Top 5 places of worship near El Camino College to visit

ECC students who identify as members of a religious group have a selection of places of worship which are all accessible near campus

The coronavirus has prevented religious from gathering at their usual place of worship. As a result, many of these religious groups have been forced to hold their services inside their homes. However, now that these services are open, there are more opportunities to participate in worship.

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 14 economically developed countries, nearly three-quarters of Americans (28%) report having stronger personal faith as a result of the pandemic and the same proportion believe Americans’ religious faith has declined. reinforced.

Sights such as mosques, churches and temples are all available nearby. Here are the top five places of worship near ECC that are worth visiting.

1. Schauerman Library Interfaith Prayer Room

The El Camino College Library recently opened an Interfaith Prayer Room located in the west reading room of the library. The room is open to all religions. The space has a maximum capacity of eight people in the room at a time. Students can participate in active worship Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance

Call: 310-660-6483

Website: https://www.elcamino.edu/support/library/index.aspx

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The Islamic Institute of Torrance has prayer spaces designed for each gender. The men’s prayer room is located on the ground floor and the women’s prayer room is located upstairs. Exterior and interior views of the mosque are seen on Saturday, April 30. (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)

2. Islamic Institute of Torrance (IIT)

IIT is a small mosque located six minutes from El Camino College. The masjid is heavily involved with young people and organizes meetings and events for young Muslims (YM) in the masjid. The mosque recently held a grand opening for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) office located upstairs in the mosque. IIT organizes Eid prayers and recently organized a carnival this year. The masjid is known for its large group of Da’wah.

Address: 18103 Prairie Ave, Torrance

Call: 310-956-8006

Website: http://www.iitorrance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IITpage/

St. Abraham Church is 13 minutes from El Camino College, between Amie Avenue and Torrance Boulevard.  (Safia Ahmed | Warrior's Life)
St. Abraham Church is 13 minutes from El Camino College, between Amie Avenue and Torrance Boulevard. (Safia Ahmed | Warrior’s Life)

3. St. Mercurius and St. Abraham Coptic Orthodox Church

St. Abraham Church is located 13 minutes from El Camino College. The church offers live services, sermons, daycare, and Sunday school for Orthodox Christians. The church hosts Liturgy, Vespers and Midnight Praise every Saturday. A person must first register to attend a service. You can register by phone or on their website. Services are generally provided in Arabic and English. The church commemorates major Orthodox holidays, including Good Friday and Pascha (Easter).

Address: 3611 Torrance Blvd, Torrance

Call: 310-316-6997

Website: http://www.saintabraam.org/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/st-mercurius-and-st-abraam-coptic-orthodox-church-490280691043122/

The South Bay Islamic Center Mosque is seen during the last ten nights of Ramadan.  Muslims gather to perform night prayers on Wednesday April 27.  (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)
The South Bay Islamic Center Mosque is seen during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Muslims gather to perform night prayers on Wednesday April 27. (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)

4. Islamic Center of South Bay (ICSB)

ICSB is located 25 minutes from El Camino College. The masjid offers a diverse Islamic weekend school teaching students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. Masjid Al Noor has a youth group that welcomes both genders. The youth group coordinates a number of activities each year such as hikes, potlucks and lectures, and engages in volunteer work. Every Friday, the mosque opens its doors to families to celebrate spiritual enlightenment, which includes an Islamic lecture, prayer and dinner. Among the services offered by ICSB, the most popular is the monthly “Feed the Hungry” event, which serves the homeless. The ICSB organizes Eid prayers and celebrations for Islamic holidays, which take place twice a year.

Address: 25816 Walnut St, Lomita

Call: 310-534-1363

Website: https://masjidalnoor.org/homepage/home-page-3/

Instagram: @icsbla

Hawthorne Islamic Center, a mosque located 12 minutes from El Camino College celebrates the last ten nights of Ramadan with prayer.  Due to a full house inside the masjid, Muslims prayed outside on prayer rugs placed on the floor on Wednesday, April 27.  (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)
Hawthorne Islamic Center, a mosque located 12 minutes from El Camino College celebrates the last ten nights of Ramadan with prayer. Due to a full house inside the masjid, Muslims prayed outside on prayer rugs placed on the floor on Wednesday, April 27. (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)

5. Hawthorne Islamic Center (ICH)

ICH is located 12 minutes from El Camino College. ICH has been standing since 1995 to serve the religious and social needs of the South Bay community. The center not only provides a mosque for the Muslim community in Los Angeles, but also offers a full-time school, Al Huda, and a Sunday school. Al Huda serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The Islamic Center of Hawthorne provides various social, financial, religious and educational services to the public. Additionally, the mosque coordinated events such as an Eid prayer, a carnival celebrating the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, camping trips for youth and families, among others.

Address: 12209 Hawthorne Way, Hawthorne

Call: 310-973-8000

Website: https://ichla.org/

Instagram: @ichawthorne

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