At Northside we use our various ministries to grow spiritually and to further the work of Jesus Christ.

Esther Circle

“The Esther Circle” was started in 1970 and was named after Queen Esther of the Old Testament (….and who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom of such a time as this? Esther 4:14), who was willing to forget about her own life and comfort to save and serve others. The purpose of the Esther Circle is to grow spiritually, to grow in our mediation and prayer life so that our faith deepens and our commitment to love strengthens. May our words, decisions, and activities always bring honor to our Father in the name of Jesus. The Esther Circle tries to fellowship once a month; the fellowship meetings include Bible Study and a short meeting plan activities. The Esther Circle also support several mission in the community such as:

  • donating new baby and toddler items to the Heartbeats of Licking County as well as filling baby bottles with monetary donations for the Heartbeats of Licking County
  • donating personal sized hygiene items for the Basket of Life mission
    Every lady attending the Northside Church of Christ and her friends are welcome to take part in all of the fellowship meeting and activities.

Praise and Worship Team

The Praise and Worship Team consists of husband and wife Philip and Kenya Thomas, with Judy Wright and Wesley Arledge. The team was started around 2018, and while the music consists of modern contemporary Christian music primarily, there are hymns and older songs as well. This team exists to ready our hearts for worship and to praise God above all else. We are always seeking to grow with musicians, and to incorporate new songs into the Praise Team’s songbook. If you stop in for service, we hope you enjoy the music and come and say hi.

Phil and Kenya Thomas

Puppet Ministry

His Plans…Our Hands Puppet Ministry was started in 2010. 

Our puppets have performed at Vacation Bible School, Christmas parties for the kids as well as our Tribute to the Troops. We also have performed at various churches and nursing homes over the years.

At times we have had as many as 17 puppeteers performing ranging in ages from 7 – 80.

The puppets are an inspiring way of spreading God’s Word to all ages.

If you would like to join us, we would love to have you.


Our ministry encompasses all ages from babies to older teens. We see it as our mission to lead youth into a deeper, more meaningful walk with Jesus Christ. If you are a youth, we would love the opportunity to meet you and get to know you. If you are a parent, we would also love the opportunity to meet you and answer any questions you may have about us or our ministry.

We exist to lead children into a life-changing walk with Jesus Christ.

Joyful Noise Choir

In 1971 the church moved into the Red Brick Building, we had Sunday Night Service and Bruce Hissong would play the piano for us to sing. After Church Service had ended, Bruce would go back to playing and people would gather around and sing. Thad and Jean Marcum would suggest a song to Bruce and if he wasn’t familiar with it, he would say, “Hum it” and then he would go on and play it. Charles Newhouse, Neil and Marge Wilkin, Bill and Bea Butler, Charlie and Arlene Gayheart, Joann Jungling, Mary Loudermilk, Harrison and Carol Smith, Lavaun Rice, Evelyn Smalz, Zella Blake, Jean Lupher, Frank and Lea Austin, Ron and Betsy Learn all took turns asking for their favorites. Someone suggested we pick a song each week and sing on Sunday, and this is how the choir began. “The Joyful Noise” was chosen as the name of the choir from the scripture Psalm 100:1. We welcomed anyone who wanted to praise God through song.
We have had many piano players over the years, but none compared to Deloris Ruble and Judy Lieber. As leaders we started with Danette McInturf, Marcella Smith, Nancy Hissong, with Judy Wright our current leader. We performed on Sunday mornings and at church gatherings. We did our first cantata when Utica Church of Christ gave us one of their old ones and our favorite called “God Hath Provided the Lamb”.
In 1974 Neil Wilkin found out the Licking County Home on Price Road would like to have a Sunday Service. After church, we went to the County Home and had church services for them. The residents loved to sing with Bruce playing the piano. This group became known as “The County Home Singers” and would sing specials at church and at other church functions. After the County Home closed, we went once a month to the nursing home in Utica for music and worship.
We currently practice on Saturday mornings at 10am. Everyone is welcome to join us.