1 Peter 4:10, NIV "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Flower City Work Camp (FCWC) is a ministry that unites Rochester-area churches to deliver a range of services into the City of Rochester. Each year, students grades 7-12 and adults from more than 50 churches serve during Monroe county school’s spring break improving homes, working with city teens at basketball and soccer camps, or with younger children in neighborhood Sidewalk Clubs to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to some of the neediest areas of our city.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church has been involved with FCWC for over 25 years, sending an average of 15-20 students and 8 adult volunteers each spring to serve in this ministry. Members have also used their gifts to serve breakfast and dinner to the 800 participants, provide lunches to the work sites, stay over night with the students, provide overnight security, or clean up the base camp when the week is done.
To participate adult volunteers must fill out an application on the FCWC website: http://www.flowercityworkcamp.org/forms/, and submit information to the church office for a background check. Student participants must be an active member of the church youth group, fill out an application and submit a recommendation from the youth leader.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church stands firmly behind our belief
that God calls us to this ministry to our youth and to our community.
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.
What do you get when you mix needles, yarn and time multiplied with God’s love? In 2018 over 600 gifts handmade to warm the heads, feet, hands and hearts of people living in Monroe County. The Rochester Christian Reformed Church Mitten Ministry completed another year with a nice supply of baby sets, chemo hats, slippers, scarves, winter hats and mittens all made by knitters from RCRC.
Please join us! This would be a great time to learn to knit! Please see Pat McQuay for more information. Donations of washable yarn or funds to purchase yarn are always needed and appreciated.
Some of the receivers of our gifts were: Lipson Cancer Center, 2 Family Medicine centers, 4 Rochester City Schools, BayTrail Mitten Tree, Rochester Family Mission and Open Door Mission. We hope that all stay warm this winter!
Matt 25:35-40 .. I was in prison, and you visited me
Christ calls us to bear the light of scripture to the dark and confused places of the world. Prison is one such place.
Every other week, men from RCRC visit the Monroe County Correctional facility with the Good News Jail ministry. They hold small Bible studies with five to eight men. On a bi-monthly basis, some attend an ecumenical worship service to strengthen the faith of inmate believers.
The are many opportunities to participate - Bible studies, grading Bible tests, attending worship, and being part of the worship team.
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In the fall of 2017 RCRC entered into a partnership with Audubon School #33 on Webster Ave. in Rochester where one of our church family teaches. We have volunteers who are working with teachers to provide academic support in all areas including one-to- one reading intervention as well as helping monitor students in the cafeteria during lunch and assisting with loading busses at the end of the school day. We want to help fill in some of the gaps so teachers can teach well and students can learn well. We want to provide encouragement to everyone at School #33 so they can develop their God-given gifts and experience joy at school. We serve because each one of them matters to God. And we pray for the faculty, staff, students and their families at School #33.
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I work for a nonprofit organization called “Sonido del Movimiento.” Our mission is, through the help of Christ, to use music and dance with children in Guatemala as tools of resiliency in coping with trauma, expressing emotion, and building community. We work with kids living in areas with high rates of violence and poverty, and strive to come alongside these kids, get to know them, and provide opportunities for creativity with music and dance where they can be experience healing and truly be heard. *What are the key metrics and activities (Do they meet with groups, how many people reached, key outcomes)*
What we do
SDM works to connect local kids programs with musicians and dancers. For example, we are currently partnering with an after school program outside Xela, Guatemala, called Caras Alegres. I spend nearly every afternoon volunteering with the kids in this program, getting to know them and hearing their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Once or twice a month, we bring in a local Zumba instructor or ballet dancer to do a dance workshop with the kids, always focused on a specific outcome like self-esteem or emotional expression. We’re hoping during this next year to increase the number of dance and music workshops we’re holding, as well as to begin partnering with new organizations. *How does a person support her ministry*
How you can support
The biggest way to support is through prayer. We absolutely can’t do this ministry without it! If you’d like to join my prayer team or receive email newsletter updates, please send me an email and let me know. And I’d love to hear from you with any questions you may have! *A link to a more information page if one exists. * Contact us Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information
For more information, go to www.sonidodelmovimiento.org