Your First Visit
Welcome to Holy Hills Baptist Church!
Visiting any church for the very first time would make anyone nervous. Where to go? What to wear? What time to show up? What's here for my kids? What can I expect? We want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Holy Hills Baptist will be refreshing, friendly and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people and a place where you feel welcome and "at home"!
What should I expect for my children?
Starting with an excellent nursery, there is something special for every age child! At every service on Sunday morning there is a safe, clean, and highly staffed nursery for children under the age of three. For the infants, mothers will receive a pager so that the nursery attendants can easily contact you if there is a need. For children 3 years old through 8 years old there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes.
These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child.
On Wednesday nights, we also have a wonderful children's program available for children ages three through 7th grade. We provide the Explorer's Club program for children. This is an exciting time to teach and train children in their own walk with the Lord.
What's on the schedule for adults, and what should I expect?
Most adults attend Sunday School at 10:00am for a smaller, informal class that is taught by a knowledgeable teacher. This is an excellent time to get to know others in our church family as friends and fellow Christians. These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy perhaps some coffee and donuts, and hear a teaching lesson more directly applicable to you. The best way to get to know people at Holy Hills Baptist Church is to visit one of these adult bible classes.
Following the Bible Study Hour at 11:00am is our Morning Service. In this service you will enjoy the beautiful music of the choir, Bluegrass group and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful and inspiring Bible message from Pastor Ballinger. We do recommend arriving about 15 minutes early to allow for parking and seating.
Are there services at other times?
Yes. We have a Sunday evening service (completely different from Sunday morning) that begins at 6:00 pm. Again, in this service you'll enjoy the special music as well as a message from Pastor Ballinger or our Associate Pastor John Dillinger. We also meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm for a mid-week Bible study. If you can't be our guest on Sunday morning, we hope you'll visit with us during another service time.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Holy Hills Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Holy Hills Baptist!
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don't invite you to Holy Hills Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can grow in God's grace. Please don't feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
Additional Questions and Answers
Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions. Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.
What’s in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church—baptism and the Lord’s table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.
How can I be involved in ministry?
There are two types of ministry involvement at Holy Hills Baptist Church. Many people help, in a given month, with volunteer projects in areas such as maintenance, office-related projects, etc. Feel free to contact the church if you would like to volunteer your time in this way. If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other visible positions of leadership; an appointment must be set with the pastor.
What is required for membership?
How is the leadership of the church structured?
Ultimately, Christ is the head of this church. On a daily basis, the church is primarily led by the pastor and pastoral leadership team. This team works together in prayer and decision making to follow the leading of God for our church ministry. Also, our deacons serve as a church elected group that meets with the pastor to review and discuss matters of church importance. This provides a high level of accountability as well as a great spirit of team cooperation as we follow God’s leading for this church.
What is the church’s approach to financial giving?
We have never practiced pressure techniques or fund-raising schemes. Rather, we choose to occasionally preach and teach what God’s Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that teaching is a heart issue between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.
What does the church do to help the needy?
Scores of lives and families are touched through the many outreach ministries of our church. In addition to this, our pastor, associate pastor, treasurer, and deacons oversee a benevolence fund that is used to help needy people with basic needs from within and without the church. Each need is carefully evaluated and met to the best of our ability.
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If there's something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you're new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it's been a long time since you've attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Holy Hills Baptist will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you'll feel right at home from the very first moment you step onto our property! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!