Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that you come visit us! Here are some answers to common questions about HRC. If you have any other questions, contact us! We’d love to talk to you!

What is the Reformed Church?

The Reformed branch of Protestantism is rooted in the Reformation of the 1500s. Its primary leader was John Calvin of Switzerland, whose reform movement spread to Scotland, where it became the Presbyterian Church, and the Netherlands, where it became the Dutch Reformed Church. Throughout the first half of the eighteenth century, the church’s Dutch beginnings shifted from an everyday reality to a remembered heritage as Dutch-language worship began to fade. The church, incorporated in the United States in 1819 as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, changed its name in 1867 to the Reformed Church in America. Reformed and always reforming, the RCA has moved into the twenty-first century, rooted and established in careful theology and committed to grow as the Spirit leads.

Do you offer more than one service?

Yes, we offer multiple services at different times and locations. (Click here for details.) Whether contemporary, interactive or more traditional in format, all services offer scripture-based teachings made relevant to the issues of today.

What should I expect when I visit the main campus on Beekman Road?

At Hopewell Reformed Church (HRC), we feel that it’s OUR responsibility to “clear the way” for you to come to church. HRC is a community church; many people in our congregation have their roots in other faiths. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of HRC. And we know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions. If you make us aware that you’re here for the first time, we’d love to welcome you, and to provide you with as much information as you need. Check in at our Welcome Kiosk and we’ll get you started.

How do I get there?

An easy way to find us at the Beekman site is to get off the Taconic Parkway at the Beekman Road exit and proceed south toward Hopewell Junction about 1.3 miles. We’re the big white church on the right hand side immediately after the traffic light. Click for more detailed directions.

Where do I park?

If you’re a first time visitor, you are invited to use our “Visitor Parking” spots located close to the church entrance. You may also park anywhere in our main lot, or in our satellite lot off Croniser Drive, where you can then follow the walkway along the cemetery to the church.

What should I wear?

We’re more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. But if we had to describe it, we’d say the attire ranges from suits to dress shorts. “Middle-of the-road” is corporate casual.

Do you offer children’s programs and activities?

Yes, we offer something for everyone…infants to high school aged children. We know that as a parent you need be sure that your children are in a SAFE learning environment. And we know that your children are looking for a FUN place to learn. We’ve invested a lot to make sure that both of these goals are reached. Click here to learn more.

What happens after the service?

After the morning services, we offer a “coffee hour” to give everyone a chance to pick up some refreshments and to socialize. In addition, anyone needing information or wishing to sign up for upcoming programs may visit our kiosks, located in the fellowship hall.

I’m going through a tough time. How can HRC help?

In a world where people often feel isolated, there is a strong need to have a place where “everybody knows your name”. Our ChristCare small group ministry offers a community where people feel loved and accepted and can share when they are happy or hurting. What you say in confidence will be kept in confidence by the group. Our Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential support, and non-judgmental unconditional love. These ministers listen, pray and accompany this individual through any difficult time in their life. And our Coordinator of Care Ministries provides counseling to anyone needing confidential, one-on-one support.