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God’s Purpose: Peace and Life


God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life—abundant and eternal.

The Bible says…

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?

The Problem: Our Separation


God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.

The Bible says…
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Our Attempts to Reach God
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God… The Bible says… There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12). But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2).

No bridge reaches God…except one.

God’s Bridge: The Cross


Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

The Bible says…
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God (1 Peter 3:18). But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.

Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.


The Bible says…
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

Where are you? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

Here is how you can receive Christ:


  • Admit your need (I am a sinner).
  • Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
  • Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
  • Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

How to Pray:


Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God’s Assurance: His Word


If you prayed this prayer, The Bible says…
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13). Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you? For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8,9). Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the new birth. This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should: Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.

  • Talk to God in prayer every day.
  • Tell others about Christ.
  • Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
  • As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

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Baptism


We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of and identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection signified by immersion in water.
(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; I Peter 3:18-22).

If you are interested in following the Lord in obedience through baptism, please sign up for our next baptism.

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Child Dedication


At Harvest Niagara, we encourage parents to publicly dedicate their children to the Lord.

If interested in having your child dedicated, please read the following information and fill out the form at the bottom of this page. We count it a true privilege to walk with our families through this significant occasion!

  1. Parents are acknowledging their child as a gift from God (Psalm 127:3-5).
  2. Parents are publicly declaring their intention to raise their child in such a way that they are given an opportunity to know God and to establish a personal relationship with Christ (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:4).
  3. Parents are affirming their total dependence upon the Lord (John 15:5).
  4. Parents are asking family, friends and the church community to prayerfully support and hold them accountable to these commitments (Hebrews 10:24-25).
How does child dedication relate to salvation?
Dedicating a child does not impart salvation to the child. Salvation is the free gift of God given to someone who by faith trusts in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord and turns from their sin.

Is child dedication like infant baptism?
Child dedication is also not baptism. Baptism is for believers—those who have already by faith trusted in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins—to publicly identify themselves with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the symbolic act of being immersed in water.

  1. Dedicating parent(s) attend Discover Harvest.
  2. Dedicating parent(s) attend and successfully complete Harvest Essentials.
  3. Dedicating parent(s) have been attending Harvest Niagara regularly for at least six months.
  4. Dedicating parent(s) please fill out the form below.
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Wedding


So you want to get married?


This page is designed to give you all the information you need if you desire one of our leaders to conduct your wedding ceremony. We understand that planning a wedding from start to finish is a busy season and we want to make any involvement that we may have in your wedding be a simple and straightforward celebration.

Harvest is all about Christ-centered weddings


Right off the bat, we want to be upfront with you about our beliefs and convictions on weddings. Within the stated by-laws of our church and our heart to honor the Lord in all that we do, Harvest Niagara staff members only perform Christian weddings with a focus on Jesus Christ. Since God is the One that instituted marriage, we will strive to ensure that His name is proclaimed and His intentions honored when leading a couple through a marriage ceremony. It is our heart to bring everything, including marriage, back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Due to the size of our church and the number of requests for weddings we have designed an approach to conducting weddings that ensures that we can meet the needs of our people by sharing the weddings across our qualified staff. We have a Wedding Approval Process to facilitate a reasonable schedule for our pastor and staff in respect to conducting weddings.

The vast majority of weddings require a 15-20 hour investment per couple, as follows:

  • Meeting to discuss your readiness for marriage, outline the pre-marital counseling session and discuss specific desires for the wedding ceremony.
  • Pre-marital counseling sessions (8 – 10 meetings) designed to equip and prepare you for a Christ-centered marriage.
  • Wedding rehearsal.
  • Actual wedding.
This process is very simple. If you would like an officiant from our church to perform your wedding ceremony, please fill out the wedding application. No congregant or pastor/elder is allowed to by-pass this process. All wedding requests must go through the Wedding Approval Process and individual staff members cannot agree to perform a wedding apart from approval of the elders. We would ask that you not approach staff members directly with wedding requests as we want to care for our staff by carefully ensuring all weddings balance with their work and personal schedules. As a means to protect our staff member’s family commitments as well as their overall health and balance we limit the number of weddings each can perform in a given year (4-5 weddings in a typical spring/summer/fall season).

During the Wedding Approval Process you will be assigned an officiant for a wedding based on the following four criteria:

  1. Schedule availability of pastor/elder
  2. Number of weddings already assigned
  3. Request for a particular pastor/elder by the couple
  4. Relational connectedness of pastor/elder to couple

To be assigned a pastor/elder and thus receive Harvest leadership approval for a Harvest wedding you must complete this application in full, and submit it to the office. A reply will be returned within 2-4 weeks indicating acceptance and the pastor/elder assigned.

We realize some weddings are planned far in advance and some are last minute (hopefully not many). For our own planning purposes (officiates and churches) we require that requests not be submitted more than one year prior to the wedding day nor less than 2 months prior to the wedding day.
Harvest currently leases a church facility at 301 Scott Street for all ministry events apart from Sunday morning services. This facility is available for rental (fees to be determined) for weddings and receptions for those who regularly attend Harvest and for our church members (priority is given to members).

When you rent our facility you agree to the terms of the Facility Rental Agreement.

  • Basic Audio/Video equipment
  • Basic supplies such as tables and chairs – table clothes, plates, cutlery, lighting, etc would be your responsibility.

Please note: Office Equipment/Supplies will not be made available to produce handouts or programs for the wedding (ie. the office/photocopier).

Some Biblical injunctions regarding how to treat and care for pastors/elders as they give themselves to various ministry calls and requirements are found in 1 Timothy 5:17-18, Romans 4:4, and 1 Corinthians 9:3-18. In light of these considerations Harvest leadership asks that you be gracious, kind, considerate, and generous to those who are walking with you through your wedding plans. With this in mind, we have not established mandatory fees for our staff officiating your wedding or leading worship for your wedding, but simply ask that you appreciate their time away from their families, hard work and investment in your lives with an appropriate honorarium.
Fill out the Wedding Application