Book Offerings

Below, you will find all the books that we are offering this upcoming session. To learn more about the book, simply hover over or click the image.

Books must be chosen by August 3rd.

Groups start the week of September 10.


Helpful for anyone who wants to grow their contemplative prayer life. Amazing list of diverse authors for each chapter.


The author is a dynamic speaker and author, with over thirty years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation – This needs a solid leader able to navigate the topic well. 5 weeks of study are provided (but it could be creatively broken up to fill 7 weeks of study).


This Bible study helps us recognize God’s Word as an anchor in our ever-shifting cultural climate and as we study the small New Testament book, it will help us do the work of contending for faith in a world of unbelief.


Practical, relatable, applicable – the DVDs had a sense of humor that was disarming. This study has no homework. There are only 5 weeks of video and study – so, leaders could work with Amy in possibly talking about adding a couple of extra weeks using another marriage resource.


This fabulous visually appealing resource carries you through 5 mountain top Bible stories in Scripture, each symbolizing a time where there was a holy ground connection with God. (These can be broken down to fill our 8 week sessions).


Compelling resource with an invitation to the wonder, power, and mystery of prayer. It’s both practical and powerful. There are not questions in the book. (Questions for your group would need to be submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group). The homework for participants would simply be to read the chapters.


An immersion into the Lord’s prayer which ultimately helps us know God more deeply and impacts our relationships with others. (This has only 6 chapters, but 1 of these could be divided up to make it an 8 week study). Good questions provided.


 A local to Rochester, this is a helpful study on worship. Great questions included.

This fits in with our 8 week fall rhythm and challenges the reader to stop living their life under, over, from, and for God and to start living in communion with Him. There are not questions in the book. (Questions for your group would need to be created & submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group). The homework for participants would simply be to read the chapters.

If participants do 2 chapters/week, this would take a solid 9 WEEKS to complete. This book shows us how to live life to the fullest way that God intended. As this is a book and not a study, if you choose this resource you would need to create and submit questions for your group would need to be submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group. The homework for participants would simply be to read the chapters.


Our world needs to see the grace of God. What actually is it? How can we master the art of grace? This has a 6 week video add for each of the groups (about 18 min. each week). Amy has suggestions to build this group to move from 6 weeks to 8.

Pastor Dave Hertweck is the dynamic pastor of Trinity Assembly (near Syracuse, NY) who has blessed our church body for years by coming to dynamically guest preach. Broken perfectly for us into 8 studies, this study will shape our views on the word of God and the Holy Spirit in an incredibly relevant way.

This is an amazing resource, but it is a LONG book with 15 chapters. There are a few options if you choose this resource. You could do half of the book during this study and then let the rest be for participants’ devotion time – or you could save the second half for a study in the future. As it is a book, you would have to create your own questions. (Questions for your group would need to be submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group). The homework for participants would simply be to read the chapters.

A valuable resource for those that want to recover from wounds of the past and grow more into the image of God. If you struggle with anxiety, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy or burnout this could be a helpful study for you. As this is a book and not a study, if you choose this resource you would need to create and submit questions for your group and need to be submit these to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group.

“My sheep hear my voice.” Don’t we all want to hear God’s voice better? This study, which is broken up to fit into our 8 weeks perfectly, helps us to better understand the Holy Spirit’s role and how to differentiate His voice from imposters’ voices. (A video to accompany the study is available).

This study is set up as an interactive journey to use Biblical truth to recognize what is holding you back and equip you to confront that head on to help you be your best self with the purpose that God created you for.

This is a great resource created to help people facing impossible pain both grieve & find incredible power. Whether you are currently facing adversity or want to prepare for inevitable hardship, this study can benefit you. A challenge is that there are 12 chapters in this book. There would need to be some creativity with this study to either finish it within the group context or allow people to finish it in their devotional time at home. Also, there are not questions in the book. (Questions for your group would need to be created & submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group).


This is a great video-based study for those who desire to grow in discipleship and maturity. In church people tell you to either listen to your emotions or stuff them – but this study helps you to process them in a way that is different. It helps you process them in a way that helps you be a better follower of Jesus.

This is an amazing study guide resource for those that have been wounded deeply and who want to heal from deep suffering while also wrestling with what forgiveness looks like, if that’s even possible, and what the implications of that forgiveness has to mean. Due to our 8 week model, most weeks would cover 2 chapters, but there isn’t homework except excerpt for reading and that feels manageable.

In this video enhanced study, we are inspired and equipped to transform our emotions, our outlook and our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts – submitting them to Christ. In doing so, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in amazing ways. This fits well in our fall groups timeline.

This is a great study that helps us to learn to pray using God’s word. It is NOT a video study (as many Beth Moore studies are), but there are plenty of solid questions to get your group engaged with God’s word and experience more of His presence and His peace.

An accessible, easy to read, inspiring book with stories that remind us that love is an action. It is motivational. It is definitely not a typical small group resource but it does put action on simple faith making it real and still challenging.

Hebrews 11 still can challenge and encourage us today. This study examines the lives of Rahab, Enoch, Gideon, Sarah, and many more who walked with faith, and ultimately will push us closer to the one who deserves our trust. With an intro week, this easily fills 7 weeks of our fall timeline.

An Impactful study that helps us answer the question: in a world where Christianity is not just ignored – it is opposed – how do you talk to people about faith?

How should our Bible shape our view on generosity? And how is that both joy producing and life giving? This is an awesome resource that addresses a necessary part of our discipleship. The author breaks this up into a 4 week study, but it really could easily be stretched to fill our 8 week group sessions.

Addressing the important topic of how to share our faith in a compelling way in a time that is post-Christian, post-modern, and post solid truth. How can we do this in a way that is loving, non-combative, and would bring Christ glory?

For those of you who were fans of “Rooted” this is a great study that is very similarly organized, but focuses on the important areas of God’s design for work and his design for family.

This study guide builds on Luke’s Gospel, laying out the continuing work and teaching of the risen and ascended Jesus in the power of the Spirit. It is a great resource; however the challenge is that there are 24 studies. In light of our 8 week time table, you would need to combine 3 studies/week.

This resource shows us the relevance of the OT book Nehemiah. It challenges us to examine what needs rebuilding in own lives. This book helps anyone who has experienced brokenness to learn the tools for restoration and moving forward in joy. (Questions for your group would need to be submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group).

A worthwhile examination of the Biblical story of the exodus of the Israelites. It is a 10 week study, so if this book is chosen, we would have to extend the group 2 weeks (it would go until about Thanksgiving). The themes of exodus shape our understanding of the whole Bible as they reverberate throughout all of Scripture.

After an early set-up of the previous chapters of Romans, this study does a deep-dive on Romans chapter 8 in a powerful verse-by-verse study helping us to see life changing truths.

This is a great resource that teaches the fundamentals of who Jesus is. Whether you are a new believer or want a refresher this is a great study. There are 15 chapters in this book, but it could easily be divided up into 8 weeks. (Questions would need to be both created & submitted to Amy AT LEAST 2 days prior to your small group).


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 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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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! 


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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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