Sunday School - 9:00 A.M. Worship - 10:00 A.M.
Nursery Provided (0-3 yr) Children's Worship & Wonder During Worship (3-10 years)
201 E. Markland Ave. Kokomo, IN 46901
765-457-9357

December 4, 2017 Newsletter

Jesus And Me Childcare Ministry

Now open! South Side Christian Church is supporting a new ministry called the Jesus And Me Childcare Ministry.   J.A.M. Childcare Ministry is dedicated to providing quality childcare to infants and children in a clean, safe environment while sharing the love of God to all families.   We are committed to helping families thrive and not just survive.  This ministry is for infants 6 weeks and up.
  
If you are interested in learning about this special ministry and what it can offer your child, please contact us any time!   More information is located under the JAM tab of this website!


Worship & Music
A central focus of the ministries of South Side Christian Church is our worship of God in Jesus Christ.  Because we believe that people of all ages bring gifts to the worship setting for other generations to be blessed by, we believe that worship of God needs to be for a multi-generational family by a multi-generational family.   We also support multi-sensory worship through sight, sound, taste and smell.  
We have celebrated many baptisms and new lives of faith by immersion.  We have welcomed new family members into our fold as well as said, "welcome back" to long time members too.  
Music is an integral part of worship and we have been and are blessed by the musical talents of so many.   We are blessed through worship experiences such as special Lent and Easter worship, Easter Sunrise Service, global worship with our Congo Partners, World Communion Sunday, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas worship (including a Blue Christmas service), Epiphany, Day Camp Celebration Sunday, Pentecost, Recognition of our graduates, dedication of infants, and heartwarming testimonies about the annual mission trip.  We are also beginning a new initiative of a brief worship on 5th Sundays followed by church-wide mission experiences in our community.  In all things, we come together as the Body of Christ to offer our praise and worship for God's abundant love.  


Outreach & Missions

Outreach and missions is a primary focus of nearly every ministry of SSCC.  The Outreach team sponsors many activities in sharing the love of God outside our church walls throughout the year.  From special worship opportunities to youth and small group activities, all of who we are as a congregation is to share the love of God with ALL people.  

In the past, church members have participated in a mission trip to Nashville, TN in 2011, Joplin, MO in 2012, and an Alternative Spring Break to Henryville, IN in April of 2013 and we traveled to Rockaway Beaches, NY in 2013 assisting in Superstorm Sandy recovery.  Last year, we traveled to McDowell County, WV to serve one of the poorest counties in our nation.  June of 2016, we returned to North Fork, WV for continued work. Beginning in the Fall of 2013 to spring of 2015, SSCC has partnered with First Christian Church of Kokomo for a Disciples Build for Habitat for Humanity!  Currently, we are planning our first international mission trip to Haiti with Project 117 for March 2018.   

Our church supports a Giving Tree from November to February.  The tree bears gifts of coats, gloves, scarves, hats and Care Cans.  These gifts are given no questions asked.   By the end of December 2016, over 170 coats, 70 cans, 75 hats, 75 scarves, 50 socks, 35 pairs of gloves, 40 throw blankets, and 60 sweatshirts!  Other local outreach projects include Serve Together Kokomo, the Heifer Walk, Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Rescue Mission/Open Arms), and educating the congregation on the many ways they can change the world and share the love of God! 

Beginning in 2011, SSCC partnered with Kokomo Urban Outreach to recognize our Industrial Heritage Neighborhood by "praying with our eyes wide open and helping new and soon to be parents navigate the waters of parenthood through Baby University.  Baby University is a 9-week free program that is offered 2-3 times per year.    SSCC is in ministry with the Congo Partnership through the Christian Church in Indiana as well as the Christian Church of the Mbandaka District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,  In this partnership, Disciples in Indiana can help the various needs of our Congolese brothers and sisters in the Congo while our Congolose partners offer ministries to us.   

     


Children, Youth & Family Ministries

The youth groups of South Side Christian Church consist of Disciples Youth Fellowship (DYF) for grades 6-12 and South Side Super Kids (SSSK) grades 1-5.  DYF has been active for several years meeting twice per month.  Each meeting includes a snack, short lesson, games and/or a special project.  DYF participates in the                        Adopt-a-Grandparent program through Samaritan Caregivers, Walk-a-Mile In My Shoes, and Christmas caroling to our homebound members.  

They work in the Prayer Garden, assist in summer Day Camp, and serve as acolytes and scripture readers.  All of the youth have planned and presented Youth Sunday and occasional other services.  Fun activities include Day Camp, overnight retreats, fishing, corn mazes, Indiana Beach, trips to Chicago, swimming, horseback riding, Chi Rho Jam and CYF Assembly, Church Camp (http://camp.indianadisciples.org), A Night In Bethlehem (A hands on Christmas event), and many other activities.  Our youth are active!


Disciples Youth Fellowship
1st & 3rd Sundays of the month: 
5:00 - 6:00 P.M.



SSCC partners with First Christian Church of Kokomo on a Young Adult Ministry.  Please check our Facebook page for updates!



