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. St. 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”.
Q. How long are your services?
A. Our service officially begins around 10:45 and ends around 12:30. This is followed by a shared meal in which we fellowship, encourage, and exhort one another.
Q. Which Bible translation do you use?
A. We encourage members to use a conservative and literal (i.e. formal equivalence/word-for-word) translation of the Holy Scriptures when studying the Bible. The King James, New King James, New American Standard and English Standard Version are all worthy examples. When reading for private devotion many find a more thought-for-thought (i.e. dynamic equivalence) translation helpful. Examples of conservative thought-for-thought translations are the New International Version (1984) and the Holman Christian Standard Bible. The primary translation used from the pulpit is the English Standard Version (ESV).
Q. Do you have a dress code?
A. While we do not have a formal requirement for fellowship, modesty is the expectation. Rather than defining lengths to the letter, our expectation for anyone who calls our church their home is that you not call attention to the sensual areas of your body. As a guiding principle, consider 1 Peter 5:5 which says to “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. If through your clothing you are calling attention to your body rather than to Christ, you are not clothing yourself in humility.
Q. Are you a homeschool church?
A. Many of our members homeschool their children out of conviction. However, the Holy Scriptures do not make home education a requirement for fellowship and communion with the body of Christ and neither should we. However, the Scriptures do command parents to instruct and disciple their children (Deut. 11:19) and warn us to not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers (Ps. 1:1). A significant part of a parent’s role in the discipleship of their children is to not put them at a spiritual disadvantage by placing them in the seat of scoffers for a large part of each day. In this regard, we highly encourage parents to consider the spiritual well being of their children when making educational decisions. While we believe that homeschooling is the best way to achieve this, it can also be done through homeschooling or by supplementing their public or private education.
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.