First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Meeting

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Last Thursday was the largest First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Meeting yet!

“The First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Time is becoming one of the best pastors and leaders gatherings in the City. It has grown to be representative of all of the diversity of the city, from traditional churches and staff to young church planters to the historical black church and leaders of ministry organizations. It’s a consistent place for prayer, for great mutual encouragement, as well as meeting other leaders and networking for collaboration.

This morning’s prayer meeting was particularly encouraging, as a group of U S and international pastors and leaders joined us. But the time beyond that was incredible worship, diligent prayer and the brief ending devotional was given by AR Bernard. The diversity of the group is such a great reflection of who the body of Christ is in New York.” – Larry Christensen, NY CityServe Board


Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways

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Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways (WH/I Pathways) was launched a year ago by a coalition of neighborhood churches and ministries working together to shine the light of God’s mercy and justice upon our communities.  They are currently serving in partnership with the Inwood Academy for Leadership charter school providing adult mentors for middle and high school students.

The mission of WH/I Pathways is to recruit and equip community leaders to mentor youth in Washington Heights and Inwood to achieve greater possibilities for a safer, healthier and thriving neighborhood. Their vision is for a generation of young people who value themselves as image bearers of God, model Christ, and contribute to the renewal of their communities and the world.

Learn more about Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways by clicking here.

The Chinatown Initiative Loving & Serving Chinatown

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The Chinatown Initiative Loving & Serving Chinatown
The Chinatown Initiative started meeting together in September 2014 after the Cityfest Launch event, and they have been meeting monthly ever since to partner together to see how they can impact the Community. They have about 6-8 churches that come together regularly to work together with a total of 15+ churches in their broader network.  A few key initiatives they have been involved in include:
Public School 2
The Chinatown Initiative is investing ongoing efforts and energy to make an impact in the lives of kids who might be disadvantaged or at risk. At PS2, they have given Christmas gifts to the 4th and 5th grade classes, partnered with World Vision to give the entire school of PS2 and PS1 School supplies, and now they starting a Mentorship program on Saturdays at PS2 for the 3rd – 5th grade kids.
Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade in February 
The Chinatown Initiative participated in the Community event with 5+churches participating with over 150 people joining and distributing tracts and being a witness.
Monroe Street Festival in June
The Chinatown Initiative joined the Annual Street Fair with 15+ Churches and Parachurch Organizations this June by participating and doing outreach to our Community of Chinatown.
Deuteronomy 15:4 Homeless & Poor Outreach
The Chinatown Initiative is meeting the needs of those who are disadvantaged and showing love and kindness to those the homeless and poor in Chinatown and NYC.

Five Churches Collaborate to Honor NYPD PSA4

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Earlier this fall, five churches from the Lower East Side collaborated to honor and stand with the officers of NYPD Police Service Area 4  (PSA4).

Officers from PSA4 (located at 130 Avenue C/ East 8th Street) are responsible for patrolling twenty-five New York City Housing Authority developments in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Precincts in Manhattan.  Volunteers from Abounding Grace Ministries, Dwell Church, CityVine + Trinity Grace Church East Village joined together to selflessly serve food, present recognition, and break bread with the officers.  

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Don’t Walk By

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Churches from across the city joined together in Manhattan for the 2016 Don’t Walk By. Pictured here are volunteers from Liberty City, on the streets of Union Square to bringing care packs to the needy. Volunteers remarked that they had a great time bringing encouragement and hope to the hopeless. They shared stories with new homeless friends, and invited them to the host church for a meal.

Learn More about how you can get involved with Liberty City here.