Hillside Community Church takes God seriously – but not themselves.
They speak of themselves as fellow strugglers who are deeply grateful that God loves them despite their weaknesses. This sets them free to try new things, to reach out to their community, and to welcome people regardless of where they are in their faith journey.
Newer and questioning believers find an outlet in Alpha. Hillside has run this effective introduction to the faith series twice a year for over 10 years. It has even spawned a Beta program, perfect for follow-up discussions for those who want to continue exploring what faith in God means for their lives.
Fun events draw people into the building, like weekly Zumba classes and the indoor golf nights (with PGA pros) in February. But the church also goes out into the community, following the call to care for people’s practical needs. They founded Streams of Hope to take a community development approach to the variety of needs of people in the Townline neighborhood. Members are active in the Kids Hope tutoring program – one adult, one child, one hour a week – at Townline Elementary School.
All generations at Hillside work together to grow closer to God and to work out their faith in action. Although about one third of the congregation is under 18, a good community of older adults adds the perspective of their long lives of Christian service to the energy of youth. Teens and adults often work together on summer missions projects, both locally and abroad.