Hillside Church Updates and

Response to COVID-19


Dear friends and Hillside community,

Please know that Hillside’s leaders continue to follow the news closely, and we are incorporating the
guidance provided by various health experts in our thinking and decision-making. Our response to the coronavirus will not compromise the very nature of what it is to be a church.  We cannot be a people of hope who are stewards of God’s good news while acting out of fear.  We mustn’t be naïve, but neither should we approach this with the same mindset as a social gathering. Church is more than that, and we need to think and act accordingly.

Your pastoral team and Board of Administration

Here are the principles that will guide our actions and planning in the weeks and months to come.

1. We must love our neighbor.
2. We must continue serving and meeting needs as we are able.
3. Worship is an end in its own right, not simply a means or an activity.
4. God’s people are called to suffer together, and this pandemic is a rare chance for American
Christians to do just that.
5. We must seek to minimize opportunities for Covid-19 transmission, and we must be willing to close for public, in-person worship if necessary.
6. We will comply with governmental requirements and guidance.

If you need prayer or help

We are suspending public worship at Hillside for the duration of April. This means that except for those people directly involved in conducting the worship service, no person – not even Hillside members – will come to the church for Sunday worship. For the rest of  April a small team of Hillside’s leaders will conduct a basic worship service that will be closed to the public, but will be online on this page – Worship. 

Watch the message from our three Free Methodist Bishops on Facebook Live

Scarcity Brings Clarity

Embracing Our Opportunities – Moving ahead in this new season of ministry (from April 23, 2020)

Watch this video! Phyllis Sortor, a Free Methodist missionary in Africa, and a survivor of a vicious kidnapping there, shares her story and her hope.

Redeeming Our COVID Captivity

Links for encouraging messages, other worship pages and online COVID resources.

Daily Uplifting Messages from our Free Methodist Bishops

Daily Breaktime Videos (Sabra Dyas, Main Street FMC)

For Such a Time As This (video prayer from FMCUSA

Christian Counseling Educational Foundation Blog Posts


News and Announcements

Sunday Worship 10:45 am (online services only until further notice)

Greetings Hillside Family! With the new temporary restrictions on gatherings to help stem the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, Hillside has made adjustments for gathering together. We are ‘coming together’ using technology for these groups. If you need food, our food pantry is open Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.


Our Sunday morning Class Meeting will continue to take place from 9:30-10:45 am every Sunday.


Prayer is even more critical right now. Our prayer team will continue to meet for prayer Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 . If you have a specific prayer request or if you wish to join in on the team prayer time contact prayer@hillsidefree.com.


Our Zoom study will continue to bring us together for our study of Jeremiah and Dr. Ray Stedman’s book Nation in Crisis. Feel free to join us May 7 and May 21.

If you wish to join any of our online Zoom gatherings, please contact our Church Administrator to get further information. We welcome your participation.


What is the solution that can give us hope and calm our fears and anxieties when life throws a curveball and we go through times of trial and trouble?

The Lord is the solution. Knowing His name means understanding, declaring, proclaiming, and confessing who God is and what He does. It means discovering more and more the grandeur, the glory, and the unshakeable foundation of His character. As we know Him and trust Him more fully, search for Him more diligently, our momentary troubles will cease to cause crippling fear and anxiety. The Lord is our shelter and refuge. He has never abandoned anyone who sought Him. We see signs of God’s presence everywhere – in the beauty of creation, the encouraging words of a friend, in the ways He provides all we need. During this period of yet another pandemic, we have great opportunity to be a beacon of light and hope to those around us. There is always opportunity to show others by our actions and words what it means to trust in the Lord.