Patterned after Scotland's Melrose Abbey, Kirk in the Hills is a majestic, gothic-style church, located on a 41-acre lakeside setting 20 miles north of Detroit.
Gothic design was dominant for 400 years in Europe. Sculpture and stained glass were used to create a theological storytelling of the coming of Christ to earth. Characteristics of Gothic architecture include vertical lines, flying buttresses, pointed arches, lightness and soaring spaces. Gothic churches are laid out in the shape of a cross. The exterior usually has twin towers crowning the facade. Gothic design emphasizes the relationship between heaven and earth with everything pointed upward toward God.
Set within beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds, the Kirk features scores of Christian symbols in wood, stone and stained glass, which create a unique worship environment that is both reverent and deeply religious. As a building, the Kirk is both a moving and imposing statement of Christian faith and a peaceful sanctuary for prayer and meditation. As a community of faith, the Kirk congregation is warm and welcoming, open and inclusive of all ages and backgrounds, active and diverse in service of Christ and his kingdom.