Highrock MetroWest News!

Sep 01, 2022

Photo by Cailyn Kim

Highrock MetroWest Youth Writer Series: Part 6

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

By Cailyn Kim, a Highrock MetroWest High School Student

I never really expect God to answer my prayers. I hope, yes, but I know praying for a snow day doesn’t always result in a snow day. So I didn’t expect God to give me my “snow day” this past July.  

I’ve been a competitive archer since 6th grade. Archery is a sport in which you quickly reach the point where strong performance is almost entirely mental. An archer’s mind is often the first limiting factor--we call this target panic. 

Last September was the first time it happened. I raised my bow, pulled back, and before my fingers touched my jaw I released too early. For three hours, I couldn’t control when my fingers let the string go. Soon, weeks, months, and nearly a year passed battling target panic. My scores were lower than when I first began shooting. I was incredibly frustrated but determined to fix myself by myself. Come spring, I was still unable to perform the same basic motions I had been perfecting for four years. 

Nationals in Alabama, though, was fast approaching. I was insecure about whether I should even compete and unsure how my target panic would manifest. I didn’t care how I scored—my only goal was to complete my shot. And to my surprise, I scored my best yet--even setting some personal records. What mattered most though was that I was recovering. It took 11 months but I was recovering and I knew I couldn’t take all the credit. In hindsight, God provided supportive teammates, coaches, counselors, and praying family members who forced their way in to help despite wanting to do it myself. When you’re screaming in your head to pull the string back but your fingers uncontrollably release anyway, over and over again for a year, there’s not much you feel you can do but hope and pray. Every competition I begged God to please fix my target panic before I stepped onto the line. And for my most important tournament, my snow day, I experienced how God was answering all these prayers this entire time. 

This is the last in our summer Youth Writers' series organized and edited by Highrock Highschool Student Averie Lee, our summer intern. Feedback for these articles has been strong. We hope to include more youth in the writing and editing of the newsletter in the near future. Thank you for your continued support of Highrock MetroWest Middle and Senior High Youth (and the ministry that leads them there: Kidsrock!). 


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


Important Changes to Middle and High School Ministries for 2022-23

Be sure and check out the changes in both Middle School and High School ministries for this program year. For example, High School Youth Group will meet weekly this year at Highrock MetroWest. And Middle School youth will have a Sunday morning program. Read all about these changes and more by clicking the links above. 


Highrock's Fall Launch 2022!

Check out our freshly curated list of groups, gatherings, events, and courses designed to help you connect to God personally, God’s people, and God’s purposes. 

This fall’s lineup offers a variety of topics to explore with others. Our hope is that you will find a community willing to ask questions with curiosity and engage with honesty, hospitality, humility, and solidarity. We believe we can learn from each other’s experiences and learn about ourselves and God when we gather in community with a shared commitment to grow. Learn more here. 


More Than a Meal Sermon Series with After-Worship Discussion Group

We begin a new sermon series on September 11 called More Than A Meal. Meals matter - because often there’s so much more than a meal happening! And we see this throughout the story of God and God’s people. Regardless of whether the meal is extravagant or ordinary, what happens around these tables has a profound impact on how we understand God, ourselves, and our purpose in God’s world! 

Every Sunday during this series (9/11 - 10/16) we will host SoulFood after worship with a meal from a different country or US region -- introduced by a person familiar with that area. And then, after SoulFood (around 11:30 or 11:40, we'll have a 45-minute discussion about the sermon hosted by a MetroWest pastor. Childcare age 2 - Grade 5 is provided for this discussion time. Register belowfor childcare. (Prefer an online sermon discussion option? Read more here). 


Ways to Be Involved!



Please send your prayer requests to our Prayer Team Leader Foluke Ajayi. 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. 


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


SEPT. 17 -- MomsRock! In-person at Highrock MetroWest with Michelle Swaim. Repeats Every Friday 9:30 - 11 AM.

Whether you have a newborn or are ushering kids off to college, MomsRock is a great place to make connections, grow in your faith, and share the challenges and the celebrations of parenting. Find out more here. Register to attend here:


OCT. 2 -- Edible Theology at Highrock MetroWest: Bake & Pray!

This bread baking workshop invites participants in 5th grade and above to get their hands in the dough and connect with God through food! Coinciding with our sermon series More than a Meal, baker and writer Kendall Vanderslice will help facilitate teaching, kneading, and the baking of bread.
Everyone will leave with a loaf of bread! 

Child care is provided for age 2 - Grade 5. The child care registration link below allows you to register for child care for the Oct. 2 event and/or for all the after-worship More Than A Meal sermon discussions 9/11 - 10/16. 

REGISTER NOW as an adult (Grade 6 - Adult) participant

In-Person and Online Options

In Person at Highrock Arlington:
Saturday, October 1st at 2:00pm 
735 Mass Ave, Arlington

In Person at Highrock MetroWest:
Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30am 
754 Greendale Ave, Needham

Online with Highrock MetroWest:
Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30am 
Zoom (register to receive the link)

Workshop Details

The cost for this 2-hour workshop is $15 for in-person or $5 for online. Proceeds will benefit Highrock’s More Than a Meal campaign to combat food insecurity.
Participants are asked to bring a 3-quart bowl (or larger) if they have one. 

Both workshops are identical, so please sign up for the one that fits your schedule.

Questions? Please contact Pastor George Cladis at georgec@highrock.org or Pastor Meghan DeJong at meghand@highrock.org


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 Katie Milway.  


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 and 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 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.