Community Life

Community life is vibrant at St. Michael’s.  There are a diversity of opportunities for learning and practicing our faith in fellowship with others who are finding richness in their spiritual journeys here.  Whatever your interest—from men’s groups and knitting groups, to movie nights and family BBQ’s, to education classes and Bible study—there are many ways to take part in our community.  We invite you to join us!

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St. Michael's Parishioners on their way to the People's Climate March, September 21, 2014

St. Michael’s Parishioners on their way to the People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014

Small Groups

Small groups offer a chance for a group of people to commit to each other and to their own faith lives – meeting regularly, sometimes over dinner, sometimes to study, sometimes just to talk and pray.

Episcopal Church Women

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Michael’s Church raise money through an annual Christmas Bake Sale and Mini-Bazaar. Contributions have aided: the Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services (formerly Episcopal Social Service), NYC; House of Redeemer (Episcopal Retreat Center, 7 E. 95th St., NYC); St. Ann’s Episcopal Church Children’s Program, Bronx, the Diocesan ECW Social Concerns Projects Fund; the Church Periodical Club, and recently, the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps in the name of St. Michael’s parishioner Tim Hamlin who served in South Africa during 2015-2016. To become involved, please contact Ginger Lief (vlief4@verizon.net).

Floral and Hardy

Would you like to help to water plants, keep them tidy of dead leaves, and put away vases from time to time? We need a small team of folks willing to take turns tending to the altar flowers after services, taking down arrangements, and watering the various house plants around the building either during the week or on weekends. At Christmas and Easter, we are also looking for volunteers to help prepare the church with greens and plants. For information, please contact Lauren Attinello and Dan Schneider (post@attinello.com).

 

Hospitality

Hospitality is a basic mission of the church – to welcome newcomers and make people feel comfortable and a part of our community, as well as ensuring a hospitable time and space for connecting and enjoying each other’s company. Hospitality volunteer teams are responsible for setting up and running the fellowship times following each Sunday service—making coffee hour and setting up light refreshments and then cleaning up afterwards. Teams (captains, food providers, clean-up crews) rotate on roughly a six-week session, although more volunteers will extend this period. This is an easy way to become involved with the life of St. Michael’s, meet and greet your fellow parishioners, and offer a much appreciated service. Please contact Tricia Vivado at pvivado@gmail.com or 212-561-4534 if you would like to join a hospitality team.

Knitwits

We are a group of knitters and crocheters who gather each Sunday following the 10:00 am service to knit and chat. From January through August we focus on knitting for charities such as The Seamen’s Church Institute (Christmas at Sea), the World War II Museum (knitting for veterans), the LGBTQ Shelter at Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Saturday Kitchen of St. Michael’s Church; from September through December we knit for our own needs (Christmas gifts and the like). No experience is necessary to join us, we are happy to teach. Please contact Tricia Vivado at pvivado@gmail.com or 212-561-4534 or Helen Benford at 212-663-6728 if you have any questions.

Men of St. Mike’s

This rather loosely based band of brothers fosters friendship and spiritual growth among the men of the parish. They meet in the parish house for a BYOB breakfast and some conversation, Bible discussion and prayer the first Friday of each month. They also gather for an annual retreat, most recently to the Order of the Holy Cross in West Park, New York, and about once a quarter they host a dinner for faith, fellowship and good fun. For information and to be added to the contact email list, contact Rick Hamlin (fhamlin@guideposts.org).

Moms of St. Michael’s

The Moms of St. Michael’s provide an opportunity for all mothers at St. Michael’s with children of any age to gather around a meal and get to know one another better. We meet in homes for conversation, fellowship and dinner about three or four times a year. To make it as effortless as possible, each participant is asked to contribute $15 for dinner, and, if possible, to bring a beverage or a desert. For information, please contact Stacy Kim (stacy@lifejunctions.com) or Susan Wade (SusanWade@paulhastings.com).

Motherhood of Grace

This group serves as a sacred space for mothers of special-needs children (of all ages) to come and share common stories, hear one another’s struggles, offer support, and pray together. Co-facilitated by Mother Leigh and Barbara Fazio-McGrory, LCSW. If you or a woman you know is interested in joining, please contact the Rev. Leigh Mackintosh (lmackintosh@saintmichaelschurch.org).

Pasta Wednesday

The first Wednesday of each month during the school year we serve a meal of vegetarian spaghetti with side dishes of meat, vegetables and salad and sometimes a vegetarian soup. We are able to provide this meal for $5.00 a head, thanks to a dedicated volunteer crew who shop, cook, set up the dining room and serve. We welcome anyone who wishes to help. For information or to volunteer, please contact Dick Healy (dickhealy@gmail.com).

Women of St. Michael’s

The Women of Saint Michael’s desires to deepen and nurture our relationship with God, with each other, and with the church through our yearly weekend retreat at Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham, New Jersey, through social activities during the year and through various women’s ministries at St. Michael’s. We welcome all women who attend St. Michael’s Church. For more information, please contact Linda Van Ness (lvanness@nyc.rr.com).

Young Adults of St. Michael’s

Are you a young adult (20’s & 30’s) at St.Michael’s? Do you have a desire to create authentic connections and build relationships with other young adults? Then St. Michael’s Young Adults is a group for you! We have some great events planned throughout the year, including Common Table Theology events, regular Sunday brunches, service opportunities, retreats, etc. If you’d like to join our listserve and receive our calendar of events for the year, please contact Alex Nelson (alex.g.nelson@gmail.com) or Michael Taylor (michaeleetaylor@gmail.com).