ministry opportunities

Prayer Ministry

Contact: Tim Leaman (jtleaman@msn.com)

Prayer is vital to the heath and mission of our congregation. We include prayer in our Sunday morning gatherings, weekly Growth Groups as well as encourage each and every household to be “houses of prayer.” We dedicate Wednesdays to Prayer at OCMC, with a morning and noontime prayer gathering at the church.  The prayer theme (Scripture) for each week is printed in the church bulletin on Sundays.  Prayer vigils are held during the year at regular times (New Years, Easter) and in response to specific needs.  The prayer ministry also coordinates Bible memory and Bible reading plans for the congregation.

Growth Groups

Growth Groups meet throughout the week. If you are interested in joining a small group, please contact: Kevin Opett (kropett71@gmail.com).

The growth group ministry exists to facilitate Christian discipleship, and encourage an intimate environment for spiritual growth and accountability for Oxford Circle Mennonite Church members, attendees, and other seekers. We invite anyone who desires to learn more about Jesus, wants to be more like him, and seeks community fellowship as an integral part of this growth.

On-Going Meetings:

  • Monday Mornings @ 9:30 AM – the Women’s Bible Study will be meeting at Jen Leaman’s, 1135 Alcott Street
  • Wednesday Mornings @ 6:30 AM and Noon – Prayer at OCMC

Children’s Ministry

Oxford Circle Mennonite Church - Children's MinistryContact: Pastor Lynn Parks (lynnparks1313@gmail.com)

We desire to see our children grow in their understanding of who God is and His love for them, as well as in their relationships with others in the church.  We offer classes for all ages during our Christian Education hour and babysitting for nursery and preschool aged children during the sermon time.  Those who have been attending our church regularly for at least 6 months can apply to volunteer in our children’s ministry.

Youth Ministry

Contact: Janelle Junkin (jsj323@gmail.com), or Pete Prunes (prunesxs6@gmail.com)

Our youth are the future of our church. We believe God wants us to be investing in Christian discipleship and mentoring that invites our youth to know Christ and to follow him.

More leaders are needed to help in coordinating youth activities/retreats and in building mentoring relationships with youth, as well as to teach the youth Sunday school class.

Adult Education

Contact:  Pastor Lynn Parks (lynnparks1313@gmail.com)
In our desire for continued spiritual growth and more healthy lifestyles, we offer classes for adults at 10AM on Sunday mornings.  Currently 2 classes are being offered: one focusing on more spiritual/biblical topics such as prayer, worship, spiritual gifts, or study of a book of the Bible;  and one focusing on more practical topics such as finances, understanding other religions, healthy lifestyle, etc.  Topics change every 6-8 weeks.

Worship Team

Contact: Anne Hess (hess.anne@gmail.com)

The Worship Team leads the congregation in worship every Sunday. They meet several time per month for practices on Sunday mornings before the service for the team playing that particular Sunday. Team meetings occur in person or via e-mail throughout the year as necessary. A retreat for fellowship, growth, skill development and vision casting happens toward the end of February each year. Interested persons who play a musical instrument, persons who sing, persons who understand sound equipment and/or persons willing to be in charge of the slides on a Sunday morning should contact the worship team leader regarding opportunities.  Training is available!

Hospitality and Caring Ministries

  • Greeting Team
    Contact: William Leduna (william_leduna@yahoo.com). Our Greeting Team warmly welcomes visitors and regular attendees to our church, helping them to feel comfortable and included. Includes assisting in seating, distributing bulletins, collecting offerings and orienting visitors to our church. In addition we seek to follow up with our guest via phone call and/or e-mails.
  • Fellowship Meals
    Contact: Lauren Moyer (lauren.derstine@gmail.com). Opportunities are available to assist in planning, set-up preparation, food preparation, sign-up coordination and clean-up for periodic events at the church that involve large group meals.
  • Special Events
    Contact: LingLing (ling011957@yahoo.com), Kathy Arbour. In caring for one another, there are many opportunities to be involved in helping to plan, host, or serve in our frequent baby showers and other church celebrations, as well as in providing meals for new parents and those who are ill.
  • Soup Kitchen
    Contact: Gwen Young, On one Saturday morning every few months, our church takes a turn to run the Soup Kitchen at St. Marks Church at 4442 Frankford Ave, to provide a hot meal and a bag lunch to those who are homeless or in need of food in our community. Regular volunteers are needed to prepare and serve.

Missional Ministry

Contact: Nes Espinosa (nesdanaphilly@gmail.com)

The missional ministry aims to publicly share how we are going about the mission of the church and to inspire involvement within the many areas of our community through prayer, participation, encouragement, and idea-sharing. We seek to empower others to live missionally, as well as to build and maintain relationships with the people and organizations our congregation supports.

Practically, we sponsor monthly Missional Moments, facilitate local/regional/international service-learning trips, and help discern future areas of involvement and support.

Never underestimate the power of one person’s story!

Property Ministry

Contact: Ervin Guess (ervin846@aol.com). Caring for property well is a witness to our neighborhood of our concern for this community and an act of faithful stewardship of the resources God has provided for us. We periodically have needs for help with interior and exterior projects, as well as yard work, both mowing and trimming. Contact Ervin if you have interest in any of these areas.

Community Outreach (Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association)

Oxford Circle Mennonite Church - OutreachExecutive Director: Anita Lyndaker-Studer (alyndake@verizon.net)

Mission: OCCCDA exists “to extend healing and hope in the Oxford Circle community, believing that God’s purpose of reconciling all people to Jesus leads us to minister on spiritual, physical, social, and economic levels…”

OCCCDA grew out of the vision and commitment of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for its surrounding community.  Believing that Jesus calls his followers to walk with and empower those in need, OCCCDA was incorporated in 2006.

Our programs address urgent needs requested by community members. We know that real help that transforms for a lifetime and eternity comes from Jesus Christ who loves the whole person, body, and soul.

Current Programs Include:

  • After School and Summer Camp with literacy, arts, and educational trips
  • Conflict Resolution and Mentoring  at our local elementary school in partnership with the Philadelphia Mennonite High School
  • GED and ESL classes (high school equivalency diploma)
  • Financial management classes
  • Emergency food/gift baskets
  • Community Festival, which provides school kits, groceries, resources, kids games, food, and prayer ministry
  • Community Peace Gardens
  • 2nd Space Arts (gallery showcasing local art)
  • Host site for STEP (church leadership training), with Eastern Mennonite University
  • Host site for Oxford Circle Farmer’s Market

Please be in prayer for our upcoming Bridge of Hope Program that will provide church mentor support, social services, and graduated rent support for women and children at risk of homelessness

Stop by our office on the 2nd floor or check out our fliers in the church lobby or online for more information.

Website: www.occcda.org