What denomination are you?Currently, we are not incorporated with any denomination. We are a church plant of an Assemblies of God church, but we have not yet incorporated into the AG ourselves. So, I guess you'd say we are "non-denominational", but hold to the truth of the Pentecostal experience, and the doctrines of the Assembly of God. We DILIGENTLY strive to follow a Biblical model for the church and doctrine rather than the "traditions of men".
What do I need to dress like? When we say "come as you are", we mean it! We want you to be totally comfortable when you're at Harvest Church. Please don't ever miss an opportunity to meet with us because you don't feel like you know how to dress! From time to time, you'll probably catch our pastor at church in his welding clothes, or dirty pants from working cows! It isn't in our outward appearance that Christ is pleased - but in our inward man. Our focus is on growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, not in competing for fashion awards!
Do you have children's classes? Yes! We hold all of our classes, with the exception of nursery class, in the building on the Southeast side of the church. This has allowed us to have more space, and offer more classes! Our Sunday morning children's church consists of hands on learning, Bible memorization, and live praise and worship. Look on the "Programs and Staff" page for more information!
What is a typical service like? As a Pentecostal church, we believe in allowing the Holy Spirit of God to have His way in our service. This means, that church activities are done "decently and in order" (1 Cor. 14) yet allowing for His presence to move. Prayer, praise and worship are vitally important parts of our services. Typically, Sunday mornings consist of Sunday School, breakfast fellowship, musical worship, prayer, communion, and a sermon from our pastor. However, we yearn to be open and obedient to what the Lord is doing each time we meet. If this means that we spend our time focused on prayer, or simply worshiping in songs, we want to be obedient.
Do you have breakfast every week? Yes! We have a wonderful family who volunteers to cook a FREE hot breakfastevery Sunday for anyone who comes. Usually, we have bisquits and gravy or pancakes. There is also a selection of pastries, donuts, and fruit! We also provide coffee, juice and milk. This is a great opportunity to relax and get to know each other before service starts.
What do you do on Wednesday night? Our Wednesday night group began meeting in 2007 in the home of Pastor Bub. While we now meet at the church building, this continues to be a time of concentrated prayer and study in a laid back atmosphere. Typically, we take time to sing some choruses and share individual needs and praise reports. Then, we have a discussion-style Bible study. Wednesday nights are meant to be a time to relax as "family", share together, learn together, and grow together. This is a super casual environment - feel free to bring food or drinks. We also have nursery, Children's Class, and Youth Group meeting on Wed. night.
What other ministries do you have available?
We started a food pantry in October 2009. This is available for anyone in need of assistance (regardless of their attendance at our church). Please contact the church for more information.
We also do monthly mission projects in our community. Anything from sending care packages to local military men serving over-seas, to work days at the school, to giving away Christmas presents, and food baskets. We also spend a considerable amount of time volunteering at the Avilla Saddle Club Arena.
Women's Prayer and Bible Study began in January 2010. The women meet to pray with each other and study the Bible from 1-3pm. They also go to a nursing home once per month and minister by sharing and singing!
The men at Harvest began a Men's Fellowship in September 2010. They currently plan to meet at least once a month and want to do community outreach work. For more information, or to find out where the current month's meeting will be held at, contact Pastor Bub. 417-674-7977