Lutheran Church      7 Wescott Road, Simsbury, CT 06070

Lutheran Church

7 Wescott Road, Simsbury, CT 06070

   Sunday Worship

        10:00 a.m.


We go to LOVE and SERVE where GOD leads Us

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.


We go to LOVE and SERVE where GOD leads Us

A Message from Pastor

Pastor Chris Dion
Pastor Chris Dion

You are welcome to Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church. Whatever your religious background and whether you are looking for a church home or just asking questions, we invite you to explore what has drawn you to this site with a feeling of welcome and acceptance.


We are a congregation that God is transforming to serve our purpose in new ways - reaching, teaching and serving people’s lives. We hope you’ll discover that we are trusting in God’s grace and insight - like you may be too – and celebrating the joy and awe when God connects us with people like you.


May the love of God, the Word of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit touch your life, instill you with peace and understanding and embrace you with what you need through the ministries here.


Blessings on your journey!


Pastor Chris

June 4, 2017

Treasure Chest Ministry

“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14

During the Children’s Message or Fellowship Time most Sundays, children are given a treasure chest with a lock and a colored tie on it. Someone in the congregation has the key on a matching colored bracelet. When the child finds the person with their matching colored key, they exchange names, maybe a fun fact for the day and the child then opens their chest and keeps the treasure. The chest with its lock is then returned to Pastor Chris.

Why do we do this?

  • It provides an opportunity for adults to get to know and interact with the children that are part of our congregation or with children that are visiting
  • Adults can model hospitality and demonstrate an active interest in the future generation of the church and help fulfill their promises made when children are baptized
  • Children practice social skills in meeting others and become more familiar with the sea of faces in the congregation
  • Relationships form
  • Most often the treasure somehow reinforces the Children’s Message
  • Adults are “key” to unlocking the mystery of grace for children
  • Children experience grace – free gifts of love – in the smiles and friendly comments of the people they meet, as well as in the treasure
  • People of all ages discover that each person is a treasure to be appreciated

Pastor Chris approaches folks randomly before the service asking if they would like to be a key bearer for the day. Feel free to approach her. It’s ok to build familiarity with any child, if you volunteer regularly and feel free to follow-up and remind the child of your name other Sundays. Pastor Chris would also appreciate a volunteer to distribute keys.

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. Mark. 9:37