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Through study and sharing, we seek to be involved in God's deeper work of transforming our minds, our hearts and our world.


We've got a new name! After a dozen years of asking young adults to consider “what’s next?” in their journeys of faith, we decided it’s time to freshen things up.

We're no longer NEXT Ministries. From now on, just call us 20s + 30s.

We’re still the fun-seeking, Jesus-loving, 20- and 30-somethings we’ve always been. Still working to keep faith as the anchor in our busy-New-Yorker lives. Still looking for new friends to join us—and that means you.

If you are a young New Yorker looking for community, friendship and a spiritual home, we welcome you to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

With 20s + 30s, you’ll find a community to help you wrestle with the big, existential questions: What am I going to do with my life? Am I enough? Where is God in all of this? And for heaven’s sake, where’s happy hour?

At Embrace, our after-worship discussions on Sundays, we acknowledge that even though our jobs, hometowns and ethnicities are very different, we share a strong desire to live our daily lives in Christian faith. Join us sometime.

To receive our weekly e-newsletter, with information on upcoming programs and events, email [email protected]. And join our Facebook group here!

Community Groups

Our young adult community groups allow you to explore your faith through different lenses as you connect with others and with God. Our groups meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, so you can choose the time that works for you.

Embrace

At our Sunday afternoon gathering, we take a few moments to breathe and rest from the hectic experience of being a young person in NYC. We pray for one another, share our stories and discuss topics that matter, with Jesus as our primary lens. Embrace meets most Sundays (from September through May) at 12:30 pm in the Church House. (Check the monitor in the 55th Street lobby for the specific location on a given Sunday).

Service & Mission

Throughout the year we offer great opportunities to serve God by helping others—locally and around the world—while forming meaningful bonds with one another.

Social Events

Everything from happy hours to baseball games to museum visits helps us grow together as a community beyond the church walls.

Needlework Group

We welcome participants who enjoy knitting, crocheting and embroidery to help create hand-sewn items that we donate to families in need. The Needlework Group also creates merchandise for sale during the Holiday Bazaar each November.
Mondays, 11 am–3:30 pm, Boardroom (fifth floor).

Prayer Group

Prayer Group volunteers gather to pray for the individuals on the church prayer list, for those who have submitted prayer requests and for those who needs are known by the pastors.
First Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 pm, Romeyn Room (fifth floor).

Women's Association Luncheon

All are invited to our weekly, four-course luncheons catered by Roxo Events. Luncheons also feature guest speakers, entertainment and fellowship. The week's upcoming program is listed in the bulletin each Sunday.
Tuesdays,12 pm, Bonnell Hall (second floor). Cost is $15.

Upcoming Programs

Oct. 2 - Pat Addiss "Reinventing Yourself"
Oct. 9 - Fellowship
Oct. 16 - Jeanne Pape, Docent, New-York Historical Society, "A New Light on Tiffany"
Oct. 23 - Rimas J. Jasin, executive director, Presbyterian Senior Services
Oct. 30 - Halloween (Mask optional)

Special Events

Nov 1 & 2 • Women’s Association’s Annual Holiday Bazaar
Dec 8 • Women’s Association Christmas Tea
May 14 • Spring Dinner

Bridge

Tuesdays, 1:30–4 pm, Bonnell Hall (second floor).

Speaking English

Our volunteers provide free tutoring sessions for non-native English speakers.
Tuesdays, 1:30–3:30 pm, Corning Logan Room (fifth floor).

The roots of the Women's Association of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church dates back to 1810, just after the church was founded in Lower Manhattan. The women's Seminary Society met in members' homes to make garments for students attending the newly established Princeton Theological Seminary. Historians believe this was the first organization for church women west of Massachusetts.

A centennial tea on Dec. 10, 1883, commemorated the formal beginning of women's societies in the church. These groups were formed to study mission opportunities and benevolent giving to various causes. These grouops were merged in 1930 into the current Women's Association. This new organization focused on helping women struggling through the Great Depression. During World War II, the Association shifted its focus toward helping those affected by the war—rolling bandages for the wounded, knitting and sewing for refugees, writing letters to service men, and much more.

Over the ensuing decades, Women's Association activities have evolved into a diverse program of education, prayer and benevolence.

Women's Association Membership Form

Annual membership dues are $15.

To print and mail your form along with your check, click here.

 
 

Please mail a check for your annual dues and benevolence contribution (if any), payable to:

The Women’s Association
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Kickoff!

