As adults at RCC, we encourage each other to grow in our faith and become more Christ-like, to support each other, and to serve in our church and community. Christian fellowship is a precious gift from God.

 

FALL 2018 SUNDAY MORNING ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION 
at Rochester Covenant Church
From 11 a.m. - 12 noon, beginning September 16 
Fellowship Hall, lower level

Joy Starts Here
Steve Eng and Jarry and Linda Richardson, facilitators

Join adults of all ages around round tables in our Fellowship Hall this fall as we explore how to develop biblically-rooted, life-transforming relational skills.

The experience of many—backed up by recent research—suggests that all the healing, diets, deliverance, education, counseling, recovery, worship, prayer and Bible study engaged in by Christians has led to little significant transformation in people’s lives and relationships.  While some may say it is a lack of faith, knowledge, commitment or accountability that hinders us, recent research and the ancient wisdom of the Bible suggest that our transformation is hindered by how often we become non-relational.

A companion course to our fall worship series on the book of Philippians, this class will offer a clear pathway to life transformation by showing you ways to cooperate with how God has wired the brain to run best on joy.  You will learn how to cultivate emotional maturity through skills you can practice in your everyday life.

“Never before have we more urgently needed to hear [this message found in this course]. In a world that continues its search for meaning and depth, we seem only able to expand our manufacture of mere artificial substitutes. [In this course, we will find] thorough, concrete, and desperately needed help on the way to renewing our minds, regenerating our relationships, and embodying the kingdom of God on earth.”
      --Curt Thompson, MD
         Psychiatrist, author of Anatomy of the Soul
                                       beingknown.com

Wednesdays

5:00-6:00 pm      Gather together for light supper

6:00 pm   Alpha

What is Alpha?

What to expect

A typical Alpha. Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. 

First up there's…Food

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and donuts, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other. 

Then a…Talk

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?​ 

Followed byDiscussion

Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Alpha Preview Supper Evening: Wednesday, September 26

Running Wednesday evenings through mid-December

5-6 p.m.  Supper

6-7:30 p.m. Film and Discussion

Infant and preschool childcare available. 

No pressure; you can even come just once to Try Alpha

 

 

6:00 pm Psalm 119 Bible Study

Even the most mature believers face dark nights of the soul. During those times, God feels distant, His Word dry, and the vibrant intimacy we knew before seems absent leaving us wondering, “Where is the Lord in this?” In Psalm 119, pastor Matt Chandler aims to introduce viewers to the words of King David who experienced similar seasons of life. Serving as the anchor for the study, Psalm 119 demonstrates the power of God's Word in the lives of believers and its ability to provide a warm blanket for the soul.

6:00pm Kids gather for fun activities in room 124

6:00 pm Young Adults gather for youth group in room 126

7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal in the music room

Small Groups:  Small groups provide a setting to discuss scripture, build relationships, and enjoy our shared faith journey.  We encourage everyone to find a small group that fits their interests and needs.  Some groups are short lived – focused on a certain topic. Other groups meet regularly based on an agreed meeting time and content.  Contact the church office to learn more about small groups that you can join.

Women: Life Springs is a Tuesday morning Bible study that welcomes women of all ages from our community.  The women also sponsor special events periodically.  (September – May)

Men: A group of RCC men meets twice a month on Saturday mornings for breakfast.

Seniors: New Horizons – folks with 50 or more years of life experiences, meet monthly for fellowship and fun. (September – June) 

Prayer Groups: Prayer groups play an important role in the life of our church.  All of these groups meet in the church library:

  • Prayer for worship Sunday morning before worship
  • Thursday  prayer group 12:30 p.m. 
  • Centering prayer 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Choir:  Choir rehearsal is a time of worship, friendship, and joy, as we praise God together with music.  We rehearse Wednesday evenings.  We help lead worship 3 Sundays a month. New choir members are always welcome. (September - May)

Worship Team:  Our worship team leads our congregation in singing contemporary songs of the faith.