Online Meditations & Lessons

Never miss a Sunday lesson or meditation with our expanding online connections. With YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook you can watch videos or listen online and download them to take with you on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

YouTube: Videos are added to the channel weekly and include Sunday services, meditations and more. These can be watched on your computer, smartphone and the TV. Just go to YouTube and search our channel – we invite you to subscribe to it!

SoundCloud: Each week we will have the previous Sunday’s lesson and meditation in our SoundCloud Spotlight that will be at the top of the list that will be shown when you open our SoundCloud site. If you are interested in past lessons or meditations, you will find them organized by month when you select the playlists tab.

We have an archive of many years of past lessons and meditations that have not yet been uploaded to SoundCloud. If there is something specific that you are looking for that has not been posted, you may submit a request, and we will do our best to get it added.

Facebook: For members of the Facebook community, you can keep up to date on a daily basis of all things happening at Unity Church of Greater Rochester and interact on the page with comments and posts. If you are a member or an active congregant in our church, you might want to also join our private Group page.

Ministry Teams

Service is the lifeblood of our church. Your talents are a gift. Find a group you would like to join and contact us.

Audio Ministry
Our purpose is to monitor and maintain the Sanctuary sound system. We also record Sunday services as well as other significant events in CD format and have them available to purchase through the Book Store. We also post the Sunday meditation and lesson to this website.

Beautification
Our Ministry supports the environment of Unity Church of Greater Rochester by maintaining conditions and standards of beauty and order in our physical environment. This ministry cares for our interior building and the gardens and grounds. Volunteers adopt gardens to plant, weed and tend. Clean-up days are scheduled to address raking, trimming, and general grounds maintenance. The chairperson also manages our hired groundskeeper, who mows and shovels snow.  

Bookstore
We offer books and materials that reflect Unity’s teachings and principles. Also available for sale are The Daily Word, Unity Magazine and other New Thought journals.

Bylaws Ministry
The Bylaws committee is an adhoc committee whose mission is to review the bylaws and propose changes to the Board of Trustees and membership as needed but at least once every five years. Once changes are presented and voted on by the membership, the adhoc committee will no longer exist, until such time the Board of Trustees determines that changes are warranted, at which point the Bylaws committee will be reactivated.

Church Directory/Name Tags
We make sure the information in the directory is kept current and requests for name tags are fulfilled on a regular basis.

Church Photographer
Our photographer captures the beautiful moments of our church so that others may experience with their eyes what is felt in the heart.

Financial Prosperity
The Financial Prosperity Ministry clarifies, teaches and implements financial stewardship practices that support the enfoldment of Unity Church of Greater Rochester as a divinely prosperous center inspiring human transformation. The group meets monthly to develop the annual budget, investigate and develop our financial practices, explore fundraising, etc.

Greeters
Volunteers welcome and provide hospitality and directions to all who enter Unity Church of Greater Rochester. We offer a warm smile and warm hug or handshake. We answer questions and, when there are new people, we have them put their names and contact information in the registration book and give them a name tag so others can address them by name. We help them find their way around and answer questions about Unity and our church.  

Historian
The Historian maintains records of our church so that future generations may enjoy, be inspired by and learn from the legacy of Unity in Rochester. The historian also works with the church photographer to amplify printed sources with photos of church events.

Lending Library
Our library provides materials on Unity, New Thought and New Age philosophy and history for free circulation. Church members may sign out materials and are asked to return them in a timely fashion. Unity book donations to the library are welcome.

Music Committee
Our mission is to bring spiritually uplifting music to the congregation. The church has a song leader who joyfully leads the congregation in hymns. Music resounds in the souls of us all.

Newsletter
Our goal is to communicate with our membership and friends the joy, happenings, inspiration, and teachings of our church.

Nominating Committee
A Nominating Committee initiates a search for at least two qualified candidates for the Board of Trustees. The committee consists of the minister, three active members selected at the annual meeting by the membership, and a representative of the current Board of Trustees.

Platform Assistant
The assistant serves the congregation at Sunday service by providing concise announcements regarding church activities in an inviting and connected manner. 

Policy & Procedure Manual
The Ministry ensures that all facets of the church are nurtured and implemented with clarity, consistency, understanding and love.

