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Beloved. Beautiful. Valued. Needed.
During our recent Kids Volunteer Training, our Special Needs Director, Rachel Goddard spoke on how labeling people—especially those with special needs—can not only be harmful, but also an obstacle towards including them and treating them the same way as others. When she finished sharing about how important inclusion is for all kids, different colored labels were distributed to all of the volunteer groups. They were then asked to write words or phrases that would help them remember to include all children in the diverse family of our church. Words like “worthy”, “welcomed”, “unique in God’s image”, and “loved” filled up the sheets. The results were truly beautiful and now stand outside of each of our classroom doors as a reminder that all children are loved and welcomed and included in our ministries.
On Sunday, March 29, our Elementary Kids will participate in a special, interactive experience around Jesus’ journey to the cross. Families are encouraged to join their children for this special event where we’ll participate in age-appropriate activities and reflect on beautiful portraits of each of the 14 Stations of the Cross. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have 1 hour a week to help us clean up our Preschool areas and prepare them for another week of teaching our kids about Jesus? We have an immediate need for 2-3 volunteers. The schedule is flexible so please contact us at email@example.com to learn more.
This spring break, our middle schoolers [Fifty6 and the.element] will be assembling ready to cook freezer meals for HQ to keep in their freezer and provide to teens in need. Want to help or donate grocery items? Email Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.Everyone deserves a place at the table and a warm meal to eat—with your help, we can make that a reality.
Bacon. Let’s be honest—it’s pretty much everyone’s favorite food group. So come play Steal the Bacon, and eat bacon, and test your bacon trivia knowledge at our 1st Annual Bacon Night at the.element on March 29 from 6-7:30pm. We’ll need some help cooking a bunch of bacon in preparation for this legendary night of bacon awesomeness. You in? Email Gina at email@example.com to learn more.
Could you ensure that Mars Hill is a safe place for our 11am Gatherings? Anyone with police and military service, or a security background is invited to apply to join our Security Team at marshill.org/security
LifeGroup leaders walk with our students as they seek to live the best kind of life— the life God intended for them. Could you journey with a group of middle schoolers for the rest of this school year? We’re currently looking to fill a few specific positions:
- 1 Female Leader for 5th/6th Grade Girls
- 2 Male Leaders for 7th Grade Boys
- 1 Male Leader for 8th Grade Boys
HQ believes in the importance of education, and not just for the youth we serve, but for those serving them, as well. That’s why we offer a number of classes in addition to our HQ 101 course. Check out hqgr.org/trainings to learn more about these upcoming classes: Supporting LGBTQ Youth; Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; Relationships/Boundaries and Cultural Competency; Trauma Sensitivity and Crisis Response.
Are you engaged and seeking premarital counsel? Join us on Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29 from 7-9pm. Our 3-week Pre Marriage Class will help guide you through topics including conflict resolution, communication, sexual intimacy, finances, and spiritual oneness. Classes are offered 3 times a year. If you want a Mars Hill Pastor to officiate your wedding, you and your future spouse are required to attend all 3 weeks of the class you register for, or you need to attend 4 sessions with a professional counselor. Click here for more information and to register.
Each Friday during Lent, we’ll host 30-minute services at 6:30am + 12noon in Room 403 [South Entrance] centering on "The Stations of the Cross". “The Stations of the Cross” are a way of participating in the story of Jesus’ path from the Mount of Olives to the Cross in Jerusalem. Join us for an interactive time of reading, prayer, response, and reflection.
News + Events
This spring is jam packed with a ton of great events. Be sure to save the dates for:
- Walk For Water - May 16
- Mars Hill Annual Celebration - May 17
- Baptism - May 24
- 10am Summer Service - Begins June 7
When we first started gathering in the old department store we now call “The Shed”, we needed to create a platform so that those circled around could see our teachers and each other. Some choir risers served as a great quick fix, so of course we kept using them for 15 years! Now it’s time for an upgrade. Platform 2.0 provides those on stage with a safer, more stable space, while continuing to emphasize our values of simplicity and inviting all to follow Jesus through teachings, earnest prayers, heartfelt singing, and testimonies. For many of us, our platform has been a part of significant moments in our spiritual journeys. Check it out on Sunday and say a prayer that even more significant moments will be experienced here over the next 15 years as we faithfully gather to love God and each other.