We believe everyone can find their place at Mountainside Church. Our church is a dynamic family-focused church that is home to authentic people of all ages and from all walks of life known for their transparency, integrity, and sincerity of heart. A community of faith exists for the purpose of worship. No matter the style, worship is our personal response to God’s sovereignty and blessings in our lives. There are many different opportunities for you to enter into the presence of God throughout the week. Please join us!
Sunday Mornings for Children
We welcome and enjoy children being a part of our service, but sometimes they become restless. Our Quiet Room is available to you at any time. There is a TV monitor that streams our service so that you can still participate. The Quiet Room also has a changing station, rocking chairs, and age-appropriate toys for infants and toddlers. One of our ushers would be happy to assist you if needed.
A Sunday School class for children is held on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. after the worship service. Adult volunteer teachers share in rotation for this class and teach age-appropriate curriculum. The SALT class is held for adults during this time as well.
The Youth at Mountainside, ages 7th-12th grade meet during the school year on for various activities and events. These young people spend time learning together, serving together and growing in their faith. During the year they also attend a variety of statewide youth gatherings such as Refuge, Veritas, Jr and Sr High Assembly and various mission outreach events.
For more information regarding our youth program call the church office at 501-922-2626.
Mountainside hosts a variety of small group opportunities for every age and stage of faith development. Our small groups are very similar to a traditional Sunday School format. The difference is that the majority of our small groups do not meet on Sunday mornings; we meet during the week in homes, restaurants, even on the golf course!
Throughout the year, small groups are available for women, men, youth, and children. Please call the church office at 501-922-2626 for a current schedule of small group activities and locations.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” –Philippians 4:6
Our Prayer Room offers an opportunity to send your praise/prayer request to God. Confidentiality is honored with each request. To submit your prayer request, please call the church office at 501-922-2626 or fill out a communication card at our Sunday worship service.
The art of welcoming is a vital part of making people feel welcome. At Mountainside we strive to make each and every person feel welcome and at home. One of our primary volunteer roles is on Sunday morning as our Hospitality Team greets each person with a warm “hello”. Fresh coffee and pastries are always ready by 9 a.m. for our “Fellowship Time.” Volunteers are needed weekly to make this vital ministry a success. Call the church office at 501-922-2626 and we can connect you with our Hospitality Coordinators.
Walk to Emmaus
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program that has, as its purpose, to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders.
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour weekend course in Christianity. The weekend is comprised of fifteen talks by other Christians – lay and clergy – on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church – the body of Christ. You will spend time in prayer, in worship, and in the daily celebration of Holy Communion. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes early Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.
During and after the three days, participants will be encouraged to meet regularly in accountability groups. This three-day Emmaus experience, as well as the accountability groups, strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
The Walk’s purpose is to develop leaders for the local church. This experience will motivate, transform, inspire, challenge, and equip you for Christian action and ministry in your home, your church, your workplace, and your life!
CAN I ATTEND?
Absolutely! The Walk to Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. The only requirements are: to be a member of a local church; to have a desire to deepen and grow in your spiritual journey; to understand that being a Christian involves responsibility; and have the willingness to give your life to God daily.
Feel free to contact our pastor if you have questions or would like to attend. All “pilgrims” – those who are attending a walk – are sponsored by a member of the “Emmaus community” – those who have completed a walk and are actively living out their Christian witness through the local church and community. Our pastor can get you connected to one of these following local persons.
Jesus said He came to give life, and give it more abundantly. At Mountainside, you can find many ways to live out that abundant life—time in worship and fellowship with others, in service to others in our community and our world, and by growing in discipleship and helping others grow in their faith.
The Mission/Outreach/Hospitality Team’s mission is to continuously reach out our hands to extend the love of God into our local community and throughout the world. Our appointed team has the task of coordinating the whole of our church-wide efforts.
Engaging in mission and sharing in outreach is the task of our whole community of faith. This team exists as a resource and to encourage every group and ministry seeking to share God’s love in a variety of ways.
Mountainside is a church with a big heart- we care! To ease the burdens of our congregation we are creating caring Neighborhood Networks of members and friends living close to each other. The Neighborhood Networks will help us:
- Care for each other after illness, surgery, life changes
- Develop deeper fellowship with those living near us
- Effectively communicate church activities
- Respond to Emergencies
After reviewing the map of Hot Springs Village and where our members and friends live, thirteen distinct “Neighborhoods” were identified with 9-14 families being in each one. Each Neighborhood has a Network Liaison and Assistant Liaison who coordinate activity within the neighborhood area. The Neighborhoods are: West Village, Coronado, Cortez, SoBo, Diamante, East 1, East 2, East 3, East 4, East 5, and East 6.
