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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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Love in a Time of Evil

Romans 12:9-21, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, August 31, 2014 Everyone thinks that loving without exception is the way to live until evil walks into the room. It’s easy to love someone who loves you and hard to love someone who hates you. That’s what makes Jesus so radical and makes his way ...
Being a Transformed Nonconformist

Romans 12:1-10, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, August 24, 2014 How are we supposed to live that is different from the way we lived before we became Christians? That’s the question Paul is answering in the second half of the Letter to the Romans. The first half is mostly theology, big ideas about ...
If Jesus Can Change His Mind...

Matthew 15:21-31, Steve Hollaway, Harbor Church, August 17, 2014 There aren’t many stories in the gospels that make Jesus look bad, but this is one—arguably the only one. Because good boys and girls have learned in Sunday School that Jesus can never be wrong, when they grow up they make up ...
Strength and Love

Strength and Love 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Steve Hollaway Harbor Church August 10, 2014 All week long we’ve been teaching the children that God can help them stand strong. I dressed up as a goofus knight-wannabee named Wally who couldn’t do anything right, but I kept being assured that God ...
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 ...
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