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!
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.