Serving Opportunities

Serving Opportunities

New Life provides many opportunities for you to serve others in the name of Jesus. The list below is in alphabetical order.


Blanket Ministry

Wednesday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm • Room LC-1

Pieces From Heaven Blanket Ministry

Deuteronomy 16:15 says, “The Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands and your joy will be complete.”

Hi, We’re Debra Holden (Director) and Gloria Whisler (Co Director) and we would like to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit about our Blanket Ministry and how it got started.

Learning to do needlework had always been a desire of mine. When I became a Christian 15 years ago God fulfilled that desire by sending me to Hancock College where they have a wonderful needlework program. I didn’t realize it at the time, but God had a plan. When God had blessed me with the gift of needlework, I felt an overwhelming desire to get his word out through the blankets that I was making for friends and family. I wanted them to fill the same kind of joy that I felt in knowing our Savior. So I started making little tags that read, “You are Precious in Gods Sight,” or” In a Babies Happiness You Can See Gods Smile” or “God Loves You” and tying them on the packages that I would give to them. During this same time, he had me delivering for Meals on Wheels which brought me great joy. I spent 3 years there and loved every minute of it. I met a lot of wonderful people including the staff, people just out of surgery, elderly shut ins, and people with illnesses.

One day when I was looking through one of my hobby catalogs, I came across a pattern for lap blankets. I thought “WOW,” that would be great for people who have to be in Wheel chairs. Maybe I could make one and give it to the care team to give out. Then I thought, they see so many people one lap blanket wouldn’t be enough. I then heard that still small voice say, “You need more people.” It startled me and I realized what God was calling me to do. Immediately, I started arguing with him. Lord, I’m not a leader, I’m a follower. Then I thought, they see so many people one lap blanket wouldn’t be enough. I then heard that still small voice say, “You need more people.” It startled me and I realized what God was calling me to do. Immediately, I started arguing with him. Lord, I’m not a leader, I’m a follower.

Did you know that It doesn’t do any good to argue with God? I decided to be obedient and I want you to know that God knew me better than I knew myself, because I can’t tell you enough what this ministry means to me. Looking back on my life, I now see that God was preparing me for the blanket ministry. He taught me how to do needlework, He had me working with people who were ill and lost and now he wanted me to bless them with beautiful handmade blankets. The Lord called me into this ministry in 2002 and blessed me with Gloria in 2003. Gloria’s enthusiasm and great love for the Lord has inspired me and she has been a tremendous asset to this ministry.

New Life Community Church and Grace Bible Church have joined together and have been distributing these handmade blankets through out our community in order to reach out to people who are in need of encouragement and to let them know there is hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. We currently give to such organizations as Normal life of California, [for the disabled], Social Services, [for abused children], The Salvation Army, [for the homeless, elderly shut ins, and disadvantaged pregnant women], Babyline, {for new babies at Grace church}, New babies at New Life Church, Lifeline, Choices, Arroyo Grande Hospital, Casa De Vida, Home bound, Area Police Departments, E.O.C., Family Care Network, and many others.

We have been blessed with many beautiful testimonies that mean so much and touch our hearts in this ministry. We get together on Wednesday mornings where many hours and a lot of love go into making crocheted, knitted, and quilted, blankets, hats, and booties. We also hand make labels that are sewn on to the blankets and then put into beautiful gift bags that are prayed over and then taken to that special person. Working as a team with these incredibly gifted women has been a complete blessing to us. It is awesome to see the love of the Lord working in each and every one of them. The Lord has completely provided for every need we have come across and it is absolutely incredible what he has done in this ministry.
God continues to keep his promises.

If you have also been blessed with the gift of needlework, I hope you will be encouraged to come and join us for some fun and fellowship. I am very excited about what God has already accomplished in this ministry, and what his plans are for the future. May God Bless You!:)

Childcare Workers Needed

We have openings in our Sunday morning nursery for teens and adults who are interested in working with our children. Please call Becky Ferni at 489-3254 x 607 if you are interested.

