St. Mary’s Outreach includes several programs.

Food Pantry – Mondays 4:30 PM – 6 PM

St. Mary’ s Client Choice Food Pantry, staffed by church and community volunteers, serves 50 to 60 family units every Monday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. People may select enough items for three days from various food groups, using a point system based on the number of family members. Those who use the pantry are under-employed, unemployed, or unable to work. They may visit the pantry once a month.

Each week from June to November we offer three fresh vegetables from an upstate farm, through cooperation with Just Food and the United Way. Clients can sample unfamiliar produce, and a trained community volunteer, who is bi-lingual, does regular cooking demonstrations.

Last year the pantry provided more than 35,000 meals to people of all ages, one-fourth children and one-fourth elderly.

Saturday Outreach – 12 Noon-4pm

The Outreach Soup Kitchen serves 80 to 90 homeless individuals each Saturday afternoon. Teams of volunteers prepare bag lunches, including hot soup in the winter, and take them to people on the streets and in parks in Harlem. Volunteers and homeless neighbors become acquainted with each other, and information is shared about resources and services in the area.  DRIVERS WITH VEHICLES NEEDED EACH WEEK!

Free Health Clinic – Tuesdays 5 PM

There is free dental and medical clinic at St. Mary’ s on Tuesday evenings. Medical and dental students under the supervision of a physician and dentist, perform physical exams, write prescriptions, and provide information about health resources.

Movie Night – Fridays Doors open for set up at 5pm, feature plays at 6 PM, clean-up happens around 8 or 9…

Free showing of box office hits and classic favorites, complete with popcorn, every Friday night. All ages welcome (parents, please check schedule for movie ratings).  Volunteers needed for equipment and snack set up, popcorn-making and clean up.  Come join us!

Below is the latest movie schedule:

FREE FILMS!  FRESH POPCORN!  FREE FUN! ALL ARE WELCOME – JUST AS YOU ARE!  ¡películas gratis! ¡snacks gratis! ¡diversión gratis! ¡historietas a las 17:30, películas en 18:00 exactamente!

oct. 3: the amazing spiderman (pg-13, 2012, action/adventure) peter parker investigates his parents’ disappearance.

oct. 10: mahogany (pg, 1975, rom-drama) a poor but ambitious designer reaches for the heights. d. ross & b. d. williams.

oct. 17: divergent (pg-13, 2014, sci-fi/adventure) when the world is divided based on virtues, some find they don’t fit in.

oct. 24: police story (pg-13, 1985, martial arts/action) a good officer is framed for the murder of a bad cop. w/ j. chan.

oct. 31: TIM BURTON HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE: frankenweenie (pg, 2012, 87 mins., (re)animated thriller) young victor brings back his departed pet as science experiments go awry; edward scissorhands (pg-13, 1990, 105 mins., drama/fantasy) an uncommonly gentle young man (w/ scissors for hands!) falls in love. w/ j. depp & w. ryder.

nov.7: the sting (pg, 1973, crime dramedy) a 1930’s con man teams up w/ a master to get revenge. newman & redford.

nov. 14: thor: the dark world (pg-13, 2013, adventure) thor’s love is cursed by an object he must protect to save earth.

nov. 21: let’s do it again (pg, 1975, comedy) men rig a fight w/ hypnotism & get caught by the mob. poitier & cosby.

nov. 28: smoke signals (pg-13 1998, dramedy) a nerdy native american man joins a friend on a road trip of forgiveness.

dec.5: instructions not included [“no se aceptan devoluciones”] (pg-13, 2013, dramedy) man who raises a child left on his doorstep is confronted by the birth mother. (span. w/ eng. subtitles; en español) top spanish-language blockbuster.

dec. 12: the razor’s edge (pg-13, 1984, drama) a man searches for enlightenment after wwI. b. murray’s first drama.

dec. 19: rise of the planet of the apes (pg-13, 2011, sci-fi/action) a test chimp gains intelligence & revolts. j. franco.

dec. 26: the bishop’s wife (ur, 1947, dramedy) angel comes for a bishop’s prayer, but takes interest in his wife. c. grant.

dec. 31: NYE MARATHON forgiveness & reconciliation: invictus (pg-13, 2009, 134 mins.), nelson mandela enlists the national rugby team to heal their post-apartheid nation, w/ m. freeman & m. damon; the straight story (G, 1999, 112 mins.) an old man takes a long, unusual journey to mend his relationship with his brother, david lynch, dir.; the mission (PG, 1986, 125 mins.) 18th cent. spanish jesuits try to protect a remote south american indian tribe. w/ r. deniro. (1st film shown at 5pm. at 11:30, a sparkling cider toast & a prayer service to ring in the new year for all who wish to attend!)

