Each church is a unique gathering of God’s people and Chilson is no exception. It may take you a year or longer to figure out what Chilson is truly about. As you begin to explore our unique church, you will discover and experience some of the values we consider precious: God’s unconditional love, God’s healing, and God’s forgiveness! We are constantly searching for new ways to teach and to experience these vital aspects of God’s presence in our world. People do find spiritual healing here. And, people do find a challenge to grow spiritually beyond their comfort zones.
Who We Want to Be
As we GO into the community and CONNECT with God’s children, we DISCOVER their great needs, ACCEPT them as they are and MINISTER to them as we are able. We OPEN our doors, our hearts and our lives in order to WELCOME them into God’s family and PROVIDE a safe place where God can meet their deepest needs. We INVITE them to follow Jesus with us, going wherever he leads us, seeing and celebrating God’s kingdom along the way.
“Connecting together in Christ to serve all God’s people.”
Our Motivating Values
To Live Meaningfully… involves the creative care of God’s beautiful planet and people and sharing of the gifts and resources given by God.
To Learn Continually… involves the willingness of the individual and the community to become lifelong learners as Christ teaches us to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
To Love Unconditionally… is to accept God’s “no strings attached” love for us and be willing to love others in the same way.
To Leave a Legacy of Hope… as our gift to the future, we live for God, for each other, and for the children of the world.
What it’s like to visit Chilson Hills Church?
- Wear old jeans or Sunday best
- Sing an old hymn or hear something new
- Trust tradition or question everything
- Clap and stand tall or sit silently in your seat!
That’s Chilson Hills Church in a nutshell on Sunday morning! There are many elements to our worship services that you may recognize and a couple of pleasant surprises as well. We pride ourselves in being casual and open to the flow of the Spirit but still reverential. We have ushers and other friendly people more than willing to help you find your way around to our Sunday morning Bible studies and our children’s Sunday School classes during the 10:30 worship service.
What’s Your Schedule for Worship?
We have two worship services April-November, and then from December through March we have a Bible Study at 9:30 and one worship service at 10:30 AM. Our 8:30 worship service meets in our beautiful outdoor worship space (weather permitting) on the south end of our property. If you plan on joining us for our outdoor worship service, bring a towel to sit on (our seats are nice, but they can get a bit hard after a while).
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule (April 23, 2017 – November 26, 2017)
Worship Service — 8:30 am
Worship Service- 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule (Beginning December 3, 2017)
Bible Study — 9:30 am
Worship Service – 10:30 am
Where is Chilson Hills Church located?
Coming from the North:
Driving south on US-23 expressway, get off at exit 60B, west bound I-96. As you enter I-96, stay to the right and get off at exit 147, Spencer Rd. Turn right at the stop sign and go over the bridge, entering Brighton. You will come to a sharp right curve, proceed right and the road becomes East Main. Continue through Brighton down Main Steet. Main becomes Brighton Road as you leave town. Proceed west until you reach Chilson Road. Cross Chilson Road, proceed over the railroad track, and to the left you will see the Church sign.
Coming from the East:
Driving west on I-96, get off on exit 147, Spencer Road. Turn right at the stop sign and go over the bridge, entering Brighton. You will come to a sharp right curve, proceed right and the road becomes East Main. Continue through Brighton down Main Steet. Main becomes Brighton Road as you leave town. Proceed west until you reach Chilson Road. Cross Chilson Road, proceed over the railroad track, and to the left you will see the Church sign.
Coming from the South:
Driving north on US-23, approaching Brighton, get in the left lane of traffic and get on I-96 west at exit 60B. Immediately get to the right lane on I-96 and get off at exit 147, Spencer Road. Turn right at the stop sign and go over the bridge, entering Brighton. You will come to a sharp right curve, proceed right and the road becomes East Main. Continue through Brighton down Main Steet. Main becomes Brighton Road as you leave town. Proceed west until you reach Chilson Road. Cross Chilson Road, proceed over the railroad track, and to the left you will see the Church sign.
Coming from the West:
Driving east on I-96, get off at exit 145, Grand River Avenue. Turn right and proceed into town to Main Street. Turn Right and proceed through town. Main becomes Brighton Road as you leave town. Proceed west until you reach Chilson Road. Cross Chilson Road, proceed over the railroad track, and to the left you will see the Church sign.
What if I have more questions?
How to Begin Connecting
For many of us, discovering Chilson Hills was like finding a pair of favorite comfy shoes. Wear old jeans or Sunday Best. Sing an old hymn or hear something new. Trust tradition or question everything. Clap and stand tall or sit silently in your seat! Come as you are! We simply want to learn from Christ and we are happy to have you visiting with us today.
Visit the Information Center
For publications about our church, welcome gifts, printed sermons and CD’s, visit the Information Center in our lobby
Join Us in Communion
Communion at Chilson Hills is “open,” which means that you do not have to be a member of this Church or any church to share in the Lord’s Supper. Communion for the entire congregation is served on the first Sunday of each month.
Know Our Children’s Programs
Parents interested in morning class will find child care available for children through age two in the nursery. Children’s sermons are often provided during the 10:30 service. After that sermon, children age 3 through 5th grade may attend morning Sunday School downstairs. Be sure to sign-in your child prior to the 10:30 service as a pre-designated adult must sign children out of all areas.
Fully Experience Sunday Worship
To deeply explore life’s questions or for moments of feeling alone, Sunday morning CDs are available at the hospitality desk (or order DVDs). For hearing loss, ask sound room folks about wearing specialized headsets.
Hear “Chilson Prayer Requests” (CPR)
Chilson Hills Church has a very strong prayer ministry that is a vital part of our family. Besides listing all prayer requests in The Sunday Morning Herald, urgent requests can be sent to phone lines (via a computer phone system) and to email. A CPR Call can be sent out at any time. Upon receipt of the call, all that is required is prayer. Call the Church Office to add your name to the CPR list.
Be Anointed with Oil During Worship
The Biblical custom of Anointing with Oil symbolizes healing or deciding to do specific work the Lord has offered you. If your heart, mind, or body is troubled, hurting, confused, or tired; or if you believ¬e Jesus has something for you to do in life and is trying to get your attention, consider an anointing and prayer with one of the Deacons. Personal prayer is strictly confidential and this is an opportunity to share situations or ideas with the Lord.
Worship in Music
Folks have been making music for God in Christ for years. Originally they used pipes, harps, “viols,” and voices. Today, at Chilson, we use keyboards, bells, drums, guitar strings, and VOICES! We make a joyful noise and we believe music tells a story. All you need if playing bells is a good grip, if working with the choir, you need an ability to “have fun singing” and to hold a copy of music. All God ever wanted was You. Come join us.
Visit a Life Group
Life Groups are smaller groups within the church family who meet regularly, in homes, at church, and elsewhere, to closely share life’s journey. Together, members face serious life situations, ask tough spiritual questions, and deliver assistance in times of need. Each group below has a different personality. Pick the one you like best! We welcome you, any time of year, to consider all groups and pick what suits your needs and interests best.
Join a Ministry Team
Chilson Hills has many Ministry and Mission Teams. Ministry Teams offer ministry to the church. Mission Teams reach out to the greater world. There are many interests to choose from. Consider the list in this book. Join in and experience the many rewards that participation offers.