Christian Education & Formation

We are never too old or too young to learn about God!  The Christian Education team develops and educates children and adults through Bible Study, Sunday School classes, and youth groups.  Currently, we are using the "Whole People of God" curriculum, a lectionary-based study, for Sunday School, youth group and our mid-week Bible Study.   The team provides volunteer teachers as well.  Special themed studies are offered such as World Religions, Spiritual Disciplines, "Living the Questions", the Daniel Plan and Lenten studies.   Christian Education offers an annual Day Camp for kids age 3 to those finishing the 6th grade.  They also sponsor events such as Night In Bethlehem, the Faith & Film Small Group.  South Side women also enjoy  Women's Retreats both at the church and at other venues (like Brown County and Lake Michigan!).  SSCC believes that Christian Education and training is from the cradle through the Golden Years.  Come grow with us!

The Crusaders Class

The Crusaders Sunday School Class has been meeting longer than anyone can remember!   Beginning each class with hymns and prayer, this faithful group of seniors is dedicated to the study of God's Word.  Currently, the Crusaders are using the curriculum, "The Standard Lesson Quarterly" to learn and grow in the Scriptures.

Worship & Wonder

 Children's Worship and Wonder offers an exciting way to approach faith formation with children.   The approach recognizes children as spiritual beings who already have a relationship with God.  Through Children Worship & Wonder, children learn about God as they experience God.  They hear Bible stories in a way that allows them to enter into the stories and form responses out of their own life experiences.  Children Worship and Wonder can be used with children beginning at the age of 3. This is a Montessori influenced program that meets during the worship hour after the Children's Moment.  Prayers, Bible Stories and preparation for worship are key components of this experience.   


Youth Classes
Sunday School is offered to youth preschool through High School.  Based on the lectionary, students are encouraged to grow in Scripture and faithful living through fun and interactive methods that foster hands-on learning.   Through this experience of growing together, the youth develop close bonds with each other and are very adept at welcoming new followers into the fold.  

Nursery services are available during both Sunday School and Worship.


Weekly Bible Study

There is weekly a Bible Studies on Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M.   Join us to explore how the Bible is a living book that speaks to us differently each time we read it.   God's Word reaches us just where we are and tells us just what we need to hear when we need to hear it so we can grow all the time.



Christian Women's Fellowship

CWF is open to all women of the church.  Meetings, called "circles" are held monthly and there is a lesson and mission study at each gathering.  CWF sets aside a budgeted amount and other income each year for missions.  Monthly service projects help collect needed items for different organizations in town:  Kokomo Urban Outreach, Rescue Mission, CAM, Open Arms, etc.  
   
Our main fundraisers are 2 Rummage Sales a year (spring and fall) - diving the income by giving 10% to Disciples Mission Fund, 20% to property advancements like carpet in the sanctuary, and 70% for local projects.  This women's group also sponsors community-wide events like Easter Breakfast and Trunk-n-Treat at Halloween.

Joyful Praise Circle for all women
1st Tuesday of each month
1:00 P.M.



Spiritual Disciplines


SSCC Prayer Garden

South Side Christian Church has a beautiful Prayer Garden on the grounds of the church property.   It is a scenic and restful place for prayer, meditation and outdoor worship.    
There are meditation points throughout the garden designed to guide you as you pray and meditate.   


Women's Retreats

Women's retreats are offered on an annual basis at both off-site locations as well as right at the church.  This ministry seeks to offer women a much needed time away to reflect and grow in the Spirit.  Of course, fellowship with fellow sisters in Christ is a highlight as well!   Please see the events page for more detail.    


Small Group Ministries

Green Chalice Congregation/Green Church Small Group

SSCC is a Green Chalice Congregation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Disciples Home Missions.  We covenant to live both as a church and as individuals of faith to care for and protect God's Creation.  The Green Church small group meets in order to bring new ideas for greening the church and educating the congregation on ways to be greener at home too!

The Alverna Covenant
Whereas:
God has created the world with finite resources;
God has given to us the stewardship of the earth;
God has established order through many natural cycles;
And it is evident that:
We are consuming resources at a rate that cannot be maintained;
We are interrupting natural cycles;
We are irresponsibly modifying the environment through consumption and pollution;
We are populating the earth at a rate that cannot be maintained;
As a members of the human family and as followers of Jesus Christ, SSCC hereby covenants that:
We will change our lifestyles to reduce our contribution to pollution;
We will support recycling efforts;
We will search for sustainable lifestyles;
We will work for public policies which lead to a just and sustainable society;
We will share these concerns with others and urge them to make this covenant.




Wrapped In Prayer (Prayer Shawl Ministry)
The Wrapped In Prayer small group is a pastoral ministry of SSCC that seeks to bring healing and wholeness to those who are struggling with health and/or grief issues by creating Prayer Shawls to be given to people facing difficult times in their lives. Meeting 2 Tuesdays a month, the knitters and crocheters of the church gather in the parlor to work together, fellowship together, and to pray together.  Prayers are offered for both the shawls, the recipients of the shawls, as well as the hands and the hearts that have created them.  With each stitch, may wholeness, healing and peace be granted.