Holy Apostles has a rich history and commitment to social outreach and justice. Throughout its history, the Church has served as a beacon of hope for the evolving needs of the community. The Church was rumored to be a stop on the underground railroad for slaves seeking freedom. It housed the Episcopal Peace Fellowship during the Vietnam War, and it was the site of the ordination of Ellen Barrett, the church’s first openly lesbian priest.
Social and Economic Justice Committee
The Church’s Social and Economic Justice Committee (SEJC) is a parish group that meets monthly to discuss areas where there is injustice in the city, in the parishioners’ lives, and in the world. Their work on these issues reflects the lay ministry in the church and the larger world. Although they have a broad and inclusive focus, there is a special focus on the poor in the city, given the Church’s connection with the Soup Kitchen.
The committee has a dual focus on education and action. Collectively, they examine various issues and projects: to educate themselves, to alert and inform fellow parishioners, and to take actions towards effecting change. They are a presence at the Sunday Eucharist by integrating their concerns in the liturgy and by providing an information and education table at the coffee hour.
The committee meets once each month and welcomes anyone who wants to be involved. If you would like more information or are interested in joining the committee, please contact committee chair Lucy Sexton at Holy Apostles Mailbox or visit our table at coffee hour after church service on Sundays.
Music for the Community
The New York City Community Chorus at Church of the Holy Apostles was formed in the fall of 1994. It is a non-sectarian singing group that welcomes all members of the community who have any desire to sing. It never holds auditions or screens candidates for the chorus. “We believe that everyone can sing and we want to give you the opportunity to do so,” says Jack Eppler, who directs the Chorus. “We hope this choir is inclusive of all the people in Chelsea, and the music ranges from Mozart to Motown,” he says. Members include parishioners of the Church, guests from the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and neighbors from Chelsea/Clinton and other communities. The Chorus makes several appearances a year both at Holy Apostles and elsewhere in the community. It meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. from September through May. If you would like to be on our mailing list or think you might like to sing with us next season (there is no audition to join) please contact Jack Eppler.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking
The Church provides space for meetings of AA on Monday and Wednesday evenings in its Mission House. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. For more information visit AA at www.aa.org.
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
After many years of having it’s temporary home at Holy Apostles, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah has moved into it’s new home at 130 West 30th St, New York, NY 10001.