Cover Photo: Kidsrock at Highrock MetroWest Church
Hello MetroWest Families,
Kidsrock is growing as we returned in person this past year. It is wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces each week! Every Sunday we sing songs together, play fun games and activities, and watch and discuss a Bible Story video.
During March, we focused on the word cooperation. We heard stories from Exodus, Luke, and Acts learning more about God’s desire for us to:
Work Together to help someone succeed,
Work Together to help others in need,
And to make Work Together a habit.
That's cooperation! Not only do we see so many examples of cooperation in the Bible, but we see it in everyday life too; at work, at school, at home... it's everywhere!
This month, we focus on HOPE with our new theme: Puzzled -- Believe There's a Bigger Picture. Life can sometimes feel like a giant puzzle. All we see is the piece we’re experiencing right now, and we’re not sure how it fits into the greater picture that is forming. We can’t always understand why some things happen to us or those we love. Yet, despite our confusion, we can have hope. Even in the toughest times, we can have hope because God sees the whole picture and can make something good out of something bad. As we enter the month of April, where are the places of hope you see?
Now, for a few practical details and upcoming things:
We plan on relaunching our Early Childhood program after Easter (April 24th), Woohoo! With the relaunch of our Early Childhood program, we want to re-establish a safe and consistent check-in system. We'll be introducing our new check-in system slowly over the next few weeks so we can learn it together! In the meantime, please be sure to walk your child/ren all the way to the classroom door, so that a leader is aware of who is dropping off. Once service is over, be sure to return downstairs to pick up your child/ren.
Summer Blast is approaching soon (July 18th-22nd) and it will take place in the evening! Be on the lookout for registration links in the next month or so both for participants and volunteers!
Lastly, if you have a 2nd grader and want to receive a Bible this year (or any 3-5th grader who has not received a Bible) please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We like to celebrate these big milestones near the end of the school year with Bible presentations in the worship service.
Thanks, and God Bless!
Grace Taber, Kidsrock Director.
HRMW Sunday Lenten Talks Continue!
We were blessed last week by David Ting's message about his faith and work. This week: Jessica Kim.
April 3: Jessica Kim -- Faith and Entrepreneurism.
The schedule for this Sunday:
10 am worship on Drinking from the Wells of God Lenten Preaching Series
11 am SoulFood,
11:20 am presentation. 30 minutes from speaker; 30 minutes of discussion. Separate elementary-age children's program. (Note: youth are encouraged to be in attendance at the talks).
12:20 pm hard stop.
Kidsrock will be as usual at 10 am, but also a special elementary-age children's program from 11:20 - 12:20. Please let us know if you are bringing children so we have a general idea of how many to prepare for:
Middle School and Senior High students are encouraged to attend the presentations.
Join us for a light meal and communion liturgy to commemorate Maundy Thursday.
Please RSVP so we can prepare well for you!
View our online Good Friday service, available on YouTube or Facebook.
Please note, there will be no in-person service hosted by Highrock MetroWest, but The Needham Interfaith Clergy Association is hosting an Ecumenical Service at which Pastor Ryan will contribute.
Ecumenical Service on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Needham.
We look forward to having you for a joyful service of celebration followed by an outdoor festival for all ages with food, music, games, and more!
Please note: Children are welcome in the worship service. We will not have Kidsrock programming that day.
Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 am, with outdoor festivities following, at Highrock Metrowest
EASTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please go HERE to discover ways to serve to help make this year's Easter celebration wonderful! For more information, contact Pastor Ryan at RyanM@highrock.org.
Ways to Be Involved!
Please send your prayer requests to Foluke Ajayi at email@example.com. Please pray for those suffering in the Ukraine!
APRIL 2, 8:45 AM - 2 PM. STEADFAST: SOULCARE RETREAT AT HR LEXINGTON
After two years of constantly shifting and re-shifting circumstances, we are tired, stretched thin, and longing for stability. Jesus sees our weariness and invites us to find rest in God’s steadfastness. You are invited to the spring SoulCare retreat at Highrock Lexington (7 Clematis Rd, Lexington, MA) to connect with the one who never grows weary and find rest in the unchanging, steady nature of God’s character. More information and registration here.
APRIL 6, 8 PM. REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT DISCUSSION
Next Steps in Refugee Resettlement Support Discussion with Highrock Action Team, Wed. April 6, 2022, at 8 pm. Zoom Link. For more information, contact Julie Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 28 (Thursday), 6 PM. BURGER BROTHERS!
Save the date! Details will be in next week's newsletter.
APRIL 29 - MAY 1 -- Highrock/Evangelical Covenant Church Women's Retreat Exhale.
Join the Pilgrim Pines Women's Retreat Exhale to spend time with other Highrockers and women from churches in the New England Conference. Pastor Nicole Bullock of Bethel Seminary will lead spiritual direction and workshops in a relaxed setting to care for your soul and connect with God. Cost $170. Register here. Questions? contact Abby Rice email@example.com.
JULY 18-22 - Kidsrock Summerblast!
Mark your calendars for Kidsrock's annual Summerblast event. More to come. Contact KidsRock Director Grace Taber at GraceT@highrock.org for more information.
Read about them here.
Resources for Growing Deeper!