ORCHARD COMMUNITY CHURCH

We are a Christ-centered, family-oriented community located on the east side of Ventura, California. Our focus is on 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!

Service Time

Sundays at 10:30 am in person or watch our Live Stream

8180 Telephone Rd. 
Ventura, CA 93004

(main parking lot is off of Placid)

 (805)647-3757

Office Hours: 

M-Th 9 am - 3:30 pm

Fri 9 am - noon

WHO WE ARE

Vision Statement

Connected and Growing.

Connected to God, each other, and our community.

Growing in Christ and love for each other.

A Place to Grow in Christ

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

SUNDAY MONRINGS

Worship is the response of our hearts to the goodness of God.  As we worship we reach out from God, we offer our thanks and praise, we seek to know God more and to be touched and shaped by the love of Jesus.

Worship

Sundays at 10:30 am 

In Worship Center at 10:30 am. Join us in our newly remodeled Worship Center. 

 

On the Patio - Enjoy the service on the patio and watch it on the large outdoor screen! 

 

Live Stream – Join us at 10 am 

OrchardCommunity.Online.Church on the virtual patio for a time of checking in and chatting. The live stream will begin at 10:30 am.

What to expect

Worship service is about an hour and usually contains the following:

  1. Contemporary music led by a band
  2. Children’s Message 
  3. Offering (optional for guests)
  4. Sermon Message
  5. Prayer
  6. Communion (1st Sunday of the month)

 

All children are welcome in the worship service and there is an infant cry room on the west side of the main worship room. All children start off with their parents in the main Worship Center.  After a few worship songs and the Children’s Message, children (preschool to 5th grade) are escorted downstairs to “Orchard Kids”.

Music

Types 

Worship at Orchard is contemporary and casual, with occasional traditional elements. Our goal is to worship God with authenticity and freedom.

 

We try to stay current and relevant with our song selection while not leaving behind great church hymns. We feel it is important to worship through music in a way that allows the entire congregation to participate and express their worship to God. 

 

Orchard’s adult choir is enthusiastic about singing our praises and prayers to God! We sing a mix of music from spirituals to traditional hymns to contemporary favorites. The choir sings in worship at least once a month, as well as at special services throughout the year. 

Education Hour

Discipleship Sunday morning education opportunities for all ages. Classes will meet at 9 AM for one hour, followed by light refreshments and fellowship on the patio until the start of worship at 10:30 AM.

 

Parent Life (Room 6) aims to empower parents with biblical wisdom, practical guidance, and insights to help guide their children of all ages through the journey of growth and development. We will review and discuss Bible passages together, look at what it means for us as both people of faith and as parents, and will be open to discussing our successes and challenges in parenting through faith. 

 

Biblical Foundations for Life (Library) Explore the story of the Bible and how the parts relate to each other, to Jesus, and to you. Understand your part in this continuing story. This discussion-oriented class will take you through the Bible in a year. Open to all adults of any age or history with the church or faith experience.

 

Middle & HIgh school students (Youth Building) are working on series about relationships from Proverbs 

 

Intercessory Prayer Group (Farmhouse)

Intercessory prayer is group prayer time focused on the immediate prayer requests that are sent to the prayer chain as well as other requests that come from our church and community. We petition the Lord for needs and wait on the Holy Spirit to guide us for prayer for other church, local, regional, and world needs. 

 

Men's Sunday Morning Fellowship (Conference Room) Spend time in the Bible walking together through our faith.

 

Supervised child care (Playground) will be provided for all ages up to fifth grade during the 9 AM hour. Parents will pick up their children at 10 AM for fellowship on the patio. Families will sit together in worship at 10:30 AM. Kids will be dismissed after the Kids' Message to Orchard Kids for the remainder of the service. 

GET PLUGGED IN

Meet & Greet

Join us for Lunch!

If you are brand new or have been attending for a while and are eager to know more about Orchard and begin the process of making Orchard your home church, this is the perfect first step.

 

Have lunch with Pastor Matt and several key leaders of the church. This is a great opportunity to learn a little more about the church, ask questions, and meet new people. 

 

Call the church office for the date of our next Meet and Greet or check out the Events page.

New Members Class

Become an Offical Member

You have decided that Orchard is the place you want to be! The next step is to sign up for our New Member Class. 

 

Join Pastor Matt for three two-hour classes where you will learn more about the basics of the Christian life, what we believe, and how we do life together in the church. 

 

Call the church office for the date of our next New Members Class or check out the Events page.

