Updated: Sep 24, 2022
All of the above are actual comments from recent first-time guests. Harvest Church, you should be proud of the way you are welcoming people. We celebrate your love!
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. – Jesus
Here are a few other items to cheer about.
Pastor Adam Barton
On Easter, many kids attended and heard about the gospel. Harvest Kids has recently been incorporating a large-group worship setting on Sundays, followed by smaller age-appropriate groups. - Darian Armer, Director of Kids Ministry - Elementary
The Harvest Kids team went to the Orange Conference in Atlanta to learn new strategies for customizing curriculums for our kids based on group size. One speaker reminded us that each volunteer gets to reflect the love of Jesus on kids and that they are changing lives and families one Sunday at a time." - Alan Skogan, Kids Ministry Coordinator
Anna Mertes was baptized on Easter. She started attending Harvest, joined a small group and began serving in Harvest Kids. She is a beautiful person with a beautiful story. – Claire Herbert, Director of Kids Ministry – PreK
Anna Mertes says volunteering for kids brightens her day. "Serving in Kids Ministry has been very fulfilling. I have learned many Bible stories and lessons with the children. I've seen children's confidence grow not only from when they first arrive and depart that day, but throughout the year. And, I also get to be a kid again by singing, playing, and dancing with them." she said.
The seniors of the church are near and dear to my heart. After such a long time of not connecting due to COVID, it was important to create a time for them to get together. Everyone brought a favorite dish to share and had a warm time of reconnection. It was a special time we had together. – Joe Windham, Connections Pastor
The student worship band recently added three new musicians — Elijah Barton on guitar, Grace Scott on drums, and Keenan Morris on drums. The student worship band members are so good, they led Sunday worship on May 22! – Adam Barton, Associate Pastor
Perspectives, the spiritually-rich 15-week study, wrapped up May 17 and was highly attended. During the course, participants learned from numerous guest speakers about God's heart for the world, how he's moved throughout history, and how we can be part of what he's doing today. Attendees participate in immersive experiences such as "Muslim Night," in the photo above. – Lacey Maloney, Global Outreach Project Coordinator
Dwell Women's Worship
We had more than 200 women worship together at each of our two Dwell events in April. It was so powerful to be reminded that He's dwelling with us and that we can dwell with Him. – Katrina Hickle, Small Groups Coordinator
Oasis Spruce Up Day
Oasis had a fantastic spruce up day. Despite a windy and chilly day, several families and individuals from Harvest Church showed up and put in volunteer labor to get the aquatic center and surrounding neighborhood looking great and ready to open to the community on June 4. – Chuck Barthuly, Connections Director
👍 161 children were sponsored by Harvest families on Compassion Weekend.
👍 5th and 6th graders put together 75 care packages for the homeless.
👍 Pastor Joe and his wife, Robin, hosted 14 people at the New Guest dinner in April.
👍 44 Harvest Preschool students shared their memorized Bible verse, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.'"