Do God's Will
Doing God's will is about developing yourself for whatever you may encounter in life. We believe this happens best through sustained relationships between people who take time to encourage one another and build each other up.
Opportunities to Connect with Others and with God
- Short term studies are a great place to start. Try the Making Sense of the Bible class in the fall or Kickstart in the spring.
- Learn more with topical studies after church or a weekend at Emmaus.
- Experience discipleship through a group that points you to Christ. Join a UMW circle, Disciple Bible Study or be a part of the pastor’s spiritual development group.
- Click here to go to the Get Involved page. To learn more about any of our ministries, contact the ministry leads or the church office.
Kickstart Your Faith: We are serious about making disciples and want to help all experience a kickstart to their faith. We will be holding a 6-week course starting in just a few weeks combining food, fellowship and short videos by Rob Bell. This year's group is for those who may be interested in exploring faith basics. Contact the office at 201-664-5231 if you are interested.
Doing God’s Will through Small Group Ministry and Bible Study
In order for people in our church to grow and to continue on the path that God has for us, we need each other to offer encouragement and support. This happens at Hillsdale United Methodist Church through small groups and bible studies.
We offer two short term studies as an introductory class on the Bible (Making Sense and Kickstart). There are a variety of studies offered throughout the year based on sermon series or felt needs of the congregation. Any of these would make for a great place to meet people who will help you grow in your faith. The best way to grow, though, is through a covenant group, which is any group that meets on an ongoing basis for discipleship and spiritual encouragement. Call the church office to find your place that helps you do God’s will.
What exactly is discipleship? People will explain it in different ways, but here at Hillsdale United Methodist Church we think of discipleship as growing more in love with God. This is our goal for everyone that enters the doors of our church; we want you to know and love God better every day! So how do we do that? Love can't be forced on someone, so how can those in our church grow to love God more? We think everyone is different and that means there is no formula for discipleship, but there are plenty of ways we can help you on your journey. It takes a challenge to grow, so below are a variety of ways in which you can experience God and even help others to do the same.
There are many ways this can happen, but we are aiming to create groups in our church where people covenant with one another to care for each other. This means meeting on a regular basis and asking the historic Wesleyan question “How is it with your soul?” John Wesley, who founded Methodism, gathered people in small groups specifically so they could grow in spiritual maturity. Covenant groups are designed to help people live out their faith so that people are permanently changed as they do God’s will. What group are you in that helps you grow?
Inspiring and Nurturing Future Generations
We are always learning with our youth, and in the process, we are lifting up our future as God's Children together! Click each heading to learn more about individual groups.
Sunday School (3-yr-olds to 8th grade): This Sunday morning program ministers to our littlest Methodists. Teachers lead the children in crafts, lessons, and more. Each Sunday they are dismissed to class from worship in the sanctuary. Click here to download a registration form.
Vacation Bible School: For one week each summer, our church is devoted to an epic adventure for all children ages 4-11, with one goal - That the children of our neighborhood experience the love of God and the nurturing support of our church.
Confirmation Class (usually 7th-8th grade): Confirmation class meets on a monthly basis to build community among our young people and to help them understand what it means to be a member of the church. After this two year process confirmands are welcomed into the church as full members and can serve on any ministry or committee.
Youth Group (9th-12th grade): Youth meet monthly for fun, events, and trips around the area. For more information, contact our Youth Minister, Kristine Melius, HillsdaleNJYouth@gmail.com, 201-664-5231
Hillsdale United Nursery School (2 1/2-4): Hillsdale United Nursery School is a full-licensed, nonsectarian, and non-profit preschool. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for your children. We provide enriching opportunities every day so students reach their full potential socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively within their learning environment.
Family Ministry (all ages): This group creates fun events for all families. Movie nights, bingo, and dinner are just a few of the special events they put together.