Who We Are at Hillcrest United Methodist Church

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-2pm;
Friday, 9am-12pm

Sunday Worship Service: 9:30am
Communion 1st Sunday of Every Month

Children’s Sunday School – Every Sunday, September through May! Starting in worship, children and teachers will be dismissed following Children’s Moment.

Adult Bible Study: Thursdays at 9:15am with Pastor Jill Meents;
Adult Education Opportunity: Sundays at 10:45am in the Library with Pastor Jerry Jensen.

As a United Methodist Church, we join with Christians in spreading
the Gospel of God’s unconditional love and support around the world.

Hillcrest United Methodist Church
9100 Russell Ave. S
Bloomington, MN 55431
PH: (952) 881-8601

We believe that people matter to God.  We believe that God wants you to enjoy life.  We believe that following Christ is the best offer in the world.

We believe that all people are welcome in God’s eyes and in God’s loving embrace.  Our church is made up of individuals from many backgrounds, but united under the common tie of God’s love.  We care for each other because we are a family united in Christ and blessed by God.

Jesus reached out to people of all ages and backgrounds. Here at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, we want to do the same. That’s why we have different ministries geared to various life stages and needs. We have a place for everyone to fellowship together and minister to others.

Throughout the following pages you’ll see the multitude of ways that because of you this is possible, and invite you to participate again.

We want you to be a part of the blessings of God in the life of our church. Join us at Hillcrest so the blessings may flow both ways!

 The Hillcrest congregation supports many organizations.

We invite anyone to help with their hands and hearts as we strive to create a better world for God’s children.

We provide financial and physical help to VEAP and Bridging. At Loaves & Fishes we serve meals to those who are hungry, and we give to Simpson Services and Emma Norton’s.

Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), we provide assistance during times of disaster, war and hunger. Our outreach efforts reach around the world.  The world is our parish.

The mission of Hillcrest is to be a Christ-centered church, committed to care, guided by the holy spirit, bearing witness to our faith in God through action and work in our congregation, community, state, nation, and world.  Here are the multitude of ways our mission was put to work through financial contribution, donation and participation the last year.

Loaves and Fishes

  • Make meals and feed the hungry at Creekside Community Center


  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People— Food Shelf donations, including 123 jars of peanut butter and Back to School Supplies

Ultimate Challenge Camp

  • We help with religious camp opportunities for youth


  • Participate in United Methodist Committee on Relief

Emma Norton Residences

  • We support services for women and families; we also donate personal items

Simpson Housing Services

  • Housing for homeless in the Metro Area; we donate items and make hundreds of sandwiches for Simpson Shelter

Bridging, Inc.

  • Distributes household furnishings to people in transition; we collect new or gently used household goods to donate


  • Domestic Violence Agency and we donate personal use items

Diaper Project

  • We create cloth diapers out of donated T-shirts


  • We financially support International Missionaries Gordon and Ardell Graner

The Hillcrest Community is more than just Sunday Worship.

We are the Adult Choir, the Knitting and Quilting Groups, and Prayer Ministries. We are the Children & Youth Ministry and United Methodist Women. We are the Lords Ladies and Men’s Breakfast Groups. We all play an important role here in the Hillcrest Family.  We reach out into the community in all of these ways, and more.

Book Study

  • Book Study is held in the Library at 1 pm in the afternoon, once a month to every six weeks, depending on the length of book and time of year. It’s open for all to join!

Knitting & Quilting

  • Knitting & Quilting groups meet every month, and are open to everyone—newbies and experts alike!

Adult Choir

  • The Choir practices every Wednesday during the school year (Sept—May) with special music provided during worship.

M&M’s (Mature & Methodist Senior Ministry)

  • The M&M’s meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Noon from September to May for a luncheon, presentation and fellowship.

Prayer Ministry

  • Members participate in Prayer Chains; some on the call list, and some on the email group. It’s a beautiful way to lift up our prayer concerns.

Trunk or Treat

  • The annual trunk or treat event takes place in the west parking lot of church, with 15-30 members “trunks” ready for treats to be shared. It’s a safe alternative to traditional trick or treating, and fun for all involved. The neighborhood looks forward to it every year.


  • The United Methodist Women group (including small group circles) meet monthly and play a large role in the body of the church—from overseeing the kitchen to participating in reading plans. They have a yearly Christmas brunch and boutique that should not be missed, and a phenomenal spring salad luncheon serving many in the community.

 Hanging of the Greens

  • Every year on the first Sunday of Advent, we have a special participatory and engaging worship service—where the entire church body can be involved to prepare not only the sanctuary, but our hearts, for Christmas.

United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians:

  • Conviction that God has mercy and love for all people.
  • Belief in a triune God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Faith in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ.
  • Celebration of the sacraments.

 Your Neighborhood Church
We’re just around the corner and we invite you to stop in!

Hillcrest United Methodist Church

9100 Russell Avenue S., Bloomington, MN  55431