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The Pastor's Vision

Pastor's Vision for the Church

My vision for High Rock Baptist Church, through divine revelation, is that we will become the church that God is looking for in these last and evil days. As stated in the book of Ephesians Chapter 5 verses 25-27:

25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The King James Version, (Cambridge:Cambridge) 1769.

I believe this can be accomplished in three steps: Preaching, Teaching, and Practice of God's Word. First preaching, because it is by the foolishness of preaching that man shall be saved, as it is written in Corinthians Chapter 21 verse 1:

1. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. The King James Version, (Cambridge:Cambridge) 1769.

Teaching because we should study to show ourselves approved, as stated in the second letter to Timothy Chapter 2 verse 14:

14. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. The King James Version, (Cambridge:Cambridge) 1769.

Finally, practice because we should let our light shine. The sixteenth verse of the fifth Chapter of Matthew reads:

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. The King James Version, (Cambridge:Cambridge) 1769.

We at the High Rock Baptist Church are moving forward in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the belief that we are all somebody in God's house, knowing that we are all a part of the body of Christ and each part having its own purpose, and all therein are equal in the sight of God. We are working to involve our youth in all aspects of the workings of the church and invite all who wish to worship with us to come in and help us to glorify the name of God.

Pastor Henry C. Long

 

 
 
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What We Believe

 

Church Covenant

 

Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,

We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort;

To promote its prosperity and spirituality ; to sustain its worship, ordinance, discipline, and doctrines;

To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;

To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment;

To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger;

To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;

To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech;

To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible , unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

 

 

 
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Our Church Mothers

To Our Church Mothers

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers."

-Jewish Proverb

 

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."

-Bin Yutang

 

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."

-Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)

 

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."

-Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

 

"Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;

A mother's secret hope outlives them all."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

 

"The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed."

-Author Unknown

 

 
 
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Officers

Church Directory

Pastor:  Rev. Henry C. Long

First Lady: Sis. Warneda Long

552 Long Road Reidsville, NC 27320

(H) (336) 694-6953  (Cell) (336) 214-0344

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Associate Minister Rev. James A. Florence

6511 High Rock Road, Efland, NC  27243

(H) (919) 563-4717 Cell: (919) 357-8262

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Associate Minister Rev. Denise Taylor

(H) (434) 822-6687 (cell) (434) 709-8690

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Associate Minister Rev. Lakia Crutchfield

(P) (434) 710-1444

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Secretary:  Sis. Sarah Lea

Finance:

Deacon Calvin Johnson

Deacon William H. Lea, Sr.

Corresponding Secretary: Sis. Marlo H. Walston

Musicians:   Sis. Naomi Totten,  Bro. Rick Elkins,

Sis. Stephanie Jeffries, Bro. Ralph Madden, Jr.,

Ministries:

Sunday School: Deacon William  Lea, Superintendent

Youth Ministry: Rev. James Florence, Advisor

Ushers Ministry: Sis. Jean Elkins, President

Deaconess Ministry:

HRCOC: Sis. Monnie Glass, Manager

Missionary Ministry: Sis. Ella Crutchfield, Pres.

Youth on the Move: Rev. Denise Taylor, Advisor

Just Us Girls: Sis. Sheila Florence, Advisor

Gospel Choir: Sis. Betty Garland, President

Senior Choir: Bro. Joseph Long, President

Youth Ensemble: Sis. Naomi Totten, Advisor

Dance Team: Sis. Stephanie Jeffries, Advisor

 

 
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History

Church History

 

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."

Matthew 7:24-25

 

For years, this church has stood as a sentinel pointing men and women, boys and girls to the Heavenly way. In the midst of world turmoil, in the face of strife and war and when world ideas are crumbling, this church has ever held high the banner of Christ who said, "Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

Over one hundred years ago, God created a desire for spiritual worship and brotherly fellowship in the fore parents of the High Rock Baptist Church. The original worship assembly/church was known as the "Old Field Church" and is believed to have been located on the north end of what is presently the Stephentown Road. Then, just as today, the time came when the worshippers realized the need for improvements; although not forgetting nor failing to thank God for His blessings thus far. These improvements were made in the form of the relocation and building of another church on a tract of land on the Stephens’ property. Accounts by the late Sister Lula Stephens Allen indicated that a site on this property was donated for use as a church site by her late grandfather, Mr. Harrison Stephens, Sr. Since county tax records do not show/record said property as being deeded to High Rock Baptist Church, it is concluded that the site was retained in ownership by the original owner.

The site, which borders on the northeast side of what is now the John Miles property, led to the present name for our church. The "Old Field Church" worshippers changed the name to "High Rock" because the new church was located on a "high" hill beside a big "rock."

