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.
In the midst of this Global Health Pandemic, each day and week presents new opportunities for the complex ways in which we move forward towards in person re-entry as a local church community. It is our deepest desire to be together as soon as we’re safely able. Please take a moment to watch the most recent video update from Pastor Aaron McRae to hear what we are prayerfully thinking through and planning towards in light of the current conditions of our local area.
Click below to watch our most recent update from September 24, 2020.
September 18, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
Pastor Aaron talks politics and our role in them as followers of Jesus while exploring the book of 1 Timothy in this week’s Hillside Update!
September 11, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
On the 19 year anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th, Pastor Aaron shares a moment of remembrance and reminds us of the choice we have everyday.
September 4, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
In this week’s update, Pastor Aaron explores Isaiah 43 and its implications on the modern state of us.
August 28, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
In this week’s update, Pastor Aaron invites all of us into a new and exciting time of community this Fall at Hillside!
August 21, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
“This weekend we had planned to be our 40th anniversary celebration at Toyota Arena … Look how things have changed …”
August 14, 2020 – Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
This is not the first time we have had to create “a new way of doing things.” In a season of disorientation, there are questions, struggles, conflicts and doubts. This does not mean God is not in control. We cling to hope as we witness God continue transform lives one story at a time.
August 7, 2020- Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
July 21, 2020 – Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
July 17, 2020 – Video Update by Pastor Aaron McRae
July 9, 2020
We are still aiming at August 2nd for our “limited re-entry” date. We will be asking all guests to RSVP and select a venue of where they will be sitting so that we can honor capacities and safety protocols. In addition, our teams have been working hard to continue ministry online both by enhancing the online weekend worship experiences, to offering mid week online gatherings.
July 1, 2020
Family Chat Mentioned in the update above
Watch this video update form Pastor Aaron McRae and hear what we are prayerfully thinking through, an update from Pastor Aaron and his family, then the first announcement of a re-entry date for August 2nd.
May 15, 2020
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:
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
March 28, 2020 @2:00pm
Due to the current circumstances of COVID19, Students and Young Adults are not meeting face-to-face for weekly gatherings, but repositioning our gatherings to online experiences.
Visit our Watch Online page for links to watch the gatherings live, as well as links to the Student and YAM social media accounts to receive the most updated information.
– The Hillside Student Ministry and Young Adults Ministry Teams
March 17, 2020 @3:50pm
Our usual care groups that meet on Tuesday nights will not be meeting on campus until further notice; however, we have processes in place for caring for you through other avenues.
We encourage you to please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
Area of need (ie: grief, anxiety, depression, abusive relationship)
Your information will be given to the leader of the appropriate group and they will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Each group has designed methods to stay in contact with group members via texts, email and/or video meetings.
– The Hillside Care Team
March 14, 2020
Sunday, March 15th –
Monday, March 16th-
Out of an abundance of caution and a desire to serve our church, love our neighbors/communities, to honor our governing officials and do our part as a local church in this area, we will gather as a church virtually in as many formats as possible for our weekly ministries in the coming days. We will keep you informed as best we can.
March 12, 2020
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Hello Hillside Family,
Like many of you, I have been actively monitoring local and global developments of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since the early hours of this morning, I have been in a stream of conversations and meetings with both city and county officials, medical personnel, local pastors and our staff and board on how to proceed as a church. I want to share with you a number of decisions we made today in a series of meetings with church leadership.
Out of an abundance of caution and a desire to serve our church, love our neighbors/communities (particularly those who are vulnerable: the elderly and those who may be immune-compromised), to honor our governing officials and do our part as a local church in this area, for the foreseeable future, we are striving to reposition all of our in-person gatherings into various online opportunities.
Simply stated, we will not gather as a church in our brick and mortar locations until further notice. Meanwhile, our various ministry teams are beginning to work quickly to shift our efforts into solutions that will allow us to gather together online.
This Sunday at 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am we will have our Sunday Worship Gatherings ONLINE ONLY via livestream and we REALLY hope you and your family will join us. It’s going to be a marking moment for us as a church and you won’t want to miss it. Again, we will not be physically gathering for church at our Rancho or our Fontana location and instead we will gather virtually on hillsidechurches.com, Hillside Mobile App and Facebook. We’re also in process of getting our Hillside YouTube channel available to you as well for the livestream.
Please take an opportunity to go to those channel links and LIKE/SUBSCRIBE to stay connected. Be sure to download the Hillside Mobile App and TURN ON notifications, as we will be pushing out important updates via the Mobile App this weekend.
Additionally, ministries that have weekly rhythms of meeting on our campus: student ministries, Young Adults, Bible studies and various groups will not be meeting face to face, however, our ministry leaders are looking to develop online opportunities to continue gathering virtually.
While this has been very difficult for our teams and is a new opportunity and challenge for us, we are not alone in these critical decisions. Many other local churches are making very similar decisions and together we want to point people in our communities to the immense hope that can only be found in Jesus in a time like we’re in. As good citizens we want to be a part of our local areas proactive prevention response to try and limit the spread of this dangerous virus.
There will be a need for more communication in the coming days and we will do our very best to keep you informed with developing updates. The entire situation is fluid and seems to change by the day if not by the hour.
In the meantime, we are asking that you stay connected to Hillside in your prayers, involvement and your giving. Your generous and consistent giving provides an opportunity for God to propel His vision for Hillside’s ministry into the future even amidst these difficult times.
If you have not already set up your online giving, especially because we’re not gathering in person, please CLICK HERE to set that up at first opportunity! This will be an essential way you could help us sustain ministry efforts amidst this difficult situation. Thank you in advance for your faithful financial generosity, it’s mission critical.
This is not a time for fear; it is a time for God’s people to live out the faith, hope and love that comes from Christ. We’ve never felt more clear about our vision as a church than in moments like these: We exist to see God’s hope transform our cities one story at a time.
For continued communications from our team, you can CLICK HERE for a page dedicated to those efforts.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Aaron and the Hillside Team
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
YOU CAN STAY ENGAGED with us weekly online. Check the calendar link below for the most up to date opportunities to stay connected with others, or visit one of the following webpages for current ministry engagement opportunties.THIS WEEK'S EVENTS