Community Ministries June Focus

Hetrick-Martin Institute

For the month of June, the Board of Community Ministries has chosen to focus on supporting an LGBTQIA+ organization as it is Pride month!   As a welcoming and affirming church with strong ties to the Pride community, we think it is important to stand behind and support these individuals during this important time.  This year, we will be supporting the Hetrick-Martin Institute (www.hmi.org), an organization that provides resources towards a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-24. From their website, they will be celebrating PRIDE with a simple message that encourages young people to live their authentic lives and empowers them to thrive.  The “PROUD TO SAY” campaign is intended to reassure all LGBTQIA+ youth that it is perfectly okay to exclaim PROUDLY who they are and how they identify.  Please consider helping us donate to this wonderful charity and helping our local brothers and sisters from the LBGTQIA+ community.   

If you are interested in helping us support this mission, please earmark the funds for this specific purpose so we know how to allocate it.  Remember, the Community Ministries Board will match donations provided by the congregation so we hope to really make an impact for those in need.  For more information, please contact Adom Crew.

Ecclesia Ministries Sundays

MABC is now officially a sponsoring congregation for Ecclesia Ministries which ministers to the poor and marginalized in public spaces throughout NYC through worship services and lunches. Our church will be responsible for the fifth Sundays during the year. Rev. Susan Sparks will preach and our congregation led by our Community Ministries Board will prepare lunches for each of these worship services.  We are honored to be a part of this important ministry for New York City!

Please note: During this time of pandemic, our volunteer effort with the Ecclesia lunch program has been suspended.

Letter-Writing Volunteers Needed

New Alternatives for LGBT Youth, an organization MABC partnered with earlier in the year for a soup kitchen ministry, has asked for volunteers in writing letters to some of their incarcerated clients. These at-risk individuals often become isolated and vulnerable in jail and this communication helps provide them with support along their journey. If anyone is interested in participating, please email Adom Crew at adom.crew@gmail.com for more information.

Early Morning Volunteer Opportunity

Every Tuesday morning from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m., St. Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan (619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th St.) runs a soup kitchen.  They are always looking for volunteers to help out and would welcome members  our MABC family with open arms.  If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Adom Crew, who participates in this ministry weekly.  For additional details, adom.crew@gmail.com.