Holy Apostles was founded in 1844 as the result of an outreach by Trinity Church to immigrants who worked on the Hudson River waterfront to the west of the Church’s location in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, and social activism and the desire for social justice continue to be integral to our identity as a parish. In 1977, two of the first women priests in the Diocese of New York, one openly gay, were ordained at Holy Apostles. In 2003 many Holy Apostles members marched in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. In 2006, Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire preached to an overflow crowd on Gay Pride Sunday, and Holy Apostles has been an opponent of efforts to deny him, or any other gay priest, the right to be treated in accordance with our baptismal vows.
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. Average Sunday attendance has been steady at 106-108 for 2005-2008 and membership has hovered at about 160 for the same period. About a third live in the immediate neighborhood and the balance elsewhere in Manhattan, the outer boroughs, or the suburbs. A significant number have graduate or professional degrees, but the Sunday congregation includes every educational level.
The center of all our activities is the Parish Eucharist on Sunday mornings. The attention to the detail and meaning of the liturgy, the care with which the music is chosen and presented, the eager participation of the congregation, and the work of the clergy all intersect here, where we are nourished to be the Body of Christ in the world.
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 frequent informal gatherings and celebrations. A sense of community always prevails through our lively parish groups that meet regularly and parish participation in the liturgical life of the church.
Adult education thrives at Holy Apostles, with groups studying the Bible, liturgy, spirituality, and various contemporary theological, social, and pastoral issues. Parishioners often offer classes on topics of their particular interest and expertise.
When one of us is in trouble, we reach out to that person. Sometimes the clergy organize this; often it seems to happen spontaneously among parishioners. The parish is a community in Christ, where we can share openly with one another our joys and sorrows, our fears and our faith.
Children and Youth
We have a supervised designated space in our sanctuary for children to play and learn. They are welcome to engage in worship as they are able. Older children participate in the life and liturgy of the parish, with special events scheduled seasonally. Children of every age are valued members of our community.
Called together by the God who loves all people, we, the people of the Church of the Holy Apostles, seek to share God’s love with one another and the world around us. We rejoice together in the Sunday Eucharist, the center of our life together. Friends and fellow pilgrims, clergy and lay persons, we are strengthened to nurture each other’s spiritual growth and to respond compassionately to the needs of our world. Reflecting the rich tradition and diversity of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church, we invite all to join us. We welcome those celebrating faith or struggling with doubt, those seeking both spiritual and physical nourishment, and those of diverse ages, races, and sexual orientations. Together, we strive to seek and serve Christ in all persons. – Adopted by the Vestry, June 22, 1995
Come Join Us
As we celebrate our life together, we give thanks for those who have gone before us in this place. We rejoice in the wonderful diversity that is Holy Apostles today, and we look forward to welcoming those who will add to the worship, mission, and ministry of this parish in the years ahead. We invite you to join us as members in Christ and to add your voice to our songs of praise.