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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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Doing the Ritual and Forgetting the Thanks

Luke 17:11-19, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, November 23, 2014 The story of the ten lepers is a traditional reading for Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s used to scold churches: 9 out of 10 of you are ungrateful wretches! When do you ever thank your pastor? Sometimes the story is treated as a bland ...
Risky Stewardship

Matthew 25:14-30 (CEB), Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, November 16, 2014 The parable that we read earlier used to strike terror into my heart. It hadn’t fully impressed me that the parable of the talents is a story about what servants did with large amounts of money—which is why the Common ...
The Dream of a War to End War

Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, November 9, 2014 Some of you grew up observing November 11 as Armistice Day. 11/11 was as meaningful to an earlier generation as 9/11 is to ours. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 a truce went into effect that ended what was ...
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 ...
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