Our Ministries

Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Avery Chapel AME Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Avery Chapel AME members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.

The War Room Prayer Ministry

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Avery Chapel AME Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning service, a team of volunteers is praying for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers to our Prayer Warriors team, pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study.  Join Now



Sunday School Ministry

The mission of the Sunday school in the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall be to teach, train, nurture, prepare, and recruit adults and children in God's Word for Christian service, emphasizing those Christian principles, which are essential for effective Christian growth and participation.  This teaching and training shall be designed to prepare them for and assist them with effective living and Christian leadership in a changing society. Join Now



Children's Church

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, Avery Chapel AME Church holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons.  Join Now



Berean Study Group

This study group engages a more intensive and deeper evaluation of the Word of God.  The outcome is a more knowledgeable and better equipped disciple of Christ.   Join Now



Evangelism & Membership

The Evangelism Ministry at AVERY CHAPEL A.M.E. Church is focused upon making Jesus' last command our first concern.  With this mind, we desire that everyone may know for certain whether or not they have Eternal Life.  Evangelism Explosion III International (EE) is the primary tool used to train laypersons to become effective lay evangelists here at Avery.  It is more fruitful to train a winner of souls than to merely win a soul is the chief principle upon which Evangelism Explosion III is based.  EE equips lay people to share their faith through on-the-job witnessing experiences under the guidance of experienced trainers.  Individuals who are prepared to commit to a day-a week, 12-week training ministry, are taught how to share the Gospel effectively, naturally and inoffensively.  After completing the course, the trainees being empowered with confidence and sharpened evangelistic tools are now ready to carry on way of life evangelism.  They are also skilled enough to assist in training more soul winners.


Membership The first priority is to help you move into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  From that moment on, the vision of our Pastor, Rev. D. Lavel Crawford, Sr., through the ministry of Membership and Evangelism is to oversee your initial growth and development.


Here at Avery Chapel A.M.E. church we discourage mere church membership and strongly admonish all our members to become actively involved in executing the vision that God has given the ministry.   Join Now



Lay Organization

The purpose of the lay organization is to organize and train the lay members and provide for greater integration and recognition in the African Methodist Episcopal Church; promote the spread of personal evangelism; provide training to Christian stewardship; open new areas of services; provide better support for the church and ministry; provide for the orderly training of laymen for effective service; and promote the fellowship of laymen throughout the connection.  Join Now



Women's Missionary Society

The purpose of the Women’s Missionary Society it to help each woman and youth grow in the knowledge and experience of God, through His son, Jesus Christ, thus challenging them to respond to God's redemptive plan in this world.  The society seeks fellowship with women by initiating and maintaining a support system and to create opportunities and resources to meet the changing needs and concerns of women and youth through intensive training, recruitment and Christian witnessing.  Join Now



Young People's Division (Y.P.D.)

The YPD ministry seeks to provide meaningful youth training programs in all areas of the church life, which will provide for full participation in the total mission of the church.  The YPD ministry will provide specific training in Evangelism, Christian Social Relations and Education programs designed to increase knowledge of the African Methodist Episcopal Church History and Scriptures.  Join Now



The Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC)

The mission of the RAYAC is to minister to the intellectual (mind), physical (body) and spiritual (spirit) needs of the members of the AME church.  The fourfold purpose of the RAYAC includes Discipleship, Leadership Training, Fellowship, and Networking.  Join Now



Teenage Ladies with Class (T. L. C.)

Ministry comprised of teenage girls between the ages of 13-18.  Purpose of TLC is to train young ladies to display Christ like character with class.  Join Now



G. W. P.

Gentlemen With a Purpose.  Ministry comprised of teenage boys between the ages of 14-18. Purpose of  GWP is to train and transform adolescent young boys to Godly men.  Join Now



Stewardesses #1, #2, #3

Ministry comprised of women.  They assist at all services with the sacraments (baptism, communion) and any other capacities as needed. Join Now



Usher Boards

The Ushers are greeters and doorkeeper in the House of the Lord.  They receive visitors and members in a Christ-like fashion.  They provide comfort and support to the worshipers, to ensure that worship is carried out respectfully and in good order.  The usher boards serve during worship services, funerals, concerts, etc.  Join Now



Music Ministry

The mission of the Music Ministry at Avery Chapel is first to spiritually prepare those who join our choirs to minister through songs and praises.  The music in any worship service should prepare the souls of the listeners for the word of God.  Music in our church should serve to help each individual find a "point of entry" into the worship experience.  Our purpose is to glorify God as we worship Him in the beauty of holiness, and to present ourselves sanctified vessels to be used by Him.  Through our ministry, we hope to admonish, edify and warn the saints and sinners through the message that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings.  Join Now



Deaf Ministry (coming soon)

The goal of the Deaf Ministry is to provide the deaf community a place and a way to worship and grow in the Lord.  The deaf will be able to receive spirit-filled messages through sign language interpreters.  The objective is to have all classes, workshops, dramas, etc. interpreted.  Any time a function is taking place in or outside the church we have an interpreter available.


