Serving those beyond our doors
Serving others is an integral part of the Christian life. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us that “Love is The Way,” and each of us is called to express that love in service to others. Please explore Incarnation’s outreach ministries and the work of our partners.
This past summer, Incarnation initiated an outreach ministry with Hour Children, an organization that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin their communities. Thanks to all who donated to our backpack drive and our ongoing drive for canned fruits and vegetables. Now we would like to invite your engagement with Hour Children in other ways as well.
- Become a tutor: Tutors are needed for children of all ages and in all subjects, and the tutoring can be done either remotely or in person.
- Teach English as a second language: ESL teachers are urgently needed.
- Mentor a program participant: This approximately four-hour-per-month commitment can also be fulfilled either in person or remotely.
- Support the Working Women program: For now, this involves coming to the Long Island City headquarters one day a week for a few hours to spend time with a participant—”just being someone to talk to and maybe go for a walk/coffee/lunch with,” according to our contact there.
- Volunteer at the food pantry: This year-round on-site program distributes food both to residents of Hour Children housing and the surrounding neighborhood. Its hours are:
- Monday 11:00–4:00
- Tuesday 10:30–12:30
- Wednesday 11:00–3:00
- Thursday 9:00–4:00
We encourage parishioners to volunteer in groups of two or three. You can reach Hour Children by public transportation or share the cost of an Uber or other car service to the facility—which may be counted as a charitable contribution.
When Incarnation’s Hour Children committee began this outreach, we envisioned it as something that everyone in the parish could participate in—a way all of us can continue doing God’s work in the city we love. The staff at Hour Children have been incredibly enthusiastic about Incarnation’s support and partnership so far, and they’ve said they welcome volunteers in any capacity, not just those listed above. So if you have ideas, or if you want to join Hour Children Committee, or if you want more information and details about tutoring, mentoring, or the food pantry, please contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. She will put you in touch with the Committee Co-Chairs.
Moravian Open Door
Incarnation is regularly involved in projects at Moravian Open Door (MOD), a transitional housing facility for homeless adults.
Our ministry with MOD is characterized by mutual joy in fellowship. We don’t just serve; we come together to laugh and have fun. This is most clearly seen and felt during our bingo nights, theme parties, and other activities that foster an environment of collaboration and celebration. Volunteers from our church cook, collect prizes, plan games, and then bring it all to the MOD common room for a good time to be had by all. While we also do projects off site – holding a linens drive, writing birthday cards to the residents, making sandwiches and goodie bags – we most enjoy bringing the Incarnation and MOD communities together. Read about this ministry in the August 2018 issue of Moravian Magazine. (pp. 12-13)
Incarnation also has a seat on the MOD Board of Directors, enabling us to provide further assistance.
This winter, we are collecting men’s winter clothing – new or gently used. A donation bin is in the church Sunday mornings, or you can drop off your clothing donation at the Parish House.
We are also having a coat drive especially for the Christmas season. Look for an Incarnation Coat Tree decorated with hangers in the narthex of the church. Each hanger represents a warm winter coat. You are invited to purchase a hanger for $60 or make a donation of any amount towards a coat. Donations should be mailed or given to the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser with the notation, “coat drive.” We hope to make sure that all our friends at MOD can face this winter safe and warm.
Computer Help for Seniors — Senior Resource Day
**Currently on pause**
Responding to current needs of senior citizens, some of whom have limited experience with computers and social media, Church of the Incarnation has developed a unique outreach program to teach and assist those who would like to learn computer skills or put the knowledge they already have to better use. Three times a year, Incarnation holds “Senior Resource Day,” when parish volunteers offer one-on-one tech assistance to help seniors in the neighborhood navigate the Internet and email, video chat, social media, smartphones, and tablets (such as iPads).
One of the first attendees of Senior Resource Day asked to get connected to Twitter so she could stay in touch with her granddaughter living far away. An 84-year-old who said her parents lived well into their 90’s decided to set up a profile at a dating site. Others have learned computer skills and how to use new mobile apps.
Senior Resource Day continues to be a meaningful experience for seniors and volunteers alike, a testament to the power of ministry in Jesus’ name. To quote one volunteer, “I got a hug from one of the seniors, as she was so happy with what we were able to do for her. I certainly made a new friend. It really felt good and for me; the presence of the Holy Spirit was evident. We get so much from helping our neighbors as Christ taught us.“
During the Christmas season, parishioners are invited to select a letter written to “Santa” by a child in need and purchase gifts for that child. This year we are providing presents for 50 children living in a nearby domestic violence shelter. Learn more on our Operation Santa page.
Prayers and Partners
“Ask me for a blessing. God’s grace is meant to be shared.”
Each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., we put out a sign with this message in front of the church. One of the clergy stands outside to offer blessings and prayers for healing to those who pass by. The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser has started blogging about this ministry at askmeforablessing.com. It was also featured in this recent Eyewitness News story!
Incarnation Center was founded as “Incarnation Camp” in 1886. Now a 700-acre site in Ivoryton, Connecticut, east of New Haven, the facility includes almost 60 buildings and a mile-long private lake. It is open 365 days a year for overnight and day camps, conferences, nature study and recreation. The Incarnation Vestry annually elects the governing Board of Directors, which has representatives from our parish and 25 other sponsoring parishes.
Link Parish in London
In 2009, our parish established a link with a Church of England parish in the Diocese of London, with which the Diocese of New York has a “companion” relationship. Our link is St. Vedast Alias Foster, located in the ancient City of London, just behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. Incarnation members visiting London are encouraged to attend St. Vedast and to make themselves known to the clergy and parishioners there.
Twelve Step Groups
Incarnation hosts Narcotics Anonymous meetings on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.