We are also looking for a few good people to help provide childcare for our weekday bible studies. We have volunteer and paid positions available. For more information, please contact Tami at Tami.

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Leaders

Our Children’s Ministry Volunteer Leaders have a special place in the lives of childrenage birth to 6th grade at New Life.

If you love children, and have a contangeous passion for God, consider becoming a Children’s Ministry Volunteer Leader.

As shepherds of the kids entrusted to us, we want to make sure our ministry is a good fit for you. Completing the following application is the first step in this process. Once we have your completed application, we will contact you to set up a time for a one on one interview.

Thanks for your willingness to serve kids!

Kid’s Ministries Leadership Application- click here

Doll Ministry

Every Wednesday morning from 9am until noon, something very special happens. Seventeen to twenty four women gather to pray, have fellowship and create hundreds of beautiful dolls to share with children all over the world.

In 1999 Naomi Luby started the group in her home.  With donated sewing machines the Doll Makers were underway. Some women couldn’t sew, so they stuffed the dolls. Others sew clothes. Some paint faces or make curly wigs.

In July of 2008 the Doll Ministry moved to the home of Patty and Ron O’Reilly.

This is a ministry where the ladies pray and encourage each other, celebrate birthdays together and enjoy fellowship. “God blesses us beyond imagination” is often heard. The ladies pray that the children who receive the dolls will be blessed and come to know the love of Jesus.

Although they seldom see the children that receive the dolls, they do get many heartwarming reports. Over 12,000 dolls have been given away as of August, 2014. The following is a list where the dolls have traveled.

Local Hospitals: Arroyo Grande – Day Stay and ER, French – Recovery, Sierra Vista – Pediatrics and ER, Marian – Pediatrics and ER and Pismo Surgical Center
Social Services Department in Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.
Fire Depts.
S.A.R.T. in San Luis
Captive Hearts
Missions:  Uganda – Kenya – Peru –Micronesia –  Costa Rica – South Africa – India Kazakhstan –  Guatemala – Ecuador Mexico – Caicos – Haiti –

The little boy, in the bottom picture, with the bear was rejected by his family. He was taken into an orphanage after being beaten and left on his own. He literally shook with excitement when he received this Teddy Bear, his first toy ever!

If you are interested in joining this ministry please call Merrie at 489-3254 x 500

Funeral Ministry

Our funeral ministry needs your help in the following areas:

  • Bring food for funeral receptions (sign up on the list to be contacted as needed)
  • Food service (Help prepare food before the funeral reception)
  • Clean-up (Help clean up after a funderal reception)

Please sign up at the Care Ministry table in the Lobby or contact the Care Office.

King’s Crew

King’s Crew is a group of volunteers who meet at the church every Wednesday to help with practical projects. Painting railings, tearing out walls, setting tile, constructing cabinets, placing drywall are just samples of the types of work done by this team.

Every session begins with a time of prayer and ends with a lunch, so this is a great way to meet some other people while making a great contribution to New Life. Just show up Wednesday morning!

Some of the projects King’s Crew has completed:
• Conversion of the Gym to the Life Center
• Renovation of the Church Library and Lobby
• Renovation of Education Center Rooms
• Renovation of the Administrative and Care offices
• Construction of the Preschool Playground

Library Volunteer


The New Life Church Library was recently remodeled to look like a storefront bookstore. It is located on the West side of the main church lobby. We have a wide collection of books, audio books, DVDs, and other resources designed to help you grow in your relationship with Christ.

We are looking for qualified people who can help with cataloging, reshelving, and check-out during our regular services. For information on how you can help, contact the church office.

Ushers & Greeters

We want people to feel welcome at New Life and our team of Ushers and Greeters are the first faces our visitors and attenders see each week. If you would like to join our team, you can choose to serve weekly, twice monthly or monthly at the service of your choice. There will be periodic meetings to train and upadate you as well.

Sign up at or call Joanna Kay at 489-3254 x 504

Salvation Army