Sunday, Sept. 23 - 12:30 pm, Church House
Our Sunday afternoon gathering is now called Embrace! And there will be lots of that going on as we get together for the first time since the long Summer break. Come be part of this celebratory start to a new program year!

Fall Retreat

Friday - Sunday, Oct. 19-21, Bobcat Lodge (Hunter, New York)
We’re heading back upstate for another weekend of prayer time, reflection time and fun time on beautiful Hunter Mountain. Cost is $120 (including a $60 deposit). Space is limited, so sign up early! Contact us at [email protected].

What is a community group?

A community group is eight to 12 people who gather regularly to grow in their faith through study, prayer, fellowship and service. In a congregation as large as FAPC, community groups are a way to get plugged into the church as well as find support, friendship and encouragement in the city.

During the fall, groups meet from September to December. During the winter and spring, groups meet from January to May. Most groups go on hiatus during the summer.

What do community groups do?

While each Community Group is unique in its focus and structure, all of our groups are centered around the bonds of Christian community. 

Most community groups focus around Bible study or book readings. Our Adult Education program works hand in hand with community groups to provide content and opportunities for group members to engage on a deeper level. Groups always have the option to study a curriculum that relates to the current sermon series, or to choose a study of their own. In the fall, we encourage members and friends to participate in our annual congregational book-read.

But community groups do more than just study. We encourage all of our groups to participate in service projects (such as FAPC Serves in the spring), attend classes, concerts and fellowship events together. Our hope is that by engaging questions of faith on a number of levels—through worship, education, personal reflection and community—each member's experience at FAPC will be richer, more empowering and more fulfilling.

When and where do community groups meet?

Many of our community groups meet at FAPC on Sundays at 9:30 am. There are also a number of groups that meet during the week, either at the church or another location in the city.

How do I sign up?

Simply fill out the online registration form, and we will get back to you!

Questions?

Email us at [email protected].

Community Groups Registration

Please tell us what you are looking for in a community group, and we will do our best to match you with a group that matches your interests. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

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The Theatre Fellowship of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church exists to bring together members and friends of the church with others from outside the church to pursue our mutual theatre interests, leadership development and talent. As an organization rooted in Christian fellowship, we share our love of theatre at group gatherings, play outings and community group settings, and in all aspects of live production. Through our work, we hope to serve as a form of outreach within the church and to the outside theatre community, and to foster a spirit of creativity and faith. Connect with us at [email protected].

  • Theatre Fellowship

    Theatre Fellowship creates opportunities for members and friends to celebrate their creative spirit within a Christian community. The group performs Equity showcase productions, cabarets and readings of plays, hosts workshops, encourages youth involvement and offers social opportunities for the congregation (and family and friends) to enjoy. Participation as actors and volunteers is open to all, from professional performers to those who just want to give it a try. Learn more about the Theatre Fellowship and its upcoming activities here. Contact: Linda Ferm Fagan ([email protected]).

Each fall and spring, Adult Education offers a diverse program of theology and Scripture, spirituality and prayer, Christian history and contemporary issues in religious life. Our instructors come from Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary and other institutions, as well as from our own clergy, staff and mission partners.

Join us—all classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is not required.

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Founded in 1950, the Employment Advisory program at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest employment groups in the city. Our mission is to help people seeking employment or exploring new career options, as well as those who want to stay up to date in a fast-changing job market.

Employment Advisory programs are generally scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 until 8 pm. All programs are free and open to all. For more information, and to join our email list, contact us at [email protected].

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The Women's Association welcomes the women (and men!) of all ages to join us in education, service, prayer and benevolence. Our weekly programs are active from September through May. Our Annual Holiday Bazaar, held in early November, supports the ministries of FAPC and other benevolences. We also host a Christmas Tea for the congregation each December. Membership is just $15 annually. For information, contact Rita Arlen, president ([email protected], 212.247.0490 ext 3041).

  • The Women’s Association

    The Women’s Association brings together the women (and men!) of the church in a year-round program of education, service, prayer and benevolence.

    Weekly events include:

    Craft Group: Mondays • 10:30 am, Boardroom
    Prayer Group: Tuesdays • 11 am, Romeyn Room
    Luncheon: Tuesdays • 12 pm, Bonnell Hall
    Bridge: Tuesdays • 1:30 pm, Bonnell Hall
    Speaking English: Tuesdays • 1:30 pm, Corning Logan Room

    Contact: Rita Arlen ([email protected]).

Family Ministries is a place where kids discover faith in playful ways and parents find kindred hearts and minds. We are people of diverse backgrounds and families of various definitions, all with a desire to raise healthy children and sustain strong and faithful relationships. 

