Sunday Service FAQ's
Here are just a few explainers about the rest of the Sunday experience, so that you can worry less about details and focus more on God in worship:
Come as you are! Some people come in t-shirts and jeans, and others come in 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. Someone's name is the most basic identity that should be acknowledged. 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!
If you have children under grade 5, ask a greeter and they’ll be happy to direct you where to go. Paging is also available for your peace of mind.
Tithes and Offerings
Collecting Tithes and Offerings is a part of our worship service. Once a month we come to give what God has required of us, and remember that everything we have is his. This is a part of worship. We worship with singing, music, and fellowship, but we also worship with giving our tithe and offering. We tithe and give offerings to God as an act in which we say we trust in God alone, and not in the hopes and power of money. As a visitor, giving your tithe/offering is completely optional.
Connection cards are a way for us to get to know you and learn how to connect you with the information and people you’re looking for. Please fill out a card and drop it in the offering basket as it passes, or at the rear of the sanctuary in a designated fancy glass jar. You can also bring your card to the Connection Gathering at the end of service and hand it to one of our staff.
After the end of each service, we continue our worship through food! Every Sunday, we gather for a meal called 'SoulFood', no it's not southern comfort food, but it is a chance for us to share in community with one another meet new people and have a good time. We call these times SoulFood because we believe that eating together nourishes not only our bodies, but our whole being as we enjoy fellowship with one another. It is a great opportunity to make connections and meet new people…and it’s free!
Who to Ask for Help
Wondering where the bathrooms are? Or have a question about our church? Find someone wearing a bright yellow lanyard and he or she would be glad to help guide you or answer any questions you may have. Ushers, welcomers and staff all wear yellow lanyards so they're easy to find.
What do we believe about the Bible?
First and foremost, we believe that the the Bible is true. We come from a tradition of believers who in all things asked of each other, "where is it written?” That means that in everything we do, we yield to the teaching of scripture and we accept the entire Holy Bible as the council of God. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3”16-17).
Written by over 40 different people over centuries of history, the Bible still tells one single narrative, the story of a loving, Creator God who when separated from his children gives everything to bring them back. Some of The Bible is narrative, some of it is poetry, some is allegory, some parts are letters. All of it points to a glorious loving God who is for us and who pursues us for the sake of his glory. When you visit Highrock on a Sunday morning, you will hear teaching from the word of God. This word from God speaks into the brokenness of this world, and the hope we have a God who is putting it all back together.
We believe that the Bible was written for us and all people, but it was not written to us. The Bible was written to specific people in a specific time and place. That means that understanding the Bible sometimes requires understanding different people and places and various historical circumstances. Interpretation of scripture does not mean making the Bible mean what we want it to mean. Interpretation of scripture means understanding what it meant to the original hearers and readers, and how it applies to our lives and circumstances today.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record for our relationship to God (He lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died), that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us.
That’s a run-on sentence worth remembering. The Gospel is something much bigger than personal salvation. The Gospel is about cosmic salvation. All creation has been affected by the brokenness we call sin. Likewise, all creation will be renewed by God’s kingdom.
What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is the reign and rule of God. Wherever God’s perfect will is done, there his kingdom is present. The kingdom of God is not something we have to wait for. Jesus taught his followers to pray “Our father in heaven...Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” He wants his rule and reign to advance on the earth right now. Jesus announced the inauguration of the kingdom of God when he began his ministry here on earth. The coming of the kingdom of God means the restoration of all things. In other words, Jesus didn’t just come to save souls. He came to rescue a physical world. We see this in the way he ministered to people. Where he said “your sins are forgiven” he also said to the lame “get up and walk”. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the penalty for our sins, but he didn’t stop there, he rose from the dead to show that he has reign and rule over death itself. His resurrection paves the way for a kingdom over which death has no power. Our role as the church is to advance God’s kingdom here on the earth by doing his will and following his commands to love God and love each other.
What is the Church?
The Church is a sent people. They are sent by Christ into the world to advance the agenda of God’s kingdom in this world. Jesus did not send his Church out into the world alone. He promised that he would gift them with his very presence, the Holy Spirit. In Acts chapter 2 the Church was born when the Holy Spirit of God entered men and women and empowered them to go out into the world and share the Gospel of Jesus. The Gospel message was announced on the streets of Jerusalem, it spread through Samaria, and it arrived in the ancient metropolis of Antioch. From there the Church spread throughout the entire Roman empire and continues this day to the ends of the earth. When God’s people rally together to do his will, that body of people called ‘The Church’ is His chosen vehicle by which all people might know the Gospel message that all things, including our fragile lives, will be restored by Him and for Him. By planting a church today we continue in the same line of people who were sent by Christ to preach the Gospel of his coming kingdom.
What denomination does Highrock Quincy belong to?
We are very proud members of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a small but vibrant denomination. And while there are many reasons why, we will only list two here:
Unity Among Diversity
In almost every way the Covenant encourages diversity whether it is theological, ethnic, socio-economic, generational or gender. And while there is a high value placed on diversity there is a demand for unity that binds us all together. The Covenant affirms six core theological statements while allowing for a large range of diversity of opinion outside those six statements.
There might be no greater word to describe the central ethos of the Covenant than relationship. More than anything else we love this denomination because it is an organization that brings brothers and sisters in Christ into relationship with one another. We are truly grateful to God for introducing us to the Covenant and for blessing us with such a wonderful denominational family.
What do you believe about baptism?
In our church, relationship is a high value. We mourn when we see churches split over the doctrine of baptism. Especially when scripture presents clear paths to both infant and believers baptism. As such, we embrace both of these practices that have existed throughout the historic church. In both practices, we see Baptism as something that is commanded, but it is not something that saves us. Baptism is both a mark that identifies us with Christ’s church and a practice that reminds us that God’s grace is powerfully present in our lives. If interested, please read this more in-depth look at infant baptism and dedication. For parents seeking to present their children to the church for baptism or dedication, we ask that you fill out our infant baptism/dedication interest form.
What do we believe about women in ministry?
We believe in the full participation of women within the work and leadership of the church. This is both a practical and a theological necessity. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, how sad would it be if we limited the teachers and leaders of our church to only men. Further more there are clear examples of the full leadership of women in scripture. Please read this document for more information about the theological views of women in ministry.