Ministries & Missions

Ministries & Missions

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.

Missions Trips

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.

CLASSES

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

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 ginilou21@gmail.com or by phone (805) 660-3073.

Youth

The Blend brings Jr. High and High School students together with a diverse group of fun loving leaders for a rich fun filled Sunday. Every Sunday we offer worship, games, teachings and small group interaction. The small groups are where the real impact is made in our students’ lives. This is where real relationships are truly made. Our leaders want to help teenagers to have a lasting understanding of three things: I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with…

Prayer

PRAYER The vision of the Prayer Ministry is to see prayer become a normal part of our Christian lifestyle, where praying for others and receiving prayer is natural for everyone.  We hope that prayer will permeate every aspect of our lives, and every aspect of the Ventura Vineyard — a natural flow of prayer, in which everyone can participate. PRAYER CHAIN Members pray for requests submitted on the blue “communication cards” that are received from our Sunday services. The requests…

Family Ministry

Nursery (Infants through toddlers) Caring volunteers let each child know they are loved and valued. Preschool (Ages 2 through young 5s) Through the use of  games, activities, stories and worship, children learn that God loves them unconditionally. “First Look” curriculum incites wonder, helping preschoolers embrace a God who is bigger than their imagination. Elementary (Kindergarten through 5th grade) “252 Basics” curriculum helps children discover how to grow in relationship with God. During large group time they sing, worship God, and listen…

Missions

Apologies for the lack of info, we just launched our new site and there this is an area we’re still working on. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. East Side Ventura Info… Laundry Love Info… Dominican Republic Info… GuatEMALA Info…