✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! 

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Freedom Days: St. Mary’s Children’s Program

Freedom days is a program for public school children age 6 to 9 years old designed to explore the fun and responsibilities of human freedom through arts and movement. Led by Rev. Mary and Ms. Carla and friends. Registration is open first-come, first-served for up to 20 children.; $25 fee for all sessions, or $5 per session. Please stop by on Sunday after worship for registration, or at the office from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday.

Sanctuary floor renovation = Worship in the Garden/Rectory

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, our new space sharing partner, is renovating the sanctuary floor! While we look forward to the final product, August will be full of changes for our worship space – worship will be in the Garden or the Rectory (depending on the weather). If you would like to know more about the specific work and schedule, please contact a member of Vestry or the Parish Office.

St. Mary’s Recycles!

Starting this month, St. Mary’s will be asking all parishioners and programs to separate trash for recycling! Look for the new labeled bins in the Rectory, the Parish Hall and the Undercroft to sort plastic/glass/metal and paper. If you are not sure where something goes, please ask.



On September 8th, join us at welcoming Bishop Shin and our Harlem Community to St. Mary’s!


National Jazz Museum in Harlem presents The Spirit of Harlem

Monday, August 26 at 7pm • Free Admission ($10 suggestion donation)

Harlem School of the Arts Theater, 649 Nicholas Ave. (at 141st St.)

Join us for a special jazz concert of celebratory homage to the most iconic moments of Harlem’s musical past. Featuring Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. Limited Seating. RSVP required: http://www.HSANYC.com

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey (Bus Trip Sponsored by the EDNY Reparations Committee)

Fri, September 20, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Registration deadline: September 3

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey is an original theatrical commemoration. Through drama, song, rhythm, and dance, The MAAFA Suite tells a story of Africans confronted with the arrival of white slavers, the voyage of Africans to America, and the complex circumstances under which enslaved Africans were oppressed. Now in its 11th season, the production inspires and uplifts as it reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit.  Cost: $65, including bus fare and theater ticket. Transportation: Bus leaves from outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 4:30p.m. https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/maafa2019/ 

New York Altar Guild Workshop

Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Grace Church (Tuttle Hall), 802 Broadway, Manhattan

All members of parish altar guilds are invited to this 7th annual NYAG workshop! There is no charge, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline: Friday, September 20. Questions? Judith Barba, jbadm@aol.com, 845-298-0552

Workshop on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Thursday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street, Manhattan

A One-Day Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders sponsored by the diocesan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. This workshop aims to inform and equip our lay and ordained leaders with tools to better respond to parishioners experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault, i.e. interpersonal violence in all its forms, seeking refuge, support and empowerment towards choices of safe and abundant living. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 3.  Rev. Dr. Victoria J. Rollins, domagetouslemonde@yahoo.com, 917-805-9765. https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-workshop-oct-2019/ 

We ask your Prayers for

We pray for transitions! We pray for the renovation of the sanctuary floor, for the workers and for the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with whom we are now sharing the space. 

The Missions endorsed by St. Mary’s Vestry: The Black Lives Matter Movement (https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/) • Jubilee USA (http://www.jubileeusa.org/) • The New Sanctuary Movement (http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/).  Our Partners: Unity Fellowship Church, NYC; NYC Adventist Forum; Pamsula Zen; Alanon; Alcoholics Anonymous; Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP); the Episcopal Churches in Harlem (MNIPC); Narcotics Anonymous; Circles of Support/Network; St. Mary’s Center; Urban Qi; Master Anthony Richardson Martial Arts; Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. Our Neighbors: 26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force, Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, Templo Biblico. Everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week, and anyone who is not able to be with us.  And for the broader church: The Diocese of New York (www.dioceseny.org/ ) | The Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/) | The Anglican Communion (www.anglicancommunion.org/)

