Religion

Highlights:
Events canceled at Brotherhood Synagogue this month
Author discussion at EET canceled
Concert scheduled at St. Mary’s this month canceled 

Editor’s note: Many churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship throughout the neighborhood have scaled back or canceled services, and others that have switched to live-streaming services. We have provided updates to listings of churches and synagogues that have contacted us but have removed most listings for institutions that have not specified live-streaming services. Patrons should contact individual institutions for the most up-to-date information about their services. 

The Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park

Candle lighting is at 6:50 p.m.

Events that were previously announced at Brotherhood Synagogue for later this month have been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus.

Brotherhood Synagogue announced on their website that the building will be closed until further notice because of the virus. Services will not be livestreamed but the synagogue is currently working on solutions for those who would like to participate in Tuesday minyan and Shabbat services. Those who would like to participate in the Tuesday minyan to say Kaddish can email Cantor Yager at cantor@brotherhoodsynagogue.org. Rabbi Alder will also be recording and sharing a weekly sermon that will be shared via email, on the website and on the synagogue’s Facebook page. For more information about the synagogue’s plans, visit brotherhoodsynagogue.org/assets/COVID-192.

Visit brotherhoodsynagogue.org or call the office at (212) 674-5750 for more information about the synagogue.

Calvary-St. George’s Church
277 Park Avenue South/7 Rutherford Place

Programing at Calvary-St. George’s has been canceled through the season of Lent.

Rev. Ben DeHart will livestream a Devotion Group on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Rev. Jacob Smith will livestream a teaching on the Psalms on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Chelsy will make Lenten Sunday School series accessible for families on the website.

Calvary will livestream the Thursday 12:10 p.m. Healing Service. The current worship plan is to offer Morning Prayer at all of regularly scheduled services: St. George’s: 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Calvary at 11 a.m. Calvary-St. George’s highly encourages everyone to worship from home and livestream the 11 a.m. service. Live-streaming is available at facebook.com/calstgnyc.

If you need pastoral care or counsel, do not hesitate to call the office at (646) 723-4178 or email info@calstg.org.

Our Rector is The Reverend Jacob A. Smith, The Reverend Ben DeHart is Associate Rector, The Reverend Jim Munroe is Associate Minister, The Reverend Nancy Hanna is Honorary Associate Rector and The Reverend Dr. Thomas Pike is Rector Emeritus. Visit us online at calvarystgeorges.org for more information. You may reach us at (646) 723-4178 or by email at info@calstg.org. 

The Church of the Epiphany
373 Second Avenue

All masses at Epiphany have been canceled until further notice. 

The church is still planning an all-night Eucharistic Adoration event for Lent from 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20 to 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. In order for it to happen, parishioners need to sign up for each hour of the night. Those who would like to use this opportunity as one of their Lenten sacrifices can sign up for the hour to serve at epiphanychurch.nyc/eucharistic-adoration-sign-up-page. 

For additional information, visit epiphanychurchnyc.org or call (212) 475-1966. 

Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th Street

Community Church of New York announced on Mar. 12 that it would be closing until further notice. Programs will be offered online. Sermons will be recorded and posted to the website on Sunday mornings.

For more information, visit the website at ccny.org or call (212) 683-4988. 

East End Temple
245 East 17th Street

Shabbat services on Friday, Mar. 20 will be at 6:15 p.m. via Livestream only. Join us virtually at https://livestream.com/eetservices.

Author Dani Shapiro was scheduled to speak at East End Temple on Sunday, Mar. 22 but this event has been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus.

East End Temple encourages its members to explore paths to living meaningful Jewish lives as citizens of the world. Our downtown Reform congregation reflects the diversity and energy of New York City, as it fosters spirituality, education, and a sense of family.

We invite you to learn more about us. For information about us/programs, photos and videos, look for us on Facebook. Email us at info@eastendtemple.org or call (212) 477-6444.  

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
240 East 31st Street

Sunday services at Good Shepherd have been canceled.

Palm Sunday services will be on Sunday, Apr. 5 at 11 a.m. Services will be at noon on Friday, Apr. 10 for Good Friday and Easter Sunday services on Sunday, Apr. 12 will be at 11 a.m.

Church of the Good Shepherd has been in the Kips Bay neighborhood since 1857. The church is the home of “Neighbors in Action,” bringing neighbors together through shared community service and the Shepherd Singers, a singing community of both professional and volunteer singers.

For more information about the church, call (212) 689-1595 or visit goodshepherdepiscopalnyc.org. The church can also be reached by email at goodshepherdnyc@verizon.net and on Facebook under “Church of the Good Shepherd NYC (Episcopal).” 

First Presbyterian Church
12 West 12th Street

First Presbyterian is suspending Sunday morning worship until Mar. 31. The church will be uploading a bulletin and an audio recording of an abbreviated worship service (organ music, Scripture readings, sermon, hymns and prayers – including children’s prayer) to the church’s website each Sunday. Sermons will be on the homepage of the website in the sermon section at the foot of the page at fpcnyc.org.

For more information, contact executive minister Dr. Barbara Davis at badavis@fpcnyc.org, visit the website at fpcnyc.org or call (212) 675-6150. 

Grace Church
802 Broadway

Services will be postponed at Grace Church until after Mar. 27. 

For more information, visit gracechurchnyc.org or call (212) 254-2000. 

