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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a young or senior adult, single, or married with kids, you’ll feel encouraged by the authentic community we have at Hillside. You can visit as many times as you want without any obligations or pressure. And who knows—you just might decide to make Hillside your new church home! There is a link at the bottom of this page that will take you back to the form to help you plan your visit.  Before you do that,  here are some important things to know:

Where are we located?

Hillside Bethel Ministries is located at 3575 E. Greenhill Road in Decatur, Illinois.

When do we meet?

Church Services:

  9:00 AM                          Coffee & Doughnuts (Hospitality Room)
  9:30 AM                          Bible Study Groups (Sunday School) for all ages
10:30 AM                          Morning Worship in the Main Sanctuary
                                                 Kids Church (following Corporate Worship)

  7:00 PM                          Adult Bible Study
                                           Kid's Church

Note:  The first Wednesday is generally designated as "Prayer Night" for the congregation to come together to pray.
School Hours:

Before School Program:
  6:00 AM - 8:30AM                         Monday - Friday

Preschool (Pre-K 3 & 4):
  8:30 AM - 2:30PM                         Monday - Friday

Elementary School:
  8:30 AM - 2:30PM                         Monday - Friday

After School Program:
  2:30 PM - 5:30 PM                        Monday - Friday

Note:  Hillside Bethel Christian School is closed on designated holidays.

Where do you park?

Hillside Bethel Ministries has plenty of free parking, with close spaces designated for handicap parking.  In honor of those who serve, there is even a close space designated for military (active or veteran) personnel.  

Hillside features a convenient carport for drop off and pick up, which is perfect for inclement weather.  If you need assistance, please let us know and we would even be happy to park your car for you.

Please note:  During the school week (Monday - Friday), all doors to our facility are locked.  Access to the facility may be obtained through the carport entrance, where you will be welcomed by one of our staff members. Hillside is closed on Saturday, unless otherwise indicated.

Are safety and security a priority at Hillside?

Absolutely! We are committed to providing a secure, comfortable, and engaging environment conducive to worship and education.

To enhance safety measures, our facility is equipped with secured doors and strategically placed security cameras throughout the campus. For our school management, we utilize brightwheel, enabling us to monitor student drop-offs and pickups, as well as keeping track of individuals within the facility.

Our commitment to accessibility includes ADA compliance with accessible parking, restrooms, and an elevator for the convenience of all visitors. Additionally, we have implemented safety features such as an AED on-site, with staff trained in CPR, first aid, and AED usage. Our recently installed fire alarm system, coupled with regular cleaning and ongoing maintenance, ensures the overall safety of the facility and its systems.

At Hillside, we take the security and safety of our staff, students, worshippers, visitors, and families seriously. It is our ongoing commitment to maintain a secure environment that fosters a sense of well-being for everyone in our community.

Is children's ministry available?

Yes!  Kids Church at Hillside is a place where your kids can have fun, grow, and discover just how much God loves them.  We have Kid's Church available on Sunday Mornings and Wednesday nights.  On Sunday Mornings at 10:30AM, we invite all our children to worship with us together before attending Kid's Church.

And, of course, we have our pre-school, elementary school, and before/after school programs available during the week.

What should you wear?

Dress comfortably when coming to Hillside, as our community embraces a range of styles from formal attire like suits and dresses to more casual options like T-shirts and shorts. Feel free to wear what makes you feel at ease—we consider everyone here as part of our family!

For our elementary school, there is a uniform requirement. If you would like more details about these specific requirements, we are more than happy to provide you with the necessary information.

Can guests participate in religious activities, such as Communion?

At Hillside, we believe in "open" Communion.  That means you get to choose whether to participate.  However, we encourage everyone to examine their own heart before participating.  But unless otherwise indicated, everyone is welcome to participate in any and all services and religious observations.

What To Expect

Experience the heart of our community at Hillside Bethel Ministries, where we offer a variety of options for worship.  

At 9:00 am on Sundays, kickstart your day with coffee, doughnuts, and enriching conversations, setting the tone for a day of spiritual connection.  The day continues to unfold at 9:30am with enlightening Bible studies than span an hour, offering profound insights into the teachings of the Gospel.  At 10:30am, a 90-minute worship service begins, filled with a harmonious blend of contemporary and traditional music, led by our dedicated worship team, and includes an engaging message from our pastor. We meet again at 6:00pm to discuss our day and how to incorporate the lessons we have learned into our daily lives.  We come back on Wednesdays at 7:00pm for our midweek service, where we engage in interactive Bible study and prayer.  

Our diverse activities cater to all age groups, creating a welcoming environment for everyone.  Therefore, Hillside Bethel Ministries is truly a haven for genuine, everyday people seeking an authentic connection with Jesus. We embrace simplicity, eschewing mere gimmicks and hype. Our worship is characterized by dynamic preaching, energetic praise and worship, vibrant youth programs, and quality educational opportunities.

With 62 years of ministry and progress, our updated campus, additional services, and fresh programs bring forth new dimensions in worship, expanded opportunities for Christian service, and heightened potential for spiritual growth. Join us on this transformative journey where possibilities abound. Attend our services, contribute to our community through giving, and find fulfillment in serving others.

Hillside Bethel Ministries warmly invites you to worship with us – a place where there is something for everyone, and a place for you to actively engage, grow, and belong.

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