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July 2, 2018 - 9:39am
posted by Allison Lang in fireworks, family, northgate.
Event Date and Time: 
July 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Starting at 7pm come out and enjoy some fun games, delicious food and a great view of the local fireworks display. Rain or shine we will have something for all ages and a time you won’t want to miss. Bring your family and friends to Northgate’s North Campus and celebrate with us.   8160 Bank Street Road Batavia, NY 14020
June 20, 2012 - 8:34pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in batavia, northgate, haircuts for haiti, kathy kuss.

When Kathy Kuss signed up to sponsor a Haitian child through the International Child Care Ministries five years ago, she had no way of anticipating the earthquake that would soon hit the island nation and its horrific consequences.

After the disaster struck, she received bad news: her sponsored child and the girl’s family were missing. The family was eventually discovered, safe and sound. However, the storm was not over yet — for the Haitians lucky enough to survive the earthquake and the subsequent hurricanes, the real horror had just begun.

Many had been rendered homeless by the natural disasters, and the lack of clean water was rapidly killing off people by the thousands, the majority of them children. It was upon hearing about these tragedies that Kuss, a Batavia hair salon owner, decided something had to be done—thus, Haircuts for Haiti was born.

“(The disaster) was all over the news and it was very frightening,” she says. “What I kept reading was that the water situation was so disgusting. There was no water there. I kept thinking, ‘What can I do to help?’ ”

The answer came to her in the form of an article about Sawyer Water Filters.

“There’s a lot of disease right now in Haiti that they have not seen for decades, like typhoid fever and dysentery, and the reason is because all this bacteria is in their water now,” she explains.

“That’s happening because people are not back into homes and there is no sanitation in place there yet, and disease bacteria is in the water again. This filter will actually take that bacteria out, and it will take out dirt and debris also. You get a clean glass of water.”

The filters that Kuss hopes to purchase will be sent to Haitian schools — or rather, what remains of them.

According to her research, “schools are particularly affected. ICCM sponsors children in Christian schools, and our sponsorships pay the fees for the children to go to the school and buy their lunches and books and education. When I was looking into this, they said that many of the schools had been demolished by the earthquakes. They were holding the schools in tents but there wasn’t any clean water for the kids.”

These lifesaving devises are, unfortunately, not free — each filter system costs $50. To raise enough money to send “many, many” filters to the children, Kuss has organized “Haircuts for Haiti,” an all-day fundraiser where people can get a haircut and make a donation.

This is Kuss’s first time organizing a “cut-a-thon,” but she has participated in one before and speaks highly of the experience:

“It’s really a lot of fun because obviously you have a large group of hairdressers and barbers. People love doing things like this because they really feel like they’re doing something to help.”

The 11 hairdressers and barbers will be at Northgate Free Methodist Church (located at 350 Bank St. Road in Batavia) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23  in the south campus gymnasium. A Sawyer Water Filter will be on display at the event.

If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation, you can make a check out to Northgate Free Methodist Church with the memo line of “Sawyer Water Filter Fund” and send it to:

Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

May 14, 2011 - 2:35pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, northgate, Care-A-Van Ministries.


On Saturday morning, the Northgate MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) went out with Care-A-Van Ministries to Central Avenue. The moms brought along books and goodie bags to give to the children whose families came for groceries. It was a great morning out on the streets for the group.  30 f amilies with 92 family members received groceries from Care-A-Van.

May 23, 2010 - 12:04am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, northgate, Care-A-Van Ministries, St Paul Lutheran.

This past week we have all read about the beatings and the other issues going on in the State Street neighborhood. This Saturday morning a diffferent story was to be found.

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Northgate Free Methodist Church came out and partnered with Care-A-Van Ministries to bring peace and joy to the neighborhood.

St Paul provided a delicious breakfast casserole for the folks, while the MOPS (Mother of Pre-Schoolers) Tuesday evening group provided games and activities for the children. 41 families with 120 family members received groceries from Care-A-Van this morning.

Care-A-Van Ministries visits this neighborhood the fourth Saturday of the month. St. Paul partners every time with the ministry on the monthly outings. St Paul Lutheran will be also be holding a neighborhood picnic in the parking lot this coming Wednesday evening as well.

Care-A-Van would like to thank these two churches and their volunteers for coming out and making a difference. There are many volunteers from different churches that are coming out now and volunteering for the weekly cookouts, street church, grocery distribution and morning ministry. If  you or  your church would like to get on board with blessing the community, you can call 343-0328.

April 29, 2010 - 5:21pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Parents, northgate, special education.
Event Date and Time: 
May 7, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

EaGeR is a support group for the families of special needs children. Its monthly meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at the Northgate Free Methodist Church's North Campus, 8160 Bank Street Road. The topic of this session will be CSE (Committee on Special Education) meetings.

All parents and families of special needs children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more details, contact:

Melody McMaster -- 343-4707, or e-mail <[email protected]>

April 10, 2010 - 1:54pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Parents, northgate, special education.

Here are some questions for parents of children with special needs: How often do you feel alone or overwhelmed? Do you ever wish you could connect with other parents and find the resources you need to give your kids what they need?

Firsthand experience and awareness of these anxieties are what motivate Lyndy Branton and Melody McMaster in heading up EaGeR -- "Extra Grace Required" -- a parent support group at the North Campus of Batavia's Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road.

