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We are thrilled that you have chosen to check HarvestDowntown out. We are a local church community committed to Christ’s mission in the world. We believe that everything we do is worship and we are therefore committed to living our lives with intentionality and purpose for Him.
Going to a new church can be intimidating and sometimes daunting, especially when you have visited several churches and can’t seem to find a church that works well for your whole family. Please don’t give up! But let me say, we are not the perfect church for you, but I hope that we are the right church for you.
To help with your experience at HarvestDowntown, or to help you decide whether to even visit or not, we have come up with some basic insights into our church that will make your time with us a worship experience rather than just a “church-shopping” experience.
CASUAL + CONTEMPORARY
Though we meet in a building that bears the echoes of the past, we are a casual and contemporary church community. We do not take ourselves very seriously, but we take God very seriously.
We encourage you to come in the clothes that will help you have a worshipful mindset. For some, this means dressing up while for others this is dressing in the most comfortable clothes they have—but we all have the responsibility to care for those around us. For instance, you may find yourself sitting next to someone who is a professional or homeless and it would be wrong to make either feel awkward.
Our service might be a bit backwards for those who have grown up in the American church. We believe that authentic, desperate worship is always in response to the Revelation of God. To this end, we have structured the worship service with ample time to respond to the message from the Bible. We offer communion every Sunday and there are no restrictions other than faith in Jesus and forgiveness of one another.
The 9:00 service ends at 10:15 and the 10:40 service ends at 12:10. We encourage you to meet someone new before or after the service. We look forward to having you as our guest as we engage in worship together, and we sincerely hope that your worship experience is one that reflects your response to God’s revelation to you.
We are an intergenerational church that is attempting to serve three to five generations. What this means for you is that we encourage our people to interact with those of another generation.
We are now ramping back up our ministry to children! We will need each family to sign up online via the Reservations button on the homepage as soon as you know that you are coming to a service. This will allow us to try to provide the right number of classes based upon the need and availability of mentors for the kids. We have age-specific groups in the online signup form, so be as specific as you can. If your kids are going to be staying in the big-people service, please just sign them up for that and not in a classroom. We will be taking temperatures and asking two health-screen questions at check-in before the service.