Special Announcements

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.

RDJ Refugee Shelter Inaugural Cocktail Reception: #ChangeTheNarrative

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join the shelter staff for a fundraiser cocktail reception. Parishioners, please use the free tickets and donation tickets to R.S.V.P.

WELCOME Forces of Nature! Our new space partners, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre has now begun regular rehearsals in our newly renovated Sanctuary space. M-F, 6-10 pm. 

Peace and Serenity Anniversary Concert and Dinner Celebration

NEXT Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30p.m.) @ St. Mary’s

Skinny Kenny Productions presents Kenny Allan Smith’s Peace and Serenity 35th Year Anniversary Reunion and Homecoming Celebration. Anniversary dinner immediately following concert in the rectory-parish hall and in the Garden. We’re gonna have church! tICKETS: $50. To RSVP: call Kenny Allan Smith  at 929.300.2100 or email kennypiano2001@yahoo.com. Please see announcements table for flyers containing the full list of performers.


Vigil with the Mother of #MohamedBah

Wednesday, September 25 

This year marks 7 years since NYPD killed Mohamed Bah. Join Mrs. Bah at 5pm for a vigil in front of Mohamed’s apartment (113 Morningside Ave, Harlem) and at 6pm for a dinner and memorial event (310 W. 139th Street).

56th Annual Fall Conference “Women of Power Share Their Truths – Part III”

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19

At Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, NY

Please indicate your attendance by Monday, October 1, 2019. Transportation may be available from Manhattan to Stony Point on Friday depending on the need. Please contact the registrar, Ms. Alma Augustus, as soon as possible for pricing and securing a seat. Email: yid913@hotmail.com, Telephone: (718) 893-5933.

New York City Climate Strike (with Greta Thunberg)

Friday, September 20, 12pm-5 pm

Schedule: 12:00 PM – Assemble at Foley Square, 1:00 PM – March to Battery Park, 3:30 – 5:00 PM – Rally at Battery Park.

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC (and a visit from Greta Thunberg), young people and adults will go on climate strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. We will gather at a transit accessible location in downtown Manhattan, rally and then take to the streets to march. The event will conclude with speakers and performers, including Fridays For Future movement starter Greta Thunberg and NY-based youth leaders. RSVP now to #StrikeWithUs.

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,  San Marco Anglican Church, Nicaragua. 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, Tracey Barnes, Freddi Brown-Carter, Paul Bryan, Jackie Edwards, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Rachel & Furer family, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Eva Greene & Family, Elnora + Harewood, Pat Bard and Paula Herz, Gail Harper, Paula Herz, Anthony Howell, Ana Jimenez & family, Joseph Munzer, Wilfrido Peralta + Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Yolanda Royal + Family, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Marilyn Seven + Roy, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Karen Walking-Eagle + + +  

We especially hold our hearts in prayer for our friends Ivory Johnson, Gewn Walker, Marsha Williams, Lisa Rivers Mazza, and Kimberly Snyder.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Rodney Alexander (brother of Inez Alexander who died earlier this year), we pray for Debbie, his sister, and all who mourn.

We pray for Tacadena Family, especially for the repose of the soul of Alan Jennings

 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: 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, October 6!
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.  Sunday, October 3!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. TODAY, Sunday, September 15!
  • Wisdom Circle  3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: TODAY, Sunday, September 15!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship. Sunday, September 22!
  • 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: Sunday, September 29!
  • Ecclesia Service & Meal Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, volunteers always needed.
  • Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 1:30pm. 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. 
  • 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 next meeting TBA


  • 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 (MMM&M) meets the second and last Thursdays of  the month. We gather at 6:00PM for food and friendship and then engage in study and action planning, particularly to support the New Sanctuary movement and to stop NYPD from killing people in mental crisis  For more information write Jim white james.white173@gmail.com, or leave a message for him at the church office. Next meeting: Sept. 12. 
  • 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. sept. 20 shazam! (2019, pg-13, 2h12min, action adventure) 14 year old foster kid discovers the adult superhero inside him.


  • 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.