Bakersfield

Corp Community Center

Address
4417 Wilson Road
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Mailing Address
PO Box 10358
Bakersfield, CA 93389
Contact
Majors Daniel M & Carole Abella
(661) 836-8487

Our Vision

  • We envision a Corps where people are led into a spirit of Worship that ministers to their heart needs.
  • We envision a Corps where Fellowship is key and people are brought into the Family and made to feel at home.
  • We envision a Corps with an emphasis on Discipleship – teaching people to grow in Christ and equipping them to serve.
  • We envision a Corps with an OUTREACH – that is reaching out into our community and our world.

2014 Holiday Baskets

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Our Doctrines

  • WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God; and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
  • WE BELIEVE that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect - the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things - and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
  • WE BELIEVE that there are three persons in the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
  • WE BELIEVE that in the person of Jesus Christ the divine and human natures are united; so that he is truly and properly God, and truly and properly man.
  • WE BELIEVE that our first parents were created in a state of innocence but, by the disobedience, they lost their purity and happiness; and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
  • WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ has, by his suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world, so that whosoever will may be saved.
  • WE BELIEVE that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation.
  • WE BELIEVE that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
  • WE BELIEVE that it is the privilege of all believers to be 'wholly sanctified', and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1Thessalonians 5:23).
  • WE BELIEVE in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.

Upcoming Events

Troops

Join fellow boys and girls of all ages as they experience life, build friendships and earn badges through our scouting/troop programs. Known as S.A.Y. Activities (Salvation Army Youth), the troops program is designed to encourage the development and growth of a child by establishing a positive influence through responsible leaders while allowing kids to discover the exciting possibilities of life.

Registration: A troop's registration form may be picked up at The Salvation Army or can be obtained from a troop leader.
Ages: 5+
Dates: Every Thursday during the school year
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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Moonbeams

Moonbeams is a developmental program designed for girls and boys ages four and five. The children learn to make their world a brighter place by being lights everywhere they go. They can earn emblems, as well as learn about interesting things like insects, cooking, animals and how to be helpful and polite. It’s a great opportunity for young girls and boys to make new friends and learn about a very special friend, Jesus.

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Sunbeams

Sunbeams is a fun-filled program that helps girls age six to eleven develop socially, mentally and spiritually. From learning to help at home to assisting others in the community and respecting nature, Sunbeams opens girls’ eyes to how they can make a difference in the world around them.


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Girl Guards

Girl Guards is created for girls in middle school as well as high school ranging in age from twelve to seventeen. Here they are given the opportunity to join Girl Guards, a four-fold emphasis addressing their spiritual, physical, mental and social needs. Life skills are implemented, personal growth develops and community service opportunities expand as girls learn to work together and at times, independently in various environments. They are also encouraged to think seriously about career and life-style choices as they move into adulthood, based on what they’ve learned.

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Adventure Corps

Adventure Corps is for boys age six to fourteen. Adventure Corps participants are encouraged to get out, explore the world around them and discover ways of serving God and others. By participating in a variety of activities including hiking, fishing, investigating museums, visiting nursing homes, memorizing Bible verses and camping, young men learn to overcome physical, mental and social challenges to grow into responsible adults.


Summer Camp

This is an opportunity for boys and girls of the Bakersfield Community to head up to our camp and conference center in Scotts Valley to The Salvation Army Camp Redwood Glen. Here they will experience our beautiful mountain surroundings while they enjoy a relaxing retreat away from the city life. Also located on our campus is the retreat center, cafeteria, lodgings, archery range, ropes course, pool and basketball court.

Registration: Camp registration packets may be picked up from The Salvation Army. Please note that medical information as well as physicals may be required.
Ages: 7+
Dates: TBD
Time: All Day
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.


Youth Councils

This is a weekend for teenagers involved with The Salvation Army programs. Here teenagers will have the opportunity to meet friends, take part in competitions, and participate in sessions dealing with a number of different aspects of life.

Registration: A Youth Councils packet may be obtained from the Corps Officer.
Ages: 14+
Dates: TBD
Time: All Weekend
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.


Jr. Leadership Program

This leadership development program is offered to those who are deeply involved with The Salvation Army Bakersfield worship and programs. The purpose is to challenge and develop young teens to be future leaders wherever they go, teaching them about responsibility, communication, commitment and decision making scenarios. Spacing is limited so that the individual can be personally mentored and instructed by available leaders.

