Announcements for April 3

Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church!

521West 126th Street X New York, NY10027 (212) 864-4013   


IQ – Important Questions: Next meeting April, 30th 2pm-4pm

Engaging and encouraging children’s questions about life, death, meaning and faith. We explore scripture (especially the Book of Genesis) and tradition through art, movement, field trips, songs , stories, and service to others.  Meeting in the Rectory.



The Faith Communities’ 13th District Congressional Debate:

Healing and Building our Neighborhoods



Adam Clayton Powell, Clyde Williams, Guillermo Linares, Keith Wright, Mike Gallagher & Susan Johnson Cook


WHAT: An opportunity for civic engagement and a chance to learn about who could represent you and your communities (Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx) in Congress.

WHEN: 6:30pm to 8:00pm on April 13, 2016.

WHERE: Grace Congregational Church located at 310 W 139th St, New York, NY 10030.

MODERATORS: David Rohde, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (The New York Times & Reuters) and Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New York Amsterdam News.

CO-SPONSORS: Grace Congregational Church, The Interfaith Center of New York, Union Theological Seminary, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, The Amsterdam News, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, All Souls Church, and Church of the Intercession.

For Further Information contact: 212 870-3532


Dorcas “Arts”


St. Mary’s & the surrounding community

Based on the book of Acts in the Bible


  • Hemming-Pants, Skirts and Dresses
  • Sew on Buttons, Small repairs

Second and Fourth Sunday 12:00-2:00- Undercroft

521 west 126th street, between old broadway and Amsterdam

Sign up for the upcoming:

“Teach me to sew workshops” TBA

To assist in this project Contact:

Sandra-May Flowers at 646-856-2912 or send email to:


Come join Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s flagship troupe, Concrete Justice. Use theatre & fun to confront community concerns in Harlem and New York City! Last year’s CJ show, Homeless Woes addressed gentrification, unsafe shelter conditions and problems in the housing system.  No acting experience necessary, all ages welcome! Fridays: 3:30pm to 5pm, (April 1st to June 3rd), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Basement, 521 W 126th St, Harlem

Pray for:

Our Partners: Unity Fellowship Church NYC, NYC Adventist Forum

Pamsula Zen Meditation; Insight Meditation, Harlem

For everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week, and for anyone who is not able to be with us.

Special Prayer requests and blessings

Prayers for health and healing: Effie Scott, Gloria Ellis Smith,Ted Yanow, the Crawford family, Ian Harding, Patrick Harding & family, April & Barbara Jackson, Marion Smith, Jacqueline &  Anthony Rackley family ,the Snyder family, Doris Rodriquez, Anna Nash,  Gwen Walker & family, Bonnie Phelps and family, Lois Coe, Mary Kelly Brown, Grace Tesita, Marvin Jones, Michelle & Devante  Atkins, Betty Littlefield, Heather Jean Balsdom, Eva Greene & family Raivlston Walters, Maura Hammer, Sheila, Syida & Jamie Patterson, Shirley Hilliard, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Miranda, Patricia  Pinnick, Teiggy, Andrew Polk,  David Wreck, Matthew Valentin, Camilo Lopez, Tonya Yates, Philip  Traynor, Pearl Harris, Ronald Stewart.

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December Happenings at St. Mary’s!

Welcome to Happenings! Craft Fair-Advent-Christmas and the real meaning of holiday cheer…





Advent is here! in this season of preparation, we will offer Blue Eucharists on Wednesdays at 6:30 for those who find this a season of struggle and loss. Bible Study will continue on Wednesdays at 7 pm, the special celebration of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Watchnight Service will take us into 2016. Ordinary activities in the midst of the holidays are equally important: feeding the hungry, encouraging wellness, and creating space for beauty and peace in our community.


December 5 & 6, 12-5 pm
Alter-Knit-Ive Holiday Crafts Fair


This wonderful sale of truly unique gifts, handmade or designed by local artists, artisans, crafters and kooks, is a celebration of loveliness. St. Mary‘s Recipe Calendar will be available for sale or order ($10-2016 pledging members, $12-all others, $18-send); plus beautiful jewelry, handknits, paintings, soap, lotion drawing, vintage, tchotchkes, ceramics, baked goods, and live music!



Blue Eucharists

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Blue Eucharists are contemplatives services that are designed to support those who struggle with “blue” feelings or experiences of loss and struggle in the midst of holiday preparations. All are welcome:
December 2, 9, 16, 23. Followed by Bible Study 12/2 & 16, Peace of Pizza 12/9.


How much is too much holiday cheer?
December 16, at 11:30 am
Join guest leader George Santana, from Boom Health in the Bronx, for an open discussion about the bio-psycho-social impact of the use of alcohol and drugs on individuals, relationships, families and communities. Learn about reducing harmful behaviors and building healthy self awareness.



Christmas Eve Eucharist

Thursday, December 24, at 6 pm
Join this intimate and beautiful celebration with special music
from returning soprano April Armstrong and guitarist Ayodele Maakheru.


Happenings Reminders


Sundays IQ for Children: 12/6,12/13,12/20 at 11:30 am


Bible Study: Wednesdays 12/2 & 12/16, at 7 pm


Thrift Shop: Fridays 3-7, Saturdays & Sundays 12-5 pm


Peace of Pizza w/NYIP: Wednesday 12/9, at 7 pm


Miriam, Mark & Marx: 12/17 at 6:30 pm
Vestry: 12/22 at 12:30 pm


NEW YEAR’S EVE WATCHNIGHT EUCHARISTThursday, 12/31 at 11:30 pm (after the movies), celebrate with our sisters and brothers from Unity Fellowship Church, Bishop Zachary Jones preaching.


and many weekly ministries: Monday Pantry, Tuesday Medical Clinic, Wednesday/Saturday Tai Chi, Wednesday Choir Practice, Friday Movie Night, Saturday Outreach/Mobile Soup Kitchen, Weekday Alanon/NA/AA meetings, every night Shelter.


