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Continuing Education Scholarship for Christian Educators and Youth Workers

The Resource and Education Committee is proud to offer a scholarship to support the continuing education of our current Christian educators and youth workers.

This scholarship will pay the registration cost for any of these four conferences: Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE), Northeast Association of Church Educators (NEACE), Presbyterian Youth Workers Association (PYWA) and Progressive Youth Ministry (PYM). These scholarships are drawn from a special fund previously used for Christian Education Certification: once the funds have been spent, they will not be replenished.

Requirements: Applicants must be a clergy member, staff member, or layperson currently active in Christian Education or Youth Ministries in the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Each person may only receive one scholarship from this fund. There is no application deadline; applications will be considered by the Resource and Education Committee as they are submitted. Plan for approximately a one-month delay before receiving news about your application, since the committee meets monthly. Recipients of this scholarship must write a newsletter article about their conference experience (less than one page, pictures encouraged) to share with the presbytery.

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Introducing PC(USA) Denominational Children’s Curriculum

 

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Growing in Grace & Gratitude

Here is a very short video to help get the word out about a PC(USA) curriculum

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude.

Growing in Grace & Gratitude is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

Published by Congregational Ministries Publishing, Growing in Grace & Gratitude is a quarterly curriculum available in English and Spanish. Each session shares a Bible story that reveals God’s grace for us. Through fun, age-appropriate activities, prayer, and singing, children and their leaders will celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.

“This is the way you teach Reformed faith to children,” said Lib Caldwell, noted Presbyterian educator and professor emerita at McCormick Theological Seminary. “With thoughtful biblical background for the teacher and age-appropriate learning activities, children will grow in their understanding of God’s grace as it is revealed through biblical stories.”

Churches can try Growing in Grace & Gratitude for free by ordering a sampler in English or Spanish at pcusastore.com.

Congregational Ministries Publishing is the denominational curriculum publisher of the PC(USA). Its mission is to bring glory to God by inspiring, equipping, and connecting Presbyterians of all ages with faithful, affordable, educational resources that further commitments to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

 

2020 will not only bring us a New Year, but a new website as well! The Presbytery will be updating and enhancing the look of our website in order to streamline communication and provide an ease of navigation. Please be patient with us as these changes are made and come about. In the meantime, we welcome your comments!

“Genesee Epiphany”

by Rev. Colin Pritchard

The Next Presbytery Meeting…

The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Tuesday, January 28, 2020


 


( Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 South Winton Road, NY  14618)


** Click and Print a copy of the Mailed & Taken Docket to bring to the meeting **

With so many using their tablets, smart phones and laptops at the meeting, we’ve decided to start sending out the Taken docket electronically as well.  Over time, we hope to eliminate the need to print so many hard copies – saving trees, money, and expense!


** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare to be posted soon!  Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting ** 


For more information regarding PGV Meetings, please refer to the Presbytery Meeting page

**In the event of a severe weather forecast which would make traveling hazardous, Presbytery Meetings and Presbytery-wide events may be cancelled and rescheduled for another date.  Read More:  Presbytery Meeting and Event Cancellation Policy

Measuring Mission Project

“Measuring Mission Project”

Healthier Congregations Team, “Tools and Training” Working Group

History

In the Fall of 2014, Rev. James Evinger and Rev. Roderic Frohman, decided to apply their combined 90 years of experience in managing the social justice/service programs of congregations in the form of a workbook of best practices.   Why? Because most congregations are willing to engage the community, but their efforts are mostly toxic to the beneficiaries, as well as their efforts burn-out their church volunteers because of poor internal administrative, diagnostic, personnel and spiritual practices.

From January 2015 to July 2017 Frohman and Evinger field-tested their 135-page workbook, Activating Your Missional Congregation, in a pilot study of eight, three -hour workshops, with five congregations of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Each workshop was concluded with an evaluation.

Results

There were a number of tangible benefits for the participants.

