|MISSION | VISION | CALLING|
|To provide a meaningful weekly, Presbyterian worship experience to individuals and groups who do not have access to the internet.|
|WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW|
Because of the pandemic, we learned of a group of our people who were unable to connect with us online. Several do not have internet access and therefore could not watch our weekly services or meditative Prayerful Pause episodes.
At the same time, we became aware that many of our seniors possess and are familiar with using DVD players.
Create the same services on a DVD which could be delivered to them
weekly, and if they didn’t have a DVD player (which most did possess) provide them with a portable one of those, as well.
With the help of a grant from the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, we were able to purchase a machine that makes multiple copies of DVD’s at the same time, and the result is that weekly, our church office becomes a DVD production studio.
DVD copies are burned and individually distributed to five locations – one of which is Cobbs Hill Manor where ten individuals gather on Saturday mornings to worship with us in the Wellness Room where New Life on Monroe met prior to the pandemic.
The other copies are delivered to individuals who either watch alone by themselves or with others who come to visit them. These are proving to be an important link for some of our “at home members” who can no longer come to weekly worship to remain a part of us in the comfort of their own homes.
We estimate that between 14 and 17 people worship through the DVD Ministry every week.
Looking ahead, we would love to expand this ministry so that other churches could record portions of their service (sermon, announcement and prayers, for instance) so we could drop them into those places in our recorded worship service. The DVD’s would then be available for their members as well. We are continuing to explore this possibility as another area where South might assist other churches through our Firebird Office outreach opportunities.
As we head into the fall and the upcoming holiday seasons, if you know of someone who could benefit from our service on DVD, please use the CONTACT US tab above and let us know.
With the onset of COVID, it became clear that we have members in our community who would like to worship but who do not have internet access. These sometimes include older individuals as well as those living in institutionalized or collective settings.
This ministry offers weekly DVD’s of the services posted on our YouTube Channel and can also provide portable DVD players to those who need them.
If you know someone who might benefit from this ministry, the cost is minimal — only enough to cover the materials and postage (if not hand-deliverable in the city of Rochester). Please use the CONTACT tab above to make arrangements.