Connecting to a

CHRIST

centered life and

KINGDOM

centered living

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 
We are resuming in-person services on Sunday June 28th with precautions and also no Rock Kids classes or refreshments for the time being.  
 
If you are feeling unwell or not ready to venture out on Sunday mornings we will still be livestreaming Sunday services at the Rock’s Facebook page or at rockcle.org/live
 
 
 

NEW HERE?

 
We’re excited to meet you! In the meantime, here is what you’ll want to know:
 

SUNDAY SERVICES

Our Sunday service begins at 10:02 AM. It usually lasts around 75 minutes. Plan to stay and join us for refreshments and to connect with other attenders in the Rock Hall following the service.

ROCK KIDS

Children ages infant through 5th grade can join the Rock Kids classrooms during the Sunday church services.
Kid’s Check In is located in the main church entrance.
 
 

WHAT TO WEAR

Your Browns hoodie or your favorite flannel will fit right in here. But if you enjoy dressing in your Sunday best, that’s awesome too. You do you.

WE’VE GOT THE COFFEE READY FOR YOU

Stop in a few minutes before 10 and grab some coffee or tea from the Rock Hall before the service gets started.

ABOUT THE ROCK

Located in Garfield Heights, OH, at The Rock we try to take a simple and straightforward approach to church. With a warm and loving atmosphere we want people to know that faith isn’t a guilt trip. Christianity is relevant, church can be meaningful, and a relationship with Jesus is life-changing. You won’t find anyone here trying to pretend to be spiritual superstars. We are real people who are committed to deepening our relationship with God and others.
 
 We are committed to traditional and vintage Christian beliefs that are summarized in the creeds of the church. However, no matter where you’re at on your spiritual journey, we want you to know that you’re welcome here. We want to be a safe place for you to explore authentic Christianity or grow in the faith.
 
We are also deeply committed to service, justice, and compassion. We desire to see transformation of our people, our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world through sharing the Good News of God’s Kingdom in meaningful and practical ways.
 
We desire to connect to Christ through personal and corporate worship. We desire to connect the body of Christ through small groups. We desire to connect the disconnected through service and sharing the Gospel.
 
We value truth, diversity, holistic outreach, spiritual community and kingdom partnerships. Read our complete value statements.
 
 
 
Why do you start your worship services at 10:02 AM?
 
We’re glad you asked. It’s to remind us of something that Jesus said in Luke 10:2.  “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ When Jesus tells us to pray for something, we should probably take it seriously. 
 
God is on mission in our world, restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls.  He’s invited us to join Him on that mission. We start our worship service at 10:02 AM with this prayer to remind ourselves that as part of the Church, we’re not here for ourselves.  We gather together as people who are sent; sent out into the world by Jesus to share His love and serve others in His name.

EVENTS

 
 

SERMONS & BLOG

Current Sermon Series:
In our series ‘“Postcards from Exile” we look at how following the way of Jesus leads us in the opposite direction of the world and even the American Dream. We will explore what it means to live like ancient exiles in a modern, post-Christian world.
 
 
 
 

Oct 25, 2020
The Kingdom Politic
Matthew 20:17-28
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  • Oct 25, 2020The Kingdom Politic
    Oct 25, 2020
    The Kingdom Politic
    Matthew 20:17-28
  • Oct 18, 2020The Real Fight
    Oct 18, 2020
    The Real Fight
    Ephesians 6:11-13 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  • Oct 11, 2020Humble and Watchful
    Oct 11, 2020
    Humble and Watchful
    1 Peter 5:6-11
  • Oct 4, 2020Suffering Messengers
    Oct 4, 2020
    Suffering Messengers
    1 Peter 4:1-19
  • Sep 27, 2020Suffering Servants
    Sep 27, 2020
    Suffering Servants
    1 Peter 3:8-22
  • Sep 13, 2020Labor of Love
    Sep 13, 2020
    Labor of Love
    Series: (All)
    1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • Aug 30, 2020Priesthood, Nation, People
    Aug 30, 2020
    Priesthood, Nation, People
    1 Peter 2:1-12
  • Aug 23, 2020Secure in Trials
    Aug 23, 2020
    Secure in Trials
    1 Peter 1:1-25
  • Aug 16, 2020Caesar or Jesus
    Aug 16, 2020
    Caesar or Jesus
    Mark 12:1-17, John 19:10-16
  • Aug 9, 2020Follow Me – An Ordination Service
    Aug 9, 2020
    Follow Me – An Ordination Service
    Series: (All)
    Luke 15:25-33

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