The New City Cafe is open: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm Closed Sunday
Phone: (585) 978-7110
About New City Cafe
New City Cafe - The role of the New City Cafe in working toward the fulfillment of 441 Ministries Mission of seeing hope - healing - holistic development through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Beechwood neighborhood is multi-faceted. The establishment of the cafe has brought an element of hope to this underserved neighborhood. The commitment and creativity of the larger Body of Christ in coming together in providing time, talent, and treasure to see the realities of neighborhood teen employment, career guidance, and certainly an alternative to the street corner cannot be underestimated. So far we've been able to employ five teens. For far too long many urban neighborhoods have been left behind not only by those in government, but unfortunately in some cases by the church as well.
While a coffee shop in itself may do little to lift up the community around it, God's people intentionality living out the gospel in the day to day, moving in, investing in, and interceding for their neighbors may achieve eternal benefits. Providing a gathering place for the community to come together, developing and deepening relationships, and walking alongside one another in life, has the potential to bridge many of the divisions our society suffers from. Our two music and art events held so far have provided us with a glimpse of what neighborhood transformation can look like. Neighbors of every age, ethnicity, and socio-economic background have joined together to enjoy great art, smooth jazz, and most importantly, community.
HISTORY OF 441 MINISTRIES
441 Ministries has been working for Gospel-centered hope, healing, and holistic development of the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester since 2005. In the beginning, before 441 Ministries had a name or a building, it was a group of people who chose to move into the Beechwood neighborhood (a high-poverty area of Rochester) with the intention of re-neighboring their community. There were backyard barbeques and Bible clubs at the park. Eventually, it was clear that there was need for a building. In 2011, 441 Parsells Ave. was purchased, and one of the two storefronts was renovated as a ministry space to meet the needs as they arose: kids programs throughout the year, occasional counseling services, weekly adult Bible fellowship/study, community meals and recently a community garden and teen ministry
Opportunity & Value
BIRTH OF NEW CITY CAFÉ
New City Cafe was birthed in our teen program, where discipleship and mentoring are the focus. The cafe will allow some of these mentoring relationships to continue with specific focus on employment and valuable skill building along with discipleship. The second storefront at 441 Parsells had been empty for a couple years, and will be a great space for a cafe. It is our hope that this will be an asset to the neighborhood: teens will gain skills and build positive relationships, the business will empower and build up the community without losing any of the flavor of the neighborhood, and of course our neighbors will have a place to get a great cup of coffee!
To develop a culture of sustainable growth in young adults, by training up the whole person: mind, body, soul, and spirit.
- Mind: To offer a different lens by which they can view themselves and God.
- Body: To physically train them new skillsets that will prepare them for a career as certified baristas, customer service representatives, or managers.
- Soul: To know them as individual persons and to create a safe environment that cultivates deep relationships, where trust can be established.
- Spirit: To model what it means to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ
The transformational process at New City Cafe is based upon a discipleship strategy that leads young people to discover their God-given potential. The 5 R’s of God’s plan for “Re-Neighboring” are Reach, Reveal, Renew, Realize, and Restore. God has called us to reach our employees where they are, reveal their brokenness and need of a Savior, renew their minds to a new way of thinking, realize their full potential in Christ, and restore their lives to where God has purposed. In the context of a cafe business, we seek to join God by allowing these five truths to guide our discipleship and employment approach
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
The core teachings at New City Cafe are rooted in the eternal biblical principles outlined in the mission of 441 Ministries. Combining these practices into a cohesive transformational process for “re-neighboring” provides our employees with the best possible mentorship and training program for their future.
Second Art & Music Event
Jimmie Highsmith's jazz & Dunstan Luke's art!
Our Core Three.
Provide the most ethical wholesale-priced crafted specialty coffee.
Maximize the coffee drinkers' experience though education, craft coffee solutions and offer well-designed brewing equipment.
Support individuals who are reclaiming their lives from crippling addictions. We offer financial support, community connection, and The Hero-in Employment Program
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40