Read about our exciting Sundays and upcoming special events, and enroll your children online. We welcome your family to find a home with Family Ministries!

Little Lambs

The Little Lambs ministry is dedicated to providing a nurturing, faith-based environment for our infants to toddlers. Through song and dance storytelling, they learn the most foundational truth of all: I am loved.

Under the leadership of Osanna Urbay, our Little Lambs gather every Sunday from 9 am until 12:30 pm while parents are in worship or attending the Parents Community Group. Our program is staffed with experienced, professional caregivers, some of whom have been with FAPC for more than 20 years and watched many of our little ones grow up to become young adults.

We have a large room for infants, complete with cribs and a changing table, and two rooms for toddlers.

To ensure their safety, we require that all children be registered for the nursery. You may register online, or on Sunday morning in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center.

Sunday School

The Sunday School ministry offers an engaging, hands-on approach to learning Scripture. Our rotation-based curriculum is tailored to meet the multiple intelligences of our diverse group of students, while teaching them the fundamental, age-appropriate building blocks of faith:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: God loves me.
  • Kindergarten & First Grade: I am a child of God.
  • Second & Third Grade: God is love.
  • Fourth & Fifth Grade: For God so loved the world.

For one hour every Sunday (beginning at 9:30 am), children and their teachers engage in dynamic Bible lessons, activities and music. All classes are taught by trained, experienced lay volunteers.

Children's Church

Children’s Church is a separate and unique worshipping experience for our children (pre-K through third grade) that takes place during the 11 am service. The children begin their time of worship with their families in the Sanctuary, then they are led downstairs during the Litany of Parting. 

The Children’s Church curriculum involves a storytelling method that encourages wonder while modeling a rhythm of worship similar to the service that’s going on upstairs. Through this experience, our young ones learn another foundational truth: We love God through worship.

What is the difference between Sunday School and Children's Church? While both experiences are about learning Scripture, Children's Church differs in it focuses on teaching our young ones the meaning of worship in our lives. That means learning not only about God and Jesus, but also about the Church and Christian tradition. Children experience various elements of worship, such as prayer and giving thanks, in ways that help them understand the “whys” and not just the “hows.” Our hope is that our children love going to church as much as we do, or maybe even more!

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Through weekly Bible Study, fellowship and special events, [email protected] engages the hard questions of life and faith, and involves our youth in serving the community and being part of the life of the church.

Our Sunday morning Youth Group curriculum often follows the theme of the current sermon series and focuses on the teachings of Jesus as Prophet, Savior and King. These weekly sessions (which convene at 9:30 am in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center) are led by our seminarians. 

Beyond Sunday mornings, [email protected] also offers:

  • Youth Lunch & Fellowship, an afternoon outing once a month to take a break from studies, grab a bite and explore the city.
  • Summer Mission Project, a week-long project in partnership with a local organization that gives youth hands-on experience in putting their faith into action.
  • Annual Service Events, including the Souper Bowl of Caring and the 30 Hour Famine, two events that raise awareness and direct resources toward alleviating global hunger.

Children's Choir & Youth Music

Children's Choir & Youth Music provides opportunities for young people to express their love of God through voice and instruments. Choristers learn to read music, develop good singing habits and appreciate the many styles of sacred repertoire. Our children and youth are featured frequently in Sunday worship, but our biggest performances of the year are the Christmas Pageant, the Family Ministries Christmas Eve service and our Spring Concert. We welcome all children and youth to celebrate God’s gift of music every Sunday at 10:15 am (right after Sunday School), with regular rehearsals from September through May. Our children's and youth music ministry is under the direction of Dr. Eugenia Oi Yan Yau.

Volunteer as a Sunday School Teacher

One of the most enriching ways to strengthen the Church and learn more about God is to serve as a Sunday School teacher or teacher's assistant. Experience is not required; all you need is a love of children and a desire to help them grow in faith. You may volunteer for a few weeks or an entire year; any time commitment is appreciated. Contact [email protected] for information and to sign up.

Our family programs don't leave parents out of the mix. Contact [email protected] for information about any of our programs for parents.

Parents Community Group

We are a group of parents committed to exploring how to raise our faithful, Christian families in New York City. While our children are in Sunday School, we come together to share the joys and challenges of raising a family in faith. You will find us Sunday mornings at 9:30, sitting in a circle in the gathering hall of the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center. Grab a chair and enjoy the lively discussion! Read more and sign up for this community group here.

