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
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.
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, Becky Hughes, Amber Teitsma and Julie VandeBrake.
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 class will “wonder at God’s plan” using stories from the Old Testament. In each class session the students will be using Old Testament stories, music and crafts to learn about how God worked through creation and his people.
Teacher: Sue Frelier
Grades 4, 5 & 6 The 4th and 5th grades will study the Old Testament this year, beginning with the story of David and Goliath and continuing through Israel's return from exile in Babylon. Each lesson will enable us to see God's faithfulness to his people, to understand his urgent pleading for them to accept his love and favor, and to consider the relevance of Old Testament history to our lives today.
Teacher: Jim Leunk
Grades 7 & 8 The Junior High will study worship, our liturgy and sacraments, and what it means to be a covenant child of God. We will then look at creation from a reformed perspective and what God expects from us concerning his creation and his kingdom. Finally, we will examine the gifts God has given us, how we can use them and end with a short look at end times.
Teacher: Mary Steensma
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!
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.
*New Adult Class Fall 2018 Led by Pastor Anthony This class will be based on the book Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee by Mark L. Strauss. The book examines the paradoxes in the ministry and teaching of Jesus and challenges us to wrestle with our preconceived notions of who Jesus is. The following chapter titles from the book will give a sense of what we will be discussing in the class: Revolutionary or Pacifist? Environmentalist or Earth Scorcher?, Racist or Inclusivist?, Sexist or Egalitarian?, Hellfire Preacher or Gentle Shepherd? Each week I will teach the main substance of these chapters and then use the discussion questions from the book as a way of fostering a dialogue on these issues. I hope you will consider being a part of this class and, more importantly, part of the discussion. Bring your coﬀee, take a seat, and engage with other Christians as we wrestle with the identity and teachings of the “the man from Galilee.”
SUNDAY SCHOOL CALENDAR
9:00 AM WEEKLY FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 TO JUNE 9, 2019 PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OR ADULTS ON: Oct. 7— Columbus Day
Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving
Dec. 23— Christmas
Dec. 30— New Years
Feb. 17— Winter Break
April 21 — Easter Sunday (we will hold classes the ﬁrst weekend of spring break as Easter lands on the second weekend of the break)
May 26 —Memorial Day
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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