We all come from a variety of different backgrounds, though our common pursuit of Christ directs our foreground.
We are young and old and in-between and some of us haven’t been born yet. We are Asian, Caucasian, African, French, Hispanic, Haitian, and from Minnesota. We are empty nesters and newlyweds, professors and students, scientists and singers, doctors and young professionals, bartenders and baristas, creative types and the not-so-much. We are social conservatives and social progressives, social activists and social workers, full-time parents and full-time kids. We are male and female, married, single, and divorced. We are recovering addicts and stably self-controlled. We are broken hearted and full of joy. Some of us have loved Jesus for a long time and some of us are just getting to know him. But at the end of the day, we are drawn together by the love of Christ, the need for His grace, and compelled to live His mission in the world.
Knowing this, our vision is to: cultivate a community of Christians through locally-focused congregations that bring God's kingdom deeper into every neighborhood and institution in Greater Boston by living and loving in such a compelling and Christ-like way as to challenge our neighbors to seriously consider the claims of Christ, be reconciled to God, and serve others in the unique ways God designed them to so that Boston becomes a "city on a hill" that will be a blessing to the world.
Sunday service at Highrock church is about bringing honest and passionate worship to God here in Salem. The highlight of each week, it is a time to rejoice, revive, and rest. It is a time of community, when we worship, serve, eat, and laugh together.
It is a time where fractured people encounter a healing God who puts us back together again and makes us whole. It is a time to find strength in following Christ. But most importantly, our time together on Sundays is a platform for a whole week of life together. We believe that the Church is more than a gathering on Sunday mornings. It's a "who," the people of Christ. So we invite you to come and get to know who we are as we gather together each week.
We worship in a variety of ways, through songs, stories, creative arts, and sermons. We value relevance, while adhering to centuries-old Christian traditions, and incorporate both ancient and contemporary elements in our worship. Every first Sunday of the month, we celebrate Communion, the Lord’s Supper.
Nursery - A nursery is available every Sunday for children up to 2.5 years.
Preschool - Also located in the Religious Education wing at 292 Lafayette Street, our Preschool class is for children ages 2.5 to 5. Playing games, making music, and learning about God all happen with this great crew of kids.
Kindergarten - 2nd - Meets in the Annex rooms. Our K-2nd grade group studies the Bible and enjoys playing games together.
3rd - 5th - Also meets in one of the Annex rooms. our 3rd-5th grade students study the Bible and it's application.
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Come as you are! Some people come in t-shirts and jeans, and others come business casual. There is no expectation that you should dress in a certain way to be here at Highrock!
One of the best ways to welcome visitors, as well as help our growing church know each other is through nametags. So don't be surprised if one of our nametag greeters introduces themselves and asks if you'd like a sticker nametag. The nametags are totally optional too. If you'd like one of our permanent nametags with a Highrock lanyard, just go ahead and sign up. It'll be ready for you the next week!
At Highrock, we believe we are called to live in community with one another. However, we recognize intentional relationships may be more difficult to foster in a large group setting. In order to provide a regular, safe place for relationships to grow, we have developed LifeGroups.
LifeGroups are one of the ways Highrock fulfills its mission to cultivate a loving Christian community through which people are transformed individually and collectively into the body of Christ by connecting with God personally, with God's people, and with God's purposes.
Connection Groups are an easy entrance point into checking out community at Highrock. Connection Groups will regularly meet through a unified activity (dinner, board games, sports). This is a place to meet people and put names to faces without high expectation of attendance.
Seasonal Groups will meet once/week for eight weeks for themed-discussion and short-term vision. This provides a place for members to get to know one another deeply without a year-long commitment and works very well with busy schedules.
Covenant Groups will meet regularly (usually twice/month) and seek to develop intentional, deep relationship. Members are expected to make attendance a priority and consciously invest in the lives of groups members through conversation and service.
Click here to learn more information about getting involved.
celebration dinners & Eat-Ups
Quarterly - about once a month we get together as a whole church or in neighborhoods to celebrate the gift of community with a big celebratory dinner, right in our church sanctuary or in homes throughout the North Shore.
ArtSpeak is a meeting place for artists and members of the larger community to dream of a more beautiful world. It is a way towards common ground- toward relationships through the shared language of art and restoration of the broken.
In the past, this has taken the form of an art show, musical concert and auction. In March, 2015 we celebrated our third annual ArtSpeak. All proceeds supported Amirah, a safehouse for survivors of commercial exploitation.
ArtSpeak's Mission: UNITING COMMUNITY FOR THE RENEWAL OF HUMAN DIGNITY THROUGH A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS.
More details are in the works for the next event in the Fall of 2016. Stay tuned for details!