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 refugees and asylum-seekers. In July and August we offer St. Mary’s Summer Camp for children who have completed 1st through 5th grade. A total of 3 staff and approximately 50 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 (on Tuesdays), and – to promote wellness – a twice weekly Tai Chi/Qi Gong class. Please click on “calendar” above to find out specific information. Additionally, five young adults reside at St. Mary’s and commit to a year of social justice oriented work and discernment as part of the New York Service and Justice Collaborative.