While we cannot control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to keep our church family safe while connecting with each other as much as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle, Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”
All services are moved online. We will gather online on Sundays:
9:30 am | 11 am
In times of uncertainty, we can turn to a God who is always in control. Here are a few specific prayer focuses that you can adopt during this season
- There are lots of people who are especially vulnerable in this time. Pray that God would be with and protect them.
- There are people who will experience increased stress in this time. Pray that God would strengthen them.
- There are those who are ill in this time. Pray that God would heal them.
- Pray for those who are taking care of the ill during this time. Pray that God would protect and strength them.
- Ask for faith to be generous with your time and resources
- Ask for courage to take advantage of the opportunities to share hope during this season.
- Pray that God would be glorified in our actions and in our world.
We want to join together in prayer during this time. Click below to receive weekly prayer requests in your email, or to submit a prayer request.
What do you need?
Do you have a need? Let us know, and we will do what we can to help come alongside you. We can only help with what we have, and we can’t guarantee to meet every need, but God has blessed us and we want to bless others. This is a challenging season, but one that we will get through together.
How can you serve?
We don’t give and serve because we have too much resources or time. We give and serve because we believe it is a better way to live and it makes a real difference in the lives of those around us. We may not be able to do everything for everyone, but we can do something for someone.
We’re constructing a response team. This team will receive emails with immediate needs of our community right around us-and give ways that you can help! You can sign up here.
Here are some other ways you can serve:
Help your neighbor
Connect with your neighbors and make sure everyone is doing well. Offer to pick up groceries for those who are at-risk.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. But please postpone your donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Support Health Care Workers
While most of us are staying home to avoid COVID-19, some among us are heading in to the front lines. From food service personnel, to doctors, to nurses, to medical techs, there are so many other medical staff who are caring for the sick, even at their own risk. We are going to need your help in showing our deep gratitude! More details coming soon.
Support Local Restaurants
As our restaurants are forced to close their lobbies and go to takeout and delivery only, make it a date night in and order from a locally-owned restaurant. The Democrat and Chronicle has created a list of restaurants offering these options for different areas around Rochester.
Our kids are the leaders of the present and the future. We believe in their ability to transform the world around them — that’s why we are prioritizing continued investment into them during this time of online gathering. We’ll have a midweek lesson for you and a Sunday morning option to do church at home. Below is a link to all our online resources for them — we are praying for you and your family.
During this time of not being able to meet physically, we are inviting our adults to gather online with others. Social distancing is not social isolation. Below is a Response Guide for you to do with anyone you’d like. We recommend inviting a few friends to join you on Zoom or processing with those in your house.
Grow your faith
Here are some resources that can be used to grow your faith. A we work to create resources, they will be added here.
Worship at Home
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you gathering online instead of physically?
- We are adjusting our meeting options because we love our community and want the best for them. Meeting online helps to protect our neighbors.
- We want to protect our neighbors because we love our neighbors.
- We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
- Some of our neighbors are more vulnerable and we want to exercise special care.
- Love – not fear – is informing our decisions.
In this season Calvary Assembly wants to be a source of encouragement and an example of wise decision making. Calvary Assembly is meeting online because we want to stay connected while we work to help protect others.
Are you continuing with your building project?
Yes, we are, though we are currently “pausing” our construction until we are cleared by New York State to resume. We are glad to be supporting the safety and welfare of others by complying with this new regulation.
How can I find the online services?
Is your building open?
Not at this time. We are allowing staff into the building, only when essential for recording church services. If anyone is in the building at the same time, they are engaged in social-distancing at all times. For the safety of others and to “flatten the curve”, please do not come to the church building. You can email our church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find a complete list of our staff’s contact information, please go here.
Are Life Groups still happening?
At this time, we encourage all groups to suspend all physical gatherings. If you desire to continue gathering online, contact your life group leader or email@example.com.
Will you still be holding an Easter Service?
We will gather for Easter Services online this year. We desire to reach more people than we ever have. There will be ways to invite friends and family to gather with you online. Check out this page we have created to resource you with ways to invite others.
Will ASL interpreting or closed captions be available for online services for our Deaf community?
ASL interpreting will be offered on all our online services, which you can watch through our Deaf Community Facebook Group. All videos will have closed captioning.
How do I change my giving to online?
Visit our website to change your giving to online if you typically give in-person. Your generosity allows us to continue to serve our community during this difficult time.