Prayer Chaplaincy
Our Prayer Chaplains visit members in their homes, hospitals, or other settings to provide prayer and spiritual support. Chaplains must receive extensive training.

Prayer Team
Awakening to the Christ within ourselves through prayer, we affirm the divine identity in others so they can see it in themselves and receive its blessings. Volunteers are available each Sunday after the service to provide one-on-one prayer. The team meets regularly to pray and plan activities that support the prayer life and spiritual wellbeing of the congregation.

Publicity Committee
The Ministry seeks to reach out to the community and publicize our church teachings, activities, and events.

Remembrance
The Remembrance Ministry contributes to creating a nurturing environment at Unity Church of Greater Rochester by reaching out with expressions of love and support to our congregation in times of joys and challenges. The Ministry meets as needed to plan and implement initiatives to meet the needs of our home-bound members as well as general congregation.

Sign Ministry Team
Our purpose is to change the message on the sign in the parking lot each week as an effective way to communicate with passersby. Weekly changing of the message causes more people to look at our sign each week. We are looking for messages that serve to awaken people to their divine identity.

Special Events Social Committee
The committee plans and implements social events, involving set-up, food preparation and serving. Love offerings from the congregation for refreshments supplement the church’s budget for the Social Fund, which helps to pay for large events such as our Thanksgiving dinner and summer picnic. The Social Committee organizes a number of holiday events each year and assists with occasional luncheons between Sunday service and Congregational meetings or special events.

Social Media Ministry
The purpose of the Social Media Ministry is to: (1) Shine the light of Unity and Unity Church of Greater Rochester as far as possible in the world; and (2) Foster communication among members in their personal spiritual journies.

Sunday Offering Counters
Counters oversee the inflow of love and prosperity that our church brings forth when we gather as one. Our counters work in pairs.  

Sunday Service Special Roles
On the display table in the lobby there are folders where you may sign up to read the Daily Word during our Sunday services, or to provide flowers for the sanctuary. We welcome more people in these roles.

Usher Team
Ushers provide a welcoming and facilitating presence during worship and special services. The ushers are to make sure the sanctuary is warm and welcoming looking. The lights are adjusted during the meditation. They welcome congregants as they come into the sanctuary with a warm smile and perhaps a hug as they present them with a bulletin. They take up the Sunday offering at the end of the service. Most importantly, the ushers are part of a team with the greeters to welcome people to a spiritual experience at Unity Church of Greater Rochester. Volunteers are trained and work in pairs. They are scheduled through a coordinator.

Website
Members working with the website greet all those who seek out our church on the Internet with information about us and what we stand for to provide resources such as audio files of our Sunday messages, prayers and related links.

Welcoming Ministry
The mission of the Welcoming Ministry is to reach out to visitors and new congregants, offering a warm welcome to our services, facilitating the growth of relationships and offering the opportunity for deepening involvement in church life. The Welcoming Ministry works in concert with the ministers and other church volunteer ministries, including Greeters, Ushers, Platform Assistants, Publicity, etc.

Youth Education
Our education program provides a caring, nurturing, friendly, welcoming environment for children of all ages and teens. Vetted volunteers help our youth develop by teaching Unity principles and curriculum through prayer and the arts: story, drama, puppets, and visual arts. Help teens grow through discussion and study with peers. Volunteers assist our ministry leader in the Sunday School on an as needed basis.

Sacred Ceremonies

Weddings, Christenings, memorial services, home blessings and more… all are among the ways we can support you in your desire to recognize and celebrate the spiritual dimensions of the passages in your life and the lives of your loved ones. For more information, please contact us.

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We can help make one of the most important days of your life even more meaningful.

Unity is a Christian church where people of all faiths may be married. Our sanctuary can accommodate groups up to 150 people. For information about reserving our church, please contact us.

Christenings

Christening is an ancient ritual that predates even the earliest Christian traditions. The rite and the interpretation of its meaning have undergone many changes over time, and today christening is practiced in many different ways. The purpose of Christening is to recognize the spiritual identity and purpose of a soul. In Unity, we look to the example of Jesus as our guide. In Mark 10: 13-16 we read that Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them.

