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What’s Next?

Our ministry continues to grow and evolve as we seek to share God’s hope here in Southern California and around the world. Today, the only thing we know for certain is that nothing can be certain. Because of that, we will continue to strive our best toward offering and strengthening community in ways to honor local and state authority recommendations, while drawing you closer to Jesus.

How is Hillside Navigating Re-Entry?

The million dollar question for those in proximity to our brick and mortar locations, “When might we be able to get back to church together in-person?

We have updates on how God has been moving in this season through our ministry together, re-entry plans and a personal update from Pastor Aaron. Watch this video update form Pastor Aaron McRae and hear what we are prayerfully thinking through, and planning towards at Hillside.

Missed the ‘Family Chat mentioned’ in this video? Watch it here.

Engage Weekly

As we continue to navigate this re-entry process as a church, stay engaged with us weekly online and in serving our local communities. Check the calendar link below for the most up to date opportunities, or visit one of the following webpages for current ministry engagement opportunties.

Hillside’s Facebook
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Kids Ministry
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Young Adults Ministry

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Serve Opportunities

Thank you for being a church body that is eager to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this unique season! We have put together a list of opportunities available for those looking to serve.

Serve Opportunities

Previous Updates from Hillside

May 15, 2020

Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae

Hillside Family,

We miss seeing you all, worshipping with you, and being together every Sunday morning, as well as throughout the week. We want to get back to in-person gatherings as soon as possible. It is a valuable part of our spiritual life to gather together for worship, prayer, and fellowship. Nevertheless, we are so thankful for the way ministry has been accomplished in unique ways during this season. The gospel of Jesus is impacting lives through our weekend online gatherings, Community Groups meeting virtually, and in Bible studies and prayer meetings of all types over Zoom. This week over 500 women started an online women’s study called “Psalms for Prayer.” God is so good!

We have seen people choose to follow Jesus, engage in prayer at deep levels, and receive care that was desperately needed. We’ve watched those with not enough food find provision through partners like God’s Pantry and the Hope Pantry. Seniors have been blessed by the Hope Through Housing Foundation. We’ve also connected with our amazing global partners in life-giving ways. There are too many stories to tell now, yet we look forward to sharing them in future communications. We are thankful for our strategic partners and faithful Hillsider’s for the many ways their efforts have glorified God and served others.

God is at work, even in the midst of challenging days. The Church has been the Church, and lives are being transformed. Although our facilities have been closed, God’s work has always been bigger than buildings and his church never closes, – for that we are so grateful!

While our team continues to prayerfully carry out ministry, we are also preparing for re-entry to in-person gatherings. We are in constant conversations with pastors in our local area and around the United States on how to proceed. We are engaged in frequent dialogue with local health and government officials as we attempt to discern what is the best path forward for Hillside. There is no one right way to proceed. This is a very complex process, with multiple layers to consider for a church our size and in this region. We take very seriously the responsibility to care for those we have been entrusted to serve. We also sense God’s call to continue our outreach to those who still need the hope of Jesus to transform their lives.

Here are a few of the lenses we are using to evaluate our decisions during this unique time:

  1. Biblical Teachings: As of this writing, the state of California and San Bernardino County have clearly stated their positions on large group gatherings, what is essential and non-essential, and that we should continue to “shelter-at-home” as much as possible. Scripture is clear that we are to submit to governing rulers and show honor to those in authority, as long as they are not asking us to do something that violates our faith. Interestingly, we will come to one of these passages this weekend in our study of 1 Peter. (1 Peter 2:13-17; also Matthew 22:15-21; Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1-2)
  2. Safety/Health: We continue to monitor the ongoing impact of Covid-19 in our region and throughout the world. In-person worship gatherings create numerous challenges to the safety and health of our congregation that need to be considered and addressed before we return.
    During this time, having thousands of people walking our hallways, singing out in worship, praying together and wanting to welcome friends they haven’t seen in a while all present unique safety issues that none of us have navigated before.
  3. Phases and Stages: Every church is talking about re-entering to in person gatherings, and what that will look like. There are many questions that we must answer in advance. For example:
    Will we limit crowd size? If so, how? Will we create space for 6 feet of distance at all times? Will we require masks? Will we take everyone’s temperature before entering? Will we offer multiple gatherings each weekend? Should we add more gatherings? Will there be Hillside Kids in the early phases of reentry (20% of our weekend attendance is 5th grade below, but children aren’t always naturally gifted at social distancing.) We don’t have an exact timeline for in person gatherings but we are working on those details. In fact, we will begin the first phase of our plan as soon as next week. As we do, some of our staff and a small number of volunteers will lead the way in a slow process of returning to campus to help answer some of these questions and prepare us for future in person gatherings. 
  4. Our Witness: When you carefully read the scriptures on topics like honoring government, showing respect to all people, loving your neighbors, there is almost always an underlying purpose God is drawing us to. God invites us to be light in dark places and witnesses by both our words and our deeds (Matthew 5:14-16). This pandemic has possibly created a once in a lifetime opportunity for those of us who call ourselves believers to truly follow Christ. As we consider re-entry to in person gatherings, we also want to help a world full of people who do not know Jesus see what a loving, honoring, hope filled witness for Jesus looks like.

As we move forward in the coming weeks, we will share updates, progress and hopefully very soon we will be able to worship together in person. Please pray for our church, and other churches and leadership teams in our community, across this nation and around the world as we bear responsibility to make decisions that impact the lives of many.

Here is where you can help! We want to hear from you… We are joining with churches locally and all around the country in taking a survey that will help us gauge how you are personally doing in the midst of this pandemic, and also your comfort level in returning to in person gatherings. We value your opinion and hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey. Survey closes on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11:45 p.m.!

We are excited to see the results of the survey, then update you with the findings, and how we intend to use this information to make further decisions.

We are so thankful to God for his grace and for our church. Don’t forget the hope filled words from 1 Peter 1:2 that God’s ‘Grace and peace be yours in abundance.’ We can’t wait to see you soon, whether that’s online or in person!

 

Hillside Staff and Board