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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. All of our nursery workers are background-checked members of the church.

Nursery care is provided during Sunday School, Sunday worship service, Wednesday night classes, and some of the women's Bible studies and spiritual mothering groups.

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 ED

Children's ED stands for Children's Evangelism and Discipleship. We believe the Bible teaches that parents are the primary educators of children (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4). The role of the church is to equip parents and come alongside them as they evangelize and disciple the next generation of Christians.

Our Sunday morning Children's ED (Sunday School) is from 9:30 to 10:15 am. Classes are taught mainly by husband-and-wife teaching teams from our church membership. We use Answers in Genesis Bible Curriculum, which takes the students through a tour of the major stories and themes of the Bible over a period of 4 years. Our junior high and high school students meet together and study the same lesson. In fact, every student pre-K through 12th grade receives the same Bible lesson so that parents can discuss the lesson at home with the whole family.

On Wednesday nights, children ages 2-12 participate in our AWANA clubs from 6:30 to 8 pm. This club supplements the Bible instruction children receive on Sunday morning with a systematic theology approach to learning the core doctrines of the Christian faith, while memorizing some of the scriptures that teach each doctrine. Parents are encouraged to stay on campus and either serve in Awana or attend the Bible study for adults led by one of our pastors.

 

Awana Club

Awana Club runs from September through May 

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 “teaching 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 from 6:30-8:00pm. Our youth ministries are led by experienced parents who are able to teach the Bible. We believe this is a more appropriate and effective approach to discipling our youth, rather than hiring a young, single, inexperienced youth pastor.

Throughout the year, our youth participate in various fellowship events and community service events.

 VBS (Vacation Bible School)

Every summer in June for 5 consecutive Wednesday nights, we host an outreach event for the children and families of our community. We purposely hold the event in the evening so that parents can participate after work. This is an exciting ministry where the entire church can use their spiritual gifts to bring the Gospel to our community.

 

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.

 

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. Check the church calendar for dates and times.

 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.

Men of Faith Groups

These are small groups of 6-8 men who meet once a month to read the Bible together and help one another with life application and accountability.

Young Men of Faith

This is a special ministry designed for teenage boys. It normally meets the first Tuesday night of the month. We are studying the book "The Quest for Character" by John MacArthur.

 

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 workplace, and in their diverse network of relationships. 

The opportunities are accomplished through many avenues.

  • Women’s Bible Study   
  • Nursery Council
  • Tri - Annual Sisters' Meeting
  • Meal & Shower Ministries
  • Fall Gathering    
  • Spiritual Mothering  
  • Monthly Teen Girls Bible Study
  • Monthly Bible Study for College and Career young women 

Check the church calendar or call Ruth Ortiz in the church office for more information about women's ministry events.       

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.

 

 

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 Elder Ken Hanggi.

 

 

 

The Missions we support:

 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

Visalia Rescue Mission

Peru Ministry - Alex Cotrina Pastor and evangelist