Helping Grace to Blossom
"The planting of the Lord that he might be glorified" - Isaiah 61:3
In the beginning, there were three families pursuing God in prayer for a PCA church in Rochester. After 15 years, in August 2002, those prayers were answered when a PCA pastor was called to plant Grace Church.
They started out meeting in homes. When more room was needed they began renting space – at the Brookwood Inn and Powder Mills Office Park in Bushnell’s Basin, Rochester Christian School in Penfield, and Bay Knoll Seventh Day Adventist in Irondequoit. For several years, a relocation committee looked throughout the Rochester community for a new space to worship – one that would suit the mission of Grace and offer potential for outreach and ministry.
Sowing seeds in the city
In 2011, following several years of ministry by a core group of families in the Beechwood Neighborhood of Rochester, Grace Church purchased 441 Parsells Avenue to provide space for those ministries to grow.
The vision of 441 Ministries is to reach the whole person with the gospel. The dedicated core of leaders continue to build meaningful relationships with their neighbors. In partnership with several local churches and other local non-profits, ministries ranging from summer food stands to Bible studies and prayer meetings for the community continue to expand.
Our prayer, like that of the original three families at Grace, was for a PCA church that lives out the gospel. We prayed that the fruit of the ministry in Beechwood would include a vibrant, multicultural church that would draw those on the east side of the city of Rochester to God’s truth, hope, and peace in a powerful way.
And on May 1, 2016, New City Fellowship Beechwood launched with a core group of families who are committed to participating in the building of the kingdom of God and seeing people in the Beechwood neighborhood reconciled to God and one another through the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
taking root for grace to Blossom
We found our new home at 805 Blossom Road, and moved in on June 7, 2015. Over the past year and a half we have witnessed God’s continued provision in growing his church through his gospel–both those who call Grace Church home and those with whom we come in contact.
As we look back over the past year and a half, we bear witness to the work that God is doing in and through Grace Church. Before moving to 805 Blossom, we asked: What other ways might we blossom? What other ministries may grow?
We have seen old ministries continue to develop through regular fellowship meals, expansion of small groups (including a men’s group, a women’s prayer gathering, a group of moms with young kids, and growth groups), enough space to house all of our Christian Education rooms.
We have seen other ministries take fresh direction with having a regular youth group with a place to call their own, focused outreach opportunities to our immediate neighbors, a coffee hour after the worship service every Sunday.
All of these ministries have been done more easily by having a ready space for us to meet. And the ministry opportunities continue to grow as we settle in.
How you can help Grace to Blossom
After our first winter, we became aware that the heating system was unreliable. We began upgrades to the heating system in July and completed them in September. We worked out a financing plan which allowed us to use money we had paid towards our mortgage to cover the cost of the heating system upgrade, and were given an additional year to pay off the total of our mortgage for the building. The Helping Grace to Blossom 2.0 campaign is to raise funds to cover the heating system upgrade Total Cost $60,000.
As the Lord provides, the campaign may yield pledges and contributions sufficient to reach additional maintenance needs:
Our Short-term (1-3 years) Needs include projects like: External improvements on the Lodge (siding on gables, gutter/downspout replacement) – $4500; New flooring (Fellowship Room, selected lower level rooms) – $4000; Enhanced security – $1500; Window Replacement (lower level phase I) – $24,000; Remodel Lodge Restrooms – $1000
Our Longer-term (5-10 years) Needs include projects like: Window Replacement (lower level phase II) – $60,000-100,000; Replace Lodge Furnace – $5,000; Replace Lodge Windows – $7,000
Will you prayerfully consider making a special investment in the future of Grace Church?
To make your pledge, complete the below form or fill out a pledge card available on Sundays throughout January.