Sunday Mornings At Hillside
If you would like to join us on a Sunday morning, our service starts at 10.30am. There will be someone to greet you at the door and show you in to the main hall.
The programme begins with some praise – a mix of traditional hymns and modern pieces, led from the front by a chairman and a group of musicians and singers, which varies from week to week. The Chairman will normally also give a short Bible focus or theme. This section of the service lasts about 30 minutes.
We then include 15-20 minutes of reflective worship where anyone is free to contribute through suggesting a song to sing together unaccompanied, praying aloud, or reading and commenting on a passage from the Bible.
The conclusion of this open time is the remembering of the sacrifice of Jesus through sharing communion together. If you are a Christian, feel free to participate. If you are not a Christian, simply pass on the bread and grape juice trays as they come round.
The final element of our Sunday morning services is around 30 minutes of Bible teaching. This can be from one of our two Elders or from a visiting speaker, and it is often part of a longer series of talks. Through it, we seek to explore how a relationship with God shapes our everyday lives. You can see our teaching topics under that ‘What’s Happening at Hillside this month?’ section.
We are happy for children to be a part of the whole service, and reserve the back rows for young families, so please don’t worry about them being a distraction. However, you are also free to pop into our creche room at any point, where the service can be relayed onto a plasma screen if desired. During the teaching part of the service, babies, toddlers or pre-school children are welcome to join the creche and Explorers groups in the minor halls. Ask to speak to Nicola for more information.
We normally finish around 12 noon and, afterwards, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, some biscuits and a chat together in the minor hall. There is never any pressure to rush away – stay and get to know us!
During this time, Hillside BibleTime also takes place for any children of Primary School age. Teachers serve on a rota basis and use a mixture of songs, games, memory verses, Bible lessons and age-appropriate worksheet material from Bible Educational Services to instil key Bible truths in our children. See Philip for more information.
Children in first and second year of secondary school may also attend the Bible class at this time. See Sharon or Crawford for more information.
Sunday Evenings at Hillside
Our Sunday evening services are usually held on alternate weeks.
The programme often consists of a presentation or talk from a missionary or representative from a Christian organisation, with opportunities to ask questions or have a short prayer time afterwards.
In the past, we have also interviewed some of our more regular visiting speakers, heard book reviews from among our members, enjoyed performances from guest musicians and worked though both the ‘Alpha’ and ‘Christianity Explored’ courses.
Our evenings always finish with relaxed conversation over supper, served in our smaller hall, which is set up with groups of chairs around coffee tables to create a more informal atmosphere. The food on offer tends to be more special than just tea and biscuits, ranging from apple pie and ice-cream to continental meats and cheeses! We find that this extended opportunity to enjoy each others’ company at the start of a new week is a particularly good way to introduce visitors to Hillside.
Keep checking the ‘What’s On at Hillside this Month’ section of the site to find out what we have planned in future.
At Hillside, we encourage our members to read and study the Bible for themselves, outside of organised church services led from the front.
Although it is important that Christians take time, ideally each day, to talk to God and explore his word as an individual, there is also great value in doing so in small groups. By sharing each others’ ideas and experiences, in relation to a passage of scripture or aspect of the Christian life, we can grow closer to God and to each other.
We are currently operating four home groups – two on Wednesday evening in the Galgorm end of Ballymena and in Broughshane and two on Thursday evening in the Kells area and the North end of Ballymena.
At the moment, all groups are working through discussion questions based on our Sunday morning teaching from Phillipians. Each group’s dynamic will be slightly different, but the aim is for the study itself to take around an hour. We then follow this with some time praying for each other, for the church, and for wider issues in our world, before enjoying some supper together.
New members are always welcome; you won’t be asked to read aloud or share any thoughts if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. You don’t even need to be a Christian to join in. Simply come and listen, and get to know us over a cuppa afterwards.
If you would be interested in coming to a home group, please get in touch to find out more.