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Outreach


Local Outreach

Human Trafficking

Incarnation has an advocacy ministry to help combat human trafficking. Our Anti-Trafficking Group reaches out to hotels in the neighborhood about the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (“The Code”) and how hotels can train their employees to spot and respond to signs of child sex trafficking on hotel premises. You can read about our ministry in this article by the Episcopal News Service.

The Anti-Trafficking Group recently started a new outreach project in partnership with ECPAT-USA, a leading national anti-trafficking policy organization. Among other things, ECPAT-USA provides free workshops for middle and high school students. We are reaching out to NYC schools to let them know about the importance of teaching children about sex trafficking and to advocate for these workshops on healthy relationships, cyber safety, and trafficking prevention.

Action Alert: Incarnation is located in the district of New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried. Assemblyman Gottfried has introduced Bill A.8230 to fully decriminalize prostitution in New York State. Passing this proposed legislation would legalize pimping, sex buying, and brothel keeping — a very scary prospect, for NYC especially. Please call Assembly Member Gottfried’s offices and say you don’t support his efforts to decriminalize those who exploit people in the sex trade. It goes against women’s rights and increases human trafficking.

Learn more in this New York Post article, Don’t pass this ‘pimp protection act.’

Homeless Ministries

Incarnation is regularly involved in projects at Moravian Open Door, a transitional housing facility for homeless adults. Read about this ministry in the August 2018 issue of Moravian Magazine. (pp. 12-13)

As part of our Children’s Ministries, we periodically host Family Fridays, which include a child friendly service project. Children assemble toiletry kits for the homeless clients at the Mainchance Drop-In Center in Murray Hill. This project is made possible by generous donations of travel size toiletries from hotels that have become our community partners in combating sex trafficking in our neighborhood.

Computer Help for Seniors — Senior Resource Day

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.

Our next Senior Resource Day will be this fall. Details to come.

Operation Santa

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. In 2018, we provided presents for homeless children housed at a nearby hotel.

To get involved or to learn more about our local outreach programs, please contact info@churchoftheincarnation.org.


Incarnation Center

The 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. A link to the camp is provided; its main phone number is 860 767-0848.


Music with James

Incarnation hosts Music with James on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in our Assembly Hall. Music with James is a high-energy music class for children ages 4 months to 4 years. The children sing along, dance, and play instruments with each song — shaking bells and maracas, tapping tambourines, drums, castanets and xylophones. Animal puppets, bouncing balls and a colorful parachute add to the fun. All classes are drop-in and parishioners receive a reduced rate.


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’s and to make themselves known to the clergy and parishioners there. We will welcome the Rev. Paul Kennedy, Priest in Charge at St. Vedast, for a visit to Incarnation this October. 


Spiritual Outreach

“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 Associate Rector has started blogging about this ministry at askmeforablessing.com.

 

 

 



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