MINISTRIES at First Presbyterian Church of Avenel

His Hands Community Outreach Ministry (The Clothes Closet)

The His Hands Community Outreach Ministry is a ministry dedicated to helping local area residents who are less fortunate than we are. Our church office has always had a large number of local residents stop in for some sort of assistance. This ministry is a response to this issue. We hope not only to help those in our community who are in need, but we hope to help them up and out of their situation. One of the ways we accomplish this goal is through the "His Hands Clothes Closet." The Closet is supplied entirely by donations from our congregation and the local community. We take in clothing items in good, clean and wearable condition. We also accept shoes, accessories and linens. 


Please call the Church Office for the latest schedule of sorting days. We are always in need of volunteers for jobs such as sorting, organizing, and working the Clothes Closet while open. Let us know how you would like to help be a part of this important work that God has given our church to do.

Prayer Chain Ministry

The Prayer Chain consists of many church members who are "on call" for those who have immediate prayer needs. The Prayer Chain consists of the pastor, 2 coordinators and seven different prayer teams, each team headed by a captain. The coordinators receive the telephone call for the immediate prayer need, call their designated captains, who in turn call the members of their prayer teams -- and everyone is praying for the one in need!
Prayer is powerful. Please consider joining this ministry or calling the Prayer Chain when you have an immediate prayer need.

Oasis Bible Study (Currently on Hiatus)

Is your soul parched? Are you thirsty to know God? Why not come drink in God’s living and active Word at “Oasis”, our weekly study and discussion group. It just might be the refreshment you need. Edible refreshments provided too!  All are welcome!

Kitchen Angels

The Kitchen Angels are a group of church members, headed by Mrs. Carolyn Stockl, who prepare and serve funeral luncheons to bereaved members and immediate families. It is such a blessing to know that there are so many generous people in this church who can be counted on to be there when the need arises. By being there for our church family in their time of need, we not only feed their hunger, but also their spirit. It is our way of making a difficult time a little easier. Our Angels come in many forms, whether it is someone making a casserole or a cake, setting up tables, washing dishes, cleaning up or just being there to help wherever needed. Please consider earning your wings and become a Kitchen Angel!

Music Ministry

The Chancel Choir is our adult choir, ages 13-100, under the direction of Mr. Joseph Hernandez. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room of the Sanctuary. Please share the gift of voice that the Lord has given to you by coming to rehearsal and singing for our Lord on Sunday mornings!
The Carol Choir is for everyone Grades K-4. Rehearsals are currently held during the Sunday School hour. Come sing a joyful song to the Lord!

Media Ministry

Have you ever missed a great Sunday sermon because you were out of town, ill or volunteering for Toddler Care or Adventures in Worship? Or was there ever a Sunday where you found the choir to be so inspiring that you thought you could listen to them all day? Or are you a shut-in who is unable to attend the Sunday morning worship service at all?  Well, you can now see them on our church website at, and on our Facebook page at

Library Ministry

Looking for more Christian literature? There is a wealth of good reading material in our tiny Church Library. It is located in the room at the back of the Sanctuary in a cabinet marked "Church Library." It is easy to check out a book. Simply remove the card in the pocket of the book, write your name and the date on the card, and place the card in the large index box also located in the cabinet. Take the book home, read it, enjoy it, and then return it for someone else to enjoy. Upon returning the book, remove the card from the index box, place it back in the card pocket of the book, and put the book back on the shelf in the letter section of the first letter of the author's last name.

Thank God for what you have.  Trust God for what you need.