servIng in Rochester

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

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  .

MN Adult & Teen Challenge

This past year God has opened a door for us to establish a growing partnership with this ministry, welcoming 40+ men to study God's Word with us, build friendships,  pray together and encourage each other on Wednesday evenings at our church.  We also host the MNATC Choir most years during a Sunday morning worship service, financially support the ministry, mentor clients, and are exploring more ways to be a blessing both to men and women in this ministry who are embarking on a Christ-centered new beginning to their lives. 

If you'd like to serve in this ministry,, you can start by participating in our Wonderful Wednesday evening Bible study or our Alpha Courses.  If you'd like to mentor MNATC clients or recent grads, talk with Pastor Steve Eng (    or 507.289.2990) or contact MNATC directly at mntc.org/volunteer.

Next Chapter Ministries

Next Chapter's goal is to eradicate crime, executing a strong focus on the highest crime areas of Rochester and Olmsted County. We strive to accomplish this by taking a holistic approach to ministry that starts with faith, love, and a home.  People from Rochester Covenant Church have been leading or participating in Bible studies with residents, mentoring women and kids and doing parent training, and providing meals and financial support.  There's a current need to provide meals on occasion, along with more mentoring and fundraising support. 

To serve, contact Pastor Steve Eng or Donna Dunn, our mission ministry team chair, through the church office (    or   ) to learn who you can partner with from Rochester Covenant, or contact Next Chapter directly at nextchapterrochester.org/volunteer.

Family Promise

Several times each year, Rochester Covenant Church hosts families without homes or in transition through the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a ministry of Family Promise Rochester.  Volunteers are needed to set-up and take down, host meals, play games or converse with guests and children, and make people feel at home.  

Volunteers are always needed, both in the process of hosting families, as well as serving in other ways to strengthen vulnerable families in the Rochester area.  To learn more how you can serve, contact Karen Andrews, LuAnn Jorgenson or Wilbur or Esther Zirk through the church office (    or   ), or contact the Family Promise Rochester office directly at familypromiserochester.org.