Join Us for Worship
We know it can be hard to visit a new church.
We are excited you are thinking of dropping by.
Below, we have tried to answer the most common questions that people have about the church on their first visit.
Our parking lot can be a bit confusing, since the lot directly in front of the church is handicap accessible parking. However, if you drive just past the church, there is a dirt driveway that goes up the hill behind the church and there is substantial parking available there. Additionally, you may park in the parking lot behind Venture Food, which is just across County Road 5 from the church.
On any given Sunday, you will see people dressed in anything from a suit to camouflage. No matter what you are wearing, you are welcome here.
On Sundays, just before the teaching portion of the worship service begins, we pray over our children and release them to Kingdom Kids, our "Children's Church". There, with teachers Bianca and Deja, children can engage in age-appropriate teaching, activities, and prayer. On the first Sunday of each month, when we have communion as a church, the children come back out to join their parents. We understand that communion is a deeply important practice and we respect the authority of parents to determine what is best for their family in the matter of child participation.
If you are thinking of visiting Little Chapel, we encourage you to join us for one of these meals.
A church building fund was started from pennies donated by saloon keepers and gamblers and in 1906, general store owner, George W. Sadler, deeded land for the project. Sadler also donated most of the logs for the small church that was finally built in 1907.
The motto "Come as You Are" was adopted in 1919 to help welcome the workers from the lettuce and potato fields, who, upon hearing the church bell ringing, would lay down their tools and walk to the church.
As the Great Depression washed over the nation, and the world, not even the little church on the hill could escape the struggles, falling into abandonment from the mid 1930's through 1962, when Jack and Bev Elwell answered a calling on their hearts to restore the building. During the restoration period, 1963-1967, the people of Divide rallied to restore the building, donating tremendous amounts of work, materials, and decoration. It was in this process that the church received the name "Little Chapel of the Hills" at the suggestion of then Divide postmaster, Lorene Parmley.
With this rich history and 100 years of "Come As You Are", we feel truly blessed to carry the inheritance of so many people's hard work and dedication. And we hope you will join us in this story as we see what God has planned next.