Who are we – and what do we do – at the Hills Church?
The answers are in the stories that become a part of us: youth who come back from a service trip changed for life; people supported during times of loss or sickness; aid shared with neighbors; faith deepened in worship and learning.
We celebrate God’s presence at the communion table and at the baptismal water. We listen for God to speak to us as we reflect on the Biblical scriptures and share the stories of our experience in the world. We enjoy friendships created across the generations. We serve others together.
We nurture the children among us. In a world that stresses academic achievement and extracurricular accomplishments, we create a community in which children experience their own value as people of God, loved through successes and failures. We seek to build our lives on the values of love, faith, hope.
We are a church rooted in the heritage of the Congregationalists who formed the Massachusetts colony, and we are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.
The Congregational tradition does not adopt a single creed of belief. We value the scriptures of the Bible, we look to the historic faith of the Christian church, and we trust that God’s Spirit continues to teach us through the community of the church.
Together, we have discerned five hallmarks of ministry to give shape to our Christian practice at the Hills Church:
The Five Hallmarks of the Hills Church Vision
- Fostering Authentic Relationships
- Deepening Our Spiritual Journeys
- Investing in Children and Youth
- Welcoming, Inviting and Involving Our Neighbors
- Caring for Others through Outreach