Q. What style of music do you use in worship ?
A. We sing a mix of both old and new songs focussing more on the content of each song rather than the age or style. Paul, when writing to the church in Colossae, encouraged us to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”. This tells us that our singing is not only directed to God in worship, but also serves to teach and admonish one another; and if our singing functions in part to teach one another, then it must teach truth. The music which we make together should allow the truth of the word of God to dwell in us richly.
Q. How long are your services?
A. Our meeting officially begins at 11:00 and ends around 12:30. This is followed by the weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper and a shared meal in which we fellowship, encourage, and exhort one another.
Q. Where is your list of programs?
A. We are people oriented church rather than a program driven church. This is not to say that we do not offer an occasional class or church wide fellowship event, but we do not allow programs to drive the church. An unintended consequence of program driven churches is that it pulls you away from spending time with your family and leaves little time for the discipleship of your children and ministering to those in need. Our church is for those people who seek relational discipleship, long term relationships, meaningful community and loving accountability in a program-heavy, institution-driven and corporate-minded world.
Our vision is a church which equips the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) on Sundays so that they may become household embassies for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) throughout the city during the week. We strive to be a church that loves each other as well as strangers, and where homes are wide-open for hospitality (household embassies). We desire to see older men and women teaching the younger by listening to them one-on-one, loving them, praying, weeping and rejoicing with them and teaching them how to love their spouses and families. Ultimately, our vision is to glorify Christ by establishing a multi-generational church where grandparents are worshiping at the same churches with their great grandchildren, enjoying the same music forms, and living in the same social context.
Q. Your church seems very family oriented. What if I am not a part of a believing family?
A. As our name implies, we have an emphasis on building strong families. While most members of HFC attend as families, you are welcome to come as an individual or with friends. You may just find yourself “adopted” into one or more of the families in our church. The body of Christ is made up of traditional families, single parents, children, and individuals.