What is the history of Hillside Church?
Hillside Evangelical Free Church had its humble beginnings in a fruit shed on Lincoln Avenue. A hand full of people started meeting in the San Jose Salvation Army Hall, but when the Salvation Army needed the room, the Fellowship moved to the fruit shed in early 1953. The Evangelical Free Church of San Jose was organized on February 18, 1953, with 23 charter members.
When the owner required use of the fruit shed during harvest season, the church rented space and moved to a Seventh Day Adventist church on Minnesota Avenue. During this time, a lot was purchased and a temporary Worship Center and Sunday School wing were erected at 2116 Newport Avenue. Our first worship service was held at this location on March 28, 1954. A Worship Center was erected at this site a few years later. As growth occurred, we purchased property at our current location at 545 Hillsdale Avenue. An Education Wing and a multi-purpose Worship Center were built at this location and we moved in on October 7, 1977. Our present Worship Center was dedicated on September 27, 1987. During the 1989 earthquake, we suffered some damage, but 6 months later, we were back in our Worship Center.
What do you believe?
What are Hillside's Values?
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Where are you located?
Hillside Evangelical Free Church is located about one-half mile from Highway 87, nestled against the hills in South San Jose, just north of the Auto Mall on Capital Expressway.(get directions)
What does Hillside Evangelical Free Church mean?
Hillside refers to the location of our campus on Communication Hill in South San Jose. Evangelical Free is the affiliation that we are a part of, a group of like-minded churches. Evangelical refers to our primary belief in the Bible as God's Word and the Good News of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Free refers to our form of government. We are a congregational church, and we make our decisions here, at the local level. We are also in the ministry of setting people free through the love of Jesus Christ!
In 1996, our name was officially changed to Hillside Evangelical Free Church. Since then, the ministry of Hillside Church has continued to grow and expand both here in San Jose, and around the world! A commitment to effective teaching of the scriptures and heartfelt worship, as well as our ministries to adults, youth, and children, remains the foundation of the ministry here at Hillside. In recent years, we have diversified with new ministries in San Jose such as Farm Drive Neighborhood Center, an outreach ministry to a local urban neighborhood; and Iglesia Libre en Cristo, our Spanish speaking congregation. We continue to expand our ministry to the world through a comprehensive Global Outreach program, which includes supporting numerous missionary families and sending out short-term teams. The blessing of God continues to rest on the multiple ministries of Hillside Church.
How big is Hillside Church?
We have an average Sunday morning worship attendance of about 400. In our children's department, up to about 100 children come each Sunday morning. Additionally, we have about 125 at our Spanish service.
What is the schedule for Sunday mornings?
9:00am - Adult Bible Fellowships, Student Ministries and Children's Ministries: We have a variety of Adult Bible Fellowships offered at 9am for more information, please click here. Our student ministries for Jr. High and High School and The Kids Zone (elementary school age) also meets at 9am.
10:45am - Worship Service: Our worship service incorporates a variety of worship song styles from hymns to contemporary worship songs. We offer sound Biblical teaching from several of our Pastoral staff and guest teachers. Our service is filled with people of all ages as we join together as a church to worship God through teaching, singing, giving and sharing about how God is working in our lives.
1:00pm - Spanish Service: Iglesia Libre En Cristo meets for praise and teaching in Spanish. Pastor Francisco leads this vibrant congregation that also has small groups meeting throughout the week.
Why should I fill out the Connection Card in the pew rack?
These cards help us get to know who you are and serve as a means of communication. It is our desire to respond to your requests made on these cards. We will send you a letter in the mail, welcoming you to our congregation. If you ask for prayer, our pastoral leadership will pray for you. If you ask for information, your request is passed on to our receptionist, who will send you some brochures that will answer your questions. If you would like to meet with a staff member, your request will be passed on to them. The cards are a vital means of communication between the church office and you, our guest! Please let us know how we may assist you.
What am I expected to put in the offering?
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to worship through giving, but we don't want our guests to give out of a sense of obligation. Our members and regular attendees are responsible to meet the financial needs of the church. We don't pressure people to give. We let God lead people who feel they are part of the church family to give according to His will for them.
What kinds of Children's Ministries are available?
On Sunday mornings, childcare is provided for infants through 23 months. Also, our Children's Ministries have wonderful classes for 2 year olds through fifth grade. In the summer we provide a week of Vacation Bible School and other special events.
Are audio recordings available of the sermon?
Yes! We record every message and CDs can be purchased at Information Center in the entry area. The cost is $2.00. Additionally, the sermons are available online and on our app.
How can I view the current By-Laws of the church?
Please view or download them as a PDF File.
How can I view the current Constitution of the church?
Please view or download it as a PDF File.