Connect and Grow

Exploring our Faith Collectively and Individually

Adult Formation at St. Michael’s Continues Online

Despite this era of social distancing, there are plenty of opportunities to connect, explore our faith, and deepen our community. The St. Michael’s family is alive online: we meet in weekly small groups, gather for special seasonal events, walk the path of Sacred Ground, and pursue training and education of all kinds.

Upcoming Events

St. Jude’s Day 2021

2021 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Jude’s Chapel, an African American mission chapel located on West 99th Street and administered by St. Michael’s Church. Built in 1921, the chapel was destroyed in 1957 to make space for Park West Village. This October, St. Michael’s will honor the legacy of St. Jude’s in a series of events held in person and streamed online.

Click to download the promotional poster and informational flyer to the right.

Volunteers will be needed to make it happen. Please sign up here: https://stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/stj2021

Sunday, October 17th at 12:00 pm (In person and online)

Noon Forum: “St. Jude’s Chapel: Spiritual Leadership in the Episcopal Diocese of New York”

Expanding on previously published research, Jean Ballard Terepka, St. Michael’s Church Archivist, will present an illustrated lecture on the important place of St. Jude’s in the Episcopal Diocese of New York with a special focus on St. Jude’s spiritual and intellectual leadership in New York’s African American community.

Missed it live? Watch a video of the lecture on our YouTube Channel.

Sunday, October 24th starting at 9:30 am (In person and online)

St. Jude’s Day Commemoration and Eucharist

For St. Jude’s Day, we’ll gather at the stone memorial that marks the exact location on West 99th Street where St. Jude’s Chapel once stood. After a brief commemorative liturgy, we’ll process back to St. Michael’s Church for a Festal Eucharist at the historic St. Jude’s Altar. Festive outdoor celebrations with music and food will follow on Amsterdam Avenue. Join us for any or all of the day’s events!

Join on Zoom
Webinar ID: 652 526 150

Ongoing Programs

St. Michael’s Grief Support Group – Starts October 15th

“The only way to get to the other side is to go through the door.” – Helen Keller
Join us as we support each other and discuss some of the ways the loss of someone significant can affect our lives. The purpose of this group is to provide information about the grief process; to share experiences; and to alleviate the feeling of isolation. We will meet on six consecutive Fridays beginning October 15th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm via Zoom. Sessions will be conducted by our trained Lay Facilitators Carol O’Connor Edwards and Gwen Sealy-Singer. For more information and to register, please contact Deacon Richard.

St. Michael’s Small Groups

St. Michael’s Small Groups are a weekly one-hour gathering of eight to twelve people who come together for fellowship, study, and prayer. Small Groups foster a deeper sense of belonging, lasting friendships, and rich spiritual growth. Starting the week of September 19th, Small Groups at St. Michael’s are meeting weekly for ten weeks. Groups are studying the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.

Read more about St. Michael’s Small Groups here. Questions? Contact Mother Julie at julie@saintmichaelschurch.org

Note: Small Groups are currently meeting on Zoom only.

Spiritual Direction with Father Frank Hakoola

Spiritual Direction is an ancient Christian practice that dates from the early years of Christianity. It is a tool that the church has used to foster more intimate experiences with the God of love, equipping Christians for relationships with others where they can love as they are loved. St. Michael’s is planning a ten-week session of spiritual direction led by the Rev. Frank Hakoola, Thursdays at 7:00 pm starting on September 16th.
For more information, click here. To sign up, use this form.

Our Relationship With God

Spiritual growth is one of our Core Values. We believe the whole of one’s life is a unique spiritual journey, continually shaping who we are as individuals and as a community of faith. Working on our inner life of faith is a necessary practice to keep it healthy and growing.We welcome you to explore your faith on a deeper level in the following ways

Regular/Ongoing

  • Sunday Forums
  • EfM (Education for Ministry)
  • COHI (Community of Hope International)
  • Racial Justice Dialogue Group
  • Moms Bible study
  • Young Adult Network
  • Common Table Theology

Occasional/Seasonal

  • Lent/Advent Quiet Days
  • Retreats
  • Ignatian Spirituality group
  • Celtic Spirituality group
  • Faith & Film Nights

Annual

  • Inquirers
  • Newcomers Class

Connecting With Each Other

Oftentimes, you will hear members of St. Michael’s referring to our community as a parish family. In fact, one of the most popular monthly activities is our Family Dinner nights. We also have small groups that meet informally, such as the Men of St. Mike’s; Motherhood of Grace; Parents of Adolescents Support Group; Young Adult Group; Knitting Group; Family Camp and Hiking outings. Supportive and caring small groups in a large Church setting enable us to minister to each other.

Connecting to Our Community

We are a faith community that supports each other and our community in multiple ways. Whether it is helping the jobless through CareerSearchers; mentornig our parish and neighborhood children on Monday evenings during Homework Help; or providing food and meals to those who struggle with food insecurity, service to others is part of our Core Values.