April 5, 2017- In last weekend’s services, the Elder’s announced that through your gifts designated to the Family Life Center, and through your regular giving, we have been able to completely pay all bills for this project. Praise God!

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What’s Next for Highlands?

The elders of Highlands are thrilled to share with you the next chapter that the Lord is leading us into as a church! As we seek to continue in our mission of Helping People Find and Follow Jesus, we recognize that our facilities need to draw people and reflect that we care about them as much as our Master and His message. Currently, our gym space looks neglected, as it has not been updated since the mid 1970s! The purpose of the Family Life Center project is to transform the gym into a space that will be inviting, safe, and attractive.

Did you know that 25% of the families who participate in our Upward basketball program are unchurched? Many more guests are being connected through Awana and Student Ministries. The gym is the first, and sometimes only place that many will see at HCC and where they will experience Jesus! We want to communicate to our guests that we are expecting them, and that we value every aspect of their experience with us.

We envision the gym becoming a space that our children and students will take pride in as they invite their friends. A space where our children’s, student, and adult ministries can easily host large gatherings and events. A space that can be used by generations to come. As you read more on this page about the exciting plans ahead, we invite each one of you who are part of Highlands to prayerfully consider how God might be leading you to participate in this project financially. 


Construction originally began on the gym in 1974. In the decades since, we have been blessed to see many lives changed by the gospel, enabled by the wide variety of ministries that have utilized the space (including Student Ministries, Awana, Upward Basketball and Cheer, many church wide events and groups from the community).

Rich Sims shared a story with our elders about when he brought his young family to Highlands in 1975. He asked Bill Farrell, who was overseeing the work on our emerging gymnasium, “Why do you care so much about this project, as I doubt that you will be bouncing a ball in there?” Bill responded, “It isn’t about me. It is about reaching the next generation for Christ.” This value continues to be part of the DNA of Highlands.

Needed Improvements

As we look to the future and ask the Lord how He would have us steward our resources and continue that legacy of life change, our desire is to see the gym continue to be used for Christ, and in an even more significant role. However, this will not be possible without addressing the issues that come with a room that has not been updated in over 40 years!

Our plan includes:

  • Removing the obsolete, unsightly acoustical material to make the walls and ceiling attractive for all types of gatherings
  • Remodeling the restrooms so that they are inviting and more easily accessible
  • Installing proper heating and cooling
  • Constructing a warming kitchen to properly handle food
  • Installing lighting and audio that is suitable for large group gatherings
  • Opening up the southern entry to the gym

These upgrades will help us better fulfill the mission of Highlands, and will have immediate impact on our Children’s, Student, and Adult Ministries.

Concept renderings (click to enlarge)

Cost and Timeline

Accomplishing this will be a step of faith for us as a church. We have estimated the total cost of the project to be $1,200,000. The leadership of Highlands has been prayerfully making plans and laying the groundwork for this project for many months. We anticipate construction to begin in early June of 2016 and to be completed in October of 2016. This will allow our ministries that rely on the space to be minimally impacted.

How Can I be Part of the Project?

To give to the project, simply indicate Family Life Center in the drop down menu in our online or mobile app giving. Or, indicate FLC on a giving envelope. Thank you for your continued prayers and generous support of the Family Life Center Project!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Have another question?

We value & encourage your questions about the project. Please submit your question using the form below, and the HCC staff member overseeing the relevant element of the project will be in touch with you promptly.