The first Pastor was the late Rev. Covell Dixion and the first secretary was the late Sis. Mae Jane Hogwood. The second pastor was the late Rev. Fountain Love, with the late Sis. Emma Stephens serving as secretary.

On May 1, 1912, the late Preston Stephens, John Long, Joe Brown, and John Poteat, trustees of the High Rock Baptist Church purchased the land at the present location. Nine and thirty-six hundredth (9 36/100) acres were purchased from Julius Johnson (known as the Hudgins or Hughes place) for the sum of one hundred dollars. ($100.00) This property adjoins the land of Mrs. W.W. Blackwell and Mrs. Sallie Lea – "For the colored Black race and their successors."

The first pastor of the new church was the late Rev. Beard and the secretary was Mrs. Mae Jane Hogwood., Other ministers included the Rev. Oscar Springfield, Rev. M. Jeffries, Rev. Wade, Rev. Pender Love, Rev. George Love, Rev. John Love, and Rev. William Long. In the late 1940’s, the church was rebuilt. The sanctuary we use today is based on the "bones" of that church. When the church went to rebuild, due to the circumstances of the time, they were unable to secure a loan. Deacon James "Jim" E. Johnson, (father of our current Deacon Calvin Johnson) went to a local businessman and secured a loan at 3% interest. This was all done on a handshake and Deacon Johnson’s word of honor. Deacon Calvin Johnson recalls going with his father monthly to carry the payment as the church paid off the loan for their new building.

The presiding pastors of the High Rock Baptist Church have been Rev. Beard, Rev. Fountain Love, Rev. Coach, Rev. Currie, Rev. W. Wiley, Rev. Warren., Rev. Harvey Gwynn, Rev. L.A. Brooks, and Rev. Robert S. Broadnax. Our current pastor, Rev. Henry C. Long, has served since 2005. Secretaries, in addition to Mrs. Mae J. Hogwood and Mrs. Emma Stephens, were Mr. Dwight Stephens, Mrs. Eunice Swann, Mrs. Estella Lea and Mrs. Sarah Lea, who has served since July 1982.

Mothers of the church were the late Mrs. Ella Long, Mrs. D. Bigelow, Mrs. M. Stanfield, Mrs. Estella Lea, Mrs. Ada Love, and Mrs. Catherine Poteat. Mrs. Matilda Taylor, Mrs. Ella Crutchfield, and Mrs. Warneda Long currently serve in this role.

Throughout the years, High Rock’s organizations and auxiliaries have expanded greatly. In 1989, when this history was originally compiled, there were five auxiliaries. Today, we have fourteen. The most recent additions include: The Deaconess Board (added in 1995); Youth on the Move (1996) and The Calvary Climbers (1997), youth missionary groups under the guidance of the Missionary Circle; the Willing Workers of High Rock Baptist Church (formerly, the Sick Committee)(1999); and the Praise Team (2001)

High Rock’s facilities have also changed throughout the years. More recent changes took place from 1984 through 1986 when a major addition was completed. This addition consisted of the front pews, the pulpit, choir stand, baptismal pool, side halls, pastor’s study, office, choir room, and rest rooms. In 1991, the vestibule was added to the front hall and in 2000; this area was renovated to include additional restrooms. Another addition was the renovation and expansion of the fellowship hall that took place in 2000. The renovated vestibule and fellowship hall were dedicated in December of 2000.

Under the direction of God, the leadership of Rev. Robert S. Broadnax, and the assistance of the late Mr. Isaac Long, we were able to purchase the Highrock School Building to form the High Rock Community Outreach Center. This group was organized to fully utilize this building for the High Rock and Caswell County communities for the uplifting of all.

Today, the High Rock Baptist Church boasts a membership of approximately 200 members and 14 auxiliaries. Persecution has not crushed the church. Power has not beaten the church. Time has not abated the church’s force. The abuses and treason of enemies have not shaken the church’s stability, for the church is founded on a rock.

May this church stand in years to come as it has stood for over a century, a living monument to a Savior who died that all men might live.

This history was originally compiled in 1989 by Sis. Bobby J. Taylor and Sis. Monnie Glass for a Unity Book sponsored by the Usher Board. Sis. Sarah Lea has added to and expanded this history over the past fourteen years. Deacon Calvin Johnson also added to the information. We give many thanks to them for their hard work and research.

 

 
 

High Rock 2018

High Rock Baptist Church wishes everyone a happy and prosperous new year. May the love and blessings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, cover and guide you throughout 2018.

You are most welcome to join us in worship at any time. God bless you.

Morning Worship Service - 11:00 am Sunday

Bible Study/Prayer Meeting - 6:30 pm Wednesdays