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
155 East 22nd Street

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church is closing down until Mar. 31. The church will suspend all activities, including worship, nursery school, events, meetings, small group gatherings and Bible studies. Open Arms Preschool (OAPS) will be closed through spring break and plans to resume classes on Monday, Apr. 20. For Mar. 15 and 22 (and beyond, most likely), there will be a Service of the Word online at 11 a.m.

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church was founded in 1865 as a Swedish mission. The congregation serves the Gramercy Park community, is rich in diversity and centered in worship. It is a place of holy hospitality, welcoming all looking for the grace and mercy of God. Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Visit the website for additional information and schedule of events at gachurchnyc.org. For more information, call (212) 674-0739. 

LGBT Ministries of the Church of St. Francis Xavier
55 West 15th Street

In light of the continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and the advice of medical experts, all Masses in the Archdiocese of New York will be canceled until further notice. All events have been postponed until further notice. Live-streams of previous services are available on the website. 

The Church of St. Francis Xavier welcomes all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Our mission is to embrace all, as Jesus did, to provide a compassionate environment to explore God’s presence in our lives and to live out the gospel of love and social justice. The church works with parishioners and the larger community toward the goals of full inclusion and a deepened spiritual life for LGBT people and their families and loved ones.

Visit the church website at sfxavier.org for additional information. 

Madison Avenue Baptist Church
131 Madison Avenue

It is with a sad heart we announce that onsite Sunday services at Madison Avenue Baptist Church will be suspended until the Coronavirus danger has passed. The decision was driven by concerns for personal safety as well as public responsibility. The services will continue on a livestream each Sunday at 11 a.m. at mabcnyc.org/worship/live-streaming.

For more information, visit mabcnyc.org. 

Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship
15 Rutherford Place

To support the City of New York’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our fellowship, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship has suspended Sunday services (and the spring retreat) through Mar. 30.

Seeking the peace of the city, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship is a welcoming and affirming community. Come and experience the radical hospitality and peace witness of the Mennonite tradition.

Rev. Jason Storbakken, author of Radical Spirituality and the forthcoming God on the Bowery, serves as pastor at Manhattan Mennonite.

For more information, email pastor@manhattanmennonite.org, call (212) 673-7970 or visit manhattanmennonite.org. 

Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street

As of Sunday, Mar. 15, Marble Church has moved to online worship only for the following three weeks. This will be for Sundays and Wednesdays. The Prayer Circle and Ten O’Clock Hour will be combined and live-streamed at 10 a.m. This was an extremely hard decision to make, but New York City is directing all organizations with a seating capacity greater than 500 to cancel their events, and we want to join with others to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are also very concerned for the safety and well-being of our congregation.

Since 1628, Marble Collegiate Church has been serving the wonderfully diverse people of New York City. 

Visit the website at marblechurch.org or call (212) 686-2770. 

Middle Collegiate Church
112 Second Avenue

Middle Collegiate Church has canceled programs and in-person worship for the next few weeks. Senior minister Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. and staff lead weekly worship celebrations. Services will be live-streamed on Sundays at 11:45 a.m. and will be available on the website. 

Middle Collegiate Church is a celebratory, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith. Come experience what it means to be radically welcomed regardless of your personal faith tradition.

For more information about Middle programming, education for all ages, arts, activism and outreach ministries, visit middlechurch.org or contact the office at (212) 477-0666. 

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church
246 East 15th Street

A choral Divine Liturgy that was previously scheduled at St. Mary’s for Sunday, Mar. 29 has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. 

The pastor of St. Mary’s is Fr. Edward G. Cimbala, D.Min. For more information, call (212) 677-0516, email fredcimbala@gmail.com or visit stmarybccnyc.org. 

The Shul of New York
50 East Seventh Street

Until further notice, The Shul of New York has canceled all in-person gatherings. For invitations to Zoom events hosted by the synagogue, email Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder at rabbieva@theshulofnewyork.org. 

The Shul of New York, a synagogue for spiritual Judaism, warmly welcomes you to the Main Hall of Middle Collegiate Church on the first and third Fridays of each month.

For information, contact (929) 265-7485 or visit theshulofnewyork.org.

Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 East Sixth Street

All services and classes at Sixth Street Community Synagogue are suspended. The building is closed until further notice.

The Sixth Street Community Synagogue and the Sixteenth Street Synagogue, two orthodox shuls, have joined forces under the same roof at 325 East 6th Street, between First and Second Avenues, with the hopes of creating a new center for Lower Manhattan Judaism.

This venture brings Sixteenth Street Synagogue Rabbi Gavriel Bellino to the Sixth Street community.

Both synagogues exemplify modern orthodoxy ideals and will continue to promote Torah study and practice with an embrace of diversity and a participatory openness to the best of contemporary culture and community.

We wholeheartedly welcome all interested in discovering a warm community with strong spiritual authenticity and a vibrant Jewish life. 

Visit the synagogue’s website at sixthstreetsynagogue.org. 

Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street

Town & Village Synagogue has canceled programs, meetings or any prayer services for the next two weeks.

For more information, visit tandv.org, call us at (212) 677-8090, ext. 21 or email office@tandv.org.

Do you know of services or special events at a house of worship that you’d like to see listed in Town & Village? Send listings to editor@townvillage.net. Participating houses of worship must be located between First and 40th Streets in Manhattan and the deadline is Friday at 5 p.m. Listings are included at the discretion of the editor.

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