Finding Your Refuge, Discerning Your Launchpad
Harvest Valley Small Groups
So much transformation happens in relationships with other believers. Small groups are our way of connecting on a deeper level than what is possible in a large Sunday gathering. Healthy small groups foster empowerment, encouragement, and equipping.
Find a small group that fits your season.
Why Small Groups?
One of the amazing parts of the early church was the ability to connect apart from the synagogue. Home churches were the original model for the spreading of the gospel. In today’s church context, we enjoy the efficacy of pooled resources and the joint gatherings where we worship, fellowship, receive encouragement and direction. For us, small groups are part of our process for building relationships that are healthy, empowering, and equipping while maintaining the benefits of a larger gathering weekly.
Our small groups ultimately teach us to love each other.
Three healthy habits that are developed through small groups:
Fellowship: Quality time with other Christians-“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24–25)
Accountability and Advocacy: Being real with other Christians.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16 ESV)
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Eccl. 4:9–12 ESV)
Forgiveness: Trusting God with our pain.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”(Eph. 4:31–32 ESV)
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
We believe in “Free Market Small Groups”. This means that any location, time, or group that gathers with a common purpose in Christ is encouraged and supported. We hope that each of you finds a place to gather, either with your SERVE Teams, for an equipping class, or just to fellowship and encourage one another.
Pure Desire: Private Group
A place for men to come and find healing and freedom from sexual brokenness.
John LaPointe: 208-255-8394
Worship Workshops: HVWC
A time to study and implement.
3rd Saturday of the month
Mycah Snyder: 208-946-1479
Bring a lunch and enjoy four weeks of fellowship and faith discovery.
Next Step: (follows First Step)
Bring a lunch and enjoy four weeks of fellowship and getting grounded in the community at HVWC.
The Next Generation
Our children’s ministry focuses on helping our kids to both come to know Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and to walk with Christ through every area of life. We want to build up our children to be world-changers for Christ. We want our kids to courageously walk out who they are as kids of a God who still does miracles and who dramatically changes people’s lives.
We strive to create connection and opportunity for our teens to encounter God, discover their identity in Christ, and to live securely growing in Christ. We coordinate our gatherings with parents for small groups.
More on How We Minister to Kids
In our children’s ministry, our mission is to lead all children to be fully devoted followers of Christ and empowered to walk wholeheartedly with the Holy Spirit, using their gifts in the body of Christ.
We believe that there is no junior Holy Spirit, that He is available to any and all who call upon Him and we endeavor to introduce our children to Him and help them develop their own personal relationships with Him.
Our vision is that all children know Christ in a way that transforms their daily lives and the lives of those around them for His glory. We want to build our children up to be world changers for Christ.
Our Children’s Ministry is:
- Truth-based: We believe that God’s Word is foundational. It is our heart to train every child to use the Holy Spirit’s revelation of Scripture as their guide, authority, and conscience in everything.
- Relational: We believe that life-change happens best in the context of relationships. Gifted, godly, and passionate adults who exhibit Christ to children, their families, and each other, will show kids how to do the same. This modeling will impact God’s Kingdom for generations to come.
- Adventurous: We believe that church is FUN. Therefore, it is our commitment to challenging kids beyond the rules of the church toward a vibrant growing relationship with Christ.
- Innovative: We take healthy risks in our attempts to be innovative. We reinvent as we examine everything we do in order to remain biblical, relevant, and effective.
- Nurturing: We believe that spiritual growth happens best in an atmosphere of emotional safety, physical security, and sanitary conditions. We are committed to exceptional standards in these areas.
From Here to the Ends of the Earth
Local Partner Ministries
This non-profit helps addicts to break free in the power of Christ, through personal accountability, and in alignment with an evidence-based program. Freedom House serves both men and women who want to recover and live the life God intended for them.
Helping Hands, Healing Hearts
HHHH provides assistance for immediate needs in the community. They also provide long-term support through prayer, classes, discipleship, training, mentoring, and counseling to address deeper systematic, lifestyle issues. HHHH works within a strong network of local churches.
Celebrate Recovery Nicaragua
CRNicaragua was started over 10 years ago with the goal of eradicating drug and alcohol addiction in the power of Christ in the Puerto Cabezas region of Nicaragua. John LaPointe leads teams to the region to give practical help to the dozens of local CR groups.
Forward Housing in Myanmar
In Myanmar, once kids turn 16 they are no longer welcome in the orphanages, or able to receive assistance, sent out into the streets to fend for themselves. We are committed to helping build housing for them, where they can learn social skills, life skills, and be equipped for ministry.