A new Hudson church geared to busy families is forming
A new church in Hudson will meet at a good time for busy young families -- and intends to satisfy their spiritual needs as well.
Hillcity Church will hold its first service at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Teens for Christ building on Old Hwy. 35 on Hudson's southeast side.
"The goal is to be relevant, so people feel like they are getting something that helps impact their daily lives," said Pastor Aaron Steffen. "The teaching will focus heavily on how we apply God's word to our lives, and what it teaches us about modern culture and society, and how we as Christians are called to behave and interact."
Steffen is a 2000 graduate of Hudson High School. He worked in youth ministry for 10 years, and served as associate pastor at Cornerstone Church in Maplewood, Minn., the past two years.
He has a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies and a master's degree in theology from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn. He's married to professional photographer Emily Steffen. They have a 10-month-old son, Ezekiel.
Steffen said he has felt called to serve the Hudson area since a young age, while living here in the community. Over the past six months, he and a group of like-minded local residents have been talking about how they might serve the Lord.
"We decided that trying to reach our community through a service was the next logical step," he said.
The 6 p.m. Sunday service time was picked with families with young children in mind. Sometimes it is hard to get everyone out the door on a Sunday morning, but by evening they are ready to go. Also, some other Hudson churches have discontinued Sunday evening services.
But the goal isn't to take members from other churches, Steffen said. Hillcity Church wants to attract the many Hudson residents who don't attend any church.
The services will feature contemporary worship music, Biblical teaching, and opportunities for prayer and discussion.
The children will meet in a separate room, under the leadership of Katie Fredrickson, for a time of singing, Bible stories, crafts and snacks. Fredrickson has college training in early childhood education.
"We want to be a place that is comfortable for people who may not be people of faith yet," Steffen said. "We want them to feel welcomed and invited. Hopefully, we can share our story with them -- a story of how Christ has changed our lives and how we believe he can change theirs."
Hillcity Church also plans to be involved in community service projects and Hudson recreational sports leagues, and to host summer social activities.
Hillcity Church is on Facebook and has a website under construction at www.hillcityhudson.org.