Children's Sunday School (currently on hold)
Sunday school classes at Hillcrest allow children to explore, discover, create and construct by involving their senses in an array of age-appropriate activities. Biblically-based curriculum is used. All classrooms are on the lower level beginning at 9:30 am.
Most Wednesday evenings during the school year our kids K-3rd Grade and 4th-6th Grade meet to sing, study a brief Bible lesson and do artwork that relates to the lesson. There is a family meal served at 6 pm with Kids Converge from 6:30-7:30. Nursery care is available for those not yet in Kindergarten
Children's Church (currently on hold)
Children ages 3 through 3rd grade are invited to attend Children's Church following the Children's Moment in the worship service. They will be dismissed to the nursery at the south end of the entry hallway for Children's Worship and Wonder storytelling and activities.
Loving hands await your precious babies (newborn – 4 yrs.) in Hillcrest’s fully-equipped nursery, located on the first floor at the end of the hall to the right of the entrance. Nursery care is offered from 9:00 am to noon on Sunday mornings.
To give children loving, quality care and help them develop a love of learning by: providing a nurturing, Christian environment, meeting their individual educational, social and emotional needs and supplementing their parents’ efforts.
At 9:30 AM, 6th-12th grade students meet in the Teacher’s Lounge on the lower level to discuss the scriptures, focused primarily on the texts that will be used in worship
Youth Fellowship Groups
Grades 6-12 meet most Sunday Sundays at 12:30 pm (following worship) for fellowship with a learning component. (Check calendar for specific times and dates.) We meet in the Friendship classroom upstairs. We participate in a variety of activities, including games, exploring current events and social justice issues as illuminated by scripture and the teachings of Jesus.
We participate in summer camps at Tall Oaks. (www.kcdisciplescamps.org) There are camps for 6th and 7th grade (Chi Rho), 8th grade (Created to be Me), and 9th-12th grade (CYF).
We participate in annual summer mission trips. In years past we have traveled to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, the Tennyson Center in Denver and other destinations. In the summer of 2023 we will be traveling to Louisville, KY to do mission work and participate in the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Adult Bible Study Class discusses the scripture used in worship each Sunday, Pastor Neil Engle leads this class, which meets in the right-hand classroom across from the sanctuary. Newcomers are always welcome! Contact Pastor Neil for more information.
The Living Issues Class follows "The Present Word" material, which is a study of the entire Bible in a six-year period, and convenes in the library.. Marilyn Peak leads the class and would be happy to welcome you!
Search of Scripture (SOS) Class gathers in the middle classroom across from the sanctuary.. This class has various teachers and engages in lively discussion of a book or film series dealing with contemporary application of Biblical truths. Sydney can provide you with more information and a warm welcome!
Weekend & Evening Opportunities
We periodically offer “Disciples 101”, an overview of the history and beliefs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Whether you are new to the denomination, or a life-long member of the Christian Church, this session will give you be a better understanding of our history and theology as Disciples. For more information, contact Pastor Lara.
Twice a year, members of Hillcrest have an opportunity to participate in an overnight Silent Prayer Retreat. Held at a nearby retreat center, participants learn about prayer and spirituality, and are invited to be in an extended period of silence. Silent Prayer retreats are a time to disengage from life’s hectic pace and be intentional in listening to God.
To learn more about these faith enrichment opportunities, contact Pastor Lara or Pastor Neil.
Disciples Women Helping Others (DWHO)
All Hillcrest women are welcome to participate in the Disciples Women Helping Others group. DWHO meets at 6:15 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at a local restaurant (Tequila Harrys) for a meal, fellowship, and discussion. The women also engage in service and outreach projects. For information regarding the next DWHO meeting, contact Ruth Dilda or the church office.
New Member/Visitor Lunches
On the first Sunday of March, June, September, and December, we host a lunch following worship for new members and visitors who would like more information about our congregation. These events are designed to share information about the various ministries at Hillcrest and to introduce you to some of our lay leaders with the hope that new relationships will be forged. For more information, contact Pastor Lara.
On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hillcrest men of all ages meet at 11:30 am for lunch and spiritual growth. The men also engage in service projects, including property work days and cooking for Breakfast with Santa and Breakfast with the Bunny. For details on this month’s Disciples Men meetings, contact Pastor Neil (email@example.com).
Senior Adult Outings
While many of our senior citizens are no longer in the world of employment, they are not retired from fellowship activities. The Keenagers gather once a month for fellowship and service outings around the KC metro. For more information, check the calendar or contact Pastor Neil.
Adult and High School
Would you like to make a joyful noise unto the Lord?
Under the direction of Dr. Britney Rice, our handbell choir rehearses at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings during the school year (September-May). The handbell choir is featured during Sunday morning worship several times throughout the year.
Our sanctuary choir meets for rehearsal on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm during the school year (September-May) and offers its ministry of music during Sunday morning worship and at special services. Contact Britney Rice, Director of Music, for more information.