This is the heart of the identity of Hillside Church.
We are family.
We are God’s family and we become family to each other. We are not a family by blood, but a family that's been bought by blood.
As Family We Go
Jesus tells us if we receive children well, then we have received God well. We need to be a church that celebrates and loves, loves, loves children. We believe that children are both the church of tomorrow but at the same time, the church of today. If we want a church tomorrow we need our children to be part of the church today.
We are a church that really loves and celebrates kids.
We know that kids bring messes and noise; and we don’t just ignore those things. We have a desire to train up children in the way they should go.
"Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity." 1 Timothy 5:1&2
“Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation” Joel 1:3
You are never too young to become a part of a family and you never become too old. Generations and multi-generations are crucially important to us. Age doesn’t determine if you are a part of a family and it doesn't determine if we are a part of this family. As long as we are alive we are apart of a family. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed.
The body of Christ is not made up a single people group or skin colour or hertiage and neither should the local church. Our identity is founded in who we are in Christ and because of that we have a unity that extends way beyond our diversity.
We are a family not by blood, but a family that’s been bought by blood.
As family we go!