Birth and Life in Methodism

Our beliefs flow from the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Our founder, John Wesley, was an Anglican Priest who longed to see the church revived. In his time the Church was in a deep malaise and people had become complacent. They were simply going through the motions of religion, but ignoring the earth-shattering reality faith in God makes in a person's life. So he did something about it. He preached outside, which at the time was strictly forbidden. He shared the Gospel with thousands of people at a time, even performing miracles (he even raised a man from the dead!). He also gathered people into small groups called bands or societies, so that people could encourage one another to grow spiritually and become people of deep faith. The group of Christians, called Methodists because of their methodical acts of piety, helped end the slave trade in England, led the temperance movement in the United States and grew to be one of the largest global Christian denominations in the world.

Our mission at Hillsdale United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that making disciples means we take specific steps to grow in holiness and become more like Jesus. That's why we have a vision statement; it helps us translate our mission into action. Our vision is to be a faith community offering opportunities to all people seeking to know God, advance God's kingdom and do God's will by following Jesus Christ. We highlight three things in our vision statement - know God, advance God's kingdom and do God's will. Knowing God is about our worship and Sunday School. Advancing God's kingdom is about our missions and outreach. Doing God's will is about the small groups we participate in that encourage us to keep living the way God would have us live. These are the things the church has always done from the very beginning. Jesus encouraged us to gather together and remember him. Jesus constantly reached out to marginalized people and did transformational ministry with them. Jesus also modeled our modern day small groups when he chose twelve disciples to learn from him and follow in his teachings. Our church continues in this ancient tradition.

If you want to grow in your faith we invite you to get involved in these three areas of ministry. Join us for worship, do hands-on mission work and meet regularly in a small group. Studies have shown that the single most important factor in a person's spiritual growth is reading scripture (read more here). We hope everyone will participate in our Making Sense of the Bible study (a book written by Adam Hamilton). Its offered about once a year, focusing on one of the chapters about a relevant cultural topic, but you can read the book on your own anytime. We think this will give you a great headstart on reading the scriptures for yourself and how to interpret it in a way that makes sense for the world we live in.

 

Know God through Worship

Our worship services are the primary way for us to experience God first hand. We gather together to sing, pray, and hear God's word. We experience God's grace in the sacraments of baptism & communion, learn about God's love and will for us and explore the scriptures to better understand who God is.

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Sunday Worship at 10 am

Sunday worship is traditional with contemporary elements. Listen to a sermon or watch a video. The worship service is followed by a coffee hour in our fellowship hall. Visitors are encouraged to stay and chat with the pastor over coffee or tea!

Sunday School 10 am

Sunday School is available for children ages 3 years old through high school. Regular sessions run from September through June in the education building and a one-room summer session runs July-August. Children begin the service in worship and are dismissed to their classrooms following the children's moment.

Sunday School is a great way for kids to develop a foundation in understanding who God is and what Jesus has to do with our day-to-day lives. We also, uniquely, offer communion monthly to them.

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Child Care at 9:40 am

The nursery is available starting at 9:40 am. child care is provided in the nursery room which is located in the education building on the 2nd floor. Available for children up to 2 years old. Please see an usher in the sanctuary if you have any questions on Sunday morning.

Saturday Evening Worship at 5:00 pm

Hillsdale United Methodist Church has an evening worship service! If you can't make it Sunday, how about Saturday? A small group gathers on special dates for a Saturday evening service at 5:00 pm for a different kind of worship.

We sing a few songs together, pray, watch a video and hear a message, but then talk together about how God is speaking to us and in our lives.  The focus is not on someone telling you what to believe, but rather on listening together how God is at work in the world. Join us for this exciting, new service!

If you would like to know meeting dates check our church calendar.


Church Choir

Choir rehearsals are held Wednesdays, September-June, 7:00 pm to 8:00pm in the church. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join! Prior musical experience is helpful, but not necessary. All voice types are needed - but most especially, we need more male voices (tenor & bass) to help balance out the ensemble. To learn more, speak with Eunjoo Lee, Mike Lavitol or any choir member.

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Advancing God's Kingdom

Outreach & Mission are the things we do that help other people. We don't do them to help our church, or to help ourselves. We seek to build the kingdom of God by restoring the lives of broken people.

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Ministries that Advance the Kingdom of God

  • The Helping Hand Food Pantry which offers food to over 400 families and individuals in the Pascack Valley every month.  Call 201-664-0600 if you, or someone you know, need food assistance, 
  • CUMAC/ECHO serves Paterson NJ with a pantry, thrift store, soup kitchens, tutoring, literacy programs, and more.
  • Family Promise offers food and shelter to the homeless or those with transitional housing needs.
  • Once a year in May, we do a "Change the World" event where a variety of small projects add up to something extraordinary.
  • Other ministries include:  the Family Ministry creating events for all ages, Vacation Bible School, Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Caring Ministry which visits our home-bound
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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 small groups. In these groups we learn to love God and one another, as we grow in relationships and spiritual maturity.

Opportunities to Connect with God and with Others

  • Short term studies are a great place to start. Try 'Making Sense of the Bible' or 'Kickstart.' Dinner with the pastor's family might be another great way to get connected.
  •  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, the men's group, Disciple Bible Study or be a part of the pastor’s covenant group.
  • There is so much more, so get involved! To learn more about any of our ministries contact us.