We are a community of people who want to know and follow Jesus. Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, and wherever you’re from, you are welcome here. You’ll find some helpful information about us below.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At our 11am Sunday worship service at the Access Event Centre in Morden, here’s what you can expect…
Smiley, friendly people will greet you at the door.
Have a question? Drop by the Information Desk at the back, and we’ll help you out.
Grab a cup of coffee and join in some great conversation before the service starts.
Feel free to bring your cup o’ joe into the service…some of us need a longer dose of caffeine.
As you look around, you’ll see people dressed for their comfort level – come as you are…but maybe reconsider flip-flops after Labor Day. You do live in Canada, eh?
One of our ushers will give you a bulletin and help you find a seat. Don’t worry…they’re smiley and friendly, too!
Someone – usually our Pastor, Kevin Jamieson, will talk about something that matters to your life – based on God’s Word. He won’t say it on Sunday if you can’t use it on Monday
Sometimes we add some drama or video to mix things up. We like funny stuff and laughter is encouraged.
You can expect to be in and out in about an hour. Promise we won’t let your roast burn!
You’ll see people from all walks of life – single, married, single again, with or without children – and no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done – YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!
WHERE WE MEET
Hillside Community Church has the unique opportunity of meeting weekly in the main hall at the Access Event Centre in Morden for our Sunday Morning Worship Services.
In the event that the AEC is unavailable, we will hold a Sunday Service at the HCC Log Cabin. We will announce this ahead of time or check out our calendar page.
MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to empower people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who will impact their world.
Our vision is to be a biblically functioning community of believers so that Christ’s redemptive purposes can be accomplished in the world.
CHURCH STAFF & LEADERSHIP
Kevin Jamieson, Lead Pastor
A native of Nova Scotia, Kevin has been in Christian ministry for over 35 years and attended Bible college in Ontario. Pastor Kevin and his wife Sharon came to Hillside from Steveston, BC in December of 2012. They have raised 6 of their own children and are actively fostering more at their home in the Morden countryside. They continually show Hillsiders a great example of what it means to be hospitable and loving. Pastor is also an avid fisherman and enjoys a yearly off-the-beaten-path fishing trip with his sons. Visit his blog to read his latest thoughts. You can contact him at the church office during the week or email email@example.com.
Angel Unrau is our Program Coordinator. She moved to Morden in 2004 from Tennessee and has been attending Hillside since 2005. She is married to Lyle, a Morden-ite, who spends his free time renovating their turn-of-the-century home. Angel loves to spend time with Lyle and her two step-sons, watching a good movie, camping, or enjoying a good southern meal. You can reach her during the week at the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Head of Hillside Community Church is Jesus Christ. As an organization, we seek to reflect His priorities in all we do and how we do it. No decision is ever made that would knowingly contradict any of Jesus’ teaching. In addition, through the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we endeavor to discern God’s program for us as a church. Whenever we implement a plan, we keep one eye on our effectiveness, and the other on the next step God seems to be showing us. On a human level, two groups of people direct the ministries of Hillside, being a board of Elders and Directors.
In September of each year, and sometimes as the need arises, the Elders and Directors currently serving will determine the number of positions, if any, to be filled that year on each board.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God has forever existed as three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He created everything out of nothing.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son and equal to the Father. He has always existed, and lived on earth for a while as fully God and fully man at the same time. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind. He was buried and three days later defeated sin and death by rising from the grave. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth to reign as King.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is a full and equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to help people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives inside each believer from the moment they decide to follow Him. He is the source for every believer to do life, ministry and grow spiritually. To allow the Holy Spirit to work freely in our lives, we have to yield to Him continually.
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Man is the greatest of God’s creations and the only one He made in His own spiritual image, with the ability to choose right from wrong. Because of Adam’s fall, the first man; we inherited his nature to be disobedient to God. This disobedience is called sin and keeps us separated from God. Our relationship with God can only be restored through Jesus Christ. With a restored relationship with God, we can become the person He created us to be.
The salvation of mankind is wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation. Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:13; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39;
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode of baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under water pictures Christ’s death. Coming out of the water illustrates his resurrection. While the immersion mode of baptism best illustrates the work of Christ, this passage does not mandate how much water should be used. The value of the sacrament of baptism is in the life and heart of the believer, not in the amount of water used. Because of this, we will sprinkle and/or immerse with water those requesting baptism.
The church is made up of believers in Jesus Christ, called the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. The purpose for the church is to worship God, teaching, biblical principles, pray, baptize, participate in Communion, fellowship, serve and reach out to others.
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
God, in His own time and in His own way will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to earth. The dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.