Both are mothers of children on the autism spectrum and each week they -- along with McMaster's husband, Sean -- share their experiences and invite other parents to do likewise.

The last meeting was Friday evening in Room A-3 of the Adult Wing. It was an open discussion involving parents whose experiences ranged from that of the mother of a 2-year-old whose diagnosis is still in the works to that of the mother of an autistic teen getting ready for college.

Topics of discussion included:

• Different approaches to telling kids about their own disabilities

• The frustrations and fears of raising autistic children

• Attention to what sorts of things set their children off and what to watch out for

• Prevalent misunderstandings about autism

• Limitations encountered in getting their children the assistance they need

• The experience of dealing with teachers, relatives and even strangers who make them second guess themselves, thinking that they know the children's needs better than the parents do

• When and how to use discipline

• How to encourage kids to use positive ways of getting attention -- by focusing on their talents, etc. -- instead of socially inappropriate behavior

Many EaGeR attendees are the parents of autistic children -- and their children range widely across the autism spectrum -- but the group welcomes and addresses topics that are important to the families of all special-needs children. Many of their meetings are devoted to specific topics, such as IEP (Individualized Education Program) plans, CSE (Committee on Special Education) meetings, family, behavior modification, social skills, diet and treatment.

"It seems like we get a different group every time," McMaster said, "but it always seems to hit the spot. To connect with someone in the same boat and to know you're not alone...that in itself means a lot."

"These meetings seem to have been especially helpful for families who are noticing things in their young children and are trying to get them diagnosed," Sean commented. "It's very helpful to speak with people who have been through the experience and had to overcome a lot of the same obstacles, and just to know that help is available."

Because EaGeR is sponsored by the church, faith is an integral part of its meetings and mission. McMaster, who leads the group in prayer at the end of every meeting, stated that "our Christian faith has had a positive impact on our journey...

"One of our goals is to help prepare the church to work with special-needs kids, who need Jesus Christ as much as anyone else. As Christians, we always have to be ready to deal with them in a merciful way. If they experience rejection at a young age in church, that could make or break their faith."

At the same time, EaGeR is not limited to Christians. All families who struggle with raising special-needs children are invited to attend and to take advantage of the encouragement and support offered by other parents going through similar experiences. McMaster and Branton hold a Christmas party every December as well as a picnic for families in June in order to make people feel comfortable "regardless of where they are in their faith journey" (McMaster's words).

EaGeR meetings take place on the first Friday of every month from 7 until 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact:

Melody McMaster -- 343-4707, or e-mail <[email protected]>

Lyndy Branton -- 409-8079, or e-mail <[email protected]>

August 15, 2009 - 12:20am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, northgate, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Tonight was the final night for Northgate's Street Jam. It appeared everyone had a grand time at the closing carnival. Thanks again to Northgate for an awesome week on the streets!

Paul Ohlson, Founder of Care-A-Van chats with Robert Kurtz of the Salvation Army who was set up next to us.

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August 12, 2009 - 9:10pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, northgate, Care-A-Van Ministries, Centenial Park.

Are the kids driving you crazy in the evening? Are they full of energy that need to be put to a good use? Why not send them on over to Street Jam at Centennial Park.

Northgate is sponsoring Street Jam for all kids every night this week at the Park. They have been there all this week. It is not to late to send the kids on over. They will still be there Thursday night and Friday night from 6:00 pm until 8:00 PM. On Friday evening there will be a carnival. Everything is free!  There is praise and worship music, dramas, crafts, games and much more.

Care-A-Van has partnered with them in this endeavor. While the kids are having fun, stop by and have a fresh cup of coffee and just relax and enjoy the evening with us.

Great Job Northgate on providing fun and outreach to the kids of the community!

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October 2, 2008 - 10:48pm

Northgate Free Methodist Church

8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020             www.northgatefmc.com

                     Regular Service Times

               Saturday, 6:00pm        Sunday, 9:30 am     Sunday, 11:00am

Northgaters love to worship God. Our worship services allow people to give God their praise, connect to him spiritually, and understand what it means to live a meaningful life dedicated to Jesus.

Each weekend we use many types of tools to communicate the timeless wisdom of scripture. Multimedia, drama and contemporary worship allow us to get to the heart of the matter while being creative and relevant.

Come experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere with innovative messages and presentations. Join us this weekend to experience "The best hour of your week".

We welcome well-known Christian musician Michael O'Brien, formerly with Newsong, will join us for all three services October 25th and October 26th


October 2, 2008 - 10:29pm
posted by Patti Riner in Announcements, womans conferece, northgate.

 HOPE requires strength and our strength comes from the Lord.  Northgate Free Methodidst church is hosting a womans conference from 8:30 to 3:30 on October 25th.(the last Saturday this month) The worship leader will be Michael O'Brien who sang with the popular Christian group Newsong. His wife Heidi will be the keynote speaker and she will be sharing about her time with depression and being diagnosed bi-polar. There will be small breakouts and one will be led by a former Oakfield graduate Carol McLeod. She has written a number of books and bible studies and has been a speaker for many across the nation. A brochure with registration can be downloaded from northgatefmc.com. You may be encouraged and filled with HOPE when you leave the conference.

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