News – California Churches

After two court rulings over the weekend, Grace Community Church again met indoors for worship Sunday (Aug. 16), continuing its defiance of a government order banning large indoor meetings and singing during meetings.

Two San Jose churches have filed a federal lawsuit claiming a coronavirus-related ban of indoor worship violates their First Amendment rights.

A volunteer at a Los Angeles church’s drive-thru food bank died April 17 after being struck by a ministry client’s vehicle.

While California Southern Baptist pastors say they are grateful for technology which enabled them to be online for church March 22, they also report challenges in using technology effectively.

Church distributes food twice weekly to the “down and out” in Hollywood

God is using Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to share the gospel in a tangible way among survivors of California wildfires that killed seven people and burned more than 150,000 acres of land, pastor Michael Ent told Baptist Press.

“We have high schools around where, within the last year, students have been arrested for trafficking other students through the school,” Denise Matthews, the women’s minister at Magnolia Church in Riverside, said. “Seeing that it is happening here really put a fire under me that we need to do more about this.”

As part of myMISSION’s second national missions experience, 32 young women from 10 states gathered on Memorial Day weekend to share their faith alongside Baptist workers in the inner city of New York, and build community with one another. Six volunteers from St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in La Puente joined others from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

It’s called bivocational, a word spell-check may not recognize but a concept that is as old as the church herself.

First Southern Baptist Church in Shafter — the oldest congregation in California Southern Baptist Convention — refuses to become obsolete in their community’s changing social climate.