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What to Expect

 Welcome

Thanks for checking out our church! We’d love to have you come to one of our Sunday meetings or “services” (church term), which are open to anyone and everyone. A typical Sunday includes time before and after for us to get to know each other (church term: fellowship), a band to lift our spirits and get us focused on Jesus (church term: worship), and someone sharing a helpful, challenging message (church term: sermon).

People from all different backgrounds, countries, and life stories love coming here—kids too—and there’s usually anywhere from 200-600 people at each service. It’s a laid back, accepting environment, perfect for learning about Jesus and the amazing life He has for us.

 The Basics

The formal part of a Sunday lasts about 90 minutes. Lots of people come early and stay late.

If you’re worried about what to wear, don’t be! Come however you feel comfortable — whether shorts and sandals or shirt and tie; it’s all good.

As you’re coming in, a greeter will welcome you with a smile. Ushers are available to help you get your children signed in for Kids Church (if you’ve brought children) and help you to a seat. There’s free coffee in our North Foyer (off the parking lot on the north side of the building) and you can also visit the Connect Center there if you have any questions.

 Meeting / Service Times

Regular Schedule

Summer Schedule

1st Service
9:25 a.m.

2nd Service
11:25 a.m.

One Service Only
10:00 a.m.

2017
July 2 to August 27

Note: On special occasions such as Christmas and the Global Impact Celebration weekend, our Regular Schedule may be suspended to allow for a single 11:00 a.m. service. Please check our Events Calendar to confirm.

 Location & Parking

You can find our church at 2202 8th Ave. N., just behind (east of) the Northgate Mall. (See map at the bottom of this page.)

Parking: It’s best to park in the big parking lot on the north side of our building. There is visitor parking just across from the north side of the building; the doors in the middle of that side are the main church entrance.

Directions…

  1. Travel on Albert St. to 9th Ave. N.
  2. Turn east on 9th Ave. N. and continue east all the way past the north end of the Northgate Mall to the lane/alleyway just east of Lorne St.
  3. Turn south (right) into that lane and go south for half a block or so.
  4. Turn east (left) into Harvest City Church’s north parking lot. There is visitor parking just across from the north side of the building; the doors in the middle of that side are the main church entrance.

Photo of the HCC main entrance

How a Sunday Goes

Normally everyone starts out together in the main auditorium. In the summer, though, if you’re bringing children please ask when you sign them in whether they should go directly to Kids Church.

 Music

Things get started in the main auditorium with some live music to celebrate and remember what God has done for us. It’s not exactly a quiet affair, with electric guitars, drums and lots of other instruments, but we keep the volume safe.

If you’ve been to other similar churches, you’ll recognize songs from artists like Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Matt Redman, Passion, etc. (You can YouTube them if you’d like samples.) There’s also lots of songs we’ve written, as well as some traditional hymns.

Regardless of the song, it’s always about taking our focus off all the distractions of life and putting it on God.

 Kids (ages 0-12)

Kids FormOur number one priority with kids is to keep them all safe. With that in mind, children who will be attending Kids Church (church term: Sunday School) need to be signed in when you arrive at the church. Sign-in kiosks can be found in both the North Foyer and South Foyer. You’ll need to let us know about allergies, medical conditions, and other important information. (If you want a head start on sign-in, just click the “Kids Form” button above.)

Pic of the HCC Sunday School handout


Click to view the Sunday School handout

As a rule, the kids get dismissed to Sunday School pretty much right after the music ends. We have trained teachers for every age from newborns up to 12 years old. The kids are grouped according to age to keep the content relevant, so you can rest assured they’re having fun and learning. To find where to take them, be sure to pick up the brochure, “Sunday School – What You Need to Know” when you sign your child in. It includes a map of the Sunday School classrooms.

There is also a nursing room available and some supplies for little people in diapers, if there’s an emergency… (we’ve been there).

 Greetings, Announcements and Giving

There’s usually a couple minutes after the music ends for people to say hi to each other, followed by a few minutes of announcements to let everyone know what’s going on in the HCC community. During the announcements, we give people opportunity to give to the church and its outreach programs, but there’s absolutely, positively no obligation for you to do so.

 The Message

MessagesNext up is the speaker for the day. Most Sundays the speaker is one of the pastors or leaders at Harvest City, but we mix guests in, too. Our goal is Sunday messages that are solid and biblical, yet very relevant, clear and understandable whether you have church experience or not. We usually put the Bible quotes up on the screen, so it’s okay if you don’t have your own Bible (if you’d like a great free one for your phone, click HERE).

We think the people speaking are pretty engaging because they’re really authentic (sometimes to a fault) and God honours that by giving them an extra dose of inspiration.

 Prayer & Meeting the Pastor

At the end of the message there’s usually an option to have someone pray for you if you’d like. You shouldn’t feel pressured at all, but if you want to respond to what was spoken in the message or if you have any need whatsoever, come on up. Over and over again we’ve seen God’s faithfulness to answer prayer. You don’t have to be specific about what you need prayer for if you don’t want to.

You are always more than welcome to come and talk to the speaker or any other leaders if you have questions or would just like to chat.

 After the Service

When the meeting is over, feel free to strike up a conversation with someone around you, stop by the information tables, come schmooze over free coffee in the North Foyer, or head for the Connect Center in that foyer for answers to questions.

It can be intimidating coming to a big church, but we trust you’ll find the Harvest City community warm and friendly as you get to know us better.