Christening in Unity is the act of welcoming a child into our world and recognizing this soul by name in its human journey. It is a time for parents to dedicate themselves to raising their child in an awareness of God’s loving presence.

Godparents

You may choose as many people as you wish, or have no Godparents. There is no legal obligation or responsibility made through a Christening service.

Spiritual Baptisms

For children and adults, we also provide a spiritual baptism service.

Memorial Services

At the time of the passing of a loved one, many people want a service and don’t know where to turn. We are here to support people in times of grief and loss. We can provide services at the location of your choice. Our services are positive, uplifting celebrations of the life lived. We honor each person’s spiritual traditions.

Home Blessings

A private home blessing ceremony acknowledges and honors your home as sacred space, a sanctuary of love, peace and joy. Many people request a home blessing as they settle into a new home or apartment, but a home blessing ceremony is appropriate at any time, whether you have just moved in or have lived in your home for many years.

Sacred Healing

Our Sacred Healing Ministry offer hands on spiritual healing in the sanctuary after church service once a month, usually on the third Sunday. You can choose to experience the gifts offered from our givers or simply sit quietly and enjoy the sacred space, energy and music. Be open to receive and believe. It is a moving experience for all who participate.

Burning Bowl/Letter to God

Many Unity churches hold a Burning Bowl service at or near the New Year. This ceremony is meant to provide contemplative time to be aware of ideas, thoughts, and habits that no longer serve one’s highest good. Through meditation, these thoughts are revealed and then written on paper which is burned as a symbol of release. This ceremony creates space in consciousness to be filled with God thoughts, thoughts born from a higher consciousness. After the release, you will be given time to write your own personal Letter to God to declare and affirm what you want to bring into your life the coming year. The letter will be held for you, in prayer, and mailed back to you at Christmas time the following year.

White Stone

In Unity, a traditional White Stone Ceremony is held the first Sunday of the New Year. It is derived from ancient teaching, allowing individuals to focus on what lies on their path by receiving a new name. It involves a brief meditation allowing your higher self to give you a name for the New Year. This name represents what you wish to heal and accomplish throughout the year. This new name is written on a white stone and indicates your freedom from the past. As you enter the New Year, come, inquire and embrace a divine revelation.

Candle Lighting

Unity’s Candle Lighting Service is a beautiful and inspiring ceremony. A ceremony that speaks to the way Christ’s light shines through each of us, illuminating the world around us. Each one of us is a keeper of the “Light.” Just as the light from a single candle can send out a beam that will light up a darkened room, the light of the Christ we hold, seemingly so small and unimportant, can be far-reaching. There is no stopping a beam of Light! Light leaps chasms, fills the darkened space, and erases time.

Books and Art

If you are looking for a special book on prayer, meditation, positive affirmations, healing or many other New Thought topics, come check out our bookstore at Unity Church of Greater Rochester.

Most books are 20 percent off list price. We also sell the Daily Word, a daily devotional guide from UNITY Publications that is read by Truth students around the world. Try it for one month and you will see why. Our bookstore also carries Unity Magazine, wonderful pamphlets, bookmarks, a number of children’s and pre-teen books and complete recordings of our Sunday Services.

The Unity Church of Greater Rochester bookstore is open every Sunday from 9:45 to 10 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Little Library

Out in the yard on the side of our entrance stands a Little Library that is stocked with books for your uplifting reading pleasure. Take a book – leave a book if you wish. It is our gift to you for a day’s boost! 


The Gallery at Unity

The Gallery at Unity is a welcoming space located within the Bookstore. The gallery is the result of a volunteer project completed in 2017 that provides Unity Church of Greater Rochester artists an environment to share their work while enhancing our church environment. The exhibits are changed on a regular basis and all works are for sale. Arrangements to purchase items on display can be made with exhibiting artists.


The Lending Library

Unity Church of Greater Rochester has a wonderful small lending library that stocks books on Unity, New Thought and New Age philosophy and history. The books are available to sign out and read at home. We simply ask that they be returned in a timely fashion. All books have been generously donated by our congregants and bookstore. New donations of Unity books in good condition are always welcome and appreciated.