Who started it all?
God moved the hearts of the people from 3 smaller churches (Hildegarde, Lutes Mountain & Gorge) to amalgamate in 1974.
What is our vision?
Strategically situated in a booming area in Northwest Moncton with lots of children, teens, singles, and families, Hillside’s vision is to be a lighthouse church (culturally relevant yet biblically-based) with a premiere family ministry in the region. This means strategically building relationships and investing in the next generation, partnering with children and teens and their parents, and endeavoring to be a safe place for people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds (or no religious background at all!) to begin and then continue in a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Regarding other churches, our desire is not to be a church that seeks to compete with the many other churches already established in the area. We’d rather bless and encourage them! Instead, we would put our efforts into reaching those who are not already attending church perhaps because they see the church as boring, irrelevant, hurtful in their past, or they feel unworthy and unlovable for one reason or another.
When did Hillside open it’s doors?
When did Hillside open it’s doors? In February 1974 under the leadership of its founding pastor Phil Stairs. The members of the three founding churches came together believing that God was calling them to do a great work for Him as a regional church in Atlantic Canada. Since that day Hillside has never looked back! Through continued growth right up to the present when they completed “Open Doors” – the name given to their latest expansion project which was completed in 2011. This project has enabled the church to open its doors even wider to more people and especially parents with children through the addition of a preschool wing, youth café and numerous related improvements.
Where is the church going?
Hillside has a history of being a forward looking church. God has been good to us in the past, but we believe our best days are ahead of us. We’re motivated by a desire to be used by God in relevant ways to make an eternal difference in the hearts and lives of the Next Generation while also seeking to be a greater redemptive presence extending more of His love and compassion in the world. We’ve been blessed to be a blessing. And the future of our ministry is as bright as the promises of God!
Why do we do what we do the way we do it?
It’s simple: people matter to God… Even if they don’t know it yet. Because of this, we strive to meet them where they’re at. We want to cultivate a welcoming, non-threatening atmosphere with music, messages and ministries that will genuinely help them to take take one step closer to Christ. In addition to this, we seek to be intentional and purposeful in all we do because life is too busy for just another activity. That’s why we don’t believe that church should be boring or predictable. With God’s help, we aim to exceed people’s expectations. Ultimately, we endeavour to honour God by being a safe place where spiritual questions get answered, great friendships are developed and God is worshipped in a place that feels like home.