First Time at Hillcrest?

Real Life Fear for a First Timer


It’s not easy visiting a new church for the first time. Sometimes you wonder: Do I belong here? Am I really welcome? Will the people be unfriendly, or too friendly? Will I be conspicuous? Will they ask me for money? Will my kids enjoy it? How should I dress? Am I welcome if I don’t believe?


We want to make your visit an engaging and enjoyable experience. If we were visiting a new church for the first time, we would like to know what to expect, so here’s a brief overview.



When you Arrive

When you arrive at Hillcrest (2480 West Broad Street) for our 10:00 a.m. service, you may park in one of two west parking lots but we encourage you to park in our guest parking nearest our main building.


Greeters at our Entry Points

Once in the parking lot you will discover a parking team that will safely assist you into our building. Upon entering, you'll see a welcome table with hand sanitizer and masks, as well as masked greeters to welcome you. The greeters can answer any questions you may have, and direct you to the sanctuary. 


Kid/Student-Friendly Opportunities

Security is vital at Hillcrest, so know your kids are safe and well cared for. If your kids are shy, they’re welcome to attend the adult service with you, but most kids enjoy our nurseries. During our service we invite children K–6th grade to go to a more kid-friendly teaching time. K –4th grade will meet in our fellowship hall while we invite our 5th–6th grade students to meet at The Warehouse (Student Building). Students will find a great team of volunteers that gear a lesson appropriate for them.


What to Wear

While some people chose to wear their "Sunday best" you’ll also notice that many are dressed comfortably, in anything from "office casual" to jeans and sneakers. Be sure to bring a mask to wear during the service. If you don't have one, we can provide one for you. 


Welcome Center

If you arrive early, you’re welcome to pick up information or ask questions at the Welcome Center in the lobby. There you will find helpful faces and information.


Worship Service

When you come into the sanctuary, you’ll be given a bulletin that contains our worship order. There is staggered seating for your safety. You’ll notice a communication card on the back of the chairs which is an easy way for us to get better acquainted; you can ask for any kind of information or assistance using the communication card. Also, you will find a bible and you may take that with you as a gift from us to you. As a guest of ours when you return your communication card we will give a donation in your honor to a local homeless/family care center. When you exit the sanctuary, ushers will hand you an announcement sheet (The Weekly) with valuable information about our ministry activities. You may drop off your communication card in the offering plate or at the Welcome Center.


What kind of Worship

Our worship service usually begins with some music, followed by a welcome and announcements. Our music is more contemporary but we also appreciate the traditional music as well. We usually end our service with more music. Given the current pandemic, we no longer pass an offering plate during the service. Instead, we have offering buckets in the back of the sanctuary, but ask that only those who consider Hillcrest their church home to participate. We want you to feel welcome as our guest, with no pressure to give. Even though we hope you’ll simply be our guest on your first visit, we do hope you’ll drop in your communication card in the offering bucket so we can send you more information.


Communion

We celebrate communion the first Sunday of each month. Communion (also known as the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper) is a Christian celebration of the self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re welcome to share in communion with us, and if not, you can just sit back and reflect on the message of the cross. Passing of communion elements has been altered to a safer, pre-packaged communion to ensure you are the only one touching your elements. 


How Long is our Worship and What kind of Sermons

Our worship service usually lasts for 90 minutes and the message usually lasts about 30 minutes. Tim does his best to make the messages interesting and relevant to daily life. You’ll hear solid Christian theology with real-life application. We love to laugh, and also hope you’ll smile and laugh at times, as well as feel the tug of the Holy Spirit.


After Worship

After the service, you’ll pick up your kids from their classrooms, and then we hope you’ll stay around and meet some people. Church is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope that everyone from the curious to the committed really experience warmth and friendliness at Hillcrest.