Small Groups

Groups for all ages throughout the week! 

We have a variety of small groups that are offered throughout the year for all ages.

Small groups are a great place to make friendships while digging deeper in your faith – no matter how new or old your faith is!

 

Find the right fit for you from the list of the Orchard Groups

 

Looking for an opportunity to serve?

We have many different ways to serve at Orchard: within the church, our city, and across the globe! Check out the different Ministries to begin serving now! 


Prayer & Praise

We at Orchard believe in the power of prayer. How can we pray for you, your family and friends? We also love to rejoice in the work of the Lord, so please share your praises too!

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ORCHARD KIDS & YOUTH

Youth Ministry

Middle & High School

Our Youth Ministry goal is to share Christ with students and to help them grow as disciples in truth and love. We meet, hang out, learn, grow, and love Jesus. Our leaders are excited to invest in today's youth and often we see God do some amazing stuff. Come join us whether it is at our weekly youth group and small groups, Sunday School, various trips, and camps, or service projects and missions. There is a place for everyone, and we always have a fun and memorable time!

 

More information can be found on our Youth Page

Pre-K to 5th Grade

Children will worship with their families and be dismissed following the kids’ message, escorted by our Orchard Kids’ Leaders to our beautiful outdoor classroom space in the children’s play yard. We will have our Bible story, activities, crafts, and games in a specially designed format following current health and safety guidelines. 

 

We also offer a Wednesday after school Kids Club Program for preschool to 5th grade kids! 

 

More information about this ministry can be found on our Orchard Kids Page

Newborn to 3 yrs

The nursery is available during both services and is staffed by qualified and trained volunteers. Leave your cell phone number with the nursery staff so they can alert you if a need arises. Worship with peace of mind! The Nursery is also a place where parents can go to nurse or change their babies.

 

In the back corner of the Worship Center is a room with large windows where a parent can stay with a squirmy or crying baby, but still watch and listen to the service.

Nurturing children

Supporting families

Encouraging faith

Sonshine Preschool is a child-oriented school. Preschool children learn through creative play, firsthand experiences, and through the use of a variety of materials, both indoors and out. We provide a safe environment where children are encouraged to make friends, become independent, develop self-esteem, develop self-control and make good choices.

 

All children and youth need to register before participating in any groups or events. Thank you

Annual Permission Form

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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
Jesus
The Holy Spirit
Creation
Scripture
Fallen Humanity
Sin and Grace
The Church
Hope

ORCHARD STAFF

Pastor Matt Hoyt

Matt Hoyt

Pastor

About Me!

 805.647.3757 ext 124

matt@orchardventura.org

Rich Smith - Interim youth Director

Rich Smith

Interim Youth Director

About Me!

 805.647.3757 ext 125

 rich@orchardventura.org

Melinda Hoyt - Children's Ministry Director

Melinda Hoyt

Children's Ministry Director

About Me!

 805.647.3757 ext 123

 melinda@orchardventura.org

Annette Walters - Sonshine Preschool Director

Annette Walters

Sonshine Preschool Director

About Me!
Jimmy Mac - Worship Director

Jimmy Mac

Worship Director

About Me!

 805.647.3757 ext 121

 jimmy@orchardventura.org

Deya Jacob - Choir Director

Deya Jacob

Choir Director

About Me!
Alisa Bossoletti - Communications Coordindator

Alisa Bossoletti

Office Coordinator

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 805.647.3757 ext 112

 alisa@orchardventura.org

Chuck Newman - Custodian

Chuck Newman

Custodian

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 805.647.3757 ext 110

 chuck@orchardventura.org

Susan Birge - Pianist

Susan Birge

Pianist

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 805.647.3757

 susan@orchardventura.org

Tim MacDonald - Drummer

Tim MacDonald

Drummer

About Me!

 805.647.3757

ELDERS & DEACONS

CURRENTLY SERVING ELDERS

THE MINISTRY OF ELDER

Elders are given authority and responsibility, along with pastors, to oversee the spiritual health of the congregation as well as the congregation’s faithfulness to God’s mission. Elders may also be asked to preach and teach. Elders shall be elected by the congregation.

CURRENTLY SERVING DEACONS

The Ministry of Deacons

Ordinarily, the biblical office of deacon shall be utilized by the congregation. Deacons lead ministries that nurture fellowship and caregiving within and beyond the congregation. Deacons may also be asked to preach and teach. The congregation shall determine the manner in which they are selected for service. The session shall oversee and direct the ministry of the deacons.

HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS