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Plan a New Beginning at Harvest

We Love You

Many people grew up in church while others have yet to ever try it out.

At Harvest we want you to feel comfortable to visit anytime. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of your past or present. We are all working for a better future.

Here are some things you can do to make your visit more comfortable:

1. Often families like to stay together when first visiting, and we think that’s great. Children are always welcome to attend with parents. If that’s not you, we offer interactive childcare for birth through two years and programs for every age beyond. To take advantage of these, come about fifteen minutes early to get checked in securely with the children’s ministry team, of which, all have passed extensive background checks.

2. Let the parking attendants know you are visiting or if you have special parking needs. They will gladly assist.

3. Dress comfortably. We do.

4. Your safety and security are significant to us. Should you have a need arise, let one of our trained medical or security personnel know.

5. For questions or directions while here, seek out anyone with a name badge. It’s our pleasure to help you.

6. Before you come you can watch a Sunday service to get an idea of what it's like – everything from music to teaching.

7. If you are thinking of visiting but have questions, contact us, and we will get right back to you. We love talking to people about Harvest.

We love you before we know you so don't worry about anything. Around here there is no judgement, no dress code, and lots of love! See you soon.

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When We Meet

Sunday Worship Times

9:00 & 10:45am & 5:45pm

SUNDAY Mornings at HARVEST

Worship Services: 9:00 & 10:45 am

Nursery, children’s classes, and Life Groups are available during morning services.

Junior & Senior High youth classes (7th - 12th grade) meet during the 10:45 am service.

SUNDAY Evenings at HARVEST

Evening Worship Service: 5:45 pm with nursery available

AWANA is available for 3 yrs thru 2nd grade during the school year from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY Nights at HARVEST

Midweek Boost: 7:00 pm with nursery and children’s classes available

AWANA is available for 3rd thru 6th grade during the school year from 6:30 - 8:15 pm.

Junior &  Senior High youth groups (7th - 12th grade) meet from 6:30 - 8:15 pm.

Where We Meet

5315 Douglas Road | Oswego, Illinois 60543 | 630.554.3858

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Kids & Student Opportunities

You've found a new beginning. Now what?

Your new beginning with God in Christ is a journey. He has a plan for you that is beyond your wildest imagination.  Below are some ways you can kick-start your new, exciting journey with God here at Harvest.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

While usually attending the worship service is the first step at Harvest, it is also the foundation on which all the other steps are built. We strongly encourage you to make worship a priority in your life.

EXPLORING HARVEST

Once a month at 10:45 am we offer a one hour exploration of Harvest. You will get a tour of our facility, some background and church history, a brief examination of our beliefs and an overview of the staff and ministries.

STARTING POINT

If you are new to Christianity, connecting with God for the first-time, or reconnecting with Him after being away for awhile — this class is for you! 

FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH

Go deeper in your relationship with God by meeting one-on-one with someone who has faithfully walked this journey ahead of you.  This class meets every Sunday 10:30 - 11:30 am in the office reception area.

BAPTISM

Have you followed the Lord in believer’s baptism? What does baptism mean, why is it important, and when can I be baptized?

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It is your opportunity to show others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ; to stand up and proclaim "I belong to Jesus!"

Baptism is NOT necessary for salvation, which comes only through faith in Christ. Romans 10:9-10 "9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."

 

What is the biblical foundation for Baptism?

Baptism is at once an act of obedience, identification and submission.

Obedience - Jesus' final recorded words to His followers before His ascension to heaven express the importance He placed on Baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Identification - Baptism serves to identify publicly the individual as a follower of Christ. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ's death—and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.

Submission - Baptism is an act of submission to the "Name" of the Lord Jesus (i.e., a public acknowledgement of His Lordship over your life). Acts 2:38 says: And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

 

Who should be baptized?

We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior, and we count it as privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.

 

How old should children be before being baptized?

There is no special age at which a child is "ready" to be baptized.  The Holy Spirit works differently in the lives of each believer, so understanding of baptism will vary from child to child.  As such, there is no "right" age for baptism.  However, we find that most children come to a good understanding of baptism, and are ready to be baptized, between the ages of 8 - 12.  We will consider children under 8 years old on a case-by-case basis.

Each child baptism candidate (and a parent) attends a short class in which baptism is discussed at length.  To see dates for upcoming Baptism Classes, click here.

 

Sprinkling or Immersion?

The baptism Jesus authorized and commanded is precisely what is indicated by the Greek word baptizo: immersion. The book of Acts contains multiple accounts of baptism, and in every instance, the candidate for baptism was immersed (see Acts 10:48; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 22:16).

 

What about infant baptism? 

There are no recorded instances of infant baptism in the Bible.  God teaches us that baptism should follow salvation through faith in Christ - it never precedes it.  Parents are encouraged to dedicate their infant children to the Lord during one of our Child Dedications (scroll down for more details).

If you were baptized as an infant, we would strongly encourage you to be baptized again. This time as a believer in Jesus Christ who is making a conscious decision to be obedient to Him, with a desire to make a public profession of your faith.

 

What is the baptism schedule? 

Baptism are done during the service on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Baptism candidates (adult & children) need to attend a baptism information class that is typically offered between Sunday morning services a few weeks before. Please sign up below. Check at the Ministry Information Center for dates or call the church office for more information.

Are you interested in any of the above opportunities? We would love to talk to you about it.