What We Offer
As a comparatively small congregation, we don’t pretend—nor even attempt—to offer every program, bell, and whistle that one might find in a mega-church. Rather than try to do everything, we prefer to do a very few things WELL!
You’ll find that the things we especially value at Union Hill are . . .
Solid Preaching and Teaching
We believe and teach every verse, chapter, and page of the Bible as the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God to us!
The heart of our teaching comes from the pulpit ministry of our Senior Pastor, Rev. Christopher E. Burcham. Pastor Burcham works hard each week to bring us messages that are firmly rooted in the ancient (but living) Word in a way that is both as interesting and timely as this morning’s news and also completely relevant and practical for our daily lives at home and in the workplace. (To see what we mean, you can listen to our Pastor’s messages HERE.)
Classic, Christ-Centered Worship
While musical styles are largely a matter of taste, our own preference is for a more classic and traditional form of worship. In other words, we have a full choir and still primarily sing hymns, as favored by generations of our forebears. Even so, we do feature some more contemporary specials and our music is greatly enlivened by both keyboard and string bass—occasionally joined by sax, drums, trumpet and other instruments.
Whatever the style, our Music Director, Sue Kirkman and the Worship Team she leads are intentional about making sure that Jesus Christ is the center and focus of all our worship!
Age-Graded Educational Opportunities
On both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, we offer a full family ministry with programs for all ages.
We have age-graded Sunday School classes each Sunday morning and feature both a special “children’s message” during our morning worship service, as well as a separate “Children’s Church” which takes place during the Pastor’s sermon.
On Wednesday evenings (during the school year), we enjoy a “Family Fellowship Meal” prepared by the church, after which our children and youth go to their separate groups/activities while our adults participate in a discussion-driven prayer meeting and Bible study in the sanctuary.
Dynamic/ Exciting Youth & Children’s Ministries
In addition to the aforementioned age-graded Sunday School classes, children’s church, etc., our youth and children’s ministries kick into full gear on Wednesday nights following the Family Fellowship Meal.
At 6:30 pm, while the adults adjourn to the sanctuary for Bible study—our children go to TeamKid, led by Pam Compton and a team of dedicated volunteers; and the youth group, Terra Firma, meets with Youth Pastor Jeff Tilley and his wife Dee.
Jeff and Dee are building an exciting youth program for us in Terra Firma. Not only do they meet together each Sunday morning and Wednesday night, our youth are involved in various activities (trips, concerts, retreats, sleepovers, movies, etc.) at least 2-3 times a month, on average. (To further explore the ministries of Terra Firma, click HERE to view their dedicated webpage.)
The Tilleys also lead and direct our exciting Vacation Bible School each summer and are providing critical leadership in these early days as we are just beginning to launch a separate “Children’s Church” as part of our Sunday morning worship schedule.
Children and teenagers are a very high priority with us—so we work hard to ensure that they have plenty of age-appropriate activities and opportunities to learn and grow in their faith, as well as to serve! After all, we’re never too young or too old to be used of the Lord!
Purely Social Fun & Activity
One of the distinct advantages of being a smaller congregation is that we are able to get together for occasions that are purely social and fun—and we like to do so just as often as possible!
Every Wednesday night (during the school year), we enjoy a full meal together in our Fellowship Hall—courtesy of one of the families in our church, Eddie and Penny Horne. The Hornes prepare this meal for us each week as a real labor of love that not only gives us a chance to “catch up” with each other, it makes it far easier for our families with children to come straight here after work and school to dive into our Wednesday evening activities without having to worry about dinner!
We also enjoy things like: regular cookouts in the summer by the picnic shelter; bonfire/weenie roasts in the fall; chicken stews in the winter; an Easter Breakfast following our Sunrise Service each spring, and so on. We’re always ready for a party—because of the One Who has given us a reason TO party!