Welcome! Visiting a new church can bring great excitement as well as anxiety. We’ve all been there. Part of that excitement and anxiety is finding your place in the life of a new church. Let us help by introducing you to the only Reformed congregation in coastal North County.
This site will help you understand our way of worship and beliefs, and is just one part of welcoming you to our growing body of believers. Our church literature rack is available to you as well, feel free to dive in and learn more about our Christian faith and practice. If you have other questions or desire prayer, please contact our pastor, elders, or deacons.
Our invitation to you is simple: Join us in the worship of the glorious and gracious Triune God, learn historic Christian doctrine with us, get to know us in genuine fellowship, and become a vital member of our fellowship. The Lord be with you.
— Rev. Daniel R. Hyde, Pastor
“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is “the day the Lord has made” for us to “rejoice and be glad.” (Rev. 1:10, Ps. 118:24) As we rejoice in creation (Ex. 20:11) and redemption (Deut. 5:15) we receive a foretaste of our heavenly rest (Heb. 4:1–10).
Liturgy. God calls us out of the world into his holy and heavenly presence to receive grace through the word and sacraments (baptism & Lord’s Supper). We respond in gratitude through song, prayer, offerings, and fellowship. Since he calls us to worship “with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:29) our worship is done with an order of worship (liturgy) reflecting our Christian heritage.
Preaching & Sacraments. Since the preached word is central in worship, in our morning service we hear a verse-by-verse exposition and application of Scripture, and in the evening we hear teaching and application of Christian doctrine. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day morning and celebrate baptism as necessary.
Singing. In our praise of God the Psalms make up the principle part of our singing. We believe this fills our hearts with the word of Christ (Col 3:16) and balances our spirituality with praise and sorrow, celebration and confession.
For more about our worship, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde, What to Expect in Reformed Worship: A Visitor’s Guide (Wipf & Stock, 2007).
& Church Government
One neglected area of Christianity in today’s churches is church government. As Christians, we not only belong to Christ and each other spiritually, but also tangibly to his visible church. (Eph. 4:4–6). To this church Christ has given pastors to preach, elders to oversee, and deacons to serve us. Beyond the local church, we belong to a larger group of churches since the Bible demands accountability: “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Prov. 11:14) For this reason, we are affiliated with the United Reformed Churches in North America (urcna.org), which utilizes a Church Order that has stood the test of time since the Protestant Reformation.
These documents may be in the Our Beliefs section of the site. You may also pick up a free copy of the book, Our Faith: Ancient Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions, at the church.
For an introducttory guide to our theology, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust, 2010).
SERVICE TIMES (SUNDAY)
• 10:15 AM — Morning Worship & Communion
• 12:00 PM — Sunday School
• 5:00 PM — Evening Worship
Theology (what we believe about God) is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God. Our theology finds its source in the books God has given to humanity: the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Old and New Testaments—the Holy Scriptures. These books teach us that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4) who exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). This Triune God made an eternal plan (Eph. 1:3-11) in which the Father demonstrated his love for sinners by sending the Son of God to become a man so that sinful humanity might have eternal fellowship with God (John 3:16). The Scriptures testify of this plan of salvation, teaching us that sinners are saved from eternal wrath only by God’s grace alone (sola gratia), which we receive through faith alone (sola fide) that is placed in the perfect person of Jesus Christ alone (solo Christo). God’s plan for us does not end there as the Holy Spirit then takes up residence within us to make us more and more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:17-18) until he brings us into glory in God’s eternal kingdom (Rom. 8:30).
As a Christian church, our theology finds its best expression in the faithful summaries of Scripture that the ancient Christian churches confessed—the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a Protestant and Reformed church, we also whole-heartedly believe the expression of the biblical faith in the what are called the “Three Forms of Unity”—the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort. Although we have not officially adopted them as our confessional documents, we also appreciate the expression of Christian and Reformed truth in the Westminster Confession, Westminster Shorter, and Westminster Larger Catechisms.
The ancient creeds and Three Forms of Unity are found in the Our Beliefs section of this site, and may also be read in our free book, Our Faith: Ancient Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions. For an introductory guide to our theology, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust, 2010).
We are a mission Church. As a church-plant, being mission-minded is our identity. Not only do we pray fervently for our personal and congregational witness to our community as well as foreign missions, we are also planting the Kauai Reformation Church (http://www.kauaireformation.com) and oversee a Bible study in South Orange County. Our mission-focus is also seen in the fact that former members have been sent to plant and pastor URCNA congregations in Des Moines, IA; Santee, CA; Sunnyside, WA; Regina, Saskatchewan; Hanford, CA; Missoula, MT. This ability to impact the world beyond us is rooted in our eagerness to shepherd Westminster Seminary students’ training for the ministry.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matt. 28:19-20, ESV
“One of the most difficult challenges in our day is to find a solid church—where the Gospel is powerfully and clearly proclaimed every week, where the worship is reverent and substantive, and where the people have a genuine love for each other. The Oceanside United Reformed Church is one such church. I heartily commend it to you.”
—Dr. Michael Horton
Author of Putting Amazing Back Into Grace
Co-host of The White Horse Inn radio program
Editor of Modern Reformation magazine
Some Key Facts
• We were planted by Rev. Daniel Hyde in 1999, under the oversight of Escondido URC.
• We enjoy expository preaching of the Bible, which we hold to be the inerrant and inspired Word of God.
• We are cared for by a Consistory of elders who meet the requirements of Tit. 1:5-9 and 1 Tim. 3:1-7
• We don’t offer gimmicks but we do offer the Gospel every week to sinners. We need it, too!
• We want to help you learn the Faith and practice it. We offer regular studies and group prayer.
• We are a missions-oriented congregation. We have helped plant several churches.
“We believe with the heart and confess with the mouth…”
– Belgic Confession, Article 1
Oceanside URC exists to glorify God publicly and sincerely, while extending Christ’s gospel and love to North County and the world beyond. So how did we start? With prayer. After years of waiting on God, the prayers of several local families were answered when the first Reformed church in our area of hundreds of thousands of souls was planted. Then in November ‘99, while still a student at Westminster Seminary, Danny Hyde spoke with Rev. Andrew Cammenga of the Escondido URC about the possibility of church planting. More months of prayer, planning, and meetings with interested families followed. A Bible study began on February 8 ‘00. Worship on Sunday evenings began at Palmquist Elementary School on June 18 ’00. On July 23 ‘00 Danny Hyde was ordained as the Escondido URC’s church planter. The church plant moved forward on September 3 ‘00 with morning and evening worship. Elders and deacons were ordained and the church became an organized congregation on October 18 ‘02. On November 24 ‘02, Rev. Hyde was installed as the first Pastor of this new congregation.
Rev. Danny Hyde