MINISTRIES

INFANT/CHILDREN

CHILDREN ARE SO IMPORTANT TO US AS A CHURCH, FOR MANY REASONS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCH. WE CURRENTLY OFFER CHILDCARE/PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN (INFANT-FIFTH GRADE) WHO ATTEND THE FBCO SUNDAY SERVICE.

INFANTS-PRE-KINDERGARTEN: PARENTS, YOU CAN CHECK YOUR CHILDREN IN TO THE INFANT ROOM, TO THE LEFT OF OUR LOBBY, BEFORE CHURCH SERVICE BEGINS EACH SUNDAY. QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ALEXIS MEDLEY, OFFICE MANAGER: OFFICE@FBCOJAI.ORG

KINDERGARTEN- FIFTH GRADE: CHILDREN ARE DISMISSED DIRECTLY FROM CHURCH SERVICE AND WILL TAKE PART IN A NEW, GOD-CENTERED, PROGRAM EACH SUNDAY. QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JAN WORSHAM: JNRNOJAI@GMAIL.COM

YOUTH

WE HAVE QUITE A FEW OPPORTUNITIES AT FBCO, FOR YOUTH TO GET INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE. OUR YOUTH GROUP IS OPEN TO SIXTH GRADE - HIGH SCHOOL.

EACH YEAR THE GROUP TAKES A TRIP ALTOGETHER IN THE SUMMER AND ANOTHER TRIP IN THE WINTER. THESE TRIPS HAVE GREATLY IMPACTED THE YOUTH’S LIVES. EVERY TIME THEY GO ON ONE OF THESE GROUP TRIPS, THEY COME BACK EVEN MORE ON FIRE FOR OUR LORD.

SOME OF THE WAYS THE GROUP FELLOWSHIPS WITH ONE ANOTHER ARE THOUGH FUN ACTIVITIES SUCH AS PAINTBALL, SWIM DAYS, AND GOING ON FIELD TRIPS. THE YOUTH ARE ALSO GREATLY INVOLVED WITH SERVING IN THE CHURCH. THEY TAKE PART IN HELPING SERVE DINNER WITH OUR HOMELESS SHELTER AND PUTTING TOGETHER AND DISTRIBUTING THE CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY. LASTLY, DURING THE SUMMER SEASON, THE GROUP TAKES PART IN A WEEKLY BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY.

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, YOUTH GROUP MEETS ON SUNDAYS, FROM 6-8 PM. THE GROUP DOES NOT MEET DURING HOLIDAY WEEKENDS.

QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JOEY LESUER, DIRECTOR OF FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES: JOey@fbcojai.org

MEN'S

THIS GROUP IS OPEN TO ANY MEN THAT ARE INTERESTED IN FELLOWSHIP AND STRENGTHENING THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD.

THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 6:30PM, IN THE FBCO CONFERENCE ROOM. THE GROUP ENJOYS A TIME OF FELLOWSHIP, PRAYER REQUESTS, AND LIFE CONCERNS. THEN THE GROUP SPENDS APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR IN A PARTICIPATORY  BIBLE STUDY. ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS TO BRING A BIBLE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE WE WILL FIND ONE FOR YOU! THIS GROUP IS ON A RELAXED SCHEDULE AND TAKES HOWEVER MUCH TIME THEY NEED. THE GROUP STUDIES NOT ONLY TO LEARN WHAT SCRIPTURE HAS TO SAY, BUT HOW SCRIPTURE CAN BE APPLIED TO OUR LIVES, SO WE CAN BECOME BETTER SERVANTS AND GROW INCREASINGLY LIKE CHRIST IN OUR LIVES.

THE MEN ALSO MEET ONCE A MONTH FOR BREAKFAST. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE BREAKFAST, THE GROUP MEETS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT J & M CAFE, 8:30 AM. THE MEN TYPICALLY GATHER TOGETHER A FEW TIMES A YEAR FOR SOME FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE NEXT GATHERING!

QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JIM VERKUIL: JVERKUIL@SBCGLOBAL.NET

WOMEN'S

OUR WOMEN AT FBCO ARE VERY MUCH INTO FELLOWSHIPPING. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO GET INVOLVED AND GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER.

DURING THE YEAR, (EXCLUDING SUMMER) THE WOMEN’S MINISTRY OFFERS A BIBLE STUDY CALLED “GET REAL” AND THEY CHOOSE A NEW BOOK TO FOCUS ON EACH SEASON. THIS FALL THE WOMEN WILL BE STUDYING “OPEN YOUR BIBLE” FROM THE LADIES OF “SHE READS TRUTH.”IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING AND ARE NOT A REGULAR ATTENDER AT FBCO, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE (OFFICE@FBCOJAI.ORG), AS YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THE BOOK AND SIGN-UP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! THE GROUP MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING, IN SMITH HALL, AT 9:30 AM.

