BRADFORD, Mass. — The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe broke ground on a new Family Life and Cultural Center in June 2016 on Route 125. This new center is the second phase of a three-phase project that started more than 15 years ago. In 2002, two local parishes, Holy Cross Apostolic Church in Lawrence and St. Gregory’s Apostolic Church in Haverhill, merged with the approval of the Diocese, creating one unified church named The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe. Parishioners of both churches have become one new community, creating a legacy for their children and grandchildren to carry on the strong Armenian faith and culture here in the Merrimack Valley.
The Family Life and Cultural Center’s grand opening is scheduled for April 22, at 5 p.m. under the auspices of Archbishop Khahjag Barsamian. Gymnast Houry Gebeshian will speak to the community about her experiences representing Armenia on the world stage.
Construction progress for the new church and center is on schedule with the targeted occupancy date in the first week of April 2017. The Hye Pointe Parish Council has found a buyer for the Haverhill church and while awaiting construction completion, the parish is worshipping at the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Bradford.
The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe has received tremendous spiritual support for the construction of its Family Life Center. The church has received guidance and direction from its Parish Council in the funding and building of the facility. Many local professionals have donated their time and expertise by serving on the committees established to support the Parish Council in their fundraising efforts.
According to Father Vart Gyozalyan, pastor of the church, “The new Family Life Center will provide us the needed space for fellowship and gatherings than our current facilities. You will enter a warm and inviting Family Life and Cultural Center to welcome you to Hye Pointe. The new Family Life and Cultural Center will allow us further growth for our worship, educational and fellowship experiences at The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, as follows: new choir room, offices, and classrooms. New conference rooms will provide future growth and enhancement of youth, Christian education, and cultural programs, plus dedicated meeting spaces. The Family Life and Cultural Center will provide us sufficient space which will allow for many new fellowship events and activities.”
The event is open to the public. Donations can be sent to “The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe Building Fund”, PO Box 8069, Bradford, MA 01835