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Nursery Ministry

The Nursery Ministry exists to provide a safe, secure, and loving environment for all the babies and preschool age children while they are away from their parents.

Nursery care is provided for Sunday School, during Sunday service and Wednesday Night Classes.

Goals:

  • To help nurture our little ones to grow physically and spiritually healthy.
  • To help the little ones learn and experience the love of   our Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • To learn about the heart of each child, how God made them all unique.
  • To help support and encourage the parents.
  • To help the church body get involved with serving these little ones (2 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 18:2-6 and Mark 10:13-16).

Children's Education

Sunday School is 9:30 to 10:15 am and Awana is Wednesday Nights from 6:30 to 8 pm. This ministry serves the children from the age of two through sixth grade. The material we are committed to use in Elementary Education is Generations of Grace.

 Sunday School - 9:30 to 10:15 am

 

Children's Sunday School

Recognizing the high call of proclaiming God’s Word to the next generation, we desire to partner with parents in fulfilling the God given command, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done...that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they set their hope in God and not forget the works of God...” Ps. 78:4, 6-7.

We believe that the Bible is God’s story, perfect in all regards, and the basis for all teaching. We also believe that children are quite capable of learning deep and significant truths.   Therefore, the focus of our teaching and ministry will seek to uphold God as the main character in all teaching, rather than seeking to elevate a mere human or moral lesson. 

As teachers and leaders we will also seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, systematically teaching the whole council of God, placing specific emphasis on the character of God, the atoning work of Christ, and the means by which we live in loving relationship to Him.

 

Awana Club

We are here to provide children (ages 2-11) with a safe and fun environment for them to learn about Jesus and to hide God’s Word in their heart.

Awana Club runs from September 2016 through May 2017

AWANA is an acronym for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. This is taken from the scripture found in II Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” 

Our desire is not only to minister to the children of our church body, but to reach out to the children of our community who may not have the opportunity to be raised in church.

 Awana Club is an international club organized for children to learn and grow in the truth of God’s Word. There are clubs from 2 year olds to High School. We have the Puggles Club for 2 years, Cubbies Club for ages 3-4, Sparks Club for K through 2nd grade and T&T for 3rd through 6th grade.

 Each club night is structured slightly different as per the age group, the theme of the week and the Director’s discretion. Generally time will be split up in “council time” (where the Gospel is presented in various ways), “handbook time” (where clubbers memorize scripture) and “game time” (where clubbers play wholesome games for fun!)

 

Memorizing God’s Word is an important part of Awana, where through God’s Word children are given the desire to overcome and avoid the ways of the world. They are offered hope for eternal life through the finished work of Christ on the cross.

 

Youth Ministries

Jr. High and High School meet for Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:15 am and Wednesday Nights are from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Sunday School - 9:30 to 10:15 am

Awana Program Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm 

Saturday Night Alive! - 3rd Sat. of ea. month

Purpose

Our High School and Jr. High Ministries exist to help students begin to develop and grow an identity that is centered on their relationship with Jesus Christ. In today’s culture, our young people can easily be distracted by the influences of both peers and media sources. We want to encourage our students to focus on maturing as followers of Christ.

 

The Midweek Youth Ministry is more activity based. These activities are frequently tied into the Bible lesson which encourages student insight. This also develops trust and friendship through common interaction. Relationship building is a focus in our midweek ministry.

 

The parameters of the Youth Ministry will include:

1. An overall emphasis on love for God and godly love for others. 

Matt. 22:37-38

   2. Mature shepherding of the youth as a teaching pastor would shepherd the flock. Eph. 4:12-16

3. Equipping the youth in regards to living out the Word. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

4. Providing encouragement and tools for living as a Christian in this world, and encouragement to pursue the calling of Christ in their lives now as teenagers - not to wait until they are “older.” Dealing with issues that they are struggling with such as relationships, being a servant, obedience to Christ, etc. Phil 1:6; Col. 2:6-10

5. Providing discipleship for individuals and in small group situations. Matt. 28:18-19

6. Encouragement of parental involvement with their teenagers.  

Prov. 4:3-4, 1:8

 We are committed to providing a fun, safe atmosphere where students are comfortable building relationships with peers and adults, learning truth from the Bible, worshipping God and serving others.

 

Men's Ministry

The LWF Men’s Ministry exists to lead men into a growing relationship with Jesus and to build strong bonds between the men of this church family.

