LAUNDRY LOVE – Everyday Ideas For Human Care
“If I had clean clothes people would treat me like a human being.” -T-Bone Ventura resident
This neighboring movement started in Ventura in 2003 by helping lowincome families and individuals do their laundry by providing quarters, soap and conversation. Today there are over 300 Laundry Love locations across the US. The VV supports three location currently, with hopes to launch more. Support our efforts by joining us through a monthly donation (click here) or volunteering (click here) at one of these locations.
Ventura Vineyard has formed relationships with missionary agencies who serve Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the Soviet Union and in parts of Asia. Various teams engage in short term mission work in these countries on a regular basis. Some mission trips are specifically geared to family involvement, and children are welcome to participate along with their parents. We believe that participation in missions trips, whether short term or more lengthy, enriches our own faith and broadens our experience of the kingdom of God. Watch the website to see when the next opportunity for service is scheduled.
We believe that living as a follower of Jesus means loving God with heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37). That means we engage our faith with discernment and reasoning. At the Vineyard we offer a broad range of classes throughout the year on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. During each 10-week session we generally offer one class on an aspect of spiritual formation, one on the Bible, and one that is practical in nature (for instance, parenting, marriage enrichment, etc.). Wherever you are in your faith journey, we offer classes to stimulate your mind and deepen your understanding.
Spiritual formation is not something that we do to ourselves for ourselves, but something we allow God to do in us and for us as we yield ourselves to the work of God’s transforming grace in us, and also in the world around us.
We believe that we live life from the “inside out.” Therefore, no matter our stage of faith, we need to continually grow, transform, and to become more and more like Christ. We do this mostly by engaging the practices that Christ himself demonstrated as our role model, and surrendering to God’s work in our lives. Ventura Vineyard believes that we are called to support all who come our way however we can, on their individual faith journeys.
We strongly encourage the practice of spiritual disciplines as a way of putting ourselves in a posture to receive God’s grace. Spiritual disciplines are practices and behaviors that we adopt in order to open ourselves up to God and to nurture spiritual growth. They transform our inner being and are manifested in our outward behavior. They put us in the ways of God and as a result, we become transformed, and conformed to the image of Christ.
Spiritual Formation Coordinator
For more information about spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines or spiritual direction, contact Gini Downing either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (805) 660-3073.