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.
 
 
 
 

Aug 25, 2019
The King’s Table
Matthew 15:21-39
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Aug 25, 2019The King’s Table
    Aug 25, 2019
    The King’s Table
    Matthew 15:21-39
  • Jul 14, 2019Divided Kingdoms
    Jul 14, 2019
    Divided Kingdoms
    Matthew 12:22-42
  • Jul 7, 2019The Kingdom’s Rest
    Jul 7, 2019
    The Kingdom’s Rest
    Matthew 11:25-12:21
  • Jun 30, 2019The King’s Judgements
    Jun 30, 2019
    The King’s Judgements
    Matthew 11:16-24
     
  • Jun 23, 2019A Messenger’s Doubts
    Jun 23, 2019
    A Messenger’s Doubts
    Matthew 11:1-19
  • Jun 16, 2019Not of Those Who Shrink Back
    Jun 16, 2019
    Not of Those Who Shrink Back
    Series: (All)
    Hebrews 10:19-39
  • Jun 9, 2019Pentecost Sunday
    Jun 9, 2019
    Pentecost Sunday
    Acts 1:1-11 & 2:1-21
     
  • Jun 2, 2019Kingdoms in Conflict
    Jun 2, 2019
    Kingdoms in Conflict
    Matthew 10:34-42
  • May 26, 2019Kingdom Courage
    May 26, 2019
    Kingdom Courage
    Matthew 10:16-33
     
     
  • May 19, 2019Identity in Christ
    May 19, 2019
    Identity in Christ
    Series: (All)
    2 Corinthians 5
    Ephesians 2:1-10
     

Blog Posts:

Remember We Have Seen Jesus

I’ve recently been reading through the book of John and came upon chapter 9. In this chapter Jesus heals a blind beggar and stirs the pot with the religious leaders of the time. They disapprove of Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath (a holy day on which no work was to be done) and quiz the poor ex-blind beggar’s family of who they believe Jesus to be. When the man cannot deny that something miraculous and divine has just occurred in his life, the religious leaders kick him out of the synagogue (their place of worship). I’ll spare the sermon but wanted to give an idea of what is happening in the chapter and why the next part is so ground breaking to me. After the ex-blind beggar is thrown out of the synagogue, Jesus approaches him and the interaction goes like this:

“When Jesus heard what had happened he found the man and asked, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’.The man answered, ‘Who is he sir? I want to believe in him’. Jesus says, ‘You have seen him and he is speaking to you’. The man then says, ‘Yes, Lord I believe’ and worshipped Jesus”. (v. 35-38)


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