Resource Center


The Presbytery Resource Center

1190 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY  14618
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585-242-0099          email:  [email protected]


The Center is located on the second floor in the Presbytery Office and is always accessible for self-service when the office is open.
You may return items 24-hours-a-day using the drop-box in the door facing Winton Rd.

A Map/Layout of the Resource Center

Future Planning!

After a survey, a retreat and much discussion, the Resource Center Working Group made a recommendation to the Presbytery as follows:

  1. The Resource Center Working Group moves the Presbytery of Genesee Valley cease operations of a Presbytery-sponsored physical Resource Center location at the conclusion of the current lease.
  2. The Resource Center Working Group moves the Presbytery of Genesee Valley empower the Resource Center Working Group to make decisions regarding the disposition of materials currently in the Resource Center, including the possibility of housing the entire collection in a new location.

After this motion was made and passed at the September Presbytery meeting, the working group sent out a request for proposal to all the churches, pastors and clerks regarding the disposition of the currently held materials in the Resource Center.

Request for Resource Center Proposal

After a concentrated and lengthy gleaning of our resources that had not been checked out in over 5 years, there are a lot of books that are available for anyone to take who wishes.

Book flyer 

Resource Center Mission

The Resource Center supports, equips, and encourages congregations and neighborhoods of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley and the Genesee Valley Association of the United Church of Christ.  The Center offers a wide variety of materials to be borrowed free of charge, and services of personal assistance, research and guidance.  The Resource Center is staffed by Susan Orr, Presbyter for Healthier Congregations/Stated Clerk and is overseen by the Healthier Congregations Team/Resource Center Working Group.

Members of the Resource Center Working Group

Janice Bilohlavek
Barbara Sixby
Mary Davis
Barbara Coe
Rev. Tom Gardner

How to Use the Resource Center

  • Use our On-Line Catalog!
  • Come in person (we’re on the second floor of the Presbytery Office)
  • Call, write or email to request resources to be mailed
  • Please reserve material as far in advance as your planning allows
  • Borrow any number of resources for up to three weeks
  • Visit the Resource Table at Stated Meetings and special events of the Presbytery to borrow display materials, pick-up resources or return borrowed resources

Who Can Use the Resource Center?

  • Pastors
  • Youth Leaders
  • Church School Teachers
  • Elders and Deacons
  • Committee Chairs
  • Worship Leaders
  • Adult Ed Leaders
  • Parents and Children
  • And You!

What Can You Do at the Resource Center?

  • Use our On-Line Catalog!
  • Study materials
  • Consult with staff about resource needs
  • Preview video possibilities
  • Borrow Resources
  • Participate in occasional training opportunities
  • Visit with a committee from your congregation

What Will You Find at the Resource Center?

  • Curriculum
  • Books
  • Group Videos/DVDs
  • TV/VCR
  • Periodicals
  • Digital Projector
  • Screens
  • Badge-a-Minit (badge-maker)
  • Labyrinths, spirituality stations, and other worship material

What’s On Our Shelves at the Resource Center?

  • Congregational TransformationResource Center
  • Leadership Training
  • Spirituality and Disciplines
  • Youth Activities
  • Worship
  • Retreats
  • Education
  • Bible & Theology
  • Race Relations
  • Stewardship
  • Peacemaking & Social Advocacy
  • Evangelism
  • Church Seasons
  • Children’s Story Books
  • Teacher Training
  • Mission
  • Ecumenism

 Fresh Picks in the Resource Center

Check out what’s new!


The Parish PaperIdeas and Insights for Active Congregations

Overdue materials

overdue-returnsMaterials may be borrowed for three weeks. Ask ahead if you require more time.

You don’t have to wait for an overdue notice. We’d like to see you a little more often than this!

You may return items 24-hours-a-day using the drop-box in the door at the end of the building facing Winton Rd.

Lending Policies

  • Lending is open to all interested individuals or organizations. There is no usage fee charged for borrowing resources.
  • All materials, excluding equipment, are due three weeks from when they are borrowed. If you intend to use the material for an extended time, please reflect this information on the sign-out card. If possible, give a specific time when you expect to return the material.
  • If resources become more than six weeks overdue, you will be sent a postcard to remind you to return the overdue resources. If a resource has been lost, please contact the Resource Center immediately. If resources are lost or not returned after several reminders have been sent, you will be billed for their replacement.
  • If you wish to pass along a resource, contact the Resource Center first! Remember, resources checked out in your name are your responsibility.
  • If you plan on making a donation of new or used books, kindly consult with the coordinator prior to the purchase or delivery of materials.
  • If you are interested in purchasing a resource for personal use, please call or email the Resource Center for purchasing information.
  • If you wish a resource to be shipped to you, you will not be charged shipping and/or handling. Borrowers are always responsible, however, for the cost of return shipping.
  • Printable version of Lending Policy

Policies Governing Use of Audio-Visual Equipment

  • Audio-visual equipment is available in the Resource Center at the Presbytery office for use by the churches and all units of the Presbytery. Wide use of this equipment is encouraged.
  • A responsible adult should check out all equipment and accessories. The procedure includes adequate training in use, filling out the appropriate form (noting all equipment taken and dates of borrowing, use and expected return) and the signing of an agreement, accepting full responsibility for the equipment.
  • Equipment should be returned promptly according to the arrangements made in advance.
  • Borrower should use the enclosed checklist to be sure all parts of the equipment is being returned.
  • The borrower is responsible for repair or replacement cost resulting from damage or loss of equipment while away from the Presbytery office.
  • Equipment should be carried-on (not checked) on when traveling by air, train or bus.
  • Please call the Resource Center to reserve your equipment needs as soon as they become known to you.
  • All equipment must be picked up and dropped off in person according to the agreed lending time.
  • A release agreement must be signed before borrowing equipment.
  • Printable version of Equipment Policy


If you plan on making a donation of new or used books, kindly consult with the coordinator prior to the purchase or delivery of materials.