  • Deeper communication: “In my six years here as the Pastor, this is the most honest and open discussion of mission in our congregation that I’ve seen. It gives me new possibilities.”
  • Insight: “I think we really started to ‘get it’ by the end of the 6th workshop. It does take time to absorb and trust this process.”
  • Significance: “We provide two buildings for use by non-profit groups serving our town. We charge each $1/year to make it legal. Until this discussion, we never considered that our in-kind support had significant dollar value.”
  • Identification of a barrier: “I look at all our many mission projects and the high percentage of our members that volunteer. No wonder we are tired and no wonder it’s hard for each project to find new volunteers!”
  • Awareness of volunteer motivation: “As we interviewed people about their motivations to do mission, we realized how different those motivations are [from what we expected].”
  • Paradigm shift: “As a result of this series, I see mission in a whole new perspective.”

Future

Five additional congregations are now being recruited to participate in a second round of the eight-workshop, one-year, missional assessment study using the workbook.   Guided by Frohman and Evinger, and with the involvement of “graduate” pastors of the pilot study, each congregation will research and assess their own congregation’s missional practices using the 6 assessment guidelines of the workbook: identity, vitality, process, motivation, context, and toxicity vs. development.

The participating congregations will gather at a common location on eight selected Saturday’s over 12 months (2017-2108) to participate in plenary and breakout sessions regarding the assessment guidelines of the workbook. Each participant and each team will conduct individual and group research, about each’s congregation and community, and report back to the next workshop about their findings. In the final workshop, #8, each team will present its mission development plan for the future of their congregation. Frohman and Evinger, and the “graduate” pastors, will continue to be in consultation with the congregations over a one-year period of time while they implement their plans.

As the pilot congregations have done, the five new teams will be urged to:

  • end a lesser quality social mission project;
  • revitalize, expand, or improve an existing project;
  • start a new project or combine several existing ones;
  • celebrate and promote an existing project which is working well;
  • Find a way to go beyond short-term, crisis relief.

Administration

The program is supervised by the Healthier Congregations Team, Tools and Training Working Group, which is staffed by Susan Orr, Presbyter for Healthy Congregations / Stated Clerk.

 

Contact:

Rev. Roderic P. (Rod) Frohman (HR)
585-727-26786
[email protected]

Rev. James S. (Jim) Evinger  (HR)
585-773-9468
[email protected]

E-News Deadline is the 1st of Every Month

E-News is published monthly and posted to the PGV Website around the 10th of the month.

All submissions are to be made by the FIRST of each month.

All submissions should be in a ‘Ready to be Published‘ format (.doc or .pdf)

 

 

Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch

A series of discussions for Professional Christian Educators employed by a church


The Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Location of meetings to be determined for each meeting, and will be noted in advance.

 

On-line Teacher Training

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Opening Doors to Discipleship is a series of three courses in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition to help teachers and leaders equip themselves to be faithful teachers and leaders.

Once you register with this site, you will have access to all three courses. The three courses are:

  1. Teaching Skills,
  2. Bible Background,
  3. Presbyterian/Reformed Faith (to be released Fall, 2008).

Each course has 12 sessions which should, ideally, be done with a Learning Group from your own congregation.

The courses address questions like these:

  • How can I tell a story and use activities in such a gripping way that my students long to be disciples of Christ?
  • How can I communicate the broad sweep of biblical stories so that learners yearn to enter them?
  • How can I speak with passion and enthusiasm about the particular “flavor” of Christianity which we identify as Presbyterian/Reformed?

Site sponsorship:

  • The Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • The Moravian Church in America
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • The Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • The Reformed Church in America

Contact Susan Orr, Stated Clerk at (585) 261-1536 for the PCUSA login code.

The Thoughtful Christian

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The Thoughtful Christian is a web-based resource center that seeks to help Christians wrestle with difficult questions by stimulating informed conversation and reflection about living faithfully in a complex world.