High­lands Church – Con­nect, Grow, Go

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High­lands Church – a United Methodist Con­gre­ga­tion – is lo­cated at 371 Glasgow Road, on the west­ern side of High­lands of Bella Vista, about two miles from the end of the soon-to-open “Bella Vista By­pass.” Un­der the lead­er­ship of Se­nior Pas­tor Dr. Bryan Fink and As­so­ci­ate Pas­tor Michael Cal­la­han, High­lands Church is fo­cused on mak­ing dis­ci­ples of Je­sus Christ and spread­ing His Gospel to the High­lands com­mu­nity and beyond. This in­ten­tional fo­cus on mak­ing dis­ci­ples is called “Con­nect, Grow, Go.” Con­nect with God through wor­ship, Grow in love for God and each other through Growth Groups, Go serve oth­ers and Share the Gospel (dis­ci­ple­ship).

Con­nect to God through Wor­ship

High­lands Church of­fers a choice of wor­ship styles. Pas­tor Fink preaches the same mes­sage at every ser­vice so that there is con­ti­nu­ity through­out all wor­ship venues, re­gard­less of the style of wor­ship. You will be made to feel wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated at all wor­ship ser­vices.

Cel­e­bra­tions Wor­ship - The Satur­day evening “Cel­e­bra­tions” wor­ship ser­vice fea­tures a re­laxed, in­for­mal set­ting with at­ten­dees sit­ting around ta­bles with cof­fee or a cold bev­er­age in the Fel­low­ship Hall. Light snacks are also of­fered. The Wor­ship Leader for this ser­vice is Pam Meyer, who pro­vides a re­laxed of­fer­ing of con­tem­po­rary, coun­try or folk styled songs, and, at times, a tra­di­tional melody with an up­dated treat­ment. Dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians will com­pli­ment this ser­vice but you will usu­ally find an acous­tic gui­tar, vo­cal­ists, added per­cus­sion choices and some guest artists. This “come as you are” ser­vice is wel­com­ing and en­cour­ages in­for­mal wor­ship in a very re­laxed at­mos­phere.

Tra­di­tions Wor­ship- The Sun­day morn­ing “Tra­di­tions” ser­vice is what one would ex­pect from tra­di­tional wor­ship; a sanc­tu­ary, an or­gan and pi­ano, a won­der­ful robed Chan­cel Choir, Methodist Hym­nal se­lec­tions, a litur­gist, a chil­dren’s mes­sage, an of­fer­ing and a ser­mon. Choir di­rec­tor John Matthews serves as Wor­ship Leader for this ser­vice. He tries to of­fer dif­fer­ent styles of wor­ship and mu­sic to re­late to ev­ery­one’s taste as much as pos­si­ble. The open­ing hymn might be Beethoven with the clos­ing hymn by Fanny Crosby or Bill Gaither. To add to the mix, the choir might sing a beau­ti­ful and rous­ing Spir­i­tual or a new Joseph Martin or Lloyd Lar­son an­them.

Com­ing Soon – New Praise and Wor­ship Ser­vice

Bella Vista was first en­vi­sioned as a re­tire­ment and va­ca­tion com­mu­nity. With time and some vi­sion, it has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar “bed­room com­mu­ni­ties” in North­west Arkansas. Younger fam­i­lies are mov­ing to Bella Vista every day and many will be look­ing for a church home. In its com­mit­ment to spread­ing the Gospel of Je­sus Christ, High­lands Church is striv­ing to meet the needs of these new res­i­dents and those al­ready in Bella Vista with wor­ship choices. The fu­ture is promis­ing to be very ex­cit­ing with a new, very con­tem­po­rary wor­ship of­fer­ing.

Plans are in place to be­gin a new wor­ship ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ings at 11 a.m. As soon as the per­son­nel are in place – a Wor­ship Leader and Praise Band – the plan will move for­ward. The church is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing for this new praise ser­vice Wor­ship Leader and also a Stu­dent/Fam­ily Min­istry Leader. Each po­si­tion is part-time but could be com­bined for full-time em­ploy­ment for the right in­di­vid­ual. If in­ter­ested, you can con­tact High­lands Church at (479) 855-2277 or go to hum­cbv. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Grow in Faith

High­lands Church has an ar­ray of small groups fo­cus­ing on spir­i­tual growth. These groups meet through­out the week at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions en­abling them to study to­gether and in­crease their faith. Pas­tor Fink is cur­rently bring­ing mes­sages of Je­sus’ jour­ney from bap­tism to res­ur­rec­tion to go along with a church-wide growth group study of Adam Hamil­ton’s “The Way.”

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