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Advent at St. Mary’s!

World AIDS Day is Tuesday, December 1, please pray for our neighbors at St. Mary’s Center, for all who are affected by HIV and AIDS.

Bible Study in December: Wednesday, December 2 & 16, at 7 pm. Led by Seminarian Alex Barton.

Advent Blue Eucharists – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm starting December 2; a contemplative service designed to support all who struggle with “blue” feelings or experiences of loss and struggle in the midst of holiday preparations. All are welcome!

For all events, please visit our calendar!

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What’s Happening coming up?

IQ – Important Questions: Sundays, 11:30 am
Engaging and encouraging children’s questions about life, death, meaning and faith. We explore scripture (especially the Book of Genesis) and tradition through art, movement, field trips, songs, stories, and service to others. Meeting in the Parish Hall.
Bible study continues Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm
A regular Bible study on Wednesday nights will begin with the Book of Genesis! Meet in the Parish Hall. For more information please contact Seminarian Alex Barton –

Sunday, October 18, at 11:30 am
Celebrate the ministry of St. Mary’s staff, especially Ms. Gwen Walker


Grown up field trips – sponsored by the mission task force

St. Mary’s visits St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, Monday, October 19
304 Bond Street, Brooklyn
Meet at 5:45 pm at St. Mary’s or there at 6:30-7

Saturday, October 24, 11 am, Washington Square Park – Opening Rally
See postcards on Parish Information table for more information.

the fundraising committee invites you to attend and to publicize:
The Golem
Silent Film w/live organ accompaniment
Thursday, October 29, masquerade party at 6:30, film at 8 pm
$20 entrance, $5 off if you wear a mask

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Church News for week of September 27


Thrift Shop 1ST Anniversary Celebration!

Friday 10/2 3-7 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10/3 & 4, 12 to 5 pm
Treats, big sale, music, loveliness     ANNIVERSARY flier


The deadline for enrolling in a party in order to vote in the NY State Presidential Primary is coming up soon – October 9, 2015. NY has closed primaries, which means that you have to be a member of a political party to vote in the primary elections. In order to vote in the primary on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, you must enroll in your chosen party using a NYS Voter Registration form by October 9, 2015. Voter Registration forms are available in the back of the church.
IQ – Important Questions: Sunday, October 11, 11:30 am
St. Mary’s Sunday School Official 2015 Kick Off
Field trip to see “Secret Oceans” Imax film at the National Museum of Natural History
Throughout the year we will engage and encourage children’s questions about life, death, meaning and faith. We will explore scripture (especially the Book of Genesis) and tradition through art, movement, field trips, songs, stories, and service to others. For more information, please stop by, call 212-864-4013, or go to Permission slip required for field trip; children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   IQ Program for Children flier
Bible study starts Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm
A regular Bible study on Wednesday nights will begin with the Book of Genesis! Meet in the Parish Hall. For more information please contact Seminarian Alex Barton –   Bible Study schedule
BUILDINGS/GROUNDS CLEAN UP DAY! Saturday, October 17, 10 am to 4 pm
Many hands make light work – we need help painting, cleaning, sweeping, staining, checking, and more. Snacks will be served!

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“Homeless Woes” Thursday, September 24, at 7 pm

A forum play interrogating gentrification, police interactions & NYC shelters, based on the real-life experience of the actors. Created and performed by Concrete Justice. Presented by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, in partnership St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC partners with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St (btwn Broadway & Amsterdam)

FREE and open to ALL
Visit sign up now to reserve a spot!

This program is supported by the Left Tilt Fund, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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St. Mary’s Festival Weekend: September 12-13

Celebrate   the   Feast   of   the   Nativity   of   the   Blessed   Virgin   Mary,   Mother   of   Justice

 with movement, creative arts, performance, procession, justice fairfilm and carnival games

Saturday – 9/12

10:15 amCoffee and Gathering in the Garden

10:30 amUrban Qi (Tai Chi/Qi Gong class)-Undercroft

11 amTerror at the Towers, Rectory; a reading with author Cathie Wright-Lewis, author of Passion’s Pride: Return to the Dawning

1 pm – Rosary Making Workshop, Rectory 101*

1 pm – Meditative Drawing, Rectory 102*

2 pm – St. Mary’s Concrete Justice Troupe – Church

with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; performance and participation

2 pm – Healing Arts Workshop with Achinore School – Undercroft

4 pm – Icon Making Workshop, Rectory*

4 pm – Reflections on the Magnificat (Bible study), Parish Hall*


Sunday – 9/13 

 10 am – Procession of the Infant Virgin and Festive Eucharist – Church

11:30 am Justice Fair – Garden

with Social Justice Sundaes — ice-cream with social-justice themed toppings: red hot candies for attention to climate change, pay day candy bars for living wages.

12:00 noon (until 4) – Carnival Games for kids and grown-ups – Garden

2 pm – Film: The House I Live In ( & Discussion – Rectory

5 pm – Meditation (led by Insight Meditation Society) – Rectory

*limited space, sign up in advance to guarantee participation (; 212-864-4013)

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