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Welcome to the Church of the Holy Apostles

We are an open and inclusive faith community. Among us you will find seekers and spiritual explorers, dedicated disciples, and faithful Christians from many backgrounds.

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ABOUT our church

We worship with open minds and engaged hearts.

Since the Church of the Holy Apostles opened, it has been a welcoming space from which no one is cast out. The parish was founded in 1844 and continues to be a visible sign of God’s presence in our neighborhood and beyond.

Throughout its history, Holy Apostles has consistently advocated for the rights of all people to be treated in accordance with our baptismal vows. It is believed that our building served as a stop along the Underground Railroad a century before it provided a meeting place for the post-Stonewall gay rights movement. Congregation Beit Simchat Torah held services in our building for years, as has the New York Sufi community. Through the Soup Kitchen, we are proud to continue a tradition of radical hospitality by welcoming our neighbors in need of food since 1982.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the vibrant community that is the Church of the Holy Apostles.

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Please join us as we celebrate God’s abundant creation and our common life in Christ.

The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

About our parish community

The parish is a community in Christ, where we can share openly with one another our joys and sorrows, our fears and our faith.

Visitors to Holy Apostles immediately notice how much we enjoy each other. We get together for coffee hour after the Eucharist, for parties following festival services throughout the year, and for informal gatherings and celebrations.

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A sense of community prevails in all we do together. Whether extracting honey from our rooftop beehives, addressing current issues through our Social and Economic Justice Committee, or gathering for special celebrations throughout the year, we cherish our connections to one another within the church and beyond.

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But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

About the episcopal faith tradition

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

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How we worship

Sustained by grace, strengthened to go forth.

When we gather for worship, we make a commitment to engage. Hearing the Word and participating in the Sacraments connects us to God’s active presence in salvation history and today.

Regular Services

Morning Prayer led by the Clergy
Sundays | 11:00 am

Insight Bible Study and Prayer with Mother Susan
Tuesdays | 6:15 pm

Morning Prayer with Deacon Bob
Wednesdays | 8:30 am

Compline with Seminarian Ann Hartley or Diane Wondisford
Thursdays | 9:00 pm

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Join our online community worship via Zoom.

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Zoom services

This is what our remote Zoom services look like.

It’s easier than you might think, but there’s always a parishioner willing to provide assistance connecting until you are comfortable with the process.

Membership

We are a growing congregation committed to being an inclusive home for all people.

Although uniquely united in our commitment to inclusion and justice in and outside the church, the congregation is diverse in incomes, ages, careers, marital status and sexual orientation. Wherever you find yourself spiritually, we invite you to come as you are.

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Ministries

Serving those within our community and beyond.

Members of the Holy Apostles community carry out their faith through worship and music, outreach and radical hospitality, and stewardship of the Church’s – and the global community’s – resources.

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We have made it easy for newcomers to understand what Holy Apostles is all about, and how our community may fit with your needs and interests.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.