Life Mapping Listening Groups

Listen to My Life is a unique visual tool that helps you invite God into the process of reviewing your past, assessing your present and continuing to walk with God in your future.  It helps you to explore the implications of the truth that God creates you for a purpose, and your life is most fully and joyfully lived under God's direction and guidance. 

Contemplative Retreats

Silent Retreats

Spending time together in silence is a rich way to experience God and be a witness to His presence in others.   These retreats are not places to work at being quiet, rather they are places that we are invited to join in the silence that already is in order to spend time with God.   

Sacred Space Retreats

These retreats are a place to experience rest and renewal and keep company with God.  Drop by anytime between 9:00 – Noon.  There will be stations for self-guided reflection and space to encounter God, however He may be calling you.


Small Groups

Small Group Bible Studies provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn about, grow and exercise your understanding of God. Groups provide a way to form meaningful friendships within God’s kingdom.   There are a variety of groups available for men, women and combined.  Let us know if you are interested in finding a group for you.

Email for more information about these groups!


Men’s Group - Kairos meets at Hillside at 7:00pm

Studying the Gospel of John

For more information contact Pete Stafford at


Women’s Group - meets at Buttercup Restaurant at 6:15 am

Studying Eugene Peterson’s book Answering God; The Psalms as Tools for Prayer

For more information contact Michele Miller at


Women’s Group - Spice meets at Hillside at 9:15 am

Studying the Gospel of Matthew

For more information contact Lily Frost at


Women’s Group - The Well meets at Hillside at 7:00 pm

The Well will be starting up again on September 10th. We hope you can join us then!

For more information contact Jane Rutledge at


All - rotates location - meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm

Bible Study

For more information contact Alyce Traverso at


Men’s Group - meets at Hillside at 6:30 am

Studying the Sermon Series

For more information contact Larry Dotson at

 Young Adults:

Bible Study - Meets in Lafayette every other Wednesday at 7:00 pm, Studying the Beatitudes.

Underground - The Underground goes down underneath Hillside every other Wednesday at 7:11 pm, not for the faint of heart; a time of abundant laughter and spectacular boardgames. Currently studying the “Jesus Calling” devotional.

For more information contact Shannon Woolner (310) 876-4919 and Jeriah Wagner at


All - rotates location - meets at 7:00 pm

Studying the Sermon Series

For more information contact Peter Turi at


Couples - meets in Pleasant Hill on the 1st and 3rd Friday at 7:00 pm 

Bible Study

For more information contact Patti Freeman at


Young Couples - meets in Lafayette on a Saturday/Sunday rotation.

Bible Study

For more information contact Nicola Hemerling at


A mentor is someone who has been invited by another person to listen and help them be attentive and responsive to God working in their life.  Being a mentor is an exciting adventure and one in which both participants grow and are challenged.  You could have the amazing privilege of walking alongside another person as they seek to see where God is working in their life.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion.  Through this ministry one finds a spiritual companion who can listen to the stories of your life and help discern the presence and work of God's Spirit.  This companion intentionally sets aside the concerns of his or her own life to listen and attend to the experience of God in the life of the other.


Fasting choosing to refrain from food for a season in order to recognize and experience in a tangible way the fuel that comes from the Holy Spirit's sustaining presence.  We have designated the following days to fast in common unity.  The days of corporate fasting are:  

    Friday before Thanksgiving:  In preparation for our students’ trip to Mexico.

    Good Friday: Between the end of the Good Friday Service and Easter Vigil Baptism in preparation for the wonder of Easter.

    Pentecost: To remind us of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence within us.

Individual Pathways to Spiritual Growth

This downloadable brochure can help you identify the ways you are uniquely made so you can see what tools may fit your needs. 

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be submitted to Hillside by using the form below.  These requests will be prayed over on Monday mornings and sent through the email prayer chain to be prayed over through the week.  Requests marked confidential will be prayed for by our Pastoral Staff.

Name *

Prayer Chain

If you would like to join our email prayer chain to pray with us for the needs of the church please email to be added to the list.

Spiritual Formation is led by:

Jenny Trees