Thanks for visiting Cottage Hill Church online.
We’re hoping our website gives you a sense of who we are and what’s important to us.
If we were to wrap our mission around one visual, it’s moving along in the journey from wherever you are right now, to right where Jesus Christ wants you to be. Each of us has been on a unique journey to this very moment. The experiences we’ve had, the people in the journey and all the ups and downs have formed who we are right now, even as we meet online. It’s our mission to move together from wherever “right now” is on to experience the full life Jesus Christ designed – and died – for you to experience.
As we all do that, we experience all that God planned a Church should be.
We believe that Jesus died on the cross as the only, full, and total payment for sin that God will accept. Only those who confess their need for forgiveness and accept the gift of forgiveness offered through the cross are genuinely saved from God’s judgment. Read about it in Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:1 and John 3:16.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that He glorifies Jesus Christ and works to convict people of sin so they will turn to God to be saved. From that point the Holy Spirit gives eternal life, fills, indwells, guides, teaches, and empowers the saved to live for, and serve, God. Read about it in John 15:36, 16:14-17.
We believe that man was created and that he was created in God’s image. Because of Adam’s sin, all humanity is spiritually dead and separated from God. Only through the life-giving ministry of the Holy Spirit can a person become spiritually alive. Read about it in Genesis 1: Romans 3:3; John 3:3.
The local Church
We believe that each local church is composed of saved persons, is autonomous, and is led by a plurality of men to whom the church gives authority to lead. The mission of the Church is to reach out locally and internationally with the good news of Jesus Christ and then disciple believers to personal and corporate growth so that they, too, participate in the mission. Read about it in Acts 2:47, Ephesians 4:1-6, Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 5:17, and Matthew 28:18-20.
Communion and Baptism
We believe that communion and baptism are lasting ordinances for churches, but that they do not convey any special grace. The Bible teaches that those who have accepted salvation through Christ are to be baptized as a public evidence of that faith. We believe that Jesus instituted communion as a memorial, founded on His words: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Read about it in Matthew 28:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23.
We believe that marriage today is still what it was first created to be in the Garden of Eden: a covenant relationship between a man and a woman. Read about it in Genesis 2:24, Romans 7:2, and Ephesians 5:22-23.
Adventure Bible Camp is five mornings of intense singing, you-are-there bible lessons, craft experiments, crazy activities staffed by an amazing team from the church. Last summer, the building was transformed for a "High Seas Adenture" with a ship dominating the chapel platform. This year's Adventure Bible Camp is August 8-12.
The best outreach takes place as we all live and speak the reality of our faith through each day’s opportunities. Whether a planned moment to share the good news or an opportunity that arises unexpectedly, we should all be living to bring people to Jesus.
Beyond those, there are opportunities the church is involved with that expand our sharing the Gospel.
TheTinkham Road Girls Outreachserves young girls temporarily housed at the Terri Thomas Girl's Program. A team of women bring the love and hope of Jesus to these young girls with a weekly time of encouragement, prayer, and Bible study.
A small team minister at theHope Centereach month. They offer a bible study to those in the first steps of recovery.
The church serves those incarcerated in two ways. A team of women partners with others ministering to the women at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee. They serve on Monday nights in a Bible study and time of encouragement.
A number of people are involved in theREC (Residents Encounter Christ)ministry. This is a ministry drawing people from a number of churches ministering to men in the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow, women in the Women’s Correctional Center, and those in the Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center. They present a weekend retreat to selected men who are then eligible for a Wednesday nightRECgatherings.After RECis a gathering of those released from these facilities and meets Thursday nights at Trinity Church on Sumner Avenue, Springfield.
- Prayer Service, Youth Group, Tweens and Kids: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
- Persecuted Church Prayer Time: Third Sundays, 8:45 AM
- "MAKER FUN FACTORY" Adventure Bible Camp: Monday-Friday, August 14-18
Cottage Hill Church is an Elder-led Church. The Elders, or Pastors, oversee the ministries and carry out the preaching/teaching in the Church services. Those titles, Elder and Pastor, are interchangeable in the New Testament. Elders are Pastors, and Pastors are Elders without distinction. Our current Pastoral Team consists of Jeff Chandler and Ted Scibelli.
Jeff Chandler is a native of Manchester, NH. He grew up in a family of four boys and attended the local Congregational Church. As a preteen, Jeff’s life drastically changed when his father abandoned the family. A new teaching position landed his mother in a school where two committed Christians began sharing God’s love and faithfulness with her. The ongoing exposure to these women and their bible-teaching church led Jeff to commit his life to Christ.
While at Moody Bible Institute, Jeff sensed God’s call on his life to pastoral ministry. He graduated from Moody and then from Dallas Theological Seminary.
In between those Moody and Dallas years, Jeff married Cindy. They met in the Young Adults Fellowship in their home church in Manchester.
After the Dallas years, Jeff and Cindy felt God’s leading them back to New England to serve. He pastored the First Baptist Church in North Berwick, Maine for eleven years before coming to the Springfield in 1996.
Jeff and Cindy have three grown children: Joy, Joel and Joshua.
Follow Pastor Jeff on twitter: @jeffatcottage
Ted Scibelli is a Springfield native and grew up attending the Catholic Church. He committed his life to Christ in 1976 while listening to Christian radio and reading Christian literature.
Ted attended bible college classes taught at the Church through adjunct and staff teachers. He graduated from the bible college program in 1982. He served as a deacon and in several ministries in the church in the following years.
In 1982-83, Ted took two missions trips to Hong Kong and China. From 1986 – 1989, he and his wife, Susan, lived in Hong Kong with four other families. They helped plant a local church in Hong Kong and ministered in China by teaching English in Canton. While there, they were involved in a bible courier ministry.
Ted and Susan have two grown children and two grandchildren.