Highrock MetroWest News!

Aug 25, 2022

Photo by Alexis Lee from her Middle School Service Trip.

Highrock MetroWest Youth Writer Series: Part 5

Prompt: What is a recent God sighting in your life? 

By Alexis Lee, a Highrock MetroWest High School Student

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to serve as a high school intern at the Middle School Summer Service Trip. This 5-day trip consisted of serving those in the Greater Boston area and a retreat afterward to help unwind and reflect on the experience. 

We served in many places, including picking up trash in Malden, weeding community gardens, helping at a community grocery store, and packing bags for victims of sexual abuse. While we were serving, we learned about the difference we were making in the community. Many people passing us while picking up trash thanked us and the gardens we were tending helped provide fresh produce to the surrounding community. I saw God in these moments, showing me the importance of service to these communities and encouraging me to continue to serve in the future.

Throughout the whole trip everyone was patient, kind, and never complained. Whether picking up trash while sweating beneath our gloves or weeding a community garden in the baking sun, it was truly inspiring to see both students and leaders persevering to serve those in need. Through these people, God showed me the joy and blessing of serving others.

I will remember this trip forever. It was a delight to serve those in the Greater Boston area, and greatly inspirational to see God in the students and leaders, and see the difference we were making in the community.
 

The Youth Writers' series is organized and edited by Highrock Highschool Student Averie Lee, our summer intern. 

 

Register Your Children Infant to 5th Grade for Kidsrock!!

Kidsrock starts September 18 (teacher orientation is on Sept. 11). Register your children using this form so we can be prepared for your children. We're super excited about the new program year!! Find out more here

 

Sermon Series and Study Resources through Sept. 6

Centered: Moving Towards What Matters Most Sermon Series

This week, the sermon is based on the Evangelical Covenant Church's affirmation Commitment to Whole MissionLearn more about the sermon series here.

Book Discussion Group: The Pietist Option

In parallel with the Centered sermon series, Pastor Meghan leads an online small group discussing The Pietist Option by Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie, III.

 

Ways to Be Involved!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please send your prayer requests to our Prayer Team Leader Foluke Ajayi at mofoluwake09@gmail.com. The prayer team meets weekly by zoom on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm for 20 minutes to pray for the needs of the church and in-person at HighrockMetrowest on a monthly basis. Please consider praying with us. The next in-person prayer meeting at church is on Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm in the Prayer Room. During the week of the Thursday evening in-person prayer meeting, there is no Wednesday prayer session. 

 

AUG. 25, 7 PM -- Highrock MetroWest In-Person Prayer Meeting

The Highrock Prayer Team (Foluke Ajayi, Kathryn Dietz, Anita Tenbrook) invite you to join them for an hour of prayer in the prayer room at Highrock MetroWest on Thursday evening, Aug. 25, from 7 - 8 PM. This time of structured prayer is deeply meaningful and spiritually refreshing, benefitting both those who pray and those prayed for. 

 

SEPT. 13, 7:45 PM -- The Christian Story

What is Christianity all about? We believe that the Christian faith, at its heart, is a grand story that illuminates all of life. This course explores that story — the Christian Story — as it unfolds in Scripture. In this class, you’ll be introduced to an understanding of how the Bible, as a diverse collection of books and writings, tells the story of God’s faithfulness, how it speaks to questions of belonging and solidarity, and how this story brings about transformation in our lives and in the world. Learn more here

 

OCT. 2 -- Edible Theology: A Hands-on Fun Food Event with a Deep Meaning by Kendall Vanderslice. 

This will be a lot of fun and richly meaningful and educative! Save the date! We'll meet right after church on Sunday, Oct. 2, in the Fellowship Hall at church. More info to come!

 

OCT. 22 -- Women's Fall Retreat: Forgiveness & Renewal.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the home of Camile Humphries Lee, 11 Cushing St, Wellesley, MA.

Our Fall HRMW Women's retreat will take place on Saturday, October 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. . Spiritual Director and former RCC pastor Adele Calhoun will lead us in a study of forgiveness and renewal through three more chapters of her book, Invitations from God. 

There is no need to have attended our winter retreat to derive full benefit from this fall retreat! 

We have 20 spots. The cost of registration is $35 for women who already have the book, and $50 for first-timers, which includes a copy of the book. We look forward with joy to this time of togetherness.  

Purchase your spot for the retreat, and a book if you need one, using this form.  Registration question? Contact katiesmith.milway@gmail.com

 

Resources for Growing Deeper!

For Parents, Guardians, Youth, and Families

Kidsrock is on summer break until September 18, the Sunday after Labor Day weekend. Activity clipboards are available for children in the worship service. 

Youth: Read about Middle School and High School youth programs.

The Highrock Family Ministry Team released excellent new resources for parents and guardians 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!

Youth Internships

Highrock MetroWest volunteer youth internships for the 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

Study and Small Groups at Highrock

HighrockOnline has a broad range of learning opportunities. Check them out here

Sermon series and related study guides are here.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more devotional and study links.

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. Contact Pastor Ryan at RyanM@highrock.org for more information about the expanding Highrock MetroWest SoulCare ministry.

 

Daily Devotional with John Mury, Dave Swaim, and Highrock Staff

A 15-minute devotional is released daily at 5 am. 

"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.)

HRMW Feedback Form

Let your church know how to improve worship and ministry to draw people into a deeper life with Jesus.