What AVOWED Does - Ministry Activities
We actively visit the lonely and forgotten by ministering to their emotional and spiritual needs. In addition, we encourage people to join into compassionate ministry. We become extended family and bring a "family" like atmosphere and fellowship. We provide:
- Worship services
- Community Care Chaplains
- AVOWEDkids program
- Community speakers
- Praying on behalf of the lonely and forgotten
- We provide scheduled worship programs and all the various elements that would be part of worship.
- Expressions of reverent love and devotion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- Our model for the most part is found in Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19-20. "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16, NASB)
- Singing many well known public domain hymns like Amazing Grace.
- Sometimes singing A Cappella (without instruments), but most often playing with instrumental accompaniment such as piano, keyboard, guitar, flute and others as available.
- Praying to God with an alert mind and thankful heart.
- Reading many Scriptures from both the Old and New Testament.
- Short sermon or testimony.
- Involving residents as they are able, willing and as seems fitting.
Community Care Chaplain
Praying on Behalf of the Lonely and Forgotten
- Vision to encourage churches and communities to grow in their genuine concern for orphans, widows, elderly and disabled.
- We offer Bible based sermons, or short messages, which may be tailored to your church and area with tact and relevance.
- Encourage, motivate, equip and facilitate your church community to minister to your own members and to the mission field within minutes within your community.
- Ready to share our faith, testimony and the hope that is within us. Whether you are hosting an evangelistic crusade, youth rally, Sunday service, seminar, retreat, or other community outreach, we are ready to challenge minds, encourage the fainthearted, rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
- Training children to become ministry minded, develop empathic skills, sensitive to the needs of others, learn the value of people, respect, and selfless service, rather than viewing life of only fun and games.
- Training ground to build disciples.
- Orphans: Spring season (April, May, June) emphasis to minister to orphans.
- Widows: Summer season (July, August, September) emphasis to minister to widows.
- Elderly: Fall season (October, November, December) emphasis to minister to the elderly.
- Disabled: Winter season (January, February, March) emphasis to minister to the disabled.
- Teachable moments for children and families to build memories and to work together in a ministry team.
- Getting away from the current culture of many church youth programs that looks like they only believe, "They will know we are Christians by our fun", but back to the basics that they will know we are Christians by our love.
- Not just learning about right actions as a theory, but actually putting knowldge to practice in a loving way to walk the way of wisdom. Knowledge only makes one arrogant (or puffed up), but love edifies (or builds up).
- By way of analogy, many church youth groups could be seen as a baseball team. They may get some good coaching in the locker room (Sunday and Wednesday), but instead of scheduling any actual baseball games, the group goes off to play nerf wars, computer games, trips to the beach, watching other sporting events, amusement park full days, etc. God has for each of us a unique purpose and calling based on our age and station in life. Older widows have a different calling than younger widows, and women have different callings than men. God has different expectations for adults than He does children. And single adults (including teens) have different callings than married adults. Young people should be seen as the rookies that the rest of us should be excited for and see developed for ministry. To send them off into many of the traditional youth groups where their youthful desires for play, entertainment, and self gratification are fed, is to rob them and the Church body of its future best players and fails to train them for the next season of life. It also disregards 2 Timothy 2:22 where Paul tells the young man Timothy to flee the desires associated with immaturity. We are not against fun and fellowship, but the culture of many a youth group is now lopsided to an extreme. Also knowing that families will generally do their own vacations and fun activities together create a multiple dose of entertainment for children. There is a hunger from many to get back to the basics of not just learning about the Christian life, but practicing it. We desire to spark some lights not only within communities to shine bright, but bring some light back into some dark churches, that are no longer loving people, but internally focused.
- We desire all, including children, learn to be eager (or zealous) for good deeds (Titus 2:14), as they prove doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves (James 1:22). For "this is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27, NASB)