Registration: An interview must be scheduled with the corps officer as well as the child’s listing of their past volunteer experience must be turned in. A volunteer packet may be picked up and returned to The Salvation Army.
Ages: 13+
Dates: As scheduled
Time: As scheduled
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.


Children's Church

This kid friendly church alternative provides a perfect opportunity for young ages to experience God while their families listen to the message being preached in our Sunday worship meeting.

Registration: See Corps Officer for more details
Ages: 5+
Dates: Every Sunday
Time: During the Sunday morning message
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.


Sunday School

Sunday School is an opportunity to discover the truths of the Bible as well as how to apply them to our own lives. Classes are separated by ages, allowing the adults, Spanish ministries, elementary and the jr. high/high school/young adults all to have their own class.

Registration: Please feel free to walk in on Sunday mornings
Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Every Sunday
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:40 AM
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.


Sunday Nursery

Available during Sunday School and the Sunday Morning Service, this service is offered to parents of babies and toddlers looking for an adult to watch their kids while they are in the morning service.

Registration: Please contact the Corps Officer
Ages: 3 and under
Dates: Every Sunday
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
More Information: Please call our office at (661) 836-8487.

Senior Programs

This is a senior feeding program which provides a hot meal to senior citizens twice a month. Included in this hot meal is a bag of groceries distributed at the end of the feeding as well as an opportunity for fellowship through a few rounds of Bingo.

Registration: Please bring a photo ID and register for the program downstairs in our Family Service Office.
Ages: 60+
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Information: Please call our Family Social Service Office at (661) 837-4243.


Men's Ministries

Men's Fellowship
This is a time for the men of The Salvation Army in Bakersfield to fellowship and talk with each other. This group takes time to pray for each other about the situations they are experiencing as well as offer advice and encouragement in hard situations. The group will also find time to go through a bible study or devotional so that they may grow as leaders in their house, their church and their community.

Registration: If interested feel free to talk with the male Corps Officer at The Salvation Army.
Ages: 18+
Dates: As scheduled
Time: as scheduled
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Men's Retreat
This annual event is a time for men to leave their communities and spend a weekend up at our retreat center in Scotts Valley. Here they will discover biblical truths about life, engage in support groups, fellowship with other men and return back to their communities refreshed and renewed.

Registration: A Men’s Retreat packet can be picked up from The Salvation Army.
Ages: 18+
Dates: Weekend in October
Time: All weekend
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Work Projects
The men of The Salvation Army take time throughout the year to give back to the organization by doing work projects around the building including re-painting the parking lot and building, installing equipment, re-organizing storage spaces or even repairing areas of the facility. They have also created sets for programs and set up for large events including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Registration: If interested, please feel free to talk to the male Corps Officer at The Salvation Army.
Ages: 18+
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Women's Ministries

Home League
The Salvation Army Home League has a four-fold program of worship, education, fellowship, and service. Established in 1907 the Home League has been making a difference in the lives of women and their families. The program encourages women to reach out into their communities, and make a difference in the Home and community. It is women teaching and encouraging women. The Home League has members’ worldwide and is one of the largest sisterhoods of the world.

Registration: Any women welcome. Come four times to become a member.
Ages: 16+
Dates: Every Tuesday
Time: Fellowship begins at 10:00 AM. Program goes from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487

Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study meets in the homes of fellow members. Here women gather to learn, grow and be encouraged by each other as they study the word of God. Refreshments are enjoyed afterwards as the ladies then enter a time of fellowship.

Registration: Please notify your female Corps Officer if interested.
Ages: 18+
Dates: Weekly
Time: TBD
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Women's Retreat
This is a three day event in which women are encouraged and strengthened while they experience fun, fellowship and an entire program of scheduled activities. Some of these events include workshops, do-it-yourself crafts, exercise, movies and other late night options. Guest speakers are also brought in to provide new insights as well as stimulate thought provoking questions for discussion. By the end of this weekend, women will be refreshed and ready to face their responsibilities back home.

Registration: Please notify your female Corps Officer if interested.
Ages: 18+
Dates: TBD
Time: All weekend
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487

Women's Outreach
During the year, this program can take on many different aspects including fellowship, support groups and events. The purpose is to strengthen and equip women as they continue to live out their Christian faith.

