We believe passionately in the fusion of God's word, God's company and God's people forming deeper people of God. To facilitate this, we encourage people to get involved in life at Chapel Hill in a variety of ways.
Sunday mornings, from 10am we join together as a church family to engage in joint activities that help us focus on God who created all things, and sustains all things and to learn more of him through examining his word, the Bible. We hope our Sundays help people encounter the real and living God where they are at. We expect you to come as you - this is not a place where you need to feel 'upbeat' or be perfect to join.
While the main service caters for adults, we also have services catered for children:
- Crèche, children under five meet in the dedicated crèche area.
- Kid's Space, our ‘church for children’ programme caters for those aged between Year zero to Year six (ages five-10). For more information click here.
Life Groups are the life blood of Chapel Hill and form part of our spiritual formation strategy at Chapel Hill. The Christian walk is full of joys and pains unique to the challenge of following Jesus. We encourage our members to join a Life Group (approximately 10 people) to share life together and provide support for one another. Life Groups tend to meet in homes, and each one is unique depending on the needs and passions of the members. Contact the office if you are keen to learn more, or join one.
We make a point of regularly scheduling in time to just hang out as a whanau, because getting together as a bigger group for the fun of it is an important part of forming a deeper community. We refer to church often as a whanau, which is a Maori term to describe those people in your life whom you consider family, where they are related or not. Whanau is a powerful idea for Maori, and for us: it is whanau that shapes us, has carried us, and will one day ask us to carry it. This marries up well with the idea of church, the family of God. Church shapes us, carries us, and asks us to help carry it as we mature. And for whanau to be healthy, we believe it's important the whanau has fun together. Our lives are so busy, so we do not want to make this another 'busy event', so typically we invite people to bring their own dinner and we put on a movie for the children, leaving the adults to just ... hang out (maybe play a board game or something...).
This is a new area for us. We feel God calling some of us to match up like-minded Christian households to establish small communities within neighbourhoods. Each group of households would spend time together praying together and seeking God's heart for the area they live in. Each home becomes a base of operations in God's mission for the neighbourhood. Because this is a new area, we are even now gathering people who are interested, to meet and pray and see what needs to develop. If you are interested in this idea, please contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) - we would love to speak with you.