Every family is different. Different temperaments, different schedules, different likes and dislikes. But every family is the same. Every family with children will encounter moments in the child’s life that are critical in their spiritual development. As a child grows they will reach certain points in life where they have specific spiritual needs. These can be times of joy but also times of stress as kids are changing and parents are seeking help to deal with the growth and change.

At Hillside, it is our goal to come alongside families at these specific times to make them less stressful and more joy filled. We call this our Milestones strategy. Check out the list of Milestones below. You can jump in with your child at whatever age and we know you will see benefits for both you and your child.

Milestones Map

Baby Dedication

At various times throughout the year families are invited to bring their babies (ages birth – 5 years) before the church for a Baby Dedication ceremony. In doing so, families commit to raise their children according the instruction of the Lord. At the same time, the congregation and staff commit to partner with families through support and encouragement.

Before the Baby Dedication ceremony, families are required to attend a class to equip and encourage them in their parenting journey. Families will connect with our Children’s Pastor, Jason Noble, and other ministry leaders during the Baby Dedication process. There are a couple of options to sign up for our Baby Dedication services so you can pick whichever one fits your schedule. Please register online for either the 9:15 or 11:00 Dedication service, but be aware that spaces are limited for each service. During the registration process you will be asked to choose one of the parent classes. Choose from one of the available times below but be aware that you must attend class prior to your Dedication service. Also, children are always welcome to attend the class with parents but if you feel they would do better in childcare please choose one of the dates that offers childcare.

Baby Dedication 2017

Registration for the Fall 2017 Baby Dedication is closed at this time. Please check back later for updates.

Jumpstart

Jump Start is a Milestone class developed to give parents the tools necessary to have a meaningful dialogue with their kids about how to begin a spiritual journey. If you feel your kids are ready to make a decision for Christ or to be baptized, you will want to attend Jump Start with them. Attendance at a Jump Start class is a requirement for any child wanting to be baptized at Hillside.

Future Jumpstart classes will be announced on the Events page here.

Pre-Teen Passage

Parenting brings new challenges as your child grows through differ­ent stages. Join our Children’s pastors Jason Noble and Anthony McCann for this parenting class designed to help you as your child transitions to the nebulous world of the pre-teen years. This class is for families with upcoming fifth grad­ers (current fourth graders) and will provide helpful infor­mation to equip and encourage you as you celebrate the growth of your preteen. We will touch on hard but necessary topics like purity, my changing relationship with my parents, media, and internet safety.

Check back later for updates regarding registration for our Spring 2018 class.

If you have any more questions, email kidzone@yourhillside.com