A non-traditional church in Rochester, New York

What to Expect

What to Expect

At Caritas, weekly gatherings are a time for people from many different backgrounds to worship God, support each other and learn how to follow Jesus in a more meaningful way.

Everyone really is welcome.

You know how most faith communities make a point of saying that everyone is welcome, but when you show up you feel pressured to look and think like everybody else? That’s not us. Our gatherings are Jesus-centered, but they’re designed to be a safe space to explore and express your faith alongside other people who don’t have it all figured out.

We don’t have a band or long worship sets.

Some faith communities have large groups of musicians and long sets of worship music. If that’s what you’re into, God bless. But it’s really not our thing. Our gatherings include a few songs, but it’s usually just one person with a guitar laying down a relaxed vibe and helping us get our heads and hearts into a more spiritual place.

We don’t do sermons.

If you like hearing someone preach for a half hour (or more), we’re probably not a good fit for you because we don’t really do sermons. Each week, one of our pastors or a guest presents a topic (usually on a scripture passage), and then facilitates a group dialogue in which everyone is invited to participate. Don’t worry — you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to. But for us, growth happens through real conversations saturated with honesty and mutual respect.

Everyone is part of our gatherings.

Some churches and faith communities offer different programs for kids or teens. But at Caritas, we believe that everyone has something to contribute to the conversation. So, while we do have activities for little kids to do during the gathering, there isn’t a separate program for them. And our teens actually enjoys participating in the dialogue right alongside the adults because they have an equal voice.

We celebrate communion every week.

At Caritas, we celebrate communion at every weekly gathering. Why? Lots of reasons, but the most important one is that the table brings us all together, kind of like the kitchen table in your home. You should also know that we celebrate an open table at Caritas — there’s no pressure to participate, but communion is available for anyone who wants it.

We don’t care what you wear or where you come from.

If you want to wear a suit, feel free. But don’t get dressed up on our account. You’ll find that our weekly gatherings are laid back and relaxed events. And if you’re worried that you won’t fit in because you haven’t been to church in a while, don’t be. We come from a wide variety of church and no-church backgrounds. In fact, the majority of people who attend our weekly gatherings love God, but haven’t attended church for a long time because they are looking for a more collaborative and outward-oriented faith experience.

Want to know more?

If you still have questions about Caritas or our weekly gatherings, feel free to get in touch. Better yet, stop by a gathering and check it out for yourself.

Caritas weekly gatherings are 11am – 12 pm Sundays. View our current location here.