After what is called The Great Flood of 2016, Church In The Wind was left without a place to hold their regular third Sunday services. Pastor T for many years wanted to have a location that the motorcycle community could call home. A building where this community of believers could hold special services, such as weddings, funerals or events.
One day while eating at a restaurant, in passing conversation with the local priest, Pastor T asked about St. Mary's Church which had been vacant for over a decade. A huge smile came across the priest face as he said, "I have been praying for the Lord to use this building for His work. Tell me you are interested." After a couple of site visits and approval from the Diocese, Church In The Wind had a new home.
Harleyville Chapel is a beautiful sanctuary located in Maurepas, La. on Black Lake Club Road in the community known as Bear Island. Pastor T is very familiar with the area since he grew up as young boy in this community. He was baptized in this church, served as an altar boy in this church. Now he is the Pastor of the same church.
Harleyville Chapel is a place where Bikers and non-bikers gather to worship together. While the chapel can only seat about 250 people, the property will hold about 1000 bikes and when the weather is cooperative the members and guest use their bikes as their pews.
Five minutes before each service, the original St Mary's Bell rings out again. After all the members and guest are inside, the official start of the service takes place with a countdown and the sound of a motorcycle at the door marks the beginning of the service. Since September of 2016, thousands of motorcycle enthusiast have attended a service at the Harleyville Chapel and many of these have experienced God and started on a new life journey through Jesus Christ.
The ride to Harleyville is absolutely one of the best that Louisiana has to offer. Part of Highway 22 runs along side of the Old Amite River and offers some great curves and scenic views. Services are held on the first and third Sunday of each month at 10:00 am. For more information contact us by email at Tinthewind@gmail.com or call 225-362-9125.