Our Church and Community Ministries
To Reach Up To God - To Reach Out To the Community - To Reach In To Our Gifts
The role of the Liturgy Ministry is to witness to the faith by carrying out the guidelines set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of New York and our own church; and by providing liturgy that is culturally relevant, reverentially meaningful and spiritually uplifting. The Liturgy Ministry has the function of planning the parish regular Sunday services as well as other special liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
EUCHARISTIC VISITORS MINISTRY
Eucharistic visitors are licensed members of the church entrusted with administering the Eucharist to members of the community who cannot attend Sunday mass. We strive to keep God’s presence in the lives of these parishioners by bringing communion to them at least once a month. Parishioners and/or family members who would like to request a Eucharistic visit need to contact our church’s office to be placed on the visitor’s list.
ADULT BIBLE STUDIES
This group was inspired by the hate crime committed on June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C when nine African-American parishioners were murdered while participating in their weekly Bible class at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Every week before class formally begins, the group reads the names of the victims as our church’s bells toll, nine times, in memory of our murdered brothers and sisters. The group offers its members the opportunity to grow in their faith with God and each other; to find God’s calling on their lives, and flourish within His divine purpose.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PRE-SACRAMENTS INSTRUCTION
The aim of Christian Education is to teach the young and old the teachings of our church, and to nourish the students as they develop into faithful followers of Christ. Additionally, trained lay members of the church, under the priest’s direction, offer instructions based on the church’s teaching to new applicants seeking to engage in the sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, Communion and Marriage.
Every Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
EL DIVINO NIÑO MINISTRY
Devotion to the Child Jesus is based on the fact that our Lord chose to begin His saving mission on earth as a child. This ministry honors Jesus’ infancy through the celebration of the Holy Liturgy on the last Friday of each month followed by fellowship and a community meal.
Last Friday of each month-7:30pm
The music ministry is composed of musicians and singers who lead the congregation in sacred songs. The two choirs sing separately, English or Spanish, during Sunday masses, and together during special bilingual services. The children and junior choir performs during special liturgical events. Anyone, youth and up is invited to join our choirs, and add to the beauty and prayerfulness of the liturgy. Contact the church’s office for information.
COUNSELING AND PASTORAL MINISTRY
As instructed by God, we seek to serve as overseeing of His flock by caring for people who are struggling with difficulty and by being present during a time of pain. Our pastor, along with a trained lay member, may offer counseling and pray with someone in a time of crisis. This may entail visiting the sick at home or in a hospital, offering comfort through phone calls or lending a hand to someone in need. Our ministry is committed to serving God, by serving the pastoral needs of our community.
SOCIAL CONCERN MINISTRY
Concern for the most vulnerable citizens, as made in the image of God, is the basis for the peace and justice ministry. Living in a world torn by war, hatred, oppression, racism, poverty, and other evils, we hear God's call to create a world where the sacred human dignity of every person is respected. We strive to be peacemakers in our personal relationships and support peaceful ways of resolving conflict and nonviolent methods of working for change in the community and society at large.
SENIOR CITIZENS DINNER
This ministry offers a Sunday afternoon of great, bilingual fellowship and delightful meals catered to senior citizens. Dinner is provided in a socially safe and fun environment in which every person is served with the utmost level of dignity and respect. As announced from 2:30- 5pm
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you drink?
Following Jesus’ message, this ministry has team up with some local churches and community organizations to distribute food and renew hope for the community’s most vulnerable families.
Every Tuesday, except in July-August from 9-11am
CLIMATE JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING:
Part of our commitment to the environment involves hosting meetings as well as direct participation in local climate justice organizations. We also work closely with the Kingsbridge-Riverdale Farmers Market, which uses our outdoors space to provide healthy and affordable products to the community. Our plan for the year 2016 and beyond is to create a community garden which, like in previous years, will be cared by, and for the benefit of church members and the community.
The main focus for this ministry lies in community building, dialogue to dissolve prejudice and openness to the wisdom of other faith and spiritual traditions. We are not about conversion but rather inter-connection, understanding and spiritual inclusiveness, drawing upon the practices, insights, and wisdom of other paths. We strive to create an annual program geared toward human understanding and the celebration of life in all its manifestation.
ARCHIVES AND HISTORY MINISTRY
The purpose of this ministry is to insure the preservation and appreciation of our church’s history and heritage. This group is responsible for the recording of important church events and the proper care of valued church items. We are also contemplating an oral history project that will preserve the life stories of key church members on video.
CHURCH’S MAINTENANCE MINISTRY
Our church is not only a building; it is the house of our Lord that needs regular care and maintenance. This ministry helps to maintain and create a welcoming atmosphere at our church. We are responsible for lawn care, church cleaning and the proper care of liturgy items and garments.
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS PAGE
Yaniris A. Urbáez, Director of Church and Community Ministries, Writer
Julio C. Núñez, Lay Leader, Editor and Translator
The Rev. Diego Delgado-Miller