The church at the close of the eighteenth century appeared to be hopelessly divided. Reformation leaders had discovered Bible truths, and churches had been organized about these respective truths. Human creeds, human names, and human opinions were causing divisions to multiply. Bitterness and divisions were in every hand. Out of the dark background the Restoration movement was born.
It was at this time that God raised up leaders to call men back to the Bible. In the various sects were godly men who were distressed by a divided church. Among the warring denominations, sincere seekers for truth were beginning to say, "Why can we not simply take the Bible and be Christians only?" It was with this earnest desire that men stepped out of the denominationalism, not to organize another church, but to strive to find the church Jesus built, and thereby find common ground for followers of Christ.
These Restoration leaders did not set out to start a church but to find and restore the church, the church revealed in the New Testament Scriptures. This movement was unique! All of the other reform movements were reforming false beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church, but the Restoration went back before Catholicism started to find a church that was neither "protestant" or "Catholic". To find the church that Christ started in the 1st century.
The Restorationists called upon men to take no book but the Bible, no creed but Christ, no names but those divinely given. They appealed to men to lay aside those human innovations (denominations) which had separated God's people, and to return to the Bible, and the Bible only, as their one sufficient rule of faith and practice. Our goal is to be the Church that Christ started in the first century.
High Acres has a rich history of faithful people. Originally, High Acres was called Ansonia Church of Christ. Founded on January 6, 1966, meeting in the home of Richard Bourne. It continued to grow and in 1975 they purchased land for a future building which was constructed in 1980, and is the present facility for High Acres. Since that time membership has increased and decreased. In 2001 a handful of Christians decided to take a bold step and begin again forming High Acres Christian Church with a new leadership and a renewed vision: "Living, Loving, and Proclaiming Christ".
Today we continue that same vision with a mission to reach the Naugatuck Valley, New Haven County and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.