The deaf are able to grow in the Lord by attending deaf Sunday school class.  The Sunday school will be taught in their God given language: sign language.  Because Sunday school is the heart of the church, the deaf members are able to apply Godly principles to the particle challenges deaf people face in the reality of their lives.


The manifestation of the objectives allows the Deaf Ministry to grow spiritually while learning how to become disciples and spread the gospel throughout the deaf community.  Our deaf members will have the opportunity to become Missionaries, Preachers and committed workers for God.  Join Now



Higher Praise Dance Ministry

The mission of the Higher Praise Dance Ministry is to help to elevate the worship of Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church to higher levels, through expressing the Word of God through movement.  As the church continues to grow spiritually, Higher Praise will help to enhance the worship experience through praise dance, worship dance, warfare dance, dance celebration, dance of travail, prophetic dance and ceremonial dance.  The ministry focuses on three areas: The Word of God, understanding the body and movement, and learning choreography that Glorifies God.  The Higher Praise Dance Ministry includes a woman's group, youth group, and limited movement group.



Young Adult Ministry

The Young Adult Ministry is an umbrella for both single and married members of the church.  This ministry is designed to understand and meet the needs of young adult members of the church.  This will be done by meeting two criteria needs for Avery, 1) Bridge the gap between Young Adult Singles and Couples through fellowship, and 2) Through spiritual growth and development, to bring out the resources and skills of the Young Adults in the congregations so that they become instrumental in the overall effectiveness of the ministry.  Join Now



Sons of Allen

The purpose of the Sons of Allen is to lead men to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  To organize all African Methodist men in Christian fellowship and social action; to develop African Methodist men in the skill of prayer, evangelism, Christian stewardship, and Christian spiritual and social services; to teach the men of the church the history, aims, beliefs and program of the church, and encourage Christian worship and Bible study; to encourage our men to become witnesses for Christ in their daily occupations; and to create a conscious loyalty to the total program of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Join Now


Senior Adult Ministry (SAMS)

The Senior Citizen’s ministry provides for the needs of the elderly.  Transportation is provided for any special needs, including a ride to and from church during the week for ministry activities and on Sunday mornings.  Hot meals are prepared during the week by our kitchen staff.  Join Now



Couples Ministry

The Couples' Ministry seeks to glorify God by the strengthening of marriages through biblically based principles and programs that seek to keep the fire burning in marriage.  Join Now



Singles’ Ministry

This ministry seeks to increase fellowship and Christian service of all singles in our church and with other churches in the community.  Join Now



New Generation Empowerment Ministry (NEWGEM)

NEWGEM seeks to instill biblical principles and build Christian character for middle school and high school students; teaching them to be proud and bold about their faith in Christ.  Join Now



Service Our Sick (S.O.S.) Ministry

Visit sick persons in hospitals, convalescent homes, nursing homes and in their homes.  "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matthew 25: 35-36)


The heart of Christianity is washed in loving, caring for and seeing to the needs of others.  The sick and shut-in ministry provides encouragement and gives spiritual support to those who are experiencing physical or mental illness.  Through prayer, visitations, reading of the word of God and singing of hymns, members confined to hospitals, nursing homes or their own homes are spiritually uplifted.  Join Now


Health Ministry

The Health Ministry serves to provide health education information, referral sources, and training in CPR and First Aid.  Members of the ministry serve as a first response team for medical needs which do not require the immediate professional care and attention of a physician. 

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Feed My Sheep

This ministry responds immediately to persons in need of food, clothing, utility bill and prescription supplements, as well as addressing spiritual needs.  Join Now


Avery Extended Day Program

The mission of the Bethel Extended Day Program is to provide school-aged children with a warm caring, safe and Christian environment to come to after school; allowing them to reach their full potential, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually.  Students are provided with a nutritious snack and a meal while tutoring, mentoring, homework assistance and fun activities are available.  Join Now

Whiz Kids

Whiz Kids inspires schools, churches, and community partners who feel called to support our city’s most vulnerable and empowers them to be difference-makers in the lives of children at-risk for school failure.  www.whizkidsok.org


Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church has been blessed to become a Whiz Kids partner.  Our church serves as a gathering place where students, kids, and volunteers come together to begin their journey.  As a safe and familiar place within the neighborhood we serve, Avery Chapel donates its time and facilities for student meals, bible lesson, and tutoring. More Information