Sunday School:

preschool to Adult


Mark 13:31  "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."


The Church's task is to lead children and adults to faith and to nurture that faith to maturity.  Therefore, attending Sunday School must be recognized as a priority for all members.  As a church community, we want to ensure that each member has a broad biblical knowledge and that this knowledge becomes biography.


2017-2018  Sunday School

September 10, 2017 - June 3, 2018

No classes on: Feb. 18, April 1 and May 27 for school breaks


Children's Tithing Project: Each week, students are encouraged to bring a small offering to support their annual tithing project: goats. The gift of a goat starts a cycle of hope in an community in need.  


Kindergarten & Grade 1: The children will take a walk through the Bible using stories from both the Old and the New Testament, using songs, stories and crafts to "imagine " how the people in the Bible learned to trust, work and see God's power and creation.  Teacher: Heidi Zinkand


Grades 2 & 3: The 2nd and 3rd grade class will be studying the life of Jesus.  We will begin with the birth of John the Baptist, followed by the birth of Jesus.  We will study his teachings and parables,all the way through his death, resurrection and ascension.  We will sing songs, do crafts and act out some of the stories.  It will be an exciting year !  Teacher: Sue Frelier


Grades 4, 5 & 6: This year the class will study in the New Testament, beginning with the teachings of Jesus in the parables of Matthew, Luke and Mark.  The second part of the year will be spent in Acts, with stories that show how the Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the apostles and the first Christians to enable them to obey Christ's Great Commission.  Teacher: Jim Leunk


Grades 7 & 8: The Junior High Sunday school will spend the better part of the year moving through history discovering where the church came from.  We start our journey in Acts and end with our place in the Christian Reformed denomination.  We will discuss how that history impacts our lives, how people suffered and died for their faith - and are still suffering and dying for their faith today.  We will learn how politics and religion collided and intertwined, and continue to do so today.  This history includes the creeds that appear in the backs of our hymnals, why they were written, and what people sacrificed to write them.  We will learn a great deal about why we are a part of this church, and in the last few months bring that faith down to a personal level - what do we do because we are believers?  How and why do we pray, read the Bible and behave as members of this family of God? Thank you for entrusting your children to me- it has been my honor and joy to work with them.  

Teacher: Mary Steemsma


Grades 9 - 12: We will use the Bible, the Heidelberg Catechism ( a summary of what we believe) and other materials (books and videos), as we endeavor to know God and His will for our lives.  This study is a means to an end, the end being a deeper, more intimate and joyful relationship with our Triune God.  Come prepared to learn together. 

Leaders: David Dill and Russ Aizer


Book Study Group: This group for adults will have reading and sermon listening during our shared time, followed by discussion.  There will be no homework, but expect to be enriched and challenged by excellent material and the encouragement of your fellow believers.  Leader: Susan Gilbert-Collins


Bible Study Group: This group of active and committed learners studies a book of the Bible in depth. They use R.C. Sproul and other audio resources to supplement their study. There is no homework: simply show up with your coffee in Room #2 for an exciting, as well as rigorous, survey of God's word.  

Teachers: Woody Johnson and Michael Carney







Summer's Best Two Weeks- Penfield

History

Summers Best Two Weeks has  existed since 1966 and has ministered to thousands of young people over many years! Today there is a SBTW residence camp in Pennsylvania and day camps throughout the Northeast.  

Penfield Day Camp, SBTW was started by Christy and Carol Mathewson in 2005.  It is a faith based sports camp that offers a unique opportunity for young people to develop their personal character and athletic ability in the same context.  The camp motto is  "I'm Third", meaning God First, others Second, and ourselves Third;


Our core values  include: 

  • Personal Development - the whole person; socially, emotionally, physically,  intellectually and spiritually as a part of God's plan for abundant life. 
  • Excellence - It is not about being perfect, but instead, giving our absolute best
  • Effort in everything we do.  This honors God and others in our lives. 
  • Spiritual Growth-  Campers' faith is developed in understanding and practice of Christian values and the development of a Godly character.
  • Community - ours is a loving and accepting community where relationships can flourish, unity is developed and positive role models are provided.


For more information, camper registration and staff applications, please visit our site at  Sbtwpenfield.wordpress.com      


For credit card payment click here

Children in worship

Each Sunday morning  after some time  worshiping with the congregation in our main sanctuary, our children 3 years old  to third grade enter into their own special place to experience  God.  This time prepares our young ones to be able to worship meaningfully apart from the congregation so that they become able to worship meaningfully with the congregation.  For more information about the Children and Worship program click here

Youth bell choir

The Youth Bell program is comprised of members children ranging in ages 8 to 14.  The Youth Bell choir has accomplished playing Level l and ll arrangements . The choir plays  the first and third Sunday of each month.  Occasionally, an ad hoc quartet with members from the Youth and Adult Bell choirs can be heard ringing at a special service throughout the year.  


Rehearsals: Wednesday, 5:15-5:45.

gems

The GEMS Girls Club here at Rochester Christian Reformed Church is a special ministry for girls in Grades 1-5. Our GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month between September and May.  We learn about God's love for us and how to show God's love to others through Bible study, badge work, crafts, music and games.  


The RCRC GEMS are currently led by Tina Davis, Charlene DeLallo and Christine Ferraraccio.  If you would like more information about our club, please send an email to the church office. 


For more information regarding the GEMS Girls Club, visit www.gemsgc.org

CADETS

The Rochester Christian Reformed Church Cadet Program is an independent club of the Calvinist Cadet Corps.  We are a ministry of men dedicated to bringing boys into a living relationship with their Lord and Savior.  We do this by studying the Bible, praying, working on badges, memorizing landmarks, playing games and learning about God's creation together.  We also but also enjoy special activities together including Amerks hockey games, pinewood derby races, church lock-ins and camp-outs at Agony Acres.



Cadets meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month September through May


For more information about the Calvinist Cadet Corps visit www.calvinistcadets.org or email the church office

Youth Ministries

Rochester Christian Reformed Church aspires to include all ages in worship, discipleship and mission.  The mission of the youth ministry is to provide opportunities for our youth to be strengthened in their relationship with God, with fellow Christians and with Christ's Church.  We pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all our youth, inspiring them to live joyful and obedient lives as their faith matures into adulthood.  In contemporary society young people experience pressures and temptations that in some ways are unlike, and indeed, more intrusive than those experienced by previous generations. 


Our discipleship model emphasizes relationships.  Friends are always welcome! Through prayer, conversations on faith and life, service in the inner city (Flower City Work Camp and Cameron Ministries), SERVE mission trips through Youth Unlimited, youth retreats and events to build community, we hope to nurture our youth in a sincere faith that is lived out beyond church walls, even as they are also part of multi-generational community of believers.  Youth share in activities such as: 

  • Reading powerful Bible stories that shape identity
  • Discussions that help faith to grow
  • Small groups where youth share what is on their hearts and build community with others
  • Awesome games that help them let their guard down and build relationships
  • Spending time with adults other than parents and family who care
  • Interacting with friends who accept them no matter what

Junior High Youth Group -

        grades 6-8,  meets on Koininia Wednesdays - 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 


Senior High Youth Group-

        grades 9-12 meets on Sunday nights 6:00 - 8:00pm


Students are encouraged to be involved in the church as a body as well as the community in which they live. Service activities and fun events are planned for all who wish to participate. Financial assistance is available for activities, if needed.


KidS' Camp  3rd Week in August

Every morning during the 3rd Week in August, RCRC becomes alive with kids when camp is in session.  Children 4 years old to third grade are busy with crafts, games and Bible Lessons. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a family to celebrate our blessings!  To register click here