Interested in visiting Hillside? We’ve designed this page as a resource to help answer common questions folks have before they visit.

We hope to meet you soon!

Sunday Morning Worship

Sundays @ 11am

Where is Hillside Community Church?

We’re located at 144 North Street in Medford.

FYI: Most navigation apps default to 144 North Street in Somerville.

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Where do I park?

There is street parking available all around the church.

What time does worship start?

The Sunday After Labor Day through June

July through Labor Day Weekend

PRO-TIP: Most regulars arrive right on the hour. If you arrive early, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and calm of sanctuary.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code – come just as you are. We tend to be a casual bunch.

What should I expect when I walk in?

When you walk into our front doors, you will be met by one of our greeters who will offer you both a warm welcome and a worship bulletin. Have any questions? They’ll be happy to answer them for you.

A coat room and restrooms will be available to your right, and the sanctuary will be straight ahead.

PRO-TIP: Our regulars tend to arrive right on the hour. If you are early, the sanctuary will be largely empty. Don’t worry – others will be there soon! Please enjoy the calm and beauty of the space while you wait.

What is worship like?

Our worship style is what we call “Casual Modern Traditional.”

While our worship follows a traditional format – mixing prayers and hymns with scripture readings and a sermon – we are a very casual community. Our services are joy-filled, interactive, and use down-to-earth language and illustrations.

You will leave our worship service spiritually refreshed, with a clearer understanding of how the Christian faith and the wisdom of scripture is relevant to your life.

What about kids?

We love kids at Hillside Community Church.

Every Sunday, we begin worship as a full intergenerational community. After the youth message, children in 5th grade and below are welcome (but not required) to go downstairs to Sunday School or child care.

If you child would like to stay up in the sanctuary, there is a basket full of worship-time toys and activities located under the back pew. They can help themselves!

Can I take communion?

Yes! At Hillside we celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month. We believe that communion is a representation of Jesus’ radical, inclusive love. If you have a desire to know or experience this love, you are welcome to come forward and participate.

Is this a cult?

Hardly! We’re a member of the United Church of Christ, the most progressive Christian denomination in the U.S. and the largest denomination in New England.

Messy Church

Second Sundays @ 4pm

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a worship service designed especially for families with children from 1 month to 8 years old. At Messy Church we gather in the sanctuary for a fun, action-packed, and oftentimes messy 40 minutes of worship. Afterward, we head downstairs for a potluck meal.

Why Messy Church?

Traditional worship services can be hard for families to enjoy together. Bible readings, sermons, and prayers don’t easily hold the attention of little ones.

That’s where Messy Church comes in. This is a worship experience designed for families. These services are fun, interactive, and are a beautiful starting point for important conversations about faith and values with your children.

When does Messy Church happen?

Our Messy Church services take place the second Sunday of every month at 4pm.

What should I bring?

Worship is only part of what we do at Messy Church. The other part is to build community over a shared meal. We do these meals potluck style so we always appreciate a dish-to-pass!