BRADFORD, Mass. — The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe Family Life and Cultural Center officially opened in grand style with a Grand Opening event on April 22.
Almost 20 years after the communities of Lawrence and Haverhill agreed to merge their parishes due to the socioeconomic changes in the Merrimack Valley, the vision of one reborn community came to fruition.
On April 22, under the auspices of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, more than 350 attended the opening of the new Family Life and Cultural Center. Armenian Olympic gymnast Houry Gebeshian inspired the audience with her story of perseverance in representing the Republic of Armenia in the Olympics. She was followed by a rocking dance recital by the Sayat Nova Dance Company. The event raised approximately $50,000 for the Hye Pointe Building Fund which included a special donation of $10,000 from Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, that had provided a temporary home to the congregation during the building of their new home.
Three weeks later, the ACYOA brought renowned Armenian singer Tigran Astrayan to perform before 350 people from all over the East Coast and events continued with the first Bazaar in the new facility in June.
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. People 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. 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 continue to provide us sufficient space which will allow for many new fellowship events and activities.”
More events are planned with Armenians throughout Massachusetts and as the community continues to grow, anyone is welcome into this new center.