COVID-19 Response

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

Prayer

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

  1. There are lots of people who are especially vulnerable in this time. Pray that God would be with and protect them.
  2. There are people who will experience increased stress in this time. Pray that God would strengthen them.
  3. There are those who are ill in this time. Pray that God would heal them.
  4. Pray for those who are taking care of the ill during this time. Pray that God would protect and strength them.
  5. Ask for faith to be generous with your time and resources
  6. Ask for courage to take advantage of the opportunities to share hope during this season.
  7. 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.

    Give Blood

    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.

    Click here to find a local drive.

    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.

    Kids

    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.

    Online Groups 

    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?

    You can go to live.rcalvary.org on Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:30 am to join us for our services. After the services conclude, you can find the service on our website at rcalvary.org/messages.

    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 office@rcalvary.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 office@rcalvary.org.

    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.

    SUNDAYS @Second!

     

    Sundays are about growing in faith in Jesus. Students begin in the auditorium for worship and are released after about 20 minutes to head to our lower level. Here we connect with new friends and have a non-pressured faith conversation. The experience all together lasts about 65 minutes and we hope you leave encouraged and challenged in your spiritual journey.

     

    The first Sunday of each month, students will stay in the auditorium for the message.

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    WEDNESDAYS @Second!

     

    Wednesdays are the most exciting night of the week! Every week a powerful and relevant message from scripture is preached, and students are given a chance to respond to the nights message.  Wednesdays alternate between small group nights (where students and volunteers connect by playing, learning and praying together) and worship nights (where our student led band, EMBERS, lead songs of worship and praise to Jesus).

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    Our messages are based out of the Bible, which we believe to be God-breathed and useful for our lives today. On Wednesday nights, we learn from engaging teaching, worship with our student team, take time to pray together or individually, and reflect on how we can become closer with our God. If you have never come, we encourage you to check it out!

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    OUR NAME REPRESENTS OUR IDENTITY

    Second is our POSITION...
             After God, I am second
             After others, I am second

    Second is what we OFFER through Jesus Christ...
             by Grace we all have a second chance in life
             you have a second chance to be who God created you to be

    Every Second Counts...
             we use our time to serve and honor GOD
             we use our time to show people that they are valuable

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    My name is Steven Nichols and I am the Youth Director at Calvary Assembly! I am absolutely thrilled to be in this position and to be given the chance to work with your children and help lead them to all that God has planned for them.

    I live in a neighborhood in Gates where my wife, Moriah, and I purchased our first home. When I am not actively involved in our youth  ministry, I throughly enjoy reading and training in martial arts. Moriah is an extremely gifted vocalist and piano player and can make any song sound like a billboard hit. I cannot. When we go out on dates together we both enjoy exploring the surrounding area looking for a restaurant we have not tried yet, searching for the best food our city has to offer. But for us, the best day is a simple and quiet one.

    Although I am still working full time as an electrician for my father’s company, I want you to know I am available for you, for your son or daughter, and to help encourage our students towards the unique calling God has for their life! Don’t hesitate to email, call, or text me. I am looking forward to getting to know you! 

     

    Email me - steven@rcalvary.org

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    Come as you are. You don’t have to dress up or pretend like you have it all together. We will meet for 65 minutes and in that time we will sing some songs about God’s love, have an engaging teaching that will encourage and challenge you, and participate in prayer that inspires you.

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    A lot of our lives is spent doing the SAME things. After all, we have reoccurring responsibilities. Faithfulness is the term the Bible uses for this.

    There comes a time when we are called to do the NEXT thing. This
    is not a call to stop doing the regular things. Rather, it is a reminder that we don’t have to be limited by them. In fact, the 
    NEXT thing is possible because of faithfulness. You have faithfully prayed, served, and given generously. As a result our current facility is used three times on Sunday (and throughout the week) to connect people to - and help people grow in - God’s grace.

    Every week we hear stories of people daring to hope again, finding freedom, and feeling loved and accepted. And if this was all God accomplished through us, we would be glad and grateful.

    But with God there is always a NEXT. There are still individuals and families who have not been exposed to the grace of God. There are still people who have disconnected from faith and have not yet found their way back home. Since God is not done with them, He is not done with us.

    Our mission is to provide a safe place for people to find authentic faith, risk real relationships and discover the future God has planned for them.

    Our problem - we can’t provide a safe place if we are out of space.

    Beginning on the first Sunday in October our church family will begin to take the NEXT step. We cannot do this alone. The faith and finances necessary for a project of this size will require each and every person to dare to pray bold prayers and boldly respond to God’s direction.

    NEXT reminds us of God’s unfailing love and unwavering effort to reach each and every one.

    NEXT reminds us that our dreams can be brighter than our memories.NEXT reminds us that the best is yet to come.

    Pastor Bob

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