Denomination
Dress Code
Guests and Inquirers
Small Groups
Membership
Teachings
Children's Ministry (Treasure Harbor)

 

Denomination

Is Northwest Hills a Christian Church?

If by that you mean "are you followers of Jesus Christ?" The answer is "Yes!" As for our affiliation, Northwest Hills is a community church and we base our beliefs in the Bible, which we believe to be God's message to humanity and contains the best blueprint for living.

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Dress Code

How many types of blue jeans exist?

Attend Northwest Hills and you'll see more styles of blue jeans than any trip to the mall. Our dress is casual and comfortable, although there are people who choose to dress up. Shorts in the summer, jeans in the winter.

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Guests and Inquirers

If I visit, will I be singled out as a new visitor?

We have greeters at the front door who greet everyone, not just visitors. But we don't have music verses or old style hymns, so there is no chance anyone will ask you to remain standing during the singing of the 3rd verse. At Northwest Hills, think of yourself as browsing at your favorite bookstore. You'll get a "Hello" at the door, an offer for help, but you can check us out without any commitment.

Will I get hounded by people trying to "convert" me?

No one will besiege you with spam or home visits or shake a Bible in your face. We'd love to snail mail some info on Northwest Hills, but that's predicated on whenever you choose to inquire by filling out a Communication Card for the info. You can unobtrusively check out the possibilities for connection, growth, and service at the information booth in the Worship Center lobby before or after service as well.

Do I have to give money to attend Northwest Hills?

No. Giving is for regular attendees who call Northwest Hills home. Guests should sit on their wallets.

Do I have to believe in Jesus Christ or confess certain beliefs before I can attend Northwest Hills or a small group?

No. Many people who start attending Northwest Hills have very little or no relationship with Christ. They are just checking Him out...inquiring. A relationship with Christ is a journey and the staff at Northwest Hills are creative architects and facilitators of this journey.

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Small Groups

What are small groups?

Community Groups (what we call our small groups) are groups of people who live out the mission of God together in community through regular gatherings for food, fellowship, accountability, serving, study, prayer and outreach. Community Groups serve to mobilize the church and to connect people to one another to share life and grow together.

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Membership

Does Northwest Hills have membership?

Yes. Northwest Hills practices membership, believing that a commitment to the local church reflects your commitment to Jesus Christ. Members are regular attendees who call Northwest Hills home and have a relationship with Christ that extends beyond the windows of the Sunday morning service. Members are the pulse of Northwest Hills and are the beat of our leadership. All our ministries are lead by members of Northwest Hills.

Do I have to attend any classes or do anything to become a member?

Here are the steps...1) try us on for a while; 2) join a small group or ministry team; 3) attend the Discovering Church Membership Class as part of the Life Transformation Courses; and 4) meet with one of the elders.

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Teachings

Does Northwest Hills believe in prayer?

Yes. We believe that God hears and answers prayer. Northwest Hills has an active prayer team behind the scenes before and during the church service. We are working to create an email prayer team and a telephone-based prayer team.

Does Northwest Hills believe in baptism?

Yes. We believe that a public confession of your faith is part of the journey walk with Christ. We practice a "believer's baptism by immersion." Baptism is held numerous times during the year during our Sunday morning services. 

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Children's Ministry (Treasure Harbor)

How do I know my child is safe with the volunteers in the Children's Ministry?

Screening for volunteers includes background and reference checks and a personal interview with the Children's Ministry Pastor.

How can I be sure no one else will pick up my child?

We have a security system in place to ensure the safety of your child. When you check your child in, you are given a number tag with a matching number to your child's name tag. The person picking the child up must have the same number tag as the number on the child's name tag in order for your child to be released.

What if my child needs me during the service?

If your child needs you during the church service, the number that is on your tag will flash on the number screen to the right of the podium in the Worship Center.

What is the youngest age you accept in the nursery?

At whatever age a new mom feels comfortable leaving her child. We are equipped to care for newborns. There is also a Family Room (Room A2) that parents may use to view the service with their infant or toddler-age children.

Is there a cost for childcare?

No. Treasure Harbor is a ministry to parents and their children, so there is no cost.

How do I know where to drop off and pick up my child?

Stop by the Information Booth in our Worship Center lobby and one of our Welcome Team members will escort you to the right Treasure Harbor room.

Are all the children's services the same?

No. During the 9:00 a.m. service all children meet in their age-appropriate rooms for teaching, singing, and crafts. During the 10:45 a.m. service, all children check into their rooms and have snack time, then the elementary children gather together at the Coral Reef (Room D3), where they have worship, teaching, and games. After that, they return to their rooms where you may pick up your child.

What is your health policy?

To ensure the safety and health of all the children and staff, we ask that only well children are brought to the classrooms. Please refrain from bringing your child to the classroom if he/she has had any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours: fever, diarrhea, runny nose if there are signs of infection, excessive coughing, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, questionable rash/open sores, lice infestation, or red/seeping eyes. Thank you for helping us protect the health of our youngest members!

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