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 Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Senior High Youth Group

        (grades 9-12) meets on Sundays from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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.


Due to Covid-19, we are currently not meeting.

If you are 50 or older, we invite you to join us once a month for lunch and fellowship! e meet at church on the  3rd Thursday of the month at noon  for lunch and a program that usually includes singing. It’s a great time to talk and have fun.   A $4. donation is welcome to cover the cost of the meal, which includes homemade desserts. Come! 

Koinonia Family Night

While we are unable to meet in this way right now, we look forward to meeting together for meals and fellowship in Fall of 2021.

Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I also.  Matthew 18:20

We believe in connecting with one another and what better way than through dinner! Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday evenings 6:00 PM during the school year for good food,  fellowship, and fun. Following dinner, relax or join a church activity. 

      $ 4.00 a person

      $15.00 for a family of 4 or more.

      Check the calendar for the menu!


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 

Youth Bell Choir  -  Joyful Ringers

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  - Adult Bell Choir

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM  - Adult Choir


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calvinist Cadets (1st,3rd Wednesday each month)

GEMS (2nd,4th Wednesday each month)

Meals for Cameron

Cameron Sunday Celebration! 

... I was thirsty and you gave me drink  Matt 25:35-40

Each month between January and June, church districts work together to host a Sunday Celebration Dinner at Cameron Community Ministries (48 Cameron Street). Districts donate or prepare foods for an assigned menu consisting of fruit, salad, a main course and dessert.


The dinners are a time for the people in the community to get together around a hearty meal, to participate in a devotional led by one of our elders and allow us to interact with people very different from the folks we usually interact with at RCRC. It is a means for our church family to combat hunger in the Rochester area in a concrete, hands-on manner. It is also a time to be humbled, a time to “serve the cup of cold water” and a time to reboot and rejoice that the Gospel comes to us no matter what our circumstances – a good reminder for us who too often assess our situation based on illusions of competence and wealth.

Mission Opportunities at RCRC

Youth Bell Choir

Unfortunately, our Bell Choirs are not meeting during the 2020-2021 school year.

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 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 PM.

Kids' Camp

We look forward to seeing you at camp again in 2021!


Sunday School:

Preschool to Adult

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are not currently holding any Sunday School classes.

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL RESUME January 5, 2020   9:15-10:15 am

Nursery- Pre-school

We will provide nursery care for babies and bible stories and crafts with pre-schoolers designed for joyful discovery of God’s love. Leaders: Kelly Hooge and Amber Teitsma


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 & 3rd grade will be walking through the New Testament using stories, drama, music, crafts & games. We will begin with the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus. Studying Jesus life, including his miracles and parables as well as his death on the cross and ascension into Heaven. Teacher: Susan Frelier

Grades 4 & 5 This will be a year of New Testament study, first exploring 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 6, 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 of our church, 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 these 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 you children to me--it has been my honor and joy to work with them. Teacher: Mary Steensma


Grades 9 - 12

This year we will continue to study our faith in light of the historic Reformed confessions and creeds. The documents that make up "the Three Forms of Unity" provide a solid basis to examine the doctrines that point us to Our Only Comfort. As we relate these doctrines to our everyday faith we hope to lay a foundation for high school students preparing for greater independence. Enriching their understanding of what we believe we prepare them to continue to rejoice in the promises of our Triune God even after they have left the parental home. 

Teachers: Russ Aizer and Dave Dill

Children’s Tithing Project

Every 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 a community in need. 

Adult Classes

Class Option# 1

Bill Washburn will be leading a discussion of 1 & 2 Timothy during the Fall 2019 Sunday School session. Shortly before the 1 & 2 Timothy discussion is completed, a class suggestion survey for a Bible book to study will then be conducted. Based on those suggestions, Woody Johnson will then lead a discussion of a Bible book/books to study for the remainder of the Sunday School year. Leaders: Bill Washburn and Woody Johnson

Class Option #2  Pastor Anthony's Classes begin at 9:15 and go until 10:am each Sunday. 

Winter 2020 (January-February) Reformed Theology: The Basics  9:15-10:00

On January 5th, Pastor Anthony will commence a special four class adult Sunday School series entitled "Welcome to the Reformed Church."  These classes will be held in the lounge.  The purpose of these classes is to explain what a Reformed church is with particular emphasis on the origins, history, and doctrine of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA).  Accordingly, this class will be ideal for those interested in joining RCRC as members, for those seeking a refresher on what it means to be Reformed, and for those interested in contributing to the edification of others by sharing their own knowledge and experience in the Reformed church. The classes will be held on January 5, 12, 26, and February 2 (note a break on January 19).  

On February 9, 2020,  Pastor Anthony and Tim Collins will begin a new Adult Sunday School class on the Sermon on the Mount. This Class will run through May 10, 2020  9:15 - 10:00 a.m. 

RCRC Lending Library

RCRC has a lending library which active members are free to use.   

Click here to access the card catalog.


Psalm 96:1  " Oh, sing unto the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth."


Adult Bell Choir

At RCRC, one of our goals in music is to have a strong and varied program.  Besides traditional organ and choral music, we have an active Hand Bell Choir program.  The more angelic sound of hand bell music is captured by 2 bell choirs: youth and adult.   Each choir is 10 to 12 members.

Our church is blessed to have acquired a full 3 octave hand bell set and 2 octave set of hand chimes.  Additionally, there is an extensive library of hand bell arrangements that we can choose from even though we are always on the look out for new and challenging pieces.   The Adult Bell Choir is a blend of ages and talents from teens on up, from beginners to members that have been ringing for years.  Adult Bell Choir  plays the 1st Sunday of every month, as well as for special services throughout the year from September to June.  Both the Adult and Youth Bell Choirs are passionate about ringing and strive to play as the angels would, all for the Glory of our Lord. 

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30- 7:20pm.


Adult Choir

Adult Choir is for men and women, high school age and older, who enjoy singing to the glory of God with a time commitment usually from September to June. This choir sings every 2nd and 4th Sunday.  In addition, the choir enjoys preparing for special musical events during the year such as Christmas day, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday worship services. New members are welcome! 

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm.

Link to the 2020 choir schedule

Links to currrent pieces are included in the schedule