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Sunday Morning Worship

Every Sunday @ 11am

Our classic Sunday morning service combines relevant biblical preaching, great music, and space for prayer.

We worship God joyfully, engagingly, intelligently, and intergenerationally.

Where do I park?

There is street parking available all around the church.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code – come just as you are. We tend to be a casual bunch.

Can I come with my family?

Yes! We begin worship as a full intergenerational community. After the youth message, children in 5th grade and below are welcome (but not required) to go downstairs to Sunday School or child care.

Am I expected to participate in the offering?

No. We don’t invite you to Hillside for your money. We want our worship to be a gift to you.

That said, we’ve never turned down a donation! ?

Do I have to stand up and say anything?

No, you sure don’t. We do have a free gift for each guest available in the entryway.

Can I take communion?

Yes! At Hillside we celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month. We believe that communion is a representation of Jesus’ radical, inclusive love. If you have a desire to know or experience this love, you are welcome to come forward and participate.

Is this a cult?

Hardly! We’re a member of the United Church of Christ, the most progressive Christian denomination in the U.S. and the largest denomination in New England.

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Messy Church

Two Sundays a Month @ 4pm

Messy Church is a worship service designed especially for
 children, ages 0-5, and their parents.

At Messy Church, we sing, we read bible stories, we play games, do crafts, and eat dinner together.

Even more importantly, we send you away with resources to help you keep the conversation about faith and values going at home!

What is a Messy Church service like?

We begin each Messy Church service with a song and candle lighting.

We then gather around for an interactive story, followed by 3 or 4 fun, thematic activities. At past Messy Church services, we’ve tye-dyed coffee filters, made sound-makers to help tell retell a bible story with special effects, and even went on an outdoor scavenger hunt to find things in God’s good creation!

After these activities, we have dinner together, sing one more song, then leave with a special blessing.

Why Messy Church?

Traditional worship services can be hard to enjoy as a family. Sermons and quiet prayer time – the pillars of traditional worship – aren’t particularly meaningful for our youngest members.

We created Messy Church as a time of worship where you and your whole family can grow in faith in a fun, engaging way.

Where'd this whole messy church idea come from?

The Messy Church movement started in the UK. It grew out of the recognition that Sunday School is not particularly effective because there is no shared experience for parents to continue the faith conversation at home.

Do I have to bring something to eat?

While we’ll always provide a main dish like spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese, we ask that you bring a yummy dish to pass as you are able.