Registration: Please notify your female Corps Officer if interested.
Ages: 18+
Dates: As announced
Time: As announced
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Widow's Retreat
This is an opportunity for women to find support and meet with other women who have experienced similar situations. Speakers include local Christian radio host Sheryl Giesbrecht as well as Salvation Army Bakersfield officers Major Peggy Helms and Major Nancy Helms-Cox.

Registration: Please notify your female Corps Officer if interested.
Ages: 18+
Dates: As announced
Time: All Weekend
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487

Community Care Ministries

Designed to bring hope to those in our community, this program sends participants into nursing homes to provide a worship service and a message of hope. Throughout the year, the program also distributes War Cry magazines, which is a Salvation Army reading material, Christmas gifts, Salvation Army brass band CDs and other care packages. The program also encourages those involved to participate in other community involvement opportunities throughout the area. This has included volunteer opportunities with schools, visitations to hospitals and those in need, feeding programs and many other outlets.

Registration: Please notify your Corps Officer if interested.
Ages: All ages
Dates: Every Sunday afternoon as well as other community events.
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
More Information: Please call (661) 836-8487


Emergency Disaster

The Salvation Army’s disaster response team is known domestically and internationally for their commitment to helping those in times of need. The Salvation Army has provided response teams to incidents such as Hurricane Katrina, the Columbine Shooting, the Japan and Haiti Earthquakes, and many other disasters. The Bakersfield Corps currently has a unit that is prepared to leave at any moment, and can be deployed by its Divisional or Territorial Headquarters. Amidst our disaster response unit is a team of trained volunteers, an emergency canteen as well as a communications vehicle which can be used to set up any command post. The Salvation Army Bakersfield Emergency Disaster unit has recently been deployed and returned from the Tehachapi and Lake Isabella fires as well as the Southern California fires a few years back.

More Information: Please contact the Emergency Disaster Director at (661) 837-4243


Adult Reahbilitation Center

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

Registration: Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be. A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.
Ages: 18+
Dates: Ongoing
Time: Ongoing
More Information: Visit the Bakersfield ARC Website or call (661) 325-8626



Ministerios Hispanos

Estudio Bíblico
Estudio de la Biblia está dirigido por el director de Ministerios en Hispanos diferentes casas durante la semana. También tenemos un tiempo donde disfrutamos de ricas meriendas. Por favor, informe a nuestro director de ministerios Hispanos, si usted está interesado en venir a nuestro estudio de la Biblia. Aquí tienen la oportunidad de aprender con todos acerca de la comunión y vivir una vida cristiana en el mundo actual. Posteriormente nosotros disfrutan de comer juntos y pasar el tiempo hablando.

Fechas: Lunes o miércoles como estaba previsto.
Tiempo: 10:00 AM a 2:00 PM
Para más información: Llame al # (661) 836-8487


Escuela Dominical
Domingo por la mañana de las 9:30 am. Tenemos guardería y clases para los niños para que los adultos pueden venir a esta clase.

Tiempo: Los domingos 9:30 AM a 10:30 AM
Para más información: Llame al # (661) 836-8487


Ministerios de Las Mujeres
Las mujeres de los Ministerios del Ejército de Salvación en español tienen una variedad de eventos incluyendo el Retiro para mujeres, servicios de voluntarios, estudios bíblicos etc. El director de Ministerios Hispanos puede hablar con usted acerca de todos los programes que usted está interesado.

Días: Durante la Semana
Para más información: Llame al # (661) 836-8487


Mensaje Española
El servicio de adoración es durante la primera parte del servicio. Posteriormente, los niños son despedidos por la Iglesia para niños y los adultos son despedidos para el sermón en español por nuestro Director de los Ministerios Hispanos.

Registro: Todas las personas son bienvenidas. No se necesita registro.
Edades: Todas las edades
Fechas: Todos los domingos
Tiempo: 10:45 AM a 12:00 PM
Para más información: Llame al # (661) 836-8487

The Salvation Army Social Service Department is dedicated to providing support and relief to those experiencing immense hardships, emergency situations, national disasters and economic struggles. Since 1890, we have been around to see the broken lives, the hopeless faces and the overwhelming stories of weary people. Our goal is to provide hope amidst the struggle, peace amidst the storms, and healing amidst the ashes. Whether it be through the assistance we offer or the words we speak, The Salvation Army is here to be the helping hand which this community needs.


Assistance Offered

Utility Assistance
R.E.A.C.H. is a program designed to provide support to those who are behind in their utility payments. Please note that certain requirements must be met before help can be administered. Please call to make an appointment with our caseworker at 661-837-4243.

