Fellowship of Faith

Updated: February 18, 2018

In June, 2017 Fellowship of Faith was approved by the PC(USA) to be a designated 1,001 New Worshiping Community.  It is a unique blend of community people and residents of St. John’s Meadows & Brickstone – an independent senior living community.

Fellowship of Faith continues year’round, but as the program year drew to a close in June, there was opportunity to thank volunteers who help make our space welcoming with a sense of the sacred every week:  communion table attendants, those who sing with Sing for Joy! throughout the year, volunteer counters who receive and process donations, the Sign Brigade who put out directional sign boards each week so that newcomers can find us, and those who create seasonal displays on the communion table to enhance worship. 

In 2017, we hosted a seminary student from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School who wanted to experience and learn to minister in non-traditional settings. We said our official goodbye to her in May, though she has already been back to visit and lead worship since then.

With our weekly coffee hour in the same space as worship, our gatherings are casual — some drink coffee or tea during the service or worship at the tables that sit behind the assembled chairs.

Some of the Sing for Joy! members comprise our Sunday morning choir that continues to offer four-part standards and new praise compositions. Guest musicians are always welcome and in June we celebrated as three brothers performed violin, viola, and cello solos during worship.

Membership is pretty evenly split between residents of the Independent Living Community and those who live in other neighborhoods. Some folks travel 20 – 30 minutes for worship weekly, others walk down the hall from their apartments or across campus from their cottages and town houses.

With services that are interactive and theologically based in the Reformed Tradition, worship is a blend of prayer, singing, scripture, sacraments, laughter, tears, hugs, and sharing. All age, all races, all gender identities and sexualities, all political parties, all human conditions are welcome because, truly, Jesus is the Head of the Church and he never turned anyone away.