Harvest Worship Center opens at The Woodlands United Methodist Church

THE WOODLANDS — Twenty months of construction are now complete on the new 1,000-seat Harvest Worship Center at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

The church is commemorating the opening and dedication of the new worship venue with a live, continuous reading of the entire Bible. Hundreds of church members are volunteering to read scripture and pray through the 70 hours preceding the first worship service in the new space at 9:30 a.m. today. Doors are open to visitors and people are encouraged to come in and listen to the live Bible readings and pray for this worship community.

A new café, bookstore and community meeting areas will open this weekend as part of the Harvest Worship Center. The auditorium is equipped to provide media-rich experiences through music, video and theatrical lighting.

The space features theater-style seating, surrounding a semicircular-shaped stage built for contemporary worship.

“We hope this is a centerpiece for our faith community — a place where friendships and family connections are strengthened,” said Ed Robb, senior pastor. “We’ve designed a special place where people want to spend time, on Sundays and throughout the week.”

“‘Plant, Grow, Harvest’ is our theme and our focus for 2015,” said Rev. Mark Sorensen, lead pastor of the Harvest worship community. “We pray everyone who worships with us will become firmly rooted here and make meaningful connections with God and with others.”

The Harvest Worship Center is the third of three building projects to open at the church as part of the $20 million Imagine capital campaign. The complex sits across the street from the new Whole Foods Market, currently under construction in Hughes Landing. The church is expanding to keep pace with new construction in Town Center and overall population growth in The Woodlands and South Montgomery County.

The Woodlands United Methodist Church is an 11,000-member congregation offering nine live worship services each week in four unique worship venues. TWUMC streams Sunday worship live, online each week at watch.thewoodlandsumc.org. Learn more about TWUMC at thewoodlandsumc.org and loftchurch.com.