A Disciples of Christ Church
The statement of identity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) can be summarized by the phrase, “We are…a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Our denominational vision is shaped from the words of Micah 6:8 and expresses this understanding of who we are with the following words, “To be a faithful, growing church, which demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.” The Disciples are known by many as the one “mainline” Christian denomination that was founded in the United States. We have been around since the early 1800’s. Our churches are congregationally ruled, we practice baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated every week. The Table is open to all who are, or long to be, followers of Jesus Christ. To learn more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) please refer to www.disciples.org.
Shepherd of the Hills Philosophy
When someone asks about Shepherd of the Hills we often echo our denomination’s statement of identity by answering, “We are the church for recovering Christians.” Our church works to be a refuge of wholeness for those who have suffered from the world’s fragmentation but there is more. Our Mission Statement is connected to Micah 6:8 and our denomination’s vision statement by asking “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” At Shepherd of the Hills we strive to follow Jesus’ example of loving God and neighbor (Luke 10:27) through a three pronged focus on Worship (loving God), Outreach (loving neighbor), and Education. We strive to be an open, accepting church family that is committed to spiritual growth and community involvement.
SHCC Worship Style and Additional Information
Worship at SHCC can be characterized as “traditional with an atmosphere of openness.” Sermons are conversational in nature and are typically based on scriptural passages from the common lectionary. The Lord’s Supper or Communion is served every Sunday and is open to all who choose to come to God’s table.
Other relevant information for worship includes the fact that children of all ages are welcome and visible in worship. We have elementary school aged children serving as acolytes, we offer a children’s sermon each week and children take responsibility for collecting food for a local food pantry prior to exiting for Children’s Church. Children’s Church takes place in our Education Building and is typically attended by those ranging in age from 4 years old through the 4th grade.
With the exception of Children’s Church, there are no other classes which take place during worship. As mentioned, Sunday School classes are offered for people of all ages at 9:30 AM. Nursery is provided for all Sunday morning activities. No paper work or sign up is required.