- Illness – people within your Neighborhood help with meals, prescription pickups, light housekeeping, etc.
- Death – people within your Neighborhood provide an emotional and spiritual support system in the face of the death of a loved one.
- Life Change – people within your Neighborhood check in on you as you process life change, whether it is the death of a loved one, divorce, becoming an empty nester, etc.
- Surgery Recovery – people within your Neighborhood help with meals, prescription pickups, light housekeeping, rides to rehabilitation services etc.
- Outreach to new friends and members – people within your Neighborhood engage with new friends and members to welcome them to our church family.
- Touchpoints to inactive friends and members – people within your Neighborhood connect with these folks and make an effort to include them in social events.
- Eldercare – people within your Neighborhood check in on elders who are either “shut in” their homes and ensure their physical, spiritual and emotional needs are being met.
- Respite Care for caregivers – people within your neighborhood help care for those who can not care for themselves, relieving the primary caregiver from 24/7 onsite responsibility.
- Resource Directory – Each Liaison and Assistant has access to a thorough resource guide of services people in their Neighborhood may need. Included would be items such as home care, health care aides, hospice, transportation, housekeeping, yard work, etc.
- A skills, talent and volunteer list will be created as a resource for all Neighborhoods. Skills may include computer, Facebook tutoring, light yard work, gutter cleaning, housing repairs and maintenance.
- People within each neighborhood will offer rides to church for people who are unable to drive.
- Quarterly picnics in Neighborhood where non-MUMC friends and members are invited to meet folks from our church.
- Quarterly picnics in Neighborhood to enhance fellowship and getting to know one another.
- Periodic MUMC gatherings where Neighborhood members have friendly competition in games with other Neighborhood members.
- Bible Study, Spiritual Book Clubs and Prayer Groups
- Telephone tree within Neighborhood to quickly distribute important MUMC information (church closed due to ice) and Emergency information (Wildfire near West gate)
It is the mission of Mountainside to continuously reach out our hands to extend the love of God into our local community and throughout the world. Much attention is given to the task of coordinating church-wide efforts to engage in mission and ministry as well as giving people the opportunity to take on a cause that with passion and purpose.
Engaging in mission and sharing in outreach is the task of our whole community of faith. Our Outreach coordinators exists as a resource and to encourage every group and ministry seeking to share God’s love in a variety of ways.
The group is offered year round and led by Peggy Hadley and The Angel Team. Their study is based on the book Moving On After Moving In by Susan Miller. Susan’s many experiences with relocation developed her desire to help women facing similar challenges. After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In is the result of this desire.
Transitions of every size and shape knock at our doors throughout the seasons of life and this study is designed to encourage women that they are not alone during these transitions. This will give you the tools you need to survive the transitions of life. If you are in transition and in a new and unfamiliar place, this is the group for you! Contact the church office at 501-922-2626 to get information about our next class!
Mountainside’s Women’s Ministry is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. Our goals are to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the ministries of our church.
The Women’s Ministry meets at various times throughout the year and offers various events including:
- GIRLFRIEND Breakfast every 5th Monday at 8:30am at Debra’s in the Village
- Annual Community-Wide Craft Fair (November)
- Spring Ladies Luncheon (April)
- Small Group Studies
- Game Day
- Golf Outings (April thru October)
- Hand-&-Foot Fellowship 1st Tuesday at 1pm
The Methodist Men is an organization whose primary purpose is to help its members know God, grow spiritually, and seek His will daily. Members of the MM are encouraged to participate in the total life of the church and to declare the centrality of Christ in their lives and in all their relationships.
The MM meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 7:30 am for a $1 breakfast and a monthly program. We handle any business and activities coming up as well as share in a devotional time and a program led by various men in and around our community.
Annual Golf Tournament
Sponsored by the Men’s Ministry, our annual golf tournament and accompanying silent auction raises around $8,000 each year for Missions. This money is dispersed by our Missions Team to mission programs that range from local to regional to global. Each year the tournament is held in the fall of the year at the Diamante Country Club.
Please call the office at 501-922-2626 for additional information.