Highrock MetroWest News!

Mar 31, 2022

Cover Photo: Kidsrock at Highrock MetroWest Church

Kidsrock Rocks!

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,

                        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 (gracet@highrock.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. 

 

 Holy Week & Easter at Highrock MetroWest

 

April 14, 7 pm  Maundy Thursday

Join us for a light meal and communion liturgy to commemorate Maundy Thursday. 

Please RSVP so we can prepare well for you!

April 15.  Good Friday

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.

April 17.  Easter

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!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please send your prayer requests to Foluke Ajayi at mofoluwake09@gmail.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: julielee.bbm@gmail.com

 

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 abby@highrock.org

 

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. 

 

COVID PROTOCOLS

Read about them here

 

Resources for Growing Deeper!

For Parents, Youth and Families

In-person Kidsrock (Grades K - 5) meets every Sunday at 10 am during the worship hour. Early Childhood Kidsrock (Nursery & Pre-school is temporarily closed due to COVID). Read about Middle School and High School youth programs. 

The Highrock Family Ministry Team released excellent new resources for parents of tweens, teens, and young adults. The resources are entitled Fresh Ideas for Better Connections related to our current theme Growing With. Check them out here!

Milestones Preschool Parenting Small Groups. Would you like to build a better relationship with your young child through blessings, fun, spiritually rich activities, and even when you have to discipline them? We've combined two milestone experiences, THE BLESSING and THE DISCIPLE, to make a course that is easy to access and full of biblical and practical ways to express unconditional love and teach them to honor others well. Four Sunday nights, March 13 - April 3, via Zoom, 8:15-9:15 pm ET. Register here. Questions? Contact Brian Dietz Brian@Highrock.org

High School Internships

Highrock MetroWest has created 10-week volunteer high school internships for the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2022. The program involves both service to the church and also leadership development training resulting in a public ceremony in church and the presentation of a Certificate in Leadership Development for a Non-Profit. For more information on the HRMW program, contact Pastor George at GeorgeC@highrock.org. The summer internship is in collaboration with the larger CALM family of Highrock Church and is led by our Highrock Family Ministry Team. There are some paid internships for the summer program. Applications and information regarding the Highrock summer internship program can be found here

Study and Small Groups at Highrock

Interested in an exegesis of the Gospel of John? See a continuous weekly exegetical post -- a two-minute read -- here . Also, a weekly five-minute podcast by Pastor George on the last sermon preached at HRMW here.

We have newly formed Highrock MetroWest small groups. Contact Pastor George for more information: GeorgeC@Highrock.org

SoulCare and Pastoral Care

For those wanting to go deeper in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, we encourage you to look into the work of our guides and the work of the SoulCare ministry

 

"God in Five Minutes!" 

A five-minute weekly podcast based on the last sermon preached.

It's Greek to Me! 

Biblical exegesis in a five-minute read by Pastor George (Note: this link takes the reader to GeorgeCladis.com.)

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