St. Mary’s Manhattanville is the “I am not afraid” church, standing up as a community of faith in West Harlem to pursue justice and peace for the poor and oppressed, to pray and care for the sick, lonely and at risk and to put into practice the message of the Gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Do not be afraid” Luke 1:30.
St. Mary’s is a small, very active congregation that supports a host of community activities and services. Something is happening every day and every night and we love to involve new people. The ministries that church members are directly responsible for include a Client Choice Food Pantry (on Mondays), a Saturday Outreach Mobile Soup Kitchen, and a Friday Movie Night social with food; 5 days per week mail service for those with no secure address, and a 7 night per week Shelter for homeless immigrant men. A total of 3 very part time staff and approximately 40 regular volunteers sustain these ministries. St. Mary’s also hosts six different 12 Step meetings, a weekly support group for persons recently incarcerated, a free weekly medical/dental clinic, and – to promote wellness – a twice weekly Tai Chi class. The New York Intern Program (NYIP), a year of social justice oriented work and discernment for 5 young adults is part of the Episcopal Service Corps New York (ESC NY), is also sponsored/hosted by St. Mary’s. Please click on “calendar” above to find out specific information.