Mission Statement

Our desire is for men to embrace their God-given identity and live dependant upon Him as He directs their hearts and their passions. We provide environments and approaches that speak to real men who live in the real world.   We accomplish these objectives in a number of ways.

Men’s Morning Bible Studies:

Several mornings during the week, the men are lead through a study of the Bible, relevant to their lives, with an emphasis on understanding and applying God’s truth daily in their walk with the Lord.

 Men’s Retreats:

During the year, we have a retreat that gets men out of their normal routines by taking a time away in order to help us connect with each other relationally, spiritually and socially.

 Men’s BBQ’s:

These events gather men together for a great time that includes great food, great fun and meaningful encouragement.

 

Women's Ministry

God invites every woman to cultivate an intimate relationship with Him. To cultivate that relationship, He calls them to a life of discipleship.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study Class begin in September and end in April.  

 It is the Women’s Ministry desire to fulfill the same design in the body that women fulfill in their homes (I Timothy 5:10); as to the men of Living Word Fellowship, fostering love, (Titus 2:4); respect, (Ephesians 5:24,33) and what is beneficial (Proverbs 31:12); as to the children of Living Word Fellowship, nurturing them (I Timothy 2:5 and Proverbs 31:28); and as to other women, meeting their needs (Proverbs 31:20).

The opportunities to grow as daughters of God and serve His church are biblically based and relevant to the needs of women at home, in the work place, and in their diverse network of relationships. 

The opportunities are accomplished through many avenues.

  • Women’s Bible Study   
  • Nursery Council
  • Bi - Annual Sisters' Meeting
  • Meal & Shower Ministries
  • Fall Gathering    
  • Spiritual Mothering           

Shepherding Ministry

At LWF we want to foster a sense of belonging among our family of believers through relational support, and assimilating every member into the life of the church.  Our shepherding groups are small fellowships within the body that meet together once a month in individual homes. In the groups you will interact with God’s Word and how it applies to your life. You’ll pray for others and they’ll pray for you as you walk through life, sharing its ups and down, its joys and heartbreaks, and its everyday struggles.

We are a family and we meet together to share our food, our prayers, our very lives with one another. We invest in the lives of each other building a loving community which shares with one another; and responds to each other with a mutually caring spirit, which grows authentic personal relationships within our church family.

 Shepherding Groups and Leaders

 

Moses' Staff - Alan & Leanna Frame

Jesus Freaks - Ray & Jeanne Amos

 Tribe of Judah - Ken & Krista Rollans

 Samaritans - Duane and Carol Hilty

 Soul Food - Brian & Bethany Unruh

 Bereans - Ken & Mary Hanggi

 Ebenezer - Bowser

 Believers G.I.F.T - Helliwell

 Koinonia Burden Bearers - Madon

 

Missions Ministry

We are committed to the worship of God, the equipping of the saints for effective life and service, and the evangelizing of the lost.

Purpose

We believe God desires the local church to be the primary means for sending people to proclaim the saving message of Jesus Christ to people, wherever they inhabit the earth.

 Our missions focus on equipping the saints in the areas that we are involved in is to help them be prepared to evangelize their own people.

 Our Church has a focus of teaching and training the saints for the work of the Kingdom. We believe we are called to do the same in missions.

 If you have a heart for the lost, and would like to know more about our Missions Ministry, please contact one of the couples on the Missions Team.

 Missions Ministry Team

Ken Hanggi - Elder

Bill and Bobbi Beech

 

The Missions we support:

 Worldwide Disciple Association - Ken Hewett

Tony Heredia with Christians in Action

Pastor Tomas in Las Mission and church in Oaxaca Mexico

India Partners - Reaching Hand Society,

 Dr. Iris Paul, Pastor Babu, Pastor Isaac

Eliezer & Prima, Daniel & Avetha Victor

Porterville PregnancyCenter

Visalia Rescue Mission

Peru Ministry - Alex Cotrina Pastor and evangelist

Africa Inland Missions

 

Prison Ministry

LWF prison ministry serves the men at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano California. The ministry provides worship services, bibles studies, and discipleship training. The goals of the ministry is to present Jesus Christ to those that do not know Him, a clear presentation of the gospel. The second goal is to equip the believers for ministry and service to the kingdom of Christ. Our heart's desire is to see the men we serve walk with Jesus and to lead their families to God.