What To Expect

Coming to Orange Villa Bible Church (OVBC) should feel like you are walking into a good friend’s home. We warmly welcome everyone and want to meet you right where you are.  If you are coming to visit us for the first time for one of our Sunday Services, you should expect to…

  • Receive a warm welcome: No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you are wearing, we are excited to have you worship with us at Orange Villa. Don’t be surprised if a total stranger comes up and genuinely wants to say hi and get to know you.
  • Hear a Christ-Centered Sermon: The good news of Jesus Christ is preached each Sunday morning, as we dig deep into Scripture to reveal God’s truth. Join with us as we shine light on the precious gift Jesus offers us in eternal forgiveness from all of our sins and an everlasting life spent with Him. Don’t have a Bible? No worries. Just ask and we will be happy to give you one.
  • Worship in Music and Prayer: One of our greatest joys is to lift up our voices in prayer and song to the Lord. We invite everyone to participate however you feel moved. Stand and lift arms or sit and just listen. And don’t worry about your voice, that’s why God calls it a joyful noise.
  • Hear About Ways You Can Get Involved: PLEASE don’t be shy about asking any of our leaders or members about how you can get plugged into life at OVBC. Our church family is excited to have you join us for small groups, upcoming events, and all the many ways in which we do life together. Also, please fill out one of our visitor cards on the table as you enter the sanctuary. Just drop it in the offering plate or give it to someone when you leave. We want to connect with you in any way we can.

Find out more about visiting OVBC for the first time.

General Info
  • Where are you located?
    Finding us for the first time can be a little tricky. We are best known as “Oh, that church across the street from The Village Target?”
    We are located on the South East intersection of Tustin Ave. and Meats Ave. in the City of Orange, CA. Simply go east on Meats from the intersection and make the first right on Park Lane. OVBC is right in front of you. The street makes a sharp left, but make a sharp right to get into our parking area.
  • Where do I park and enter?
    Our main parking lot is located on the south side of the church. When you turn into the church driveway, you will be coming down the right side of the church. The parking area is immediately beyond that.  Park anywhere you like and yes we do have Handicap parking and wheelchair access.
    The entrance to the main sanctuary is through the large double glass doors right at the front of the church.
  • What can I wear?
    We have no formal dress code at OVBC. Come as you are. You will attendees wearing everything from flips and tees to those in their Sunday best (which might just be flips and tees). You will fit right in no matter what your own personal style is, from slacks to jeans, so we encourage you to dress as you feel comfortable. We simply ask that you dress respectively of being in God’s House.
  • Is child-care available?
    We offer a Nursery program and a Kid’s Church for kids ages 4-12. Each room is staffed by a team of qualified and trained volunteers who love ministering to God’s smallest children
    For mom’s who want to keep their infants with them during the main service, you are welcome. Again we simply ask that you be respectful of the other attendees. We do have a Quiet Room at the rear of the sanctuary with a changing table, chair and crib, and you can hear the message from there.
    We generally invite the whole family to be part of our service until after the Pastor’s Prayer after which the children can be taken to their respective rooms by our volunteer staff. Children under three-years old will head to our Nursery (Room 204) and pre-school through sixth grade will head to Kid’s Church (Room 202).
  • What languages does your church speak?
    We have vibrant English and Spanish services at OVBC! English sermons are usually preached by Pastor Rob or Pastor Dustin, and our Spanish messages are preached by Pastor Luis. On Sunday mornings, we all gather together in the Main Sanctuary to praise God as one body. Then, before the main message, the Spanish service splits off into Room 210 to hear the message delivered in their own language.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 714.637.3250 or email us at info@orangevilla.org. We would love to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Most of all, we want to feel welcomed when you come.

Adult Sunday School
  • What is Adult Sunday School?
    Adult Sunday School is an opportunity we have before our regular service for those who want to dive deeper into God’s word. In the class, we will take a topic, such as deep theology questions or the intersection of the secular worldview and Christianity, and we will spend about an hour studying what God’s word has to teach us to help us make better informed decisions and to understand God’s will in our lives.
  • When does Adult Sunday School take place?
    Adult Sunday School generally is held in Room 208 and is from 9:45AM to 10:30AM.
  • Can I bring my family?
    We invite EVERYONE to attend our Adult Sunday School Class. Although geared for adults, our Young Adults and Youth groups regularly attend. Younger kids may find it a bit over their heads, but see Bullet 6 below.
  • I don’t know a lot about the Bible. Will this be over my head?
    What you’re not perfect? Please come and bring ten more like you. Adult Sunday School is not about who knows the most. There is no grade, no Bible Baseball or gold ribbons for getting to chapter and verse first. We simply look at a topic and one pastors will lead us through a very easy to understand lesson. Don’t understand something? Simply raise your hand and ask. Questions are welcome and if you have one, you can probably guess someone else in the room probably has the same question.
  • What do I need to bring?
    Bring your Bible and an open heart and mind. That’s it. We suggest you bring a notepad and pen (real or digital) if you like to take notes but we do provide these materials for, including the Bible if you need one. We will also provide a class summary and topic list to help you follow along.
  • Are food and beverages allowed?
    Certainly. You are welcome to bring your own, but we pride ourselves on being the brewers of some of the best church coffee to be had in Orange County. In addition, there is usually various juices and breakfast snacks available for your enjoyment. There is nothing like a honey bun to keep a young child happy during class.

If you have any other questions about Adult Sunday School, please feel free to call us at 714.637.3250 or email us at info@orangevilla.org. We would love to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Most of all, we want to feel welcomed when you come.