Rental Assistance
The rental assistance program is designed to help those that cannot afford their rent for the month. Please note that certain requirements must be met before help can be administered. Please call to make an appointment with our caseworker at 661-837-4243.

Emergency Food Assistance
Our food pantry is used to provide meals to individuals and families struggling to put food on the table. Please note that certain requirements must be met before help can be administered. Walk in appointments for emergency food assistance are accepted.

Missing Persons
This program is run through our Territorial Headquarters. The program aims to educate the public and make them aware of individuals who have gone missing or might have run away. If you would like more information please call 1-800-698-7728.

Emergency Disasters
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response team is trained in counseling, disaster relief sites and emergency response scenarios. The Response team is made up of a 4-5 person team (which can be placed on standby at any moment) as well as a fleet of vehicles including our Emergency Disaster Canteen, Communications Truck and storage trailer.

Thanksgiving Distribution
Our Thanksgiving Distribution is a result of assessing our community’s needs and making the necessary changes. We look to provide hope to the families we encounter during this season. The Salvation Army staff and volunteers therefore are making a change from our regular Thanksgiving Day Meal. We will be putting together food boxes filled with items used to create a Thanksgiving meal in hopes of encouraging families and friends to enjoy an easily prepared meal while fellowshipping with each other around the dinner table. For more information on when sign ups begin, please call us at 661-837-4243.

Christmas Distribution
This program helps around 1000 families every Christmas season. The site is used to pack and fill food boxes so that families are able to enjoy a couple of together meals during the holidays. The site is also used to distribute toys to families with kids ages 12 and under. Organizations, schools and non-profit groups have come alongside The Salvation Army to partner with us in acquiring and distributing these packages to families in need.

Hours
Monday – Thursday (Closed on Fridays)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Closed from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for Lunch)

For More Information or To Make an Appointment
Phone: (661) 837-4243
Fax: (661) 836-1462

Sunday Morning Services

Donut Fellowship, 9:00 AM
Donuts, milk and coffee are provided starting at 9:00 am. This is a time where people come and sit together to talk, play games, and relax as they recover from the work/school week. Sometimes it’s just nice to start the day off with something sweet.

Sunday School Assembly, 9:30 AM
Our Sunday School Assembly is a multi-generational 15-20 minute meeting in which we sing songs, discuss our accomplishments for the week and prepare to go to our Sunday School classes. Our Sunday School contest will be starting up again very soon. You won’t want to miss out on these prizes!

Sunday School, 9:45 AM
Our Sunday School Classes begin at 9:45 am and are made available for all ages. The nursery opens up for our babies and toddlers while classes are going on. There are many choices so we recommend that you please see our list below to determine which class you might want to attend:

  • Nursery (Ages 0 to 4)
  • Elementary (Pre-K to 6th grade)
  • Teen/Young Adult (7th grade and above)
  • Adult Class (18+)
  • Spanish Class (all ages)
  • Soldiership Classes (Church Membership)
  • Corps Cadets (Teen/Young Adult Church Members)

Worship Service, 10:45 AM
Our worship service is a mixture of contemporary music [our Worship Band] and traditional music [The Salvation Army Brass Band.] During this time, we sing together, share testimonies of what God has done and pray for the people of this church and the Bakersfield Community. After our time of worship, we break off into three different sermons. Please see our list below to determine which sermon best fits for you:

  • English Sermon (Given by Major Abella)
  • Spanish Sermon (Given by Major Gonzzatti)
  • Jr. Church (Taught by different leaders in the church for children

Potluck Lunch, 12:15 PM
Potluck is a time of food and fellowship in which church attenders and quests are welcomed to eat together and take part in community with one another. Potluck is a monthly event, taking place on the First Sunday of every month.

Community Care Ministries, 2:00 PM
This ministry takes place at different nursing homes within the Bakersfield area. Church members go and minister to those who cannot make it out of their living areas to a Sunday Service. This is a time filled with songs, testimonies and a short devotional followed by visitations and distribution of encouraging gifts.

Corps Council, 6:00 PM
The Salvation Army Corps Council is a board of advisors and ministers who meet to support and further along the ministry of The Salvation Army in the Bakersfield Community. Corps Council members must be brought in by church leaders and are expected to support the ongoing mission of the Bakersfield Corps.