Welcome to Orchard Community Church!
We are a Christ-centered, family oriented community located on the east side of Ventura. Our focus is growing personal relationships with Jesus Christ and deepening commitments to others. No matter what stage of life you are in, there is a place for you here!
A Place to Grow in Christ
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.
How does a person grow closer to God? We believe that we become stronger, more complete people when we come together to experience our Creator who gives us life. Orchard invites everyone, young and old, to come together, make new friends, find support and healing and experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Ongoing programs include worship (blending traditional and contemporary at all services), Sunday school and other classes for all ages, youth groups, adult small groups, and family ministry. Our Preschool and Tutoring Center minister to children and parents on a daily basis.
What We Believe
Orchard Community Church stands for Biblical faith as taught in Scripture. Below are a number of our core theological beliefs. Orchard is part of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). To learn more about what we believe, see the Essential Tenants and Confessional Standards of ECO.
The Trinity: We believe in one God who has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that he is a God of love, power and grace. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14, I John 4:8)
Creation: We believe that God created the world and it belongs to him, therefore we should value and take care of it. (Genesis 1:1-25; Psalm 24:1-2) We believe human beings have a special place in creation because we were created by God in his image and are deeply loved by him. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16)
Fallen Humanity: We believe that there is pain and suffering in this world because human beings are fallen and sinful, and therefore alienated from God and one another. (Genesis 3:17; Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21) We believe however, that sin and suffering will not have the final word because God will redeem and reconcile what he has made. (Colossians 1:21-23; Romans 8:18-23; Revelation 21:1-5)
Jesus: We believe that God has most fully revealed himself to us in his Son Jesus through his life, teaching, death and resurrection. (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:19) We believe that Jesus came and lived the right life that we’re supposed to live, but don’t, and then offered his good life to God on the cross in place of our sinful lives, paying the price for our sin (atonement) and bring us grace and peace with God. (Romans 3:25; Hebrew 2:17) Therefore, we believe that Jesus is the Lord, that we find salvation in him alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and that he calls every person to faith (Matthew 11:28).
Sin and Grace: We believe that if we regret our sin and seek to leave it behind (repentance) we can do so by confessing it to God who will not only forgive us, but will wipe the slate clean and give us a fresh start (grace). (I John 1:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4, 8-9)
Scripture: We believe God has revealed the truth about himself in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which are inspired by God and the only authoritative and infallible rule for life and faith. (Matthew 4:4, 17-18; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:21, 3:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
The Holy Spirit: We believe that God’s Spirit is with us here and now to give us faith and to empower us to live for God. (John 14:26, 15:4-16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 1:13-14)
The Church: We believe that the church is the body of Christ and that he is the head of it. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22) We believe that the Church is the community through which God has chosen to bring the good news of God’s love and grace in Jesus to all people and that he invites all who are willing to trust and follow Jesus to join. (Matthew 16:18, 18:18-20, John 1:12-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9) We believe that the church is called to continue Christ’s work in the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Luke 10:25-37)
Hope: We live with hope because we know that one day Jesus will return, that his love and justice will prevail, and that God will set the world right. (Matthew 24:30-31, 36; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-5)