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Home Groups

Home groups are a vital part of the Chapel’s life. They help develop the closer fellowship that is hard to find in large gatherings and provide an environment where people can give and receive care. We have groups for all ages with a range of styles and emphases. Independent of Home Groups, we also have a network of small groups who meet together for accountability and prayer that are arranged informally between people.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care takes place at several levels, with Home Group leaders forming the first line by providing care themselves and encouraging members of their group to do the same. Then there are the Elders, each called to be a pastor and to supervise the overall pastoral care programme. Finally, there are staff members who are called, trained and available to provide pastoral care. Don’t hesitate to contact one of these people if you need help.

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Some problems are persistent or deep-rooted and need specialised care. Whether the problem is individual and private, or whether it involves a relationship, it is God’s purpose to move all of us towards wholeness. We have a ‘Hillcrest Chapel Counselling Service’ with trained professional counsellors. If you would like to talk to someone contact Donna on 021-965-006. All calls will be treated confidentially.

Divorce Recovery Workshop

There is an identified need in our community to support for people who are going through separation, relationship breakdown and divorce. Currently there is an absence of groups to support people with these issues in the Hamilton area. As a church we are concerned about providing service to our community. We have decided to pilot a course which has been very successful throughout the UK and has helped many people to recover from the pain of separation, relationship breakdown and divorce.

The materials from this organisation are used both nationally in the UK and internationally and are suitable for a New Zealand audience. By purchasing these materials Hillcrest Chapel has agreed to the fundamental principles of the DRW organisation (see www.drw.org.uk for these principles) and so is able to host these workshops. These workshops are suitable for people who either have or do not have a church background.

Structure of the evening

The next divorce recovery workshop will start on Tues, 23rd July 2019 and will comprise of the following format:

  • Meet and greet
  • Watch DVD 30-40 minutes
  • Discussion in small groupsSupper

We will run each session in a safe and confidential environment and there will be no pressure to join in at any stage.  

Please do not hesitate to contact Donna on 021-965-006 for further information or to register. Cost $50.






a free meal!  

TMC is an opportunity for families in our community to connect with each other in a welcoming, friendly environment.

What happens on a typical TMC evening?

We start our time together with a meal(this is free, koha optional).  Meals are provided by homegroups in our church.  After dinner, children aged between 7-12years head over to KidZone in the church auditorium (a fun programme including games, crafts, a devotional and supper).  Any children under 7 yrs are supervised by some of the TMC team.  Teenagers are also welcome!  The adults then have supper and coffee/tea etc with time to socialise and discuss relevant family issues.

When and where is TMC held?

TMC is held fortnightly during the school terms.  We meet in The Master's House, 122 Masters Ave, Hillcrest, Hamilton.  Dinner is at 6pm and KidZone starts at 6:30pm and we finish at 8pm.

If you would like to come, please let us know by texting Rach on 021 042 5178.  We would love to see you there!