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Professor Bradley, Jamilah Danielson, Taino Danielson, Dorothy Dicent, Jackie Edwards, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Eva Greene & Family, Khadijah Harden & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Paula Herz, Anthony Howell, Ana Jimenez & family, Donna Sue Johnson, Ivory Johnson, Joseph Munzer, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Dawn Reeves, Derek + Ruby Reeves, Virginia Robinson, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Kym Roberts, Yolanda Royal + Family, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Marilyn Seven + Roy, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Gwen Walker, Marsha Williams + + +  

 If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to parishoffice@stmarysharlem.org by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin. To reach the Rector: please call 929-266-6279 or email: rector@stmarysharlem.org

✠ Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church! ✠


  • Birthday and Anniversary Blessings 1st Sunday of each month.
  • Spirit and Strife Peer Support Group 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm in the rectory – Come share your burdens and joys in this prayerful circle of support.  New members always welcome. Sunday, September 1!
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.  Sunday, September 8!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. Sunday, September 15!
  • Wisdom Circle  3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: Sunday, September 15!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.  TODAY, Sunday, August 25!
  • The Vestry Fourth Sundays of every month at 12:30 pm.  The Vestry is the governing board of St. Mary’s.  All are invited. Next meeting: TODAY, Sunday, August 25!
  • Ecclesia Service & Meal 1st Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, volunteers always needed to help prepare and serve the “Second Meal” following the service.
  • Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 2:00pm. Led by the Rev. Deborah Rice.  Sr. Bishop Zachary Jones.
  • Martial Arts for Children and Adults Sundays starting at 3 pm. Led by Master Anthony Richards.
  • Contact the Parish Office for more information.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (We Have a Dream) Sundays at 7:30 pm


  • Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 12pm in the Parish Hall.
  • St. Mary’s Food Pantry Mondays at 4 pm grocery-style shopping choices available for all neighbors. For more information: st.marysfoodprograms@gmail.com.
  • Pamsula Zen Meditation Mondays at 6:00 pm in the rectory (6:00 Beginning Instruction, 6:30 Meditation, 7:00 Meditation, 7:30 Talk, Discussion Q&A)
  • Harlem CoDA Mondays at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall. For more information visit www.nyccoda.org or email coordinators at codany370@gmail.com


  • Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm; free medical clinic with dental consults 1st& 3rd Tuesdays, psychiatry 1st Tuesdays, occupational therapy 2nd& 4th Tuesdays. No ID required.
  • Refugee Arts Workshop (will not be meeting in August)


  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135th Street. Inclement weather–meet in the Undercroft. ( Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, free  for St. Mary’s members)
  • St. Mary’s Choir Every Wednesday at 6 pm—no audition required, newcomers welcome!
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Men Supporting Men) Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm.


  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Sunday of each month for interfaith justice and peace activism and community. On second Thursdays, our agenda is hands-on work. We gather at 6:30PM to share food, experiences, feelings, followed by strategies for advancing the struggle.  For information call Jim White at 201-956-5356. Next meeting:  August 29. 
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Convent Ave Group) Thursdays at 7:30 pm


  • Al-Anon (Harlem Harmony) Every Friday at 11 am.
  • Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. aug. 30 ghostbusters (1984, pg, 1h45min, action comedy) former parapsychology professors set up a ghost removal service. w/ bill murray, dan aykroyd, sigourney weaver.


  • Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen every Saturday starting at 12 noon. Help prepare sandwiches and lunch bags and then distribute them to our neighbors on the street.
  • Metro New York Adventist Forum Led by Ms. Janet Schultz. Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).

Free Mail Pick-Up

Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm. Use St. Mary’s as your mailing address. Sign up at the Church.

St. Mary’s Thrift Shop

Fridays 2-5, Saturdays 12-5, Sundays 12-3. All proceeds support St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and its mission to serve homeless and hungry people. Los ingresos apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar y hambrientos de Harlem.

RDJ Memorial Refugee Shelter

Every night! The Refugee Shelter at St. Mary’s is always looking for volunteers for overnight shifts and more. This is a great opportunity to support immigrants and refugees in New York City. Please contact admin@rdjrefugeeshelter.org.