What to Expect

Here’s a Glimpse of What to Expect

Our Sunday gatherings are about an hour long. Music, scripture, story, humor are all part of how we prepare ourselves and respond to what God wants us to hear. Each week there is teaching from scripture intended to be both conversational and challenging and it always ends with Jesus. We also take communion each week and give of our tithes and offerings to support God’s work through Hope Hill Church.  Families are welcome too! We have kids programming available.

Our hope is that it’s casual, relational, simple, and meaningful for everyone. Should you decide to visit, you would be welcome.

Finding Us

One of the first things people notice when coming to Hope Hill Church is that our facility doesn’t look like a typical church building, it’s because it’s not. We are currently meeting in Ashland Elementary School located at 15300 Bowmans Folly Dr, in the Ashland Neighborhood right off Rt 234 (Between Minnieville Rd and Spriggs Rd).  Get Directions Here or visit the Time & Location page for more information.

Arriving

As you enter the parking lot and the building,  you will be greeted by someone with a smile on their face.  They will be able to answer your questions and guide you where to go next.

 

Kids (Birth – 6th Grade)

The Climb in a creative, age-appropriate ministry that includes music, activities and a lesson from the Bible. The Climb isn’t about information, it’s about transformation. We want to see children come to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with God.

9:30 Service

The 9:30 hour is Family Worship. Childcare is provided for kids 5 years old and younger. We encourage you to worship together as a family as we celebrate all that Christ is doing.

11:00am Service

During the 11am  service, The Climb Children’s Ministry is available for all children birth – 6th grade.

  • If you would like your children to take part in The Climb, please visit the Children’s Welcome Center located in main hallway of the school. Your children will be checked in and receive a name tag, and you will receive a receipt sticker which you will need in order to pick up your child. We encourage you to check your children in prior to the service.

More info on The Climb page.

Students  (6th – 12th Grade)

If you have students 6th grade through high school, then bring them along to enjoy one of our services. We have also created an entire ministry dedicated to the needs of teenagers, called The Hill. This lively group of students meet on Sunday nights at 6:00pm.  Every Sunday is packed with fun, friendships and great discussions, in addition to our live worship band. Your students will meet students that genuinely love and care for each other. This is the place to share life, seek God and grow through the challenges students face.

More info on The Hill page.

Sunday Worship Gathering

Enter the Worship Center and find a chair. Our services start at 9:30 & 11am, both services are basically the same and lasts about an hour.

Our worship band will lead us in focusing on Jesus through song.  Feel free to sit, kneel, stand, clap, or lift your hands during the worship time, knowing that worship is about connecting with God, and not external appearances. We’ll put the words up on the screen so you can follow along.

The pastor will then open the Bible and teach from it.  The messages are practical, creative, Biblical and usually are a part of a series of messages. committed to presenting God’s truth in compelling, creative, and challenging ways.

After the message we take time to respond to God’s message and what he is doing in our lives through song, prayer and communion.

There will also be a time to worship though giving back to God in the form of offerings. By giving, we recognize His provision and participate in the ministry of the church.

Response

After the teaching time there is an opportunity respond to all that God is doing. As the band leads us in song, we respond through celebrating communion, prayer, giving our offering and singing .

Communion – We observe communion to remember Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection. When observing communion we also take time to examine ourselves, it should be an occasion when God’s loving grace impacts us deeply so that the gospel takes deeper and deeper root in our lives. All followers of Jesus are invited to participate in this regardless of what church you belong to.

Prayer – There will be an opportunity to pray, if you would like to pray with someone Prayer Teams are available in the back of the worship center, one of our Pastors will also be available to pray with you at the front.

 After The Service

After service, people often spend ten to thirty minutes talking with one another, and then often go to lunch in groups.  You may notice our Setup & Teardown Team starting to pack up and transform the environments back into a school, don’t let this stop you from hanging around and getting to know some people.

The church is not a building, it is people, and we believe the people are more than a one-day event.  Hope Hill Church exists to be the love and hope of Christ to the community and the world not one day a week, but seven days a week in our homes, jobs, schools, communities, hobbies and anywhere that we interact with people.

Community Groups

Through out the week we gather in Community Groups. A Community Group is an expression of the church in a particular neighborhood/area of Woodbridge.  Community Groups gather weekly to study the scripture, build relationships,  serve our community and share the good  news of the Gospel.  Get all the details on the Community Groups Page.

 Some common questions we receive are:

What should I wear?

Casual dress is the norm.  You will likely see a little of everything as some prefer to dress up a bit, but many prefer to dress casually. We don’t judge people based on how they dress. We’re just glad you came! Don’t make any special arrangements. Come as you are.

Should I bring a Bible?

If you’ve got a Bible, bring it! We encourage people to bring a Bible and a pen so we can dig in to studying God’s Word. But if you don’t have a Bible, that’s okay we’ll put all the verses on the screens and have Bibles available. If you don’t have a Bible we’ll give you one absolutely free.

Will I be asked to give money?

As a guest, you will not be expected to participate in the giving portion of our worship experience. If Hope Hill is your church home, we simply ask that you honor God with your resources and partner with us in accomplishing the mission God has given us.

Will I be singled out as a guest?

Absolutely not. If you feel comfortable, you can fill out the Connection card provided in the worship guide.

Why should I fill out the Connection Card?

The Connection Card is a great way for us to get to know you. We would be grateful to have a record of your visit. There is a space on the back of the Connection Card for you to write down a prayer request. We have a prayer team that will pray over your request throughout the week. You can fill out the Connection Card anytime during the gathering and place it in the offering basket or in the drop box at the Welcome Table at the end of the service.

 

Lastly, we feel it’s important that you know that we want to get to know you. Bring all your perceptions, fears, and thoughts about church and let us show you the love, community, purpose and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

We’d love to have you come join us this Sunday!

Questions?  We’re just a phone call or email away, feel free to contact us.

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