Serving in Rochester
Rochester Covenant Church is not a large congregation, but we're "mighty" in the ways God has gifted, motivated and strengthened us to serve in our community--primarily the Rochester area. Jesus says, "I have not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many." Because of him, people from Rochester Covenant Church serve God by serving others in a variety of ways--tutoring kids or volunteering at schools, helping kids with homework, providing housing and hospitality to homeless families, mentoring people in jail or prison or those transitioning back into the community, engaging in the arts community, supporting those struggling with mental illness, encouraging and teaching people in recovery from addictions, and much more.
While you're welcome to serve where God leads, you may want to join others from Rochester Covenant Church in serving in several "signature ministries" that quite a few people from our congregation tend to be involved with. These include:
Friendship Place, located in the Meadow Park neighborhood of SE Rochester, seeks "to provide a safe, caring environment where people of all races, ethnic groups and religions can always find a friend." Because while we can give money to feed the hungry or clothe the naked, it takes personal contact to welcome a stranger.
Friendship Place volunteers reach out to children and families in southeast Rochester--many who represent Somali, Hispanic, African American, and Asian cultures. Many are refugees from war; others are migrants or people who have moved to Rochester from other parts of the U.S. in search of a better life. We seek to demonstrate the love of Christ by our actions in service to them all.
Volunteers are always needed to help kids or teens with homework, provide food for snacks, keep the facilities clean and in repair, serve on the board, help with fundraising, or more. To serve or learn more about how people from Rochester Covenant are involved, contact Linda Richardson, program director, at (507) 753-2280 or .