement from both guests and new members is, “I didn’t think I would be comfortable in such a large church but was surprised to find I don’t feel that way at all here.” Over and over we hear the stories of how people made them feel welcome from the minute they walked in. Bible study groups are growing, ministries are expanding, and people’s lives are being changed through the ministry of the gospel going forth from our church. “We are North Side!” has never been more obvious than when you observe the great things committed people are doing to serve Christ though this fellowship. Thank you for taking the time to visit us online. We hope that you will be able to visit in person soon. When you do, please stop by after service and introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!

It’s just a great time to be a part of the North Side family! It’s a special place.

In His Love,
Van N. Houser, Pastor

Service Times

Sunday Mornings

9:30am Contemporary Worship / Preschool / Children / Adult Bible Studies
11:00am Blended Worship / Preschool / Children / Student / Adult Bible Studies

A Church for Every Generation

North Side truly is a church for every generation. The city of Weatherford was founded in 1858, and the first railroad tracks entered the city limits just over 20 years later in 1880. By the mid-1890s, Weatherford was home to 5,000 people, three newspapers, 100 businesses, and seven churches. NSBC opened their doors to serve the residents who lived north of the downtown area on June 14, 1897, and has served the city faithfully since that very first Sunday service.

Today, we are focused on continuing to grow as a church that ministers to the whole family. By that we mean more than just mom, dad, and the kiddos. We also include grandma, grandpa, and even great-grandma and great-grandpa! One of the characteristics that makes us unique in the modern church era is that we are intentionally multi-generational. We simply believe that faith is best expressed in the context of a family that includes every living generation. Our senior adults are blessed to see young families bringing their children to church. They enjoy the programs put on by our children and youth, and they are proud to bring their adult children to church when they visit. Conversely, our little guys get to learn how to respect the generations who have gone before them. They learn that life isn’t all about the young and active, and sometimes we must slow down to allow an older person with a walker to get through a door. The parents of our kiddos are reminded that we have a beautiful campus because five generations of believers who came before us faithfully supported the work of the church with their time and resources. Our church continues today as we take our place in continuing ministry and support.

It is this beautiful harmony of old and young worshiping and serving the Lord together that makes North Side a Church for Every Generation.

What To Expect

One of the first things you need to know about NSBC is that we have two distinct styles of worship music in our services: Contemporary Worship led by a full band and Blended Worship where the band also includes piano and organ and is often joined by our adult choir. If you’re not sure which style you prefer, it’s a good idea to visit both of these services to determine which is the best fit for you and your family. Our Senior Pastor, Van Houser delivers the same message during each service.

Blended Worship
Blended worship is our way of describing worship that is neither fully traditional nor fully contemporary. Our worship pastor leads the congregation in a blend of majestic choral arrangements, contemporary worship songs, as well as a few familiar hymns. Instrumentation for this service includes a very talented band and orchestra, along with the more traditional piano and organ. Vocals are supported by our praise singers, as well as the Higher Praise Choir. We often begin the service with some fun banter with Pastor Van that you won’t want to miss!

This service meets at 11:00am and serves those in our congregation who attend Bible Study at 9:30am.

Contemporary Worship
Our Contemporary worship service is designed to draw the congregation into the presence of God through powerful presentation of contemporary worship songs. Our worship leader challenges us to reflect on the power and wonder of the gospel story and to celebrate and honor the Author! Instrumentation for this service includes our very talented band supported by a variety of vocalists.

This service meets at 9:30am and serves those in our congregation who attend Bible Study at 11:00am.

If you have children, you will find the information below
helpful to navigating your first visit to NSBC.

Parents of Preschoolers

We know that getting your preschooler to church can be a little bit of a challenge. We’ve all been there, so we try to make sure that it is as easy as possible for you to leave your little one with our caring preschool workers.

We are confident that you will love the safety features we have built into our preschool area. Our preschool workers are prepared to keep your little ones for both Bible Study and Worship, so you can relax and fully engage in a service or Bible Study while your children have a wonderful time learning about Jesus in a class designed just for them.

If you have preschool children, you will find it easiest to park on the north side of our campus (the lot across 1st Street). The entrance to our Children’s Building faces this lot, and the check-in area for preschool is just inside the entrance.

Once inside, you’ll see a large red desk with some friendly moms and dads ready to assist you with check in. If it’s your first time, we’ll need to get a little bit of info from you before you check in. On future trips, all we’ll need is the last name, or last the four digits of your phone number. Once you’re checked in, you’ll receive a nametag for each of your preschool-age children, along with a security tag bearing a unique number that you will use to pick up your children after the service.

