Hillside Community Church takes God seriously – but not themselves.
Hillside Community Church 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.
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.
Investments & Connections
Small Groups are spreading throughout the congregation at Alger Park CRC. They meet in people’s homes, and are organized for various purposes. Some meet for Bible study, others for accountability, worship, or to engage in sports or specific hobbies. There are also groups aimed at people of specific times of life: young families, singles and couples in their 20s and 30s, senior citizens.
Childern & Students
Alger Park CRC starts discipling their children young, with Little Lambs on Sunday mornings and Story Hour on Tuesday mornings. It continues through Sunday School and kicks into high gear on Wednesday evenings with GEMS and Cadets, when elementary students from the neighborhood and the congregation get to know each other. Every June, the church grounds and building are turned over to the large VBS program. Middle schoolers and high schoolers each have their own youth group, with regular meetings interspersed with lock-ins, retreats, backpacking trips, and service projects.
Disicipleship & Mentorship
From the Deeper Roots Discipleship course, to the seven Bible studies for men and women, to the small household groups, Alger Park CRC seeks to give its members the message that they exist for God’s mission. Indeed, they have high participation in Kid’s Hope, a one-on-one academic mentoring program with students from Ken-o-Sha Elementary School, as well as with their own VBS.