Frequently Asked Questions

How to Join HBC

There are three ways to become a member:

BAPTISM: For persons who have been saved by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and desire to obey Christ by being scripturally baptized by immersion (Information on becoming saved)

LETTER FROM ANOTHER BAPTIST CHURCH:  For persons who are saved, have been baptized by immersion after salvation, and are members in good standing of another Baptist church which will transfer them by letter to HBC (We will handle transfer of the letter.)

STATEMENT OF FAITH: For persons who are saved and have been baptized by immersion after salvation but are not members of another Baptist church

NOTE: ENROLLMENT IN A CHURCH MINISTRY ORGANIZATION (SUNDAY SCHOOL, Life Groups, MISSIONS, CHOIRS, ETC.) DOES NOT CONSTITUTE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.

Baptism

When should you be baptized? Immediately after salvation. Acts 8:36-37 – Philip baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch

Why should you be baptized? – Jesus commanded it in Matthew 28: 19-21. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them….”

– Show our obedience. Acts 2:41 – “They who gladly received His word were baptized….”

– Show our love for Christ. John 14:21 – “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.”

What does baptism mean? The Greek “baptizo” mean to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet). Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and of your public profession of faith in Christ. “. . .died to my old way of life and am buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk with him in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) “Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him will I confess before my Father, which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

How do I schedule my baptism? Call Sandy Mallory in the Senior Pastor’s office and request an appointment to discuss your baptism with Brother Michael. After this meeting you may see Sandy to schedule the date and/or service time for your baptism.

LifeGroup

A LifeGroup is a small group of approximately 10–12 people who meet together regularly for fellowship, Bible study and prayer. LifeGroups were created in order to connect people to one another and to the life of Hillcrest while helping them to apply basic biblical principles to their everyday life. We like to refer to this process as experiencing life together.

What do you mean “experience life together”?
The weekly small group gatherings are only one part of what it means to be a part of a Life Group. To experience life together requires that individuals make their relationship with other group members a priority. This consists of a willingness to care for one another and to enjoy fellowship outside of group meeting times. 
 
Why should I join a Life Group?
Here are four very important reasons. First, you’ll begin to feel like you are part of the Hillcrest family and not just a face in the crowd. Second, you will immediately be surrounded by people who will provide a caring network of love and support. Third, you’ll begin to understand the Bible better as you study God’s Word with others. Finally, you’ll discover the joy of experiencing life with genuine friends who accept you for who you are and for who you are becoming.
 
Do I have to be a member of Hillcrest to join a Life Group?
Life Groups are open to both attendees and members alike.  (Membership is required to lead a group.)
 
How often do Life Groups meet?
Our primary time for Life Groups is every Sunday evening, from 5:00 ‘til 7:00 pm.   We have Men’s groups, Ladies’ Bible Study groups, and several different support groups that meet at other times throughout the week.   
 
Where do Life Groups meet?
Most of our groups meet in homes located throughout the Enterprise & Fort Rucker area.   Some groups meet on our campus while others meet in restaurants and other public places. Please refer to the LifeGroups link listed under the Ministries tab for more information on where specific groups meet.
 
What happens at a Life Group meeting?
Every group is different but there are some common denominators. Most groups have a time for fellowship. The central growth component is a study of something very relevant to the members of the group. Our groups are designed to encourage discussion and engage each person in the process. Groups also have the opportunity to pray for one another.  
 
What do groups study?
The Discipleship Pastor, Dr. Mike Watson, works closely with the individual Life Group leaders to determine an appropriate study curriculum, sometimes an outline is created based around Bro. Michael’s Sunday morning sermon series.

Can I start my own group?
We love it when people express an interest in leading or hosting a group of their own.  If you would like more information about leading or hosting, please contact the church office, 347-2516.

How do I get into a group?

  1. By personal invitation.
  2. By completing an information card located in the rack on the back of the pew and place it in the offering plate during Sunday morning worship.
  3. By contacting Mike Watson in the Discipleship Office @ 347-2516.

You can call 334-347-2516 or e-mail lifegroups_missionssec@hbce.org for more information on which LifeGroup might be best suited for you!

Worship Ministry

For further information, please call the church office 334-347-2516 or email the Worship Ministry Assistant, tessa@hbce.org.

I’d like to sing a solo.  How do I audition?  
Speak to our Minister of Worship or call the Worship Ministry office to set up a time to audition. Soloists are required to be committed members of the Worship Choir or instrumental ensemble. Most auditions are scheduled after Wednesday night rehearsals. Come prepared with an accompaniment track or call the Worship Ministry office several weeks ahead if you will need a pianist to play for you.

I’d like to talk with the Minister of Worship about planning music for a wedding, etc.  How do I go about doing that?
To set up an appointment call the church office at 334-347-2516 and ask to speak with the Worship Ministry Assistant or email musicsec@hbce.org

I am interested in music lessons for my child.  Does Hillcrest offer anything like that? 
At this time the church does not offer music lessons in an official capacity. Please ask your child’s school music teacher.

Does the Worship Ministry keep a library of Christian CD’s and accompaniment tracks?
No.  If you are looking for something specific, we recommend that you visit a Christian bookstore.  There are websites on the Internet where you can download music and even accompaniment tracks as mp3 files.

How can I order a recording of a Hillcrest Baptist Church worship service? 
DVD (video) and CD (audio) copies may be ordered through the Worship Ministry office at 334-347-2516, or by emailing the Worship Ministry Assistant at tessa@hbce.org.  Please specify the date of the service when ordering. The cost for DVDs and CDs is $2.

