Ministries

Joyful Harvest Ministries

We believe a church shows its love for God by showing its love for God's people.† At Joyful Harvest we're involved in our community and in the helping all of God's children to grow closer to their Creator.† If you would like more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office at (847) 497-4569 or by email at office@joyfulharvest.org

Worship

Worship Opportunities

Joyful Harvest offers weekly worship opportunities on Saturdays and Sundays as well as many special worship services throughout the year: Blue Christmas, Christmas Eve, numerous times throughout Holy Week, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Eve, and many, many others.† Please see the home page for a current listing of the upcoming worship times!

Wednesday Evening Compline Worship

Following our weekly Wednesday Evening Bible Study during the months of September through May, we gather for Compline.† Compline (or Night Prayer) is one of four liturgies for daily prayer in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, to be used as the day and evening progresses.† Compline is a moving way to conclude the evening, just before bed.† Join us to seek God's blessing for today and for tomorrow.

Invitation to Baptism

Baptism is the doorway to our full life in Christ and in the Church. Through Baptism we are brought into the Body of Christ, the Church, and made children of God. In some Christian traditions it is normative to baptize infants or young children. In others, older children and adults make a mature affirmation of faith and are then baptized. Lutherans, like Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Orthodox Christians, have traditionally encouraged the baptism of infants and young children. At the same time, we welcome those whose understanding of baptism is centered on mature acceptance of Christ.

If you are interested in being baptized or in having your child baptized, please contact our office, via email office@joyfulharvest.org or by telephone (847) 497-4569. We at Joyful Harvest would be honored to walk with you in this holy journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ.

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Education

Wednesday Night Disciple Ship Bible Study - September through May

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study provides an opportunity for people to connect and learn with each other while continuing to grow their personal relationship with God. Join us as Pastor Doug leads an exciting and thought provoking Bible study on the texts from the previous Sunday. This time allows us to dig deeper and grow stronger in the Lord! Wednesday Night Bible Study begins at 6PM each week during the months of September through May with a shared, pot-luck meal and ends with Compline Worship.

Confirmation

Confirmation ministry is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.† Confirmation is focused on teenagers, seventh grade and up, but is also for anyone who desires to learn more about what it means to be a Christian and Lutheran in today's society.† If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Doug!

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Faith-Building

Men's Group

Each Saturday morning, at 7:00 a.m., the Joyful Harvest Men's Group meets to study scripture, support one another, and fellowship.† An outstanding opportunity for men to become stronger in their faith and help others to come to Christ.

Disciple Ship - September through May

Join us each week, September through May, on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m., we gather in Christ's name to study the scriptures from the previous Sunday and enjoy a pot-luck fellowship.† We end the evening with Compline -† a simple, yet profound worship experience.

Prayer Chain

Part of having a full and faith-filled life is bringing our concerns, joys and needs to God.† Many members of our congregation volunteer to be part of our prayer chain.† If you have a prayer concern, please let us know.† We'll be happy to include your request in our weekly prayer chain.

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Fellowship

Teen Fun Night


Each month the Youth of Joyful Harvest gather, along with many of their friends, to enjoy times of fun, food and fellowship.† Activities have included Chocolate Everything Night, Messy Fun Night, Boo for Food, lock-ins, movies, volleyball, flag football, and many other great times!

Breakfast Club


The Joyful Harvest Breakfast Club meets weekly at Dino's Diner in Fox Lake to simply be in fellowship with one another.† Join them on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 for a great breakfast and new friendships!

Pub(lic) Theology

Each Tuesday Evening the Pub(lic) Theology group gathers at Halftime's in Johnsburg to share pizza and fellowship.† Join them at 4:30 for a great time!

And many, many others!

Rummage Sale

Outreach

Food Pantry

Joyful Harvest is a major contributor and guiding partner in the Northern Illinois Helping Hands Food Pantry.† The pantry currently feeds over 160 families each week.† Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m., the Food Pantry is located at 2502 Spring Ridge Drive in Spring Grove.† Need more information?† Call them at (815) 245-7345.

Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts, Daisies, ...

Joyful Harvest supports many activities for youth in our area, including Cub Scout Pack 455, as well as providing meeting spaces for Boy Scout Troop 455.† If you are interested in these programs, please contact the church for more information!

Tijuana Mission

Check out this great article about our first Tijuana Mission trip by mission trip member, Rod Gerlach. Joyful Harvest, along with volunteers from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, built three houses for families in desperate need. Want to help out on future trips? Give the church office a call or contact Pr. Doug!

Operation Christmas Child, Bernie's Book Bank...

Joyful Harvest wants to make sure that the message of the love of Christ reaches everyone and so we are heavily involved in bringing the Good News out into God's world. Through outreach programs such as Operation Christmas Child, Bernie's Book Bank and The African Children's Choir, Joyful Harvest's congregation seeks to make our world a better place - a place where the Kingdom of God is happening in the NOW!

Post-Abortive Counseling...

Women experiencing a struggle with a past abortion can find support and healing through the ministry of Surrendering the Secret. Post-abortive women can speak, confidentially, with a ministry leader who is also post-abortive and begin to find supportive resources. There is also an opportunity to find God’s freedom and redemption through an eight-week Bible study. The study will journey with women to release this burden and find freedom through ‘redemptive community’ while experiencing hope and joy as shame and failure are replaced with beauty.

If you are post-abortive and are looking for a safe place to journey to new levels of freedom and forgiveness with God, Surrendering the Secret is the safe place you are looking for.

To confidentially contact a post-abortive ministry leader, email surrenderingthesecret@joyfulharvest.org.

Food Collections, Giving Tree, Support Our Troops and so much more...

Joyful Harvest is a vibrant and loving congregation that is always working to show our commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Stop in and experience all the different things that are going on!

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