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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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Treating Neighbors As We Treat Ourselves

Matthew 22:34-40, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, October 25, 2014 Is one part of the Bible more important than another? Or, more to the point for today’s reading from Matthew, is one of God’s commands more important than another? That may be the test that is being put to ...
Show Me the Glory!

Exodus 33:12-23, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, October 19, 2014, Roll Call Sunday This is a strange story about seeing God, but it’s one that has sparked imaginations for centuries. It seems almost sci-fi; wasn’t it Star Trek V which featured the desire to see the face of God? We know, on ...
Discussion Group: Why Defending the Bible Has Made Us ...

Harbor Church is offering a Bible Discussion Group open to the public on six Thursday evenings at 7:00. Pastor Steve Hollaway will lead a discussion of the new book by Peter Enns with the title The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. Enns deals with reading ...
What Do You Really Want?

Philippians 3:4b-14, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, October 5, 2014 While we were in Sedona, Arizona, this past week we took a one-day trip to the Grand Canyon in a deluxe pink minibus. When we arrived at the Canyon, our guide asked the group, who were all about our age or older, “How many of ...
Who Are You to Judge Someone Else's Servant?

Romans 14:1-12, Steve Hollaway, September 14, 2014 Sometimes other people have deep-seated convictions about things that don’t matter to us. It could be any issue from bringing coffee into the sanctuary to whether we allow gay marriage in the church. Because the issue is not a big deal to us, ...
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