What can I expect at each gathering?
Sunday morning attendance is between 200 and 250 people. Our dress is a reflection of our diversity. Typically there is a balance between dress and business-casual, though you will find anything from dark suits to jeans. There is no 'dress code' at Highlands although we do follow the Scriptural principles of modesty and reverence.
9:30AM Core Classes and Children's Sunday School
On Sunday morning at 9:30AM we gather for an hour of Sunday School and Bible Study, in which we study the meaning of God's Word and how it applies to every area of life. We offer age-appropriate classes including young adults (Crossroads), young marrieds (Homebuilders), and other classes which provides a group with which you have much in common. Following that, at 10:30AM, we begin gathering for our Sunday morning service. As we enter the main assembly area our musicians play instrumental hymns and songs.
10:30AM Morning Worship Gathering
Everthing we do is intended to focus on an audience of “One” - our God. Each aspect is intended to bring Him glory for He alone is worthy (Revelation 4:11). Worship is a person’s response to revelation (the Spirit and the Word). Worship is a rhythm of revelation and response. Our gathering is a dialogue between God's revelation and our response to Him.
Call to Worship and Prayer
We usually begin with a hymn or a passage of Scripture. This is followed by prayer (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). Prayers focus on praise, confession, petition and thanksgiving.
Singing and Music
The music we sing at HBC is a blend of old and new. We enjoy a careful mix of newer and older doctrinally rich hymns together with praise choruses. We choose hymns, songs, and choruses based upon their doctrinal accuracy and singability. It is not enough that a hymn is merely sentimental or that it has a great new tune. It must be both doctrinal and singable. We emphasize congregational singing, which allows everyone to sing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which spotlights individuals thus creating a spectating/entertainment environment. We view the music ministry of a church as a God-given means of teaching and admonishing one another (Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26; Matthew 26:30).
Reading of Scripture
1 Timothy 4:13 "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching." The pulpit and pew Bible used is the English Standard Version (ESV), but our people carry many different translations.
Collection of an Offering
Proverbs 3:5-10; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 9:9-11; 1 Timothy 5:17-18.
Preaching at Highlands is largely expositional, which means we seek to give the meaning of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last between 40-45 minutes with morning service dismissing right at 12:00PM. All preaching is Christ-centered and Gospel-driven (1 Timothy 4:13; Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 4:1-5).
The Lord's Supper
We have chosen to observe the Lord's Supper every first Lord’s Day of the month (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
At 6PM we gather as a church family for a time of singing, testimony, prayer and Bible study. The sermons are geared toward application in the life of the believer and the church body. The service concludes at 7PM by singing a hymn and reflecting on what we learned from God’s Word and each other. Spontaneous fellowship often follows as members take time to talk and enjoy each other.
Truth Trackers is a children's Bible club for ages 3 through grade 6 designed to encourage the memory and application of the Bible to young lives.
Youth Group meets together with Eric and Cassie Allamon. Time is given for singing, Bible teaching, prayer, and an activity.
Bible Study members and guests gather for a time of inductive Bible study in which we think through a passage of Scripture together. One of our pastors will often give a few announcements and pray. As we study the Scriptures we always ask three questions of the text we are considering: “What does it say?” “What does it mean by what it says?” and, “What does it mean for me?” Our goal in Wednesday Night Bible Study is not simply to learn from the selected text but to learn how to study the Bible and apply it to our personal lives. We understand each text in its redemptive historical context. Many people come straight from work so you will find a variety of dress from casual to business casual. Tables are set up in the fellowship hall if you'd like to bring dinner or a snack.