One of the best ways to get connected and to live out our faith is to serve! From "in-house" ministries like the coffee kitchen, the media team, and Children's Ministry to "in-city" ministries such as Haven Academy of the Arts, Family Promise, and Young Life, we have a variety of opportunities for you.
Children's MinistryServe our younger attenders (nursery through 5th grade) during Sunday morning services or at our Wednesday night program. For more information, please contact Charlotte Carter.Coffee KitchenMost church members and guests enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning and we like to make sure we have plenty to serve. We need coffee kitchen help at all three services each Sunday. If you'd like to serve at one of our services, please contact Kathy Thorpe.Connections TeamWe are always looking for volunteers to serve as greeters, ushers, and information counter helpers at our Sunday morning services. If you have a spirit of hospitality and one Sunday-a-month to give, we'd love to have you join our team. For more information, please contact Kathy Thorpe.Media & Sound TeamA huge part of our church services is our media department. From recording sermons to lighting to controlling what's shown on the projector, our media team ensures the technical side of our services run smoothly. If you are interested in serving with our Media and Sound Team, please contact Margy Emmons. (Don't worry if you don't have experience, we'll train you!)Set-Up & Take-Down TeamOur Set-Up & Take Down team help with parking signs, umbrella and event set-up (as needed). If you're available to serve one Sunday-a-month, please contact Kathy Thorpe.Student MinistriesWork with 6th-12th grade students during our Sundays mornings and/or Wednesdays evenings. For more information, please contact Mark Stepp for High School Ministry, and Ryan Guzman for Jr. High Ministry.
Haven Academy of the ArtsOCF's relationship with Haven Academy of the Arts goes back many years. Haven Academy is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop character in future leaders through the performing arts and give them the tools, life skills, and sense of purpose they need to leave a legacy in our community. Haven Academy provides quality performing arts training for youth ages 3-21, founded on Judeo Christian values, with an emphasis on character development. For more information about Haven Academy, please visit their website or contact Rebekah Kellaway.Family PromiseFamily Promise of the South Bay is a network of local churches working together to support homeless families as they seek employment and housing. OCF is part of this network and will be hosting families for one week every three to four months. There are various ways you can serve from providing food to serving as an evening or overnight host. For more information about this program and to find out how you can be part of our next hosting, please contact Shannon Ferguson.Ramona Elementary Homework ClubOur Homework Club is a free after-school club we offer to students at Ramona Elementary in Hawthorne. Our goal is to show Christ's love to students and their families by helping them academically. Homework Club meets on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm-3:30pm during the school year, and we serve 1st through 5th grade students. If you'd like more information, please contact Shannon Ferguson.Pregnancy Help Center in TorranceThe Pregnancy Help Center in Torrance exists to provide a safe, confidential and caring environment for women facing challenges related to an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. The center offers women practical help through counseling and other services leading to an informed choice in hopes that they will make a viable decisions for themselves and their baby. The center is always looking for new volunteers to serve as lay counselors, RN's and office help. If you would like more information about the center and how to get involved, please contact Sherry Rafters.S.A.Y. Yes!S.A.Y. Yes! exists to walk with youth and their families from 1st grade through high school providing role models, love and nurture, school support, and encouragement to believe in who they are becoming. S.A.Y. Yes! provides a structured elementary and teen youth center every Tuesday through Thursday. It's focused not just on providing a safe place for our kids after school, but rather in making a deep relational investment in their development as people. Getting involved as a volunteer is a great way to see first-hand what the S.A.Y. Yes! center is all about. For more information about S.A.Y. Yes! and becoming a volunteer, please contact Stan & Wanda Yetter. Sharefest OCF has partnered with Sharefest since 2003. Being part of the annual Sharefest Community Workday has served two purposes - it has allowed us to be a light in our local community, and has also served as a great opportunity to get our whole church body to serve together. We paint, clean, plant, refurbish, and beautify schools, parks, and public facilities throughout the South Bay. The annual workday will be on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. We are currently looking for task leaders to help with this year's projects. For more information about Sharefest, please contact Jeff Barnes.Young Life LAXYoung Life is a high school outreach ministry here in the LAX area with a passionate belief that every kid deserves to know about Jesus. Young Life pursues today's local youth with endless opportunities to "come as you are" and meet Jesus including club, bible study, camp, and on-going outings. Young Life's weekly clubs meet at OCF on Tuesday nights at 7:27pm. If you'd like more information about Young Life and the ways you can partner with this ministry, please contact Makana McCarty.
MINISTRIES THAT SERVE ABOARD
Global Media OutreachWe have a team of online missionaries who serve alongside Global Media Outreach (GMO), and we are always looking for more missionaries. GMO is a global ministry presenting the Gospel, online 24/7, and helping believers become disciples of Jesus Christ. As an online missionary, you will respond to one or two contacts a day or week from your own computer, tablet, or cell phone. To find out more about GMO ministry at OCF, please contact Rich Mulligan.