Ministries

“Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in his name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—he came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17). Explore our current ministry options in the left menu and see what God is doing in and through the Ann Arbor Vineyard.
Life Groups

The Ann Arbor Vineyard has a strong life group culture. We have a variety of life groups that meet throughout the week at different venues and we are always launching new groups To find out more about life groups contact the Lifegroups Coordinator, who will work on finding a life group to suit your needs.

Learn more about life groups by visiting our Life Groups ministry page.

Children

If you have an affinity for children, our Children’s Ministry welcomes you! Serving in Children’s Ministry is a fabulous way of getting to know children as well as their parents. Our Sunday morning team includes lead teachers and assisting volunteers for babies through fifth graders, as well as supporting roles like monitor, check-in station, and clean-up help. The commitment level can vary from holding a baby once a month to leading a class every week. We also appreciate behind-the-scenes help during the week to get supplies and class materials ready. View our Children’s & Youth ministry page to find out more information about getting involved or what’s available for our children and youth. For opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry, contact our Children’s Pastor, Marissa Jadrich Ortiz.

Learn more about Children’s ministry by visiting our Children’s ministry page.

Youth

We aim to provide an environment where our students have a chance to relax and get to know God in a setting that nurtures fun, challenge, and spiritual growth.

Sunday Celebration
Our Jr. High (6th-8th grades) and High School (9th-12th grades) Youth Group meet each Sunday during the 11:15 am celebration in the youth room. We welcome our students to join the congregation in worship at the beginning of the service. After opening worship, Jr. High and High School students will be invited to meet in the youth room. There are some snacks and a few announcements. Then high school meets in a separate space for their own small hang out time and lesson while junior high youth hang out in the main youth area for a more activity based lesson.

Visit our youth ministry page to learn more about youth ministry and how you might participate or serve.

College

We love college students, which is why we have lots of ways for you to connect in our church community. Love Jesus? Awesome! Not into the whole church thing? Cool, we still want to get to know you. Our hope is to help every student get into a transformative relationship with Jesus and to keep building a community of college-aged folk with real authentic relationships where we can have open conversation, encourage one another, wrestle with big questions, and have a ton of fun!

Learn more about our College Ministry by visiting our College Ministry page.

Young Adults

In a season of transition and discovery, we hope that we can walk in this journey together as young adults. Here you can find any and all ways of getting connected within the 20-something community of Ann Arbor Vineyard. We exist to be a body of people which does not exist for itself, but for Christ and the world; creating room to question, breathe, grow, become, & go.

Learn more about our Young Adults Ministry by visiting the Young Adults Ministry page

Care Ministries

We want our church community to be a place where we are known, a place where God’s love is reflected to each of us in practical ways. We weren’t meant to go through life’s challenges on our own, and we want to be a community that cares for each other through the whole range of life’s experiences. Whether it’s a crisis, or working through challenging personal issues, it can be helpful to have someone there to help along the way. Jesus said, “As I have loved you… love one another” (John 13:34). This is one reason we encourage everyone to be involved with a life group. However, some of our problems require more time and attention than a life group can provide. That’s where our Care Ministries come in. Not sure which resource to start with? Contact care@annarborvineyard.org and we’ll happily guide you through the process.

Learn more about Care Ministries by visiting our Care Ministries page.

Global Engagement

We seek to facilitate a loving, vibrant ministry of sharing God’s blessings with the nations at the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor – one that abundantly sustains present international partnerships and lavishes love on cross-cultural workers through prayer, monetary support, relationship building, and provision for other spiritual, physical, and emotional needs; develops avenues to serve southeast Michigan in an outreach capacity; seeks new ways to extend God’s love as our Father leads; and effectively coordinates with other churches and organizations to accomplish these assignments.

Learn more about Global Engagement by visiting our Global Engagement page.

Justice and Compassion

As a church we are In addition to our interest in launching a free preschool for low income families in Washtenaw County by the fall of 2020, we are also interested in engaging other avenues of social engagement like forgiving past due medical debt, educating ourselves about the Cash Bail System and how it traps people in jail, engaging the human impact of immigration reforms and debate, continuing to do our part to reduce mass incarceration, and continuing our care for orphans, those in foster care, and those needing to be adopted. Finally, we are committed, as ever, to our weekly and monthly outreaches to those in the homeless community

Learn more about Justice and Compassion by visiting our Justice and Compassion page.
Sunday Celebration Ministries

The celebration team runs one weekend celebration: at 10:30 a.m. There are five roles that play an integral part in making these happen:

  • Hosts – helping with “behind-the-scenes” tasks, like preparing coffee and communion
  • Greeters – helping with the “up-front” tasks of greeting, serving communion, and collecting the offering
  • Celebration Managers – acting as the “team lead” for a designated celebration, coordinating the team and making sure all the duties are covered
  • Hospitality – The hospitality team prepares coffee for the Sunday celebrations.
  • Ushers – This ministry provides a wonderful opportunity of sharing the love of Christ in a very practical way.

Being a part of the celebration team provides a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ in a very practical way and to participate with Christ in welcoming all people to His party.

Learn more about our Sunday Celebration Ministries by visiting our Sunday Celebration Ministries page

Homeless Ministry

The volunteers of the Ann Arbor Vineyard Homeless Ministry head to Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor for food and fellowship every Friday evening of every month where they serve pizza and coffee, and hand out bags of food. They also distribute warm clothing and sleeping bags in the wintertime. They are an amazing team of people, and it is a humbling and also an enriching experience to serve the members of our community suffering from homelessness. There are also other ways to join in with the activities of the Homeless Ministry, visit the ministry webpage for more information. For any additional questions about the Homeless Ministry or to find out how to volunteer, contact our Homeless Ministry Team.

Learn more about our Homeless Ministry by visiting our Homeless Ministry page.

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2275 Platt Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 477-9135
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