Serving ministries

Since our founding in 1962, our church has served the people of the Conejo Valley and the world.  There is joy, impact on others and impact on yourself.  Come serve with us!

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

We offer many opportunities to serve -
through organizations and ministries providing services to local Conejo Valley people,
helping our local church serving ministries and
connections to Methodist and other organizations serving California and the world.
Serving can be in a small or big role, can be in person or through technology, but is always impactful to those we serve and to you.

opportunities to serve the community

Study Buddies

Study Buddies is a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon tutoring program for elementary students.  This ministry happens at our church campus from November through May.

3:00-3:30 pm               Storytime
3:30-5:00 pm               Tutoring & Rececss

We are looking for people who love to help young children succeed academically - high school student tutors, adult tutors and story time readers.   Volunteers must attend one training session and all attendees must be vaccinated.  We also need donations of snacks and large beach towels.

Food insecurity is a reality in the Conejo Valley. The  Harvest Food Pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd  Friday of the month.  Volunteers are needed from 8:30AM to 1:00 PM to help with organizing and distributing food  at the church kitchen.  
Westminster Free Clinic (WFC) and Community Care Center has been at UMCTO since 2006. WFC is a volunteer-based organization that provides free health and health supporting services to over 10,000 working-poor, uninsured East Ventura County residents annually.

Free services include basic healthcare, medications, labs, nutrition counseling, vision and dental services, mental health counseling, case management, health education programs for adults and children, exercise classes, heart healthy food distribution, and more every Wednesday afternoon and evening at UMCTO. High school students interested in careers in healthcare can join WFC’s two-year healthcare careers pipeline program and assist volunteer medical professionals in the delivery of free health care. A majority of high school students in this program are children of the patient population we serve.  The clinic is on our church campus on Wednesdays from 5:00-10:00 pm
In addition to its ongoing weekly services, WFC holds several seasonal events including:
• A Back to School Event in the fall that equips local low-income children for school with free backpacks, school supplies, dental exams and fluoride treatments, oral health kits and more so children feel ready for school.
• A Holiday Toy Distribution Event that brings joy to children and families who are financially struggling each holiday season by providing them with free toys.
• Adopt A Family Program that gives more affluent families or businesses a way to adopt a family that is struggling economically. It is a one-time event in December where the WFC families share their story and their wishes and generous community members, churches, businesses and service clubs “adopt” the family by purchasing gifts and food for the whole family.
• Flu Vaccines provided every fall help families stay healthy during the flu season
• Free distributions of household cleaning and hygiene products meet the essential needs of low-income families
• Free children's books and gently used-clothing are distributed weekly.
Harbor House helps those who struggle with housing insecurity and food insecurity  in the Conejo Valley.  
You can sign up to make lunches or hot dinners.
Adelante Comunidad Conejo brings Conejo Valley Latino voices into important community conversations through Advocacy, Networking, and Support.  

Advocacy:  We listen to and respond to community concerns.  We bring those concerns forward to local agencies and speak on behalf of those who are not ready to speak for themselves.
Networking:  We believe that local community connections are key drivers of change.  By attending events, participating in discussions, and meeting other community influencers, we position Latino voices to be heard and seen as respected community voices.
Support:  Our efforts range from supporting families in crisis, advising community members who are struggling to interface effectively with local agencies, hosting gatherings to better inform families, encourage pride, and build community connections while also addressing food security.

Opportunities to Serve at Church

Listed above are a number of opportunities to serve at church.  If you'd like to explore serving , please complete the form below, identify any areas of interest and we'll get you connected!

Not sure where you are gifted to serve?
Find your spiritual gifts

As we grow into the people God intended us to be, it can be helpful to understand what our spiritual gifts are.  Here is an easy, free online Spiritual Gift Survey for you to take.  Find out what yours are and lets help you use them.

Social Justice

A core mission of the United Methodist Church is social justice.  The national, regional and local Methodist churches support social justice as outlined in our Book of Discipline below.  Our California Pacific conference has terrific resources through the link below.  Stay tuned for social justice information and opportunities to serve.