Led by Dan Carl
Vulnerable Children Ministry Team:
Matt and Lisa McGuinness, Patti Freeman, Jackie Cederwall, Gary Cederwall, Frances Herrala and Dan Carl
If you would like to get involved in any of these ministries, contact Dan Carl or one of the other members of the Leadership Team.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Many Hillside families sponsor children through Compassion International, including children at the Compassion project associated with our sister church in the Dominican Republic, Vision Celestial. Hillside makes a trip to the Dominican Republic each winter to visit Vision Celestial and its Compassion International project. To find out more about this ministry go to: www.compassion.com.
“Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide” is a ministry to at-risk children in Thailand. It is run by Hillside friend Faa Sumitra. G.R.O.W. rescues children from lives of abuse and exploitation and allows them to experience God’s love in a safe and loving environment. Hillside makes a trip to Southeast Asia each Fall to visit G.R.O.W. and other ministry partners. For more information visit: http://grow-worldwide.com
Meadow Homes is a public elementary school in Concord, California where many of its students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We support the dedicated teachers at the school by organizing Teacher Appreciation Days and also participating in work days on the school grounds several weekends during the year.
The next work day at Meadow Homes will be August 19, 2017
During the school year on Wednesday evenings, we tutor elementary school children at the Elks Lodge in the Creekside community of Walnut Creek.
Tutoring will start up again on October 4, 2017
Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Gatherings are scheduled several times a year for adoptive and foster parents to come together to share and support each other as they experience the unique challenges of parenting adoptive and foster children. Dinners and speakers are usually a part of the gathering. The next gathering is Sunday evening, September 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Tree Sharing
Each Christmas, we raise up a Christmas tree adorned with tags, each identifying a child in need. The tags are taken by Hillsiders who buy a present for the child identified on their tag – a child whose only Christmas present may be the one bought by the Hillsider. The gifts are returned to the Church and then distributed to the children.
Annual Backpack Drive
In the summer in anticipation of the start of the school year, we give Hillsiders the opportunity to buy a backpack and fill it with school supplies for disadvantaged students in the Concord, California area. The backpacks are collected at church and then distributed.
Backpacks for the 2017 drive are due at Hillside by Sunday, July 30. A Flyer with suggestions of what to put in a backpack can be found at the Information Counter.