The Worship Ministry Assistant will notify you when your order is ready (usually 1-2 days).  DVDs and CDs can be picked up in the church office.

If you have a family member who is deployed overseas, we will be happy to mail him/her DVDs of our services on an ongoing basis. Call the church office for details.

Children's Ministry

Is childcare provided for all activities?
Childcare or age-group appropriate activities are provided for most church-wide functions and some small-group meetings. Call the children’s ministry assistant at the church office to confirm.

What age children are kept in the nursery? 
At this time we are presently able to keep age birth – 2 years of age.

What is your teacher to pupil ratio in class?
The teacher to pupil ratio depends on the age of the children. However, there will never be fewer than two workers in a classroom.

What annual events are offered for preschoolers/children?
Vacation Bible School, Baby Dedication, Musicals, Special Ed VBS, Acts of Kindness (AOKs.) I Love My Teacher Banquet, Mission Projects, Various Summer activities and camps

What age children can participate in children’s ministry activities? 
Present 1stgrade – just completed 6th grade

Why is my child in a class with children a year younger than him/her?  
Hillcrest Baptist Church Children’s Programs follow the same policy on promotion as the Enterprise City Schools. Children must be 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. on or before September 1st before they may advance to the next class.

If my child is sick can I bring him/her to “Little Blessings”?
If your child is exhibiting symptoms such as chronic coughing, matted eyes, diarrhea, etc. he/she must be kept home until these symptoms no longer exist. If your child is running a fever he/she will not be allowed to attend until he/she is fever free for 24 hours.

Can you administer medication to my child?
No medications will be given due to fevers or infectious illnesses. If your child requires medications due to allergies or other non-infectious illnesses, please come by the Little Blessings office and complete a medication dispensing form. The MDO Director will administer any/all medications. Teachers will not administer any medication.  Please do not place medication in a child’s bottle or sippy cup. The MDO office will keep all medication. Medication must be in the original container.

How do I volunteer to work with preschoolers/children?
Call the church office at 347-2516 and ask for the children’s director or ministry assistant.

What requirements do you have for volunteers?

  • Volunteers must be members of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
  • Volunteers must be willing to submit to a criminal background check.
  • Volunteers should be committed to the visions, mission, and ministries of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
  • Meeting with the Director of Children’s Ministry

Are the nursery workers volunteers or paid staff?
We have both paid workers and volunteers that have been vetted carefully, to include background checks and training.

What curriculum is used in Sunday School?
We presently use Lifeway Christian Resources – Explore the Bible series. To find out more about this resource, go to: https://www.lifeway.com/content/lifeway/us/en/shop/explore-the-bible.html

 

Preschool Ministry

How is my child’s security ensured while on church campus?

You and your child will each receive a corresponding numbered security tag. You must present your portion of the tag when you pick up your child—no exceptions. All of our volunteers are carefully trained and screened to ensure the safest environment possible.

What is the drop off and pick up procedure for preschoolers?

Children are accepted into the classroom 15 minutes prior to the service and must be signed in by their parent or guardian. Children should be picked up immediately following the service unless contacted beforehand.

What is your wellness policy?

Children who show signs or symptoms of a fever or any other contagious diseases are not accepted.

Is there any information I need to provide to church staff or personnel on our first visit?

It is imperative that a guest registration form be filled out for each child visiting Hillcrest. The registration portion of the form should be completed if you choose to enroll your child. At this point, your child will be added to our database and assigned to a permanent classroom.

Tips & Reminders

Please label all of your children’s belongings. We discourage parents from allowing their children to bring their own toys into class with them, as it is easy for them to be misplaced or forgotten.

Student's Ministry

Membership Privacy

Your privacy is of utmost concern to us and we will only share your personal data at your discretion. If you do not want your phone numbers and/or address shared, please inform the church office that you desire for it to be un-published. Otherwise, we do share data with active members of the church.

Does the church have a directory?
Yes. If you are a church member, a directory is available in the church office.

Wednesday Night Fellowship Meals

Please call the church office by 2 pm on the Monday prior to the meal. Let the ministry assistant know how many adults and how many children will be eating. Also, if you would like to be placed on the permanent list, let us know at the time of making reservations.

What time does the Wednesday Night Meal begin? 
We begin serving at 4:45 pm and serve until 5:45 pm.

What are we having for the Wednesday Night Meal?
Each meal consists of an entree, 2 sides, salad bar, bread, dessert and a drink. With the spaghetti meal there will only be 1 side. Salad and dessert will not be served with the breakfast meal.

What is the cost of the Wednesday Night Meal?
Children (3-12 yrs old) – $3/ea; Students (13-17 yrs old)-$5/ea; Adults (18 yrs old & older)-$5/ea; maximum per family with children under 18-$15.00 (College age, 18 and older, will be charged $5.00/meal. Maximum does not apply.)

If I am on the permanent list for the Wednesday Night meal, do I have to cancel if I cannot come?
If possible, please call the church office by noon on Tuesday if you cannot attend. 

Church Business Office

How do I get Church Offering Envelopes?

Envelopes will be assigned to you when you become a member of HBC. If you are not a member but give frequently, offering envelopes will be assigned to you. E-mail pastorsec@hbce.org for more details.

How do I have the weekly handout mailed to someone?
Contact the Disciple Life/Executive Pastor Ministry Assistant in the church office or by e-mail at phyllis@hbce.org

Can businesses advertise in our weekly handout?
Though we have many businesses represented in our membership, and we pray that they are all successful, we do not allow solicitation of any kind through our weekly handout. We also do not allow for businesses to leave information at our Welcome Center.