¡películas gratis! ¡snacks gratis! ¡diversión gratis! ¡historietas a las 17:30, películas en 18:00 exactamente!

apr. 4, 2014: 12 years a slave (2013, R, 134 mins.)  best picture oscar-winning story of a free black man’s abduction & fight for freedom.  based on a true story.  chiwetel ejiofor & an all-star cast.

apr. 11, 2014: dirty wars (2013, NR, 87 mins) journalist takes a surprising journey to expose hidden truths behind the US’s expanding covert wars.  2014 Oscar nominee for best documentary.

apr. 18, 2014 GOOD FRIDAY MARATHON (starts at 5:30pm sharp): the green pastures (1936, NR, 93 mins.) stories from the old testament with an all-black cast; son of man (2010, NR, 90 mins.) modern retelling of the life of jesus set in africa, beautifully done; jesus christ superstar (1973, G, 107 mins.) musical story of the passion of christ told from a unique perspective.

apr. 25, 2014: the hobbit: desolation of the smaug (2013, PG-13, 161 mins.) bilbo baggins & gandalf the grey continue their quest to help the dwarves reclaim their homeland.   w/ martin freeman.

may 2, 2014: enter the dragon (1973, R, 102 mins.) martial artist spies on a reclusive crime lord under cover of a tournament.  a must-see classic.  w/ bruce lee, jim kelly.

may 9, 2014: ride along (2014, PG-13, 99 mins.) fast-talking security guard joins police officer’s 24-hour patrol of atlanta to prove himself worthy of marrying the officer’s sister.  w/ ice cube, kevin hart.

 may 16, 2014 double feature (5:30 start time): coach carter (2005, PG-13, 136 mins.) high school coach holds his team to an academic contract; a time to kill (1996, R, 149 mins.) young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering the men who raped his child.  both w/ samuel l. jackson.

may 23, 2014: stormy weather (1943, NR, 78 mins.) young dancer and songstress showcase black entertainers of the early 1940’s.  w/ lena horne, bill robinson, cab calloway, fats waller.

may 30, 2014: the secret life of walter mitty (2013, PG, 114 mins.) a disappointed daydreamer is challenged to live out a few adventures.  w/ ben stiller, kristen wiig.

june 6, 2014: contact (1997, PG, 151 mins.) driven astronomer receives first message from space and fights to be on the vehicle the message describes be built.  w/ jodie foster, matthew mcconaughey.

june 13, 2014: silverado (1985, PG-13, 133 mins.) a misfit group of friends come together to right injustices in a small western town.  w/ kevin kline, kevin costner, danny glover.

june 20, 2014: the spook who sat by the door (1973, PG, 102 mins.) a black CIA recruit uses his skills to train a revolutionary army of his own.  directed by ivan dixon.

june 27, 2014: non-stop (2014, PG-13, 106 mins.) liam neeson takes action when plane is highjacked.

11 Responses to Outreach

  1. miriam kuperstock says:

    I received your name from the Social Services Ministry of Riverside Church. I am (quite urgently) looking for a modest room, or a situation of house-share in exchange for moderate housekeeping duties. Also, I was told that you offer desk and phone time, to make it possible to follow-up on ads I might see, and to access other outreach organizations. Please tell me who is the person most directly involved in these issues and when I may come. Also, are you accessible? I cannot access stairs.

    I look forward to your reply.

    M. Kuperstock

    • stmarysharlem says:

      Thank you for your message. We are partially accessible. Please call our office for more details in answer to your questions. The office telephone number is 212-864-4013. Best wishes for success.

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  4. Ludovica Pagni says:

    I was wondering if you are looking for any help to volunteer at your church. I would be available a couple of afternoons a week, starting from next week.
    Please e-mail me back at the the address I provided if you are interested.
    Ludovica Pagni

  5. Michele Craig says:


    Just wanted to CONFIRM that our youth group (10) will be working on MONDAY, JUNE 18 from
    4 – 6pm or longer, if needed. We are excited about helping out with the Food Pantry.

    Michele Craig
    Christ Episcopal Church
    Rockville, MD 20850
    301/762-2191 Ext. 15

  6. Signe Beck Menincke says:

    We are a class from Denmark who are visiting New York in September, 2013. If it is possible we would like to help in your street kitchen, handing out food etc. the 21st of September. Also we would very much be interested in hearing about your work, the church, and follow some of the other volunteers in their work during the day.

    Sincerely yours
    Signe Beck Meinicke

    • stmarysharlem says:

      Thanks so much for your interest, Signe. I have passed your message to the person in charge of the Saturday Outreach. We look forward to meeting you and your group in September. We will answer you soon. Dorothy Ross

  7. Signe beck Meinicke says:

    Dear Dorothy

    We as well are looking forward to meting you in September. We would like know a bit more about the project and where, when and how we should meet, and if there are persons who can tell us more about your project.
    Signe Beck Meinicke

  8. Theo Harris says:


    My name is Theo Haris and I am the new Outreach Coordinator for The Interfaith Center of New York. It is my understanding that St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has a structured “Network” peer support and accountability group for people who have returned to the community from prison. I would like to arrange a meeting with whoever is in charge of this outreach project as we are looking to duplicate it at other places of Worship in Harlem. If at all possible, I would like to come and observe a group in progress, and perhaps offer my own personal testimony as a formerly incarcerated “returning citizen.” My contact information is: Theo Harris, Outreach Coordinator, The Interfaith Center of New York, 212-870-3535. I look forward to your reply. Blessings always.

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