Sunday Services
  • What time is your Sunday Service held?
    Sunday Service begins at 10:40AM
  • What is a typical Sunday Service like?
  • Generally our Sunday Service follows the following structure:
    • Call to Worship: A reading from Scripture will call us all to attention and let us know service is starting. This will be followed by the worship team leading our congregation in song.
    • Announcements: Pastor Rob will give a brief opening prayer and then welcome everyone. After this he will go through any upcoming events, news or special prayer requests and praise notes that concern the church.
    •  Greetings: We then take a few minutes for the congregation to say hello to each other, greet any visitors and generally get caught up on each others lives.
    • Scripture Reading: Once everyone has returned to their seats (which can sometimes be the hardest part of the Service – we are a very friendly church!) A passage of Scripture related to the message is read.
    • Worship in Music: After the reading the Worship Team will lead the congregation in a couple of songs of praise.
    • Pastor’s Prayer: This is a time when our Pastor prays for needs of the church, our local community, or the world as we all join together and come before the throne of God. After this prayer time, the Spanish service splits off into Room 210, to hear the message preached in Spanish by Pastor Luis Ruz. Children sixth grade and under are also dismissed for Nursery or Kid’s Church. This will be followed by another song of worship lead by our Worship Team.
    • Message: The main part of the Service is our message. This is generally delivered by Pastor Rob or Associate Pastor Dustin but from time to time another church leader or guest speaker may also sharing a word with the congregation. Generally the message will be on a portion of scripture in a book of the Bible we are currently going through. Our church takes an exegetical approach to Scripture, going through one book of the Bible at a time, verse by verse.
    • Worship and Dismissal: After the sermon, our worship team will lead the congregation in a closing song. An opportunity to give an offering and or to share a prayer request or a praise note is also done at this point.
    • Meet and Share: After the Service is over, parents can pick up their children from their classrooms. Everyone is invited to spend some time having a cup of coffee, speaking with each other or the Pastor and leaders, and for those who would like to have a prayer need met, can have this done at this time.
  • What are the sermons like?
    We approach Scripture with reverence and respect, and the sermons reflect this. Our pastors and elders bring portions of Scripture to life through careful study and intentional exegesis. Depending on the current series, we go through the Bible book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse not only to understand the specific verse, but also how it fits into the whole of the Bible and what it means for us today..
  • What kind of worship music do you play at Orange Villa?
    Our Worship Team plays a variety of songs and styles, from contemporary to classic hymns. The main priority of our congregational worship is to focus on God, his goodness, his promise and our position as his children.
  • What Bible translation do you use?
    Most of our Scripture readings and sermon notes are from the English Standard Version (ESV) but you are welcome to use whatever translation you wish. It is not uncommon to see one member with a King James Bible sitting next to another with a NIV.
  • Am I expected to tithe or give an offering?
    We do have an offering opportunity during our service, but no one is required to give. Rather, we ask that your heart lead you. We believe that Scripture gives us the best advice on giving. Here is just one passage we often remind our congregation to follow:
    “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
  • Do you offer Communion and if so how is it done?
    We believe Communion is an important part of Christian life. It is a commandment from Christ to remember every time we taste bread and wine, and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. At OVBC we offer Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Communion is held at the end of the Service. Our Pastor will remind us of the meaning of Communion as well as the reasons why we should as well as should NOT take Communion. Our Deacons or Elders will then offer a prayer for both the wine (yes grape juice) and the bread (actual bread) and then the elements are passed to all the congregation. You are not required to take Communion but all are invited to participate as long as they have examined their heart and feel it is proper.

If you have any other questions about Sunday Service, please feel free to call us at 714.637.3250 or email us at info@orangevilla.org. We would love to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Most of all, we want to feel welcomed when you come.

First Sundays
  • What are “First Sundays”?
    As the title implies, First Sundays are the services that are held on the first Sunday of each month.
  • What is different about First Sundays?
    On our First Sundays there are three changes to our normal Sunday Service Schedule.

    • The first is that instead of having your children go off to Sunday School, we invite the whole family to participate in the entire Service. The Service is modified slightly to allow kids to participate and for the whole family to worship together.
    • The second difference is that we offer Communion on First Sundays.
    • The third difference is that after the Service, everyone is invited to share in a communal pot-luck.
  • Do you still offer Nursery care during First Sundays?
    Yes. If you have an infant and wish to have them taken care of in our Nursery, you are welcome to do so.
  • What is your Communion service like?
    We believe Communion is an important part of Christian life. It is a commandment from Christ to remember every time we taste bread and wine, and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. Communion is held at the end of the Service. Our Pastor will remind us of the meaning of Communion as well as the reasons why we should as well as should NOT take Communion. Our Deacons or Elders will then offer a prayer for both the wine (yes grape juice) and the bread (actual bread) and then the elements are passed to all the congregation. You are not required to take Communion but all are invited to participate as long as they have examined their heart and feel it is proper.
  • Do I have to bring my own food to share in the Pot-Luck?
    You only need to bring a desire to spend some time with fellow believers and a hearty appetite. More often than not, there is a lot more food that is brought than anyone can ever eat at one sitting. If you wish to bring something though, you are welcome to do so. It is a good idea to bring enough for 10 to 15 people to each get a portion. You are welcome to bring a salad, a main course, side dish or dessert. We ask that you come a little early and drop your food off with one of our members at the kitchen next to Room 208. We do have ovens and a refrigerator to keep things hot or cold. If you have a crock pot or casserole dish, you can plug it in to keep the food warm during service. We do provide all the utensils and plates and will set your food offering up on the serving tables. If you wish to help out in setting up or cleaning up afterwards, you are welcome to do so. Just check with one of the volunteers to see what is needed. If you or your family members have any dietary restrictions, you might consider bringing your own dish as there may or may not be dishes to meet all needs. Beverages are also provided by the church.