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Harbor Church is a warm community of faith which seeks to serve the entire island as followers of Jesus. We are affiliated with American Baptist Churches, but our membership includes persons of many denominations and we welcome visitors from all over to our services. Sunday morning worship is always at 10:00 a.m. year-round, followed by a coffee hour. Bible study for adults is on Thursday at 6:30 pm. On Friday nights we host the Common Ground Coffeehouse with free soup, coffee, and refreshments at 6:30 and live entertainment or a film or party at 7:00 pm.

Harbor Church hosts many community groups in our facilities, including AA meetings, BIRA, the Prevention Task Force, Friends of the Great Salt Pond, the Rhode Island Blood Bank, the Bridge Club, the Rec Center, the International Workers' Center, Vacation Bible School, NAMI-BI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Men's Breakfast, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, the Ecumenical Choir, the Block Island Poetry Project, the Boy Scouts, the Helping Hands food pantry, and the Spring Street Gallery. In addition we host the town-run Rec Center in our basement and operate the Summer Rec center for both island and visiting teenagers. Vacation Bible School will be held in late July to early August. Harbor Church also sponsors Clayhead Pottery, a paint-your-own-ceramics program.

Our pastor, Steve Hollaway, is a poet and a graduate of Princeton Seminary, as well as Princeton and Duke Universities. He and his wife Becca, who is an artist and a potter, live upstairs in the church building, which was once a Victorian hotel known as The Adrian. Soon Harbor Church will celebrate 250 years of organized existence, but our roots go back 350 years to the faith of the original settlers of the island.

Please contact us at 466-5940 for more information about programs and arrangements for island weddings, or email us at

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Classical Guitar at Harbor Church Friday August 1

At Common Ground Coffeehouse on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. classical guitarist Mychal Gendron of the Brown faculty presents Summer Night Music, a selection of works by composers from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S.A. Music for the classical guitar today is influenced by the diverse ...
Do We Want to Be Known?

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, July 20, 2014 Psalm 139 is a favorite psalm for many people, and it is usually thought of as comforting. God knows me, God is everywhere, and God made me. But what strikes me about the psalm nowadays is the deep ambivalence the psalmist has ...
The Careless Farmer and the Big Yield

Matthew 13:1-9, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, July 13, 2014 I don’t know nothin’ ’bout farmin’, but I know enough not to throw seeds on rocks. So what’s wrong with the seed-sower in Jesus’ story? I see Justin and his crew in the late spring getting the soil ready for his garden next to the ...
Nobody Lives in Paradise Anymore

Ezekiel 13:10-16, Romans 5:12-18, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, July 6, 2014 One of the first comments I saw posted on Facebook dealing with the Rhode Island Monthly article about substance abuse on Block Island read, “I live on an island that is a paradise.” My comment to her was “There is no ...
The Command to Sing

Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, June 22, 2014 Have you ever thought about the biblical command to sing? It’s not really optional for a Christian. You can’t gather with the body of Christ and stand there with your arms folded and your mouth shut as if you weren’t part of the body, as if this ...
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