Service of Lessons and Carols

Join us in the candlelit elegance of the Brick Church’s sanctuary for our Lessons and Carols service featuring the professional voices of the Brick Church Choir under the direction of Keith S. Tóth. Organists Meg Cutting and Daniel Kirk Foster will accompany the choir on our acclaimed Anderson pipe organ. This service of traditional Advent and Christmas sacred music is a cherished Brick Church tradition and one that will bring beauty, peace and joy to you amidst the busy holiday season.

Admission is free. Due to the meditative nature of the service, parents are requested to avail themselves of the childcare provided during this service. The order of worship is available here.

To request childcare, email Renee Alston and include the names and ages of your children. 

For additional information, call 212-289-4400 or email Keith S. Tóth, Minister of Music.

Lecture Series – Sunday, Dec. 15

Outreach in the City: Women’s Prison Association (WPA). Join Valerie Mason and Georgia Lerner, Executive Director of the WPA, at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the WPA, this country’s oldest service and advocacy organization working exclusively with criminal justice-involved women and their families. As WPA enters the 21st century, it continues to adapt to its clients’ changing needs by identifying three key directions for its work. It began to develop new housing opportunities for its clients, enhanced its ability to address the mental health needs of clients, and founded the Institute on Women & Criminal Justice in 2004 to create a national conversation on women and criminal justice in relation to families and communities. WPA remains steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals, strengthen families and connect criminal justice-involved women to the community. Its success and longevity is due largely to an approach that honors each woman’s experience and offers her meaningful opportunities to see new possibilities for her own life.

Please join us at 9:45 a.m. in the Living Room on the Third Floor of the Parish House. All are welcome; bring friends and enjoy coffee and light breakfast items beginning at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is provided on the Youth Floor beginning at 9 a.m. For more information about Faith Formation at The Brick Church, click here or contact Jeff Shayne.

Deacon Family Christmas Party Outreach Event

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at the Brick Church, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Brick Church Deacons will host their 32nd annual Christmas Party for the children and families from the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that focuses on needs of children and low income families, for a fun-filled day of games, music, arts and crafts and food, as well as “shopping” in the ever-popular adult and children’s malls. We are seeking gift donations and volunteers. Click here for more details.

East Harlem Ministry: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Dec. 11/Dec. 12

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, The Church of Saint Francis De Sales and The Cabrini Coalition will be hosting a procession and celebration for Our Lady of Guadalupe. There will be procession starting at the Church of the Living Hope at 161 East 104th Street at 6 p.m. that will arrive at SFDS at around 6:30 p.m. There will be music, dance, and food until midnight, including Las Mañanitas. On Thursday, Dec. 12, there will be a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Francis de Sales at 6 p.m. This will be a Spanish mass and will take place at Saint Francis de Sales 135 East 96th Street between Lexington and Park.

Christmas Cheer Party

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.
As your calendar begins to fill during the busy holiday season, be sure to reserve the date of the Christmas Cheer Party. The Christmas Cheer Party is one of the warmest, most spirited fellowship events of the year. Staff Contact: Renée D. Alston.

East Harlem Ministry: Cabrini Coalition

The Cabrini Coalition is proud to co-sponsor an event with The WEAL on Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Sin of Racism and the Need for a Prophetic and Pastoral Response. The WEAL is a partnership between the Youth Adult Ministry of Saint Francis de Sales (SFDS) and Commonweal Magazine. Come hang out with staff from Commonweal Magazine, young friends from the Weal NYC group, and SFDS parishioners. This meeting will take place at Frank’s Cafe at Saint Francis de Sales 135 East 96th Street between Lexington and Park at 6:30 p.m.

Advent Open House

Following the Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, please visit our sanctuary and learn more about The Brick Church. Volunteers will be stationed in the sanctuary and narthex to welcome visitors, provide information about the church and our Christmas worship services, and to pray with any who would like.

Park Avenue Tree Lighting and Carol Sing

Join us for the 75th Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing! The whole community is invited to gather in front of the church steps on Park Avenue at 91st Street at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, where Rev. Kimberly Clayton will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church’s Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth. Download the 2019 Carol Sheet here.

Tree Lighting Social Hour

Members are invited to enjoy fellowship and goodies before the annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting event. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Crèche Lighting and Advent Festival

On the same day as the Park Avenue Tree Lighting, we teach our children about the season of Advent. At 10:45 a.m. in the Garden, we light the crèche to commemorate the beginning of the Advent season. During worship, children in the four-year-old class through fifth grade will gather in Watson Hall for Advent-themed games, crafts, and activities. The infants, toddlers, three-year-olds, and sixth and seventh grade will have regular SCS on this Sunday with Advent activities provided.