Angels | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

11.20.20 | Community, Pulpit Posts, World

photo by Charles Edward Case

As I was going about the business of organizing the week this past Monday, I got a phone call. When I picked up, the man on the other end of the line identified himself as one of the Wardens from Church of the Good Shepherd in Kips Bay—one of our “neighbor churches” directly across town on 31st St. between Second and Third Avenues. He told me that they were not a large congregation, but that they had always had at least one mission project to which they were committed.

He described some of the projects they had embraced. It was obvious that his was a worshipping community that valued reaching out, and he went on to say how sad parishioners were that the pandemic had forced them to cease doing so. But then he said he remembered Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. He knew we had been able to continue our operations, so at the most recent Vestry meeting he proposed that Good Shepherd take up an ongoing collection in support of our work. He was calling me to ask how best to donate the funds received each month.

As I thanked him, he said, “You’re our mission now!” And I marveled at the sense of connectedness he expressed in that short sentence. Because, of course, in some ways we are always one another’s mission. Not that we are meant to be “fixing” others or relating to them in hierarchical relationships meant to control, but more in the sense of St. Paul’s image of the Body of Christ: what is healthy and supportive for one part of the Body is healthy and supportive for all. Both individually and in groups of all sorts we are bound together by the Holy Spirit. Reaching out from that truth eases the way for others and draws us deeper toward the heart of God.

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

THE LATEST

Stay current on activity at the Soup Kitchen, guest stories, thoughts from Clergy, news and events.

Subscribe to receive the latest news, events, volunteer opportunities, and more — right to your inbox.

Church of the Holy Apostles

We are an open, inclusive Christian Church celebrating in the Episcopal tradition.

Sunday Service is held 11AM (on site and via livestream). Weekday services are held on Zoom.

LEARN MORE
For Newcomers

Learn about our faith community and explore ways to connect with our work and worship.

Sermons

Reflections on Holy Scripture from our Clergy.

History

Founded in 1844, with a focus on social activism and the desire for social justice.

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Vestry is the governing body of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

MUSIC

Music commands a strong presence at the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Space Rental

Host your next meeting or event in our landmark building.

Soup Kitchen & Pantry

Nourishing hungry New Yorkers since 1982 in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.

LEARN MORE
Daily meal service

Serving a free, nutritious meal every weekday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Meal outreach

Distributing bagged breakfasts and lunches throughout Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

About the soup kitchen

Learn more about our mission, our history, our performance, who we are, and what we do.

Pantry Program

Providing fresh and nutritious groceries to food-insecure New Yorkers.

Sunday Supper

Bridging generations and building community over a monthly family style meal.

Social Support

Meeting basic needs, stabilizing lives, and supporting individuals and families to achieve their goals.

LEARN MORE
SOCIAL SERVICES

Addressing the needs of the whole person through basic needs, counseling, and referrals.

Classes

Offering learning and skill-building opportunities.

Community Partnership

Partnering with others to expand the services offered to our guests.

Get Involved

Holy Apostles is a great place to channel your time, talents and generosity for good.

LEARN MORE
Volunteer

Make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Partner

Join our efforts to serve others and provide for people who are vulnerable.

Donate

Your gift provides food, community, and hope to New Yorkers in need.

The Latest

Stay up-to-date on all happenings at Holy Apostles.

VIEW ALL
Food For The Soul

The official blog of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Voices of Our Community

Guest stories, poetry, and more.

EVENTS

See our calendar of events.

Church Pulpit Posts

Read weekly meditations written by our clergy.

Newsroom

Holy Apostles in the news.