What ministries do you offer?
Like most churches, we offer ministries specialized to different groups like children, men, and women. We do outreach through nursing home visitations, parades, and through traveling to other areas. In addition, we have a focus on worship through our liturgical dancing ministry. In this, we involve all ages in our specific groups and this is an asset to our worship ministry.
We encourage you to explore our ministries through the links to the right, and pray you find something here that blesses you.
What is the purpose of a ministry?
• To encourage your spiritual growth
• To assist you in serving God
• Helping you to entrust your faith to others
• Fully experience the joys of God and serving Him
• To fellowship with other believers and draw closer to God
• To reach out to believers and non-believers, both individuals and communities.
The Light Company (Youth Ministry)
The Youth Department of the church is organized as an auxiliary to provide young people with opportunities for fellowship, activity, instruction and involvement in the various programs the church offers. This auxiliary takes the name of Light Company after the concept that the church youth are to be lights pointing others to the joy of salvation and the truth of the Word of God.
Every year in July, generally the first full week after the 4th, we hold a great time of fun and fellowship called Family Camp. This week is held at our campground in Sigel, PA. Not only is this an ideal time of fun and fellowship, but it allows families, teens, and young children to grow closer to God and each other through various activities and services. Such activities include a flag raising and a “parade of bikes”, wiffle or kickball game, water slide, movie night, candy hunt, and various other activities.
Every September, we hold a hayride, which is a great time of fun and fellowship for all ages. In addition to the hayrides, we have games and activities for the children, and the adults spend time relaxing and fellowshipping with one another. Did we mention all the great food?
We encourage you to join us for our numerous youth activities and we know that you and your children will be very blessed.
The Women of Ruth (Women’s Ministry)
The Women of Ruth International is a women’s auxiliary of The Church of God. It is designed to provide women with opportunities for fellowship, instruction, and involvement in the various activities of the church.
They takes their name from the Gentile woman who forsook her heathen gods to embrace Yahweh, the God of Israel, and His chosen people, the Jews.
Monthly themes and outings promote spiritual life among the women of the church and special fundraising programs are organized and promoted to support activities.
Annual Women’s Retreat
Each year in February, the women hold a Women’s Retreat at Laurelville Mennonite Center. This weekend allows the women to come together and spend time fellowshipping and learning more about the Lord.
The Sons of Abraham (Men’s Ministry)
The Sons of Abraham is the men’s fellowship department of The Church of God. It is responsible for the organization and equipping of faithful men (1 Timothy 2:1,2) to be men of integrity and honor whom God can trust (Exodus 18:21)
Our goals are:
• To build a strong and united brotherhood in Christ
• To equip and train our men (young and old) to be godly
• To reach out through service and commitment to our church and community
• To take hold of our God-appointed leadership role
• To show-forth Christ in our personal lives, marriages, and homes
• To define and restore the biblical characterizations of being a godly man in body, soul, and spirit
Each year in January, the men hold a Men’s Retreat at Laurelville Mennonite center. This weekend allows the men to come together and spend time fellowshipping and learning more about the Lord.
Liturgical Dancing (Dance Ministry)
Music and singing were a part of the life and worship of Jesus (Matthew 26:30) They were a part of the early church (Acts 16:25). Paul instructed the believers to make singing and music a part of worship (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19), James confirmed this practice (James 5:13). The rich heritage of Judaic music continued to be a part of the liturgy of the church, with the use of various musical instruments and singing.
When the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian bondage and crossed over the Red Sea, Miriam the prophetess led them in a song of triumph during which she “took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out with her with timbrels and with dances.” (Exodus 15:20)
The timbrel is one of the most ancient of all musical instruments. Today it is called a tambourine. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel used this instrument in praise of God. Uniquely, the timbrel was most commonly used together with the dance in praise of God. This close association between timbrel and dance can be found in Psalm 150:4 “Praise him with timbrel and dance.”
In addition to the timbrel: flags, waves, banners, and other tools are used to praise Him with the dance.
The Highway Gospel Caravan
The purpose of this ministry is to spread the gospel message in the streets and lanes of the cities and in the highways and hedges in fulfillment of the commission of Christ recorded in Luke 14:16-24.
This ministry uses specially lettered automobiles and motorcycles to parade and travel in a caravan to various parts of the nation, stopping to preach on street corners and other locations and involving itself in the distribution of thousands of pieces of literature.
It is made up of ministers and laymen who are dressed in red and black uniforms with appropriate insignia that identifies the nature of their work. Various contingents have logged thousands of miles sharing the message of Christ and the church.
4th of July Parade
Each year, The Church of God is represented in the July 4th Parade in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with a float, marchers, dancers, children, motorcycles and cars.
Each unit functions as a military contingent and assumes the posture of the church as the army of God reaching out to conquer the territory controlled by Satan.