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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL RESUME SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 at 9:15-10:15 am
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.
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.
Instructor: Pastor Anthony Fall 2019 (September-December) The Christian and the Creation
This course will explore what the Bible teaches about creation and humanity’s relationship to, and responsibility for, creation. The course will be based on the book Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World co-authored by Douglas J. Moo (Professor at Wheaton College) and his son, Jonathan A. Moo (Professor at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington). You are welcome to buy the book and read along, but you do not need to purchase the book to benefit from the class. This course will take us from Genesis to Revelation as we explore what God is trying to communicate to us regarding our role in this world as his imagebearers.
Winter 2020 (January-February) Reformed Theology: The Basics 9:15-10:00
This course is designed for people new to our church and/or Reformed theology. It would also serve as a great refresher course for long-time members who want to rediscover the essence and meaning of Reformed theology. The goal of the course is to set forth the distinctives of the Reformed faith in clear, basic, and biblical terms.
Spring 2020 (March-June) Biblical Interpretation 9:15-10:00
This course is designed for people who desire to read, interpret, and understand their Bibles in a more informed manner. The course will follow the structure of an introductory level seminary course on hermeneutics. The text for the class will be Andreas J. Kostenberger’s and Richard D. Patterson’s book, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature, and Theology. This text is used in seminaries as a hermeneutics textbook. You are welcome to buy the book and read along, but you do not need to purchase the book to benefit from the class. While this class is listed as being “Intermediate to Advanced,”, it is open to anyone and people of all levels of biblical knowledge will glean a better understanding of the Bible by attending this class.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CALENDAR
9:15 to 10:15 AM WEEKLY FROM SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 TO JUNE 14, 2020.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OR ADULTS ON:
Dec. 22 and 29
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.
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