Getting Plugged In

In these days of high tech gadgets, we try never to be too far from being able to “plug in.” Without being plugged in to a power source or having a low battery means that we run the risk of losing power or not being able to connect with others! Just like with our devices, staying plugged in and connected to others at Zion Hill helps to power us for the tasks to which God has appointed us.

Plug in at the beginning of the week with Sunday School (Small Group Bible Study) for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning for an hour. These classes are the core of our connection to others and where we feed our spiritual hunger and recharge our batteries for the coming week. These classes, usually less than 20 people in each group, help us to learn more about those we worship with and minister with by studying the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Classes not only meet each Sunday morning, but often will meet together for fellowship throughout the year in an even more casual setting. Classes are divided along soft lines of age, but no definite boundaries will be seen here!

After Sunday School, we all meet together (from 1st Grade age on up) in the auditorium for worship at 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten and younger children make their connections in age specific classes for Sunday School and continue to learn during worship time in the Children’s wing with adult volunteers in Extended Teaching Care (“ETC”).  During morning worship after the singing, children may choose to go to Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall.  Adults and youth also meet Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. for Bible Study.

For those who want to become more active, there are several opportunities for service. Our volunteer choir practices on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and participates in worship service at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of our Music Director. If you really have a knack for “plugging in,” you might find yourself on the Audio/Visual team by volunteering in the Sound Booth as needed.

Wednesday evenings might find our pre-school and elementary aged students learning about missions with their specific mission groups. Middle and High school students (Grades 7-12) gather in the basement for a time of contemporary worship and fellowship. Adults who aren’t involved with either of these groups gather for a time of prayer. On the third Wednesday of each month, the church gathers to conduct business as needed to keep us going.

There are additional opportunities to get “plugged in” with men meeting once a month for breakfast, which could be followed by a quick mission opportunity as the need arises.  The women have Women on Mission events.  Tuesday morning Bible study sees both men and women joining in study with lunch afterwards.

Summer time finds our children and youth planning for a week of camp. Our children also have the opportunity for some adventures through the “Kids Day Out” program, and Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun week of learning about the Bible and God’s love for us. There may even be a family-oriented week long mission trip to show Jesus’ love to others by meeting their needs. Recent trips have included trips to New Orleans, Louisiana; Indiana; and Texas.

Plugging in means coming together at Zion Hill, but it also means reaching out to others to help them find a connection to Jesus. What’s your connection?