Interfaith Art Project at Park Avenue Synagogue: Sept. 24 & 25

Please represent Brick Church! The Park Avenue Synagogue invites adult members of Brick Church to join in an interfaith art project led by artist Ellen Alt on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at PAS@89th located at 11 East 89th Street. We are planning to create one art piece in a digital format that will be reproduced. The piece will be composed of scanned original images of artwork on the theme of “Welcoming Guests.” The artwork will be created by the participants from The Brick Church, Park Avenue Synagogue, Church of the Heavenly Rest and the Islamic Cultural Center. We are asking each participating religious institution to come up with phrases, symbols and stories (for illustrations) about welcoming guests. You can participate in either the evening or the daytime workshop. The project will bring us together to create a community art piece that will be displayed at the Nov. 19 interfaith concert Lift Every Voice led by acclaimed producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew and featuring Cantor Azi Schwartz. 

We would like a list of participants by Sept. 13 in order to create resource materials for the workshops. Please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for more information. 

Blessing of the Animals – Oct. 2

Join us for a Service of Blessing of the Animals at The Brick Church on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. This service is offered as part of our witness that God creates and loves all creatures great and small! Their lives bring joy and companionship to our lives and this is a way to both honor and celebrate our pets. Oct. 4 is the Annual Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and often such services are observed around this date.

Bring your furry, feathered, or scaly family members to the Park Avenue side of the church. We will offer two stations for blessings: one in the Chapel and one near the front steps outside of the sanctuary. We welcome pets on leashes and in carriers/crates and those who live in water. If your pet is not comfortable around other creatures, or if you wish to remember a pet that has died, you can bring a photograph instead. We welcome our neighbors and friends to participate in this joyful and potentially noisy service! We will begin at 5:00 p.m. with liturgy and song before the blessing of the animals begins.

Fall Fling on Sept. 20

Join us for this special annual Brick Church event sponsored by the Women’s Association this Friday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This wonderful fellowship event provides all members with an evening to catch up with old friends and meet new ones as we start our fall season.

 This festive evening includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a buffet dinner in the Garden for $50 per person. 

We need volunteers to help on the committee. Contact the Women’s Association office if you can help. Invitations will be mailed and will also be available at the Reception Desk in September. 

Sunday School Registration is now open!

Sunday Church School is a thriving ministry at The Brick Church, involving 300 children each year and over 100 adult and youth volunteers! We provide Sunday School for infants through seventh graders. Infants through toddlers may be taken to the nursery on the Youth Floor, where paid sitters and parent volunteers supervise. Children age three through seventh grade attend Sunday School.

PLEASE NOTE: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade are allowed to leave the classroom unaccompanied at the end of SCS each Sunday.

Volunteer Opportunities at Church of the Living Hope

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in the local community? There are many opportunities to grow closer to our friends at Church of the Living Hope. Here are three unique ways in which you can grow and serve with our neighbors on 104th street in East Harlem:

1. Are you interested in participating in a community-wide event with the migrant community in East Harlem? Volunteer to help with the Church of the Living Hope Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. For the past 3 years, Church of the Living Hope has been partnering with local community organizations as well as local churches to help host a yearly block party. Along with Cabrini Coalition members, The Brick Presbyterian Church and St. Frances de Sales, the Coalition has been active throughout the Spring and Summer in local organizing, advocacy and empowerment initiatives. Their goal for this event is to continue to build momentum and expand access to resources that would benefit the local residents of East Harlem and particularly the migrant community. This celebratory event will be held Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. with set-up beginning after the 11 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship. Food, handmade Artisan crafts, community resource booths, live music and folk performances will be on full display on 104th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. For more information on how to get involved, contact Ruben Nuño at

2. Do you love to garden? Work continues on their brand new sacred green space throughout this season. Volunteers are encouraged to help plant, tend to raised bed plants, or offer educational resources for aspiring green thumbs.

3. Would you like to lend a hand serving those in need? Jan Hus is distributing food and clothing up at Church of the Living Hope and in need of volunteers. Approximately 50 to 75 families and individuals receive food and clothing on a weekly basis Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opportunities to help set up the sanctuary as well as handing out food and clothing are welcomed.

Are you interested in any of these opportunities or do you have other ideas about how these two congregations may work together? Please contact Ruben Nuno or Rev. Doug King.

Summer Bible Study

Join us around the table in the Third Floor Dining Room at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. The leaders and the summer schedule can be found here.