Mom's Bible Study

Are you an expectant mother? Or the mother of newborns, toddlers or elementary-school children? This small group Bible study was created just for you. Mom's Bible Study meets on Monday mornings in a member's home. This monthly fellowship is your time to share concerns, worries and laughter, and to discuss the meaning of Scripture as it applies to your life and the life of your family. Children are always welcome to come along. Mom's Bible Study is now an FAPC community group! We also offer a community group for moms of little ones. Read more about our community groups and sign up here.

Mom's Night Out & Dad's Night Out

Get a sitter and enjoy some much needed fellowship & fun over dinner & drinks. Your soul will thank you! Click over to Upcoming Events to find out about upcoming dates.

Baptism is a sacred event in the life of a family and a child. When an infant or child is baptized, the congregation commits itself to nurture the child in faith, and in turn the parents or guardians of the child declare their promise to be an active part of the church community.
 
The Sacrament of Baptism for infants is conducted once a month (usually the second or third Sunday) during worship. (Adult baptisms are typically part of the service welcoming new members, which takes place about four times a year. To learn about becoming a member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, click here.)
 
The only prerequisite for infant baptism is that one parent be an active member of the congregation. A baptism application must be submitted five to six weeks prior to the Sunday your child will be baptized, and the parent(s) must attend a Baptism Commitment Class. We invite you to review the infant baptism brochure (available here) for more details.
 
Baptisms may be scheduled for either the 9:30 am or 11 am worship service (10 am during the summer). Infant and children's baptisms must be scheduled through Family Ministries (212.247.0490, [email protected]).

Baptism Schedule for 2018

Sunday, Nov. 18
Application deadline: Nov. 2 • Baptism Commitment Class: Nov. 11

Sunday, Dec. 9
Application deadline: Nov. 9 • Baptism Commitment Class: Dec. 2

Baptism Schedule for 2019

Sunday, Jan. 13
Application deadline: Dec. 6 • Baptism Commitment Class: Jan. 6

Sunday, Feb. 10
Application deadline: Jan. 18 • Baptism Commitment Class: Feb. 3

Sunday, March 10
Application deadline: Feb. 15 • Baptism Commitment Class: March 3

Sunday, April 21
Application deadline: March 15 • Baptism Commitment Class: April 14

Sunday, May 12
Application deadline: April 12 • Baptism Commitment Class: May 5

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Summer baptisms are on Sundays at 10 am (Baptism classes start at 9 am)

Sunday, June 16
Application deadline: May 10 • Baptism Commitment Class: June 9

Sunday, July 21
Application deadline: June 21 • Baptism Commitment Class: July 14

Baptism Application

Child's Information

Guardian(s) Information
*If you are members of another Christian church, you must request a written letter of permission from your church board authorizing FAPC to baptize your child on their behalf.

We agree to attend the mandatory Baptism Commitment Class prior to our child’s baptism and to continue serving and being engaged in the church in ways that are appropriate for our family after our child’s baptism.

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The church will reserve up to eight seats in the front of the Sanctuary for each baptismal family.

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Confirmation offers youth the opportunity to explore full membership in the congregation. Traditionally completed during the seventh-grade year, Confirmation is open to any student in seventh to 12th grade who wants to learn the meaning and responsibility of a profession of faith in the Presbyterian Church. Confirmation involves a series of Sunday afternoon classes from Jan 13 through March 3, as well as mentorship, service and a retreat on Feb. 9-10. The 2019 Confirmation Class begins with an orientation on Sunday, Jan. 13, and concludes on Confirmation Sunday, March 3.
 
Following is a list of classes and other Confirmation activities. Students are allowed to miss one class. Make-up sessions will be scheduled for any additional missed classes. Classes meet from 12:30 until 2 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • Jan. 13 - What is Creation?
  • Jan. 20 - Who is God? 
  • Jan. 27 - What happens to us when we die?
  • Feb. 3 - What is the Bible? (This class will take place at 9:30 am so that the youth can attend the all-church Chili Cook-Off.)
  • Feb. 9-10 - Retreat: What is the Church and the Christian life? The retreat will take place at Princeton, New Jersey, starting on Saturday morning. Confirmands will return by 2 pm Sunday. *
  • Feb. 17 - What are the Sacraments?
  • Feb. 24 - Worship and dinner service at The Bowery Mission (5 pm) *
  • Feb. 26 - Session examination (6:30 pm) *
  • March 3 - Confirmation Sunday (11 am service, followed by family brunch) *

* Required sessions.

Confirmation Registration

Guardian(s) Information

 
 
 

Registration

Please complete this form for each child you would like to register.

Child's Information

Parent(s) Information

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