Kehilat HaCarmel Church
Rte. 672, Isfiya, on Mount Carmel, Israel
Isfiya near Haifa
Type of Prayer Place
This is a Messianic Jewish congregation engaged in prophetic teaching and exuberant Charismatic worship located on Mt. Carmel near Haifa. We attended a worship service on the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) at 11 AM that lasted several hours. People of many languages and nations were gathered in this spacious, light-filled modern sanctuary. Translation headphones were offered in English and Russian. The speaker the day we visited was an Arab Christian who spoke in English and then paused while a man next to him then translated into Hebrew. The worship consisted of strongly felt worship songs highlighted with a worship leader who celebrated with dance and flags. She also led the children of the congregation in a fun and lively praise celebration marching through the church.
How I used this place of prayer
This was a very uplifting and joyous celebration that was one of the highlights of our trip. It was easy to learn the Hebrew words of the praise songs that were on the screens in the sanctuary and worshiping with Christians from such diverse backgrounds felt like heaven on earth.
Hours of Operation & Admission Requirements
Services are held at 11 AM on Saturdays
Contact Information / Sponsoring Organization
We parked in the business area just past the church as there is a one-way driveway up to the church parking that is somewhat limited as to the number of cars that can park there. After the service they had refreshments of cookies and drinks – and the drinks were very welcomed in the dry climate after a time of worship! They also have an area where you can purchase books and other materials. The church is on the main road Route 672 across from the Yellow/Paz petrol station in the Druze town of Isfiya. There is a sign out front saying “Kehilat HaCarmel ” in English and Hebrew. Be sure to add extra driving time so you can stop and enjoy the breath taking views of the Mediterranean Sea on the drive up Mt. Carmel. Also, add on a side trip to the Carmelite Monastery a short drive away on Mt. Carmel.
Added by Karen Barber on November 10, 2013