Church-wide Serve Day!

Serving Locally, Leaving an Impact.

An exciting day to display the love of Christ across Chicagoland! All our campuses will be gathering for a time of commissioning on their campuses and then heading out to their communities to serve at different sites. It will be happening on October 1 from 9:00 AM–12:00 PM.

We believe it is important for the church to gather together, but also to serve together—leaving our four walls and realizing and impacting the mission field in our own backyards. See all the opportunities to serve in your neighborhood with your church family below!

See Complete List of Serving Sites!

Serving Sites – East Campuses

Rolling Meadows Campus || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Chapel

  • Hope Center || Join us as we serve the community and help provide tangible help and hope in Jesus to those in need. You will help partner with a family as they come through the Hope Center and assist them in selecting the food and personal hygiene items that would best meet their needs. You will also get the opportunity to provide prayer and help restock the shelves as needed. 
  • Virginia Lake Elementary School || Help partner with us as we serve a local school, right down the road from the Meadows Campus! Projects will include painting, helping clean around the school, and helping make thank you treat bags for the teachers at the school. 
  • Palatine POC (Partners for Our Communities) Garden || Want to enjoy the outdoors while serving? This option is for you! Put on your gloves as we serve the local POC Garden in Palatine that helps provide fresh produce for families in needs while we do their fall clean-up. No gardening experience is required!
  • Palatine POC Clothing Closet || Interested in organizing? Sign-up to serve at the POC Clothing Closet. You will assist in helping organize and straighten out their clothing closet that serves families in need of clothing in the community. 
  • Feed My Starving Children* || Help pack nutritious meals for families in need around the world. These meals are sent to clinics, orphanages, schools, and villages across the globe to children and families in need (this is an afternoon serving option)*.

 

Chicago Cathedral Campus || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center

  • Park Clean-Up || We all know and love Washington Square Park, right across the street from our campus! We have the opportunity to help clean the grounds together and make it fresh for our neighbors. Join us and other members of campus as we help clean the park.
  • Saturday in the Square || While the park is being cleaned, you can join us at our front door while we hand out free coffee and snacks to people in our community. This is a great way to meet people, serve someone in simple ways, and give an invitation with the Gospel and to Sunday gatherings. Check it out!

 

North Shore Campus || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center

  • Downtown businesses of Highland Park || The Highland Park community is still grieving the recent events of the shooting back on July 4. We will be reaching out to local businesses and people in the downtown area to let them know Harvest is standing with Highland Park. More details coming soon!

Serving Sites – West Campuses

Elgin Campus  || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center

  • Hope Center Thanksgiving Outreach || Inviting people in one of Elgin’s under-resourced neighborhoods to our Hope Center Thanksgiving Outreach! We will create treat bags and provide invitations to our Thanksgiving outreach event. We will leave from the Elgin Campus to canvas the neighborhood with the invites and treats. If you are a Spanish speaker, we would love to invite you to join us and assist in communication.
  • Elgin Dream Center || Partnering with a local church outreach ministry to help clean, organize and paint. Help us partner with the Dream Center located only 5 minutes from the Elgin Campus at New Life Church. 
  • Bridge to Life Homeless Outreach || Providing and praying for the homeless in downtown Elgin. We have a wonderful opportunity to come alongside a ministry that serves the homeless in our neighborhood. Join us as we travel around Elgin to handing out food and praying over others.
  • Manna to Life  || Linking arms to help meal prep several meals for those in need. Join us as we reach partner with this amazing local non-profit and serve those without homes in our community. 
  • Salvation Army  || Helping our community’s local Salvation Army! Team members will be organizing the hundreds of jackets the store has received from a coat drive. Also, we will serve in the food pantry and help clean a neighboring playground. 
 

Crystal Lake Campus  || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center

  • Habitat for Humanity || If you love construction and home repairs, this is the place to go! Serving at a homesite in Wonder Lake, this project is available to everyone 16 and up. No prior experience is needed, just a heart to serve and labor together. Contact Bryan Bradshaw for more information on October 1. 
  • South Elementary School || Join us as we come alongside South Elementary School! Marcia Smith will be leading this project in serving the staff of this school. We invite you to serve and to pray for the educators in our community. More details coming soon!
  • Hope Center || A great opportunity to serve and to learn about an outreach ministry that happens at Harvest each week! Help us serve our neighbors by being a guests personal shopper, meeting and greeting our guests as they come in, load cars with groceries and praying for their needs. Check it out on Serve Our City day!

Aurora Campus || Meet at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center

  • Wayside Cross Ministries || Partnering with an incredible ministry! As Wayside Cross in Aurora says, “We’re a Bible-based, Christ-centered shelter and recovery center.” There are various ways to serve, like in their thrift store, cleaning and organizing, helping with donations, and listening to testimonies of those at Wayside. More details coming soon!
  • Donut Delivery! || Giving out special treats to schools in our neighborhood on September 27! We will be going out and making deliveries of delicious donuts. See more details soon! 
  • Food Pantry || Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry in Aurora is dedicated to meeting the hunger needs of individuals and families by educating, empowering, and enlightening people to be self-sustainable through collaborations and partnerships. We plan to help in their garden and organize inside their building.
  • Aurora Christian School || We’ve partnered with Aurora Christian School to help clean inside and outside their building. This local private school seeks to educate and lead students to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ from a Christian worldview and prepare them to serve the Lord and their world. Come help us serve their campus!