If you happen to come on a busy day and the north lot is full, simply park in any of our other lots once you enter the building, ask anyone from our Guest Services Team (they’ll be the ones wearing nametags) how to get to the preschool area (or “red desk”) and they will be happy to help you find it.

Parents of Elementary Kids

Our worship services and children’s Bible study classes are designed with the family in mind. One of the goals of our church is to partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children. For families with children in kindergarten and up, we believe your children are ready to begin attending the worship service with you. By inviting your children to attend worship with you, they benefit from your example of demonstrating the importance of worship, prayer, Bible teaching, and giving. What better way to lead your children than by including them in this experience?

When you decide to attend a Bible study class, bring your kindergarten through 4th grade children to the Children’s Theater, just down the hall from the preschool area and up the stairs. Children in 5th through 6th grades may be dropped off in our PreTeen Ministry on the second level of the John Allen Gym. We have teachers leading Bible study classes for kids during both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship hours.

Parents of Teens

As you can imagine, the contemporary service is very popular with our teenagers. In fact, they like to sit together in the front, left part of the Worship Center. Pastor Van often directs points of his messages to the students seated in this area.

The popularity of this service with our teenagers, combined with the student ministry goal of building community has led to our recent decision to have only one Bible Study hour (11:00am) for teenagers (Middle School “MSM” and High School “HSM”). This allows all our kids to worship together on Sunday mornings and it also allows our youth staff to worship together with their families.

This schedule enables our student Bible Studies be truly community oriented, with all of our students gathered for study at one time. We’re excited about how this approach has positively impacted our student ministries.

Since the MSM and HSM Bible Studies follow the contemporary worship service at 9:30am, if you are a parent of an MSM or HSM student, you will want to find a Bible Study class for yourself during the 11:00 hour. Please refer to our Bible Study page, or download our Bible Study Guide to determine which of our 11:00am classes you would like to visit. There are several to choose from—feel free to try different ones before you decide. It’s a good idea to pick a spot to meet up with your students once Bible Study is over. It’s a big campus, and we don’t want anyone getting lost!

Adult Bible Studies & Classes

In addition to our two worship services each Sunday we also offer adult Bible Studies for every age group at both 9:30 and 11:00am.  For more information on these please visit our Bible Study page or download our Bible Study Guide.

How Should I Dress?

We're more concerned with meeting your real-life needs than with what you wear. Our atmosphere is comfortable, relaxed, and friendly, and typical dress varies from casual to corporate casual. You'll see a few ties, but you'll see just as many cowboy boots and jeans, we are in Texas after all!

How Early Should I Arrive?

We recommend you plan on arriving to the campus at least 15-20 minutes before the service starts. That will give you time to park, check in your kids, and grab a cup of coffee before the service begins. Then you'll want to make sure you get into the Worship Center before the music starts. We stand when we sing, and it can be a challenge to know which seats are empty when everyone is standing up. On busy Sundays, our Guest Services Team will be available to assist.

Where Should I Park?

We have several parking lots adjacent to our property, however these often fill to capacity. In addition, we offer two remote lots with shuttle service to our Worship Center and Children's Building Entrances. See the map of our campus and parking lots for details. The Bowie Lot is located behind the James Bowie Learning Center, which is accessed from Edna Street (through the campus of Couts United Methodist Church). The West Lot is located on the west side of Main Street, across from NSBC. If you park in the West Lot, please wait for a shuttle. It is a dangerous walk across Main Street, and we don’t want anyone getting hurt!

How can I find out more about North Side?

At North Side there is something for everyone. One of the best ways to make connections, grow relationships, and be challenged in God’s Word is through one of our small group Bible Studies. Classes are offered for all ages on Sundays at 9:30 & 11:00am and many of these classes also meet at other times during the week. In addition, our Women's Ministry and Men's Ministry provide additional small group Bible studies throughout the week. Another way to find out about our church is to attend a Connection Class. The Connection Class is held once a month and will help you learn about our beliefs, history, mission, and vision for the future. It’s a fun, informative investment of your time, and you’ll also enjoy light refreshments. To discover what discipleship and ministries opportunities are currently available, you can always swing by Guest Services on Sunday before or after the service.

Directions

NSBC is located on the east side of North Main Street, about a mile north of the historic Weatherford Courthouse. Parking can be tricky, especially on busy Sundays. Visit our Plan Your Visit page for more information or refer to the maps on this page.

How To Contact Us

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If you’re on campus, just stop by our office during the week, or by Guest Services on Sunday. To call or email, please use the number and email address listed below. You can also connect with us though our social media platforms. Pick your preferred channel, and we’ll get you the information you need!