Like the Acts 2 church, Hillside desires to be the most loving and caring church it can possibly be, recognizing that we’ve been blessed to be a blessing. The vision of the Care Ministry is to demonstrate the compassionate heart and example of Christ through tangible expressions of love and assistance, striving to be the hands, heart, and feet of Jesus. We minister to those who find themselves in need of comfort and support, and we offer help and hope to the Body of Christ, both locally and around the world. An important aspect of this ministry is to equip and encourage our church body to be involved in providing prayer, love and practical acts of caring for one another.
Meals of Love
Meals of Love is an integral part of the Care Department’s ministry, coming alongside those- who find themselves in need for many different reasons, such as, the birth of a baby, loss of a family member, or during recovery from surgery. If you are in need of meals, email email@example.com or call (506) 857-0832, and our Deacon of Meals of Love will contact you.
If you would like someone to visit you during a hospital stay, or if you would enjoy a visit in your home, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (506) 857-0832, and our Deacon of Visitation will contact you.
We strive to offer a variety of practical needs such as snow removal, lawn care, home repairs, groceries/gift cards and Christmas sponsorship for those in need. If you find yourself in need, email email@example.com or call (506) 857-0832, and our Deacon of Benevolence will contact you.
Our Mission Statement, “to honor God by educating and expanding engagement in mission” is evidenced through our local partnership with Teen Challenge, Harvest House, New Life Mission, Pregnancy & Wellness Centre, Camp Wildwood, and Second Mile Food Bank. Our global partnership is with Compassion Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, and Willow Creek Association.
Hillside’s staff prays weekly for the specific prayer requests submitted to the church on Sunday and sends a notes of encouragement to those who submit the request. To submit prayer requests to the church throughout the week, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Resources
One of Hillside’s goals is to challenge the stigma associated with mental health and wellness, to educate the church congregation, and to let those who struggle with these issues know that they belong and that they matter. Below are some suggested websites, podcasts and resources to help those dealing with mental health and wellness.
Hope 4 Mental Health
(This Rick Warren website offers hope for mental challenges through resources, videos, and testimonials.)
(Grace Alliance offer several resources to help you begin your journey towards mental health recovery: including a free e-book (The Steps to Mental Health Resilience & Renewal) and a free online course (Thrive). These resources provide great tools and support for the mental health recovery process.)
(This Brett Ullman website is rich in help and resources on mental health and wellness.)
(A Christ-centered recovery program for any hurt, hang-up or habit)
How God Can Use Your Anxiety for Good
(Good news for the many women facing an anxiety disorder. Laura Ortberg Turner)
Rethinking Mental Illness
(The Role of The Church in Recovery: A Q&A with Matthew Stanford)
What Christians Need to Know about Mental Health
(article by Ann Voskamp)
(Brett Ullman, leading Christian youth expert, candidly shares his struggle with clinical depression and anxiety.)
Clara Hughes story on Mental Illness
(Clara Hughes, six-time Olympian champion shares her story of overcoming mental illness.)
Saddleback’s Mental Health Webcast
(check out this web cast library of sessions from Saddleback’s Mental health and Church Conference – includes a broad range of topics including bipolar, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, grief, addictions, eating disorders, suicide, help for churches, etc)
Mental Health Stories
(From Saddleback Church)
There is Hope
(From Hope for Mental Health)
Hope for those Battling Depression
(sermon series from Hillside)
Rebekah Lyon’s Story
(sharing her journey with anxiety)
Matthew Stanford “Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness”
Amy Simpson “Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission”
Sharon Fawcett “Hope for Wholeness: The Spiritual Path to Freedom from Depression”
John Swinton, “Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems”
Henry Cloud & John Townsend, “Boundaries”
Henry Cloud, “Healing Choices” (one of today’s best selling Christian psychologists provides a pathway toward healing. Right Now Media also provides video lessons based on this book)
David Murray, “Christians Get Depressed, Too: Hope & Help for Depressed People”
Sheila Walsh, “Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free” (takes readers on Sheila’s journey of the soul from hopelessness to joy)
*Sheila’s shorter story is can be found here.
Ed Welch, “Shame Interrupted” & “Depression: looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness”
Kay Warren, “Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough”
Rebekah Lyons, “Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning”
*Rebekah’s shorter story can be found here.
Neil Anderson, “The Bondage Breaker”
John Baker, “Celebrate Recovery Bible”
Rhett Smith, The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?
We have healthy relationships with trustworthy, Christ-centered agencies in the Moncton area. Please see the list below for help; or if you require additional information or help, email email@example.com or call (506) 857-0832.
Offered by New Hope Ministries on Monday evenings (6:30-8:30 pm) from September 11-December 4, Hillside Baptist Church.
Registration fee is $60 which includes registration and a workbook (scholarships available).
To register, contact the Program Co-ordinator at 383-3165.
Grief Share Group:
Led by Jocelynn Keilty, the Grief Share Group meets at Moncton Wesleyan (in the Boardroom) on Sunday nights, starting at 7:00. If anyone is interested they should feel free to drop in on Sunday evenings. For more information they can call Jocelynn: (506) 232-1762.
Addictions Recovery Resources:
Teen Challenge Atlantic http://www.tcatlantic.ca/
Harvest House Atlantic http://harvesthouseatlantic.org/
Pregnancy Resource Center of Moncton