THE GROUP ALSO HOSTS AT LEAST ONE MONTHLY GET TOGETHER OR CLASS. SOME PAST FELLOWSHIP NIGHTS HAVE INCLUDED PIE AND POPCORN + TESTIMONY, JAM CLASS, AND SOURDOUGH MAKING CLASS. STAY TUNED FOR THE FALL LINE UP OF FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. THERE WILL BE A SIGN-UP SHEET IN THE CHURCH LOBBY.

QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JANA FLETCHER, DEACON OF WOMEN’S MINISTRIES: JANAF@OILFLD.COM

 

MISSIONS

THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF OJAI MISSIONS MINISTRY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH THE SUPPORT OF MISSIONS AND THE EDUCATION OF THE CONGREGATION ABOUT THEM. WE SUPPORT BOTH LONG AND SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITH THE RESOURCES PROVIDED BY GOD. THESE MISSIONS ARE THAT WHICH WAS LAID OUT BY JESUS:“GO, THEREFORE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.” MATT 28:19-20

WE CURRENTLY GIVE REGULAR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER SUPPORT TO FIVE PERMANENT FULL-TIME MISSIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT. OUR BELIEF IS THAT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO DO MISSIONARY WORK IN OUR DAILY LIVES AS IT IS TO TRAVEL TO FAR OFF FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

“EVERY CHRISTIAN IS EITHER A MISSIONARY OR AN IMPOSTOR.”
― CHARLES H. SPURGEON

WE WILL SOON HAVE A MISSIONS BOARD UP IN OUR CHURCH LOBBY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MISSIONARIES, MISSIONS, AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH OUR MISSIONS MINISTRY.

QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT IVAN GREGORY, DEACON OF MISSIONS: IVAN.GREGORY.IG@GMAIL.COM

OUTREACH

WE LOVE OUR COMMUNITY OF OJAI AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS! WE STRIVE TO SHOW EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY THE LOVE OF THE LORD. HERE ARE SOME WAYS WE REACH OUT TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

LIFE CHOICES PREGNANCY CENTER: WE WORK ALONGSIDE THE PREGNANCY CENTER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THEIR WONDERFUL CAUSE. THEY OFFER MANY GOODS AND SERVICES, SUCH AS: PREGNANCY TESTS, PEER COUNSELING, DIAPERS, AND BABY CLOTHES, FREE OF CHARGE! TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.OJAILIFECHOICES.ORG/

TOPA TOPA SCHOOL: WE ARE BLESSED TO GET TO USE SOME OF OUR TITHES TO LOVE ON THIS SCHOOL, THEIR KIDDOS, AND THEIR TEACHERS. FUNDS IN THE PAST HAVE BEEN USED TO RENOVATE THE TEACHER LOUNGE, PURCHASE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, AND TREAT THE TEACHERS TO SNACKS IN THEIR BREAK ROOM.

GOOD NEWS CLUB: WE AGAIN, ARE SO BLESSED, WE GET TO SERVE IN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS. DURING THESE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, OUR VOLUNTEERS SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF THE LORD, WITH THE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS HAVE GIVEN PERMISSION FOR THEIR KIDDOS TO JOIN THE GOOD NEWS CLUB! PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR OUR CHAPTER TO LEARN MORE INFORMATION: HTTPS://CEFVENTURA.WEEBLY.COM/

OPERATION BLESSING: WE ARE PARTNERED WITH FOODSHARE INC. TO SUPPLY FOOD TO OUR LOCAL MEMBERS IN NEED. WE ARE BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER FRESH PRODUCE AND PANTRY ITEMS FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY. WE HOST THE FOOD PANTRY AT OUR CHURCH, THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH, AT 9 AM. IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, SO IF YOU HAVE NOT ATTENDED OUR FOOD PANTRY PREVIOUSLY, PLEASE SHOW UP A LITTLE BIT EARLY. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOODSHARE INC., PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE: HTTPS://FOODSHARE.COM/

OJAI VALLEY FAMILY SHELTER: DURING THE WINTER SEASON WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER A SHELTER. WE TEAM UP WITH OTHER LOCAL CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO COVER EVERY NIGHT OF THE COLD WEATHER SEASON. OUR CHURCH OFFERS SHELTER DECEMBER-MARCH ON SATURDAY EVENINGS. NOT ONLY DO WE OFFER A WARM PLACE TO SLEEP, BUT WE MAKE A HOT MEAL FOR DINNER AND OFFER A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OJAI VALLEY FAMILY SHELTER, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.OVFS.ORG/

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT ANY OF OUR OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE: OFFICE@FBCOJAI.ORG