dea•con (de'k n) n. A person appointed or elected to serve as an assistant in a church.
– The American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd College Edition.
A 'deacon' is, by definition, most appropriately regarded as a servant to the Body of Christ. Nominated and elected by the congregation, this is an ordained position. Deacons are an extension of the church in your neighborhood. Deacons are trained to care for approximately 30 families in their neighborhood offering fellowship, prayer support, hospital visits, and needs for those in financial crisis.
The deacons of Bel Air Church attempt to fulfill that privilege through a variety of ways and means. One of the most important ways is by meeting the emergency financial needs of our members, regular attenders and even the 'strangers in our midst.' In so doing the deacons who serve on the finance committee strive to be the best possible stewards of the money which has been entrusted to us by you. The deacons make home and hospital visits to those among us who are ill or confined, as well as, established a prayer cordon which brings before God the needs of any and all who request intervention.
In addition, the deacons partner with Bel Air Church Local Outreach in a variety events including the annual Thanksgiving Basket Day. On this day over one thousand baskets are filled with Thanksgiving goodies and distributed to those in need. Lastly, the deacons offer many ways in which members of Bel Air can meet their neighbors, build community, care for each other, as well as the ultimate fellowship, the joining before the Lord's table for communion. In these and many other activities the Bel Air Deacon Ministries serve the Body of Christ with praise and thanksgiving.
Crisis Intervention Ministry
The early Church set people apart for an office called "Deacon." The title did not fill those appointed with self-importance - the term literally meant a "table waiter!" But it is filled with significance because Deacons are called to serve Christ and "discharge loving service" in meeting the needs of the members of his church. The office of Deacon is vital in our life together at Bel Air Church. Our Deacons' goal is to facilitate a family quality among our widely dispersed congregation through a ministry of sympathy, witness and care-giving.
The Bel Air Church Deacons serve 11 neighborhoods in which each Deacon cares for 30 - 40 singles and families. Bel Air Church members are placed in a neighborhood cluster ministered to by a group of Deacons. The Deacon of a particular cluster keeps in touch through prayer support, home visits, care-giving in times of illness, assistance with emergency financial needs, and occasional group meetings.
- You can help your Deacon by:
- Letting him or her know your needs or the needs of others within our church family.
- Assisting the Deacon in serving the needs of others in and through your neighborhood community.
- Attending the open house gathering and Annual Bel Air Church Neighborhood Summer Party in your area.
- Being a part of the Annual Thanksgiving Basket distribution day and Thanksgiving Hospitality each November.
- Participating in the Deacon Offering, which is held as needed.
Do you or someone you know need prayer? The Deacons want to know your needs so they can respond. The Deacon Prayer Cordon, a chain of prayer, can be mobilized either by contacting a neighborhood Deacon or the Church Office at 818-788-4200 x187.
Home and hospital visitation to our shut-in, convalescing and congregation who are having surgery or other medical care and concern is offered through our Caring Ministries Department. If you or someone in our church family you know is ill, or in need of such a visit, please contact the Caring Ministries Department by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 818-788-4200 x187 to let us know that information. When calling, please indicate whether you or the person you know would like a deacon, a member of our visitation team or Pastor visit when possible.
Deacon neighborhoods are designed to give church members in the same residential area an opportunity to meet in a casual setting for fellowship, information and group activities. They also serve a vital role in providing for the needs of those who are sick, lonely, or in need of emergency financial resources.
Bel Air Church divides its members into neighborhoods, which are grouped according to zip codes. There are a total of 11 neighborhoods which covers most of Los Angeles county running from the Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys to the north, through the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley, the Westside, across the basin and down into the South Bay.
You can find your neighborhood in the list below as well as the deacons who serve you:
#1 – West Valley
#2 – Mid Valley
#3 – Northern Valley
#4 – Encino
#5 – Sherman Oaks
#6 – East Valley
#7 – Beverly Hills / Bel Air
#8 – Brentwood
#9 – Mid City
#10 – Santa Monica / Malibu
#11 – Venice / Marina Del Rey & South Bay
Annual Thanksgiving Basket Program
Bless this food to its intended use… and feed our souls on the Bread of Life.
For almost 30 years, through its Deacons and Local Outreach Department, Bel Air Church has provided food baskets for families and individuals in need throughout Los Angeles each Thanksgiving season.This past Thanksgiving, over 1,300 boxes of food, each with enough food for a family of ten, were assembled and distributed to those in need through a network of other churches, ministries, agencies and organizations. If you would like to know more about Bel Air Church, please visit us one Sunday or browse our site.
- How you can help:
- Donate Financially through our Giving link or during our Annual Thanksgiving Basket Offering. When giving please put "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the memo.
- Volunteer during our Annual Thanksgiving Basket Build Day held each November at Bel Air Church.
- Organizations or Individuals in need: If you know a family who needs a basket this Thanksgiving, please contact the church at (818) 788-4200, ext. 323 and we will connect you with our Thanksgiving Basket team. Space is limited.
If you have any questions about Thanksgiving baskets or want to get involved, call the church office at (818) 788-4200, ext. 323 and someone from our Thanksgiving Basket team would love to connect with you.