Day of Discipleship

Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On April 19, 2008, The Brick Presbyterian Church held its first Day of Discipleship. More than 150 church members turned out for a day of community service and fellowship. Participants met at the Church in the morning for a quick breakfast and brief service and then fanned out into the community to spend the morning working on service projects.

We partnered with seven organizations with whom we have a long-term relationship to give church members an opportunity to see these organizations first hand as well as spend a few hours to make a tangible difference. The Day of Discipleship is now an annual event that provides a rewarding service and fellowship opportunity to church members and their families. Check out our site descriptions and register below:

Stay here at The Brick Church to work on a variety of crafts projects to brighten others’ lives. For members who find it difficult to travel to another destination or those with young children, craft projects will be held on the Youth Floor. The projects will include making treats for the furry family members of clients at Search and Care clients, painting and assembling pots for daffodils, and arranging care packages for various local organizations. All ages. Site Leaders: Marta King and Lisa Gustin.

Church of the Living Hope/Jan Hus Presbyterian Church As they prepare to move into a new building, Jan Hus has been serving many of their homeless clients from the Church of the Living Hope. Therefore this year we are combining the sites of these two remarkable partners of ours. Join us for a variety of projects including resetting the flower beds for the garden, painting a mural, and cleaning and organizing the basement.  Come and learn more about East Harlem and the work of these two churches. All ages. Site Leaders: Katrina Masterson and Oscar Sloterbeck.   

Lend a hand to New York Common Pantry (formerly Yorkville Common Pantry) and help families and individuals in need in the East Harlem/Yorkville areas and across the city! There are three ways to help at NYCP. Our confirmation class will work on-site in the Pantry packing and distributing groceries. Volunteers aged 6 and older will prepare sandwiches for brown bag meals *(Note recommended for those with peanut allergies). All ages can also stay at the Brick Church site to assemble toiletry kits and prepare cutlery bundles. Site Leader: Tanya Wells.

East Harlem Ministry provides hands-on assistance to organizations and families that need repair, cleaning, painting and organizing services to improve their physical environment. We will be working on a project at the Little Sisters of the Assumption, a multi-service organization located on 115th Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues that provides health and after-school programs in addition to social services for its surrounding community in East Harlem. Volunteers will work on one of a selection of projects to paint, clean and organize space within the LSA building. The workday will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Ages 12 and older. Wear clothing that can get dirty with paint and dust. Ages 12 and older. No experience necessary.  Site Leader: Arthur Bingham.

Come to the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center to do arts and crafts and play games with the residents. TCCHCC is a multifaceted health care facility that serves the elderly, people with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses. TCCHCC is “committed to the belief that life is sacred and worthy of appropriate medical support and rehabilitative services.” Located at 1249 Fifth Avenue at 106th Street, this is a wonderful opportunity for families. Ages 6 and older.  Site Leader: Oliver Moses.

Visit the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service. LSA, located on East 115th Street, provides food pantry services, parenting & child development classes, and education & youth service programs to the East Harlem community. It is also home to “The Sharing Place” Thrift Store that sells gently used clothing at great prices to the local community and beyond. Brick volunteers will sort and hang clothing from donation bags for The Sharing Place Thrift Store. Ages 6 and up. Site Leader: Ashley Carlson.

Come and help prepare meals for the elderly at Carter Burden. The mission of the Carter Burden Network is to promote the well-being of seniors, 60 and older, through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs in NYC oriented to individual, family and community needs. They are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. Ages 8 and up. Site Leader: Shannon Froehlich.

The registration period for the 2020 Day of Discipleship will be announced soon. If you have questions, please email Rev. Douglas King