It's a Highrock Family Reunion! On June 9th, head to the Thoreau Club in Concord for a day of picnicking, fellowship, outdoor activities, and worship together.
Highrock's vision is To see God transforming every neighborhood and institution in Greater Boston through locally-focused congregations who live and love in such a compelling and Christ-like way that our neighbors are challenged to seriously consider the claims of Christ, be reconciled to God, engage in Christian community, 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.
To better accomplish this vision in Cambridge, we launched the Harvard Square Campus in 2012. It was an exciting season of forming community and making new connections with our neighbors as we gathered first in the Sheraton Commander and then on the campus of Lesley University. In 2015 we moved to Central Square and became Highrock Cambridge. During this time we grew and matured as a congregation. New leaders were activated, new ministries launched, and new Christians joined us in "living and loving" throughout the city! We celebrated what God had done, and yet we always yearned for more.
In a city where few people are connected to Christian community, it has been our dream to engage all of our neighbors and local institutions with the hope that we have in Christ. There are many barriers to this work- mistrust of Christians, busyness, idols of prestige and accomplishment- and these are barriers that we have worked hard to address. But there are also more straightforward barriers of time and location, and as time went on our leadership increasingly felt that our evening service was limiting the opportunities we had to engage with our neighbors. For a whole host of reasons, Sunday mornings are just easier for people to attend church! And we want to make it as easy as possible for people to participate in our community and check out what Highrock is about.
Finding a space to meet on Sunday mornings was no easy task, but this past fall God literally opened a door for us. And after a season of discernment, discussion, and prayer, we have decided to walk through it! Beginning on June 2nd, we will meet at the Swedenborg Chapel in Harvard Square (50 Quincy St). Our service will be at 9am. It is a beautiful space in a fantastic location, and we can't wait to see how this creates new rhythms of worship, fellowship, and partnership on Sunday and throughout the week. In addition to Sunday services, we have access to the Chapel on Thursday evenings. We are already dreaming about ways to use this space- worship and prayer, discussions on important social issues, partnership with other area churches, the list goes on!
We will continue to be a part of Highrock's tri-campus structure with Highrock Arlington and Highrock MetroWest, and share all of the resources that we currently enjoy, such as sermon series, preachers, and events. And this will also provide a great opportunity for us to continue to grow and mature as a congregation on mission together. So what's next?
If you can make this transition with us- wonderful! We are so thrilled to continue being in relationship with you. We are doing more than simply changing up our service time and location. This is a chance to rally together around this new season, and so we are forming a Launch Team to be committed to the work of prayer and preparation. Our Launch Team will meet twice between now and June, and our members are committed to being an active part of this move through regularly serving on Sunday and offering their gifts, time, talents, and creativity to our work. If you would like to be a part of this team, we would love to have you. You can fill out this form to offer us some initial info and get on our group list!
If you can't make this transition with us, know that this was the most difficult part of our decision process. We understand that for many reasons, such as other committments or rhythms, it's likely that not everyone will be able to make this move with us. And that grieves us. We love our community and all those in it. And we are sorry if this decision is a source of pain or loss for you. What is most important to us is that you feel honored for the ways that you contributed to our church, and that you are able to transition to a healthy faith community. If you need help finding a new church, please reach out to Pastor Walt or your SG leader if you are in a small group.
God has been so faithful to our community these past 6 1/2 years! And it is our hope and prayer that he would continue to be faithful to us for another 6 1/2, and many more after that, so that this vision of seeing more and more people connect to Him, connect to His people, and connect to His purposes in the world would be realized. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us!