Community Life

The Voice

A new year brings new programs and worship to unlock fresh perspective.

As we begin the 2021 season in a virtual way, we invite you to share these events with friends to experience the inspiring worship, diverse fellowship and life-changing outreach that defines Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Online Worship

Every year in January, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has a tradition of inviting compelling preachers from around the country to join the FAPC team in bringing you the good news. Plan on worshipping with us as we welcome these vibrant preachers to our virtual pulpit.

Join us for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday • Jan. 17
Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and the challenges before us with a powerful Word from the Rev. Patrick O’Connor and new music from the Virtual Choir.

Webinar: Caste and American Civil Rights
Sunday, Jan. 17 • 7 pm
In 1959 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embarked on a trip to India. There he spent time learning about the caste system, the idea of ‘untouchables’, and the relationship to the civil rights movement in the United States. Join us for a webinar with Dr. James Taneti who will be discussing these very ideas in relation to our moment in time. Dr. Taneti is director of the Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education and Assistant Professor of World Christianity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Register here.

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Courageous Conversations Curriculum
Beginning the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are launching a 4-week curriculum to help facilitate conversations around racial injustice, inequality, and bias for community groups. We encourage every community group to join us in this guided four-week study. This is a great time to try a community group. If you are not currently in a group, have questions about the curriculum, or prefer to join a special group, email us at [email protected].

Family Ministries

Toddler Time
Sundays at 10 am on Zoom
All toddlers and preschoolers and their grown ups are invited to join us each week for music and a story with our wonderful Little Lambs and preschool leaders. We meet for just 15 minutes because we know attention spans are short. Register here.

Sunday School
Sundays at 10:30 am on Zoom
All children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join us each week for music, stories, videos and activities that help us dive deeper into the Bible! Kids will be in age specific breakout rooms each week. Register here.

The youth group will take a break on Dec 27 & January 3, and we will return on zoom on January 10 at 10 am.

Souper Bowl of Caring
Sunday, Feb. 7
Super Bowl Sunday is the largest food consumption day of the year. Therefore, on this day, the youth group raises money to address hunger locally—this is the Souper Bowl of Caring. Last year they raised more than $3,200. This year 100% of the donations will go towards FAPC’s A Place at the Table initiative. This February, watch for a special announcement on our online worship from our youth, and details to donate to the Souper Bowl of Caring fund.

Virtual Activities

20s + 30s
Learn more about joining 20s + 30s and Embrace here. Our community group will take a break Dec 23, 30, and Jan 6, and will return on January 13.

  • Embrace
    Sunday, Jan. 31 • 11:30 am
    Bring your own brunch, and join us for conversations that matter. Email [email protected] to sign up for this event.

Community Groups
Community Groups have long been an important part of life at FAPC. These last few months, in particular, the Bible Studies, book clubs, and fellowship groups we offer have become the lifeblood of church engagement. To find your new group or hear about our current offerings, email [email protected]

Believing & Belonging Membership Classes 2021
What does it mean to belong to a church? Whether you have worshipped with us at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street or you have met us through our Online Worship, we invite you to consider uniting with our congregation through membership. We hope to see you for these Believing & Belonging Classes and email [email protected] for more information.

Sign Up Now: Winter Bereavement Group
February 10 – April 14, 2021 • 4:30 – 6 pm
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church will once again sponsor a 10-week bereavement support group, led by Ellen Theg, for persons struggling with grief and the aftermath of loss. The group will meet Wednesday evenings from February 10 through April 14, 2021 and register, contact Kristia Tolode ([email protected]). Financial assistance is available if needed.

Coffee Hour
Sunday, Jan. 10 • 12 pm
Connect with familiar faces and meet new friends as we bring the corner of Fifth Avenue & 55th Street to you. Register here.

The Circle Program, Congregational Care
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 • 11 am
“Out of the Darkness, Into the Light: A Conversation about Depression and Hope.”
Dr. Dan Hale, psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of Depression: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light, will share some of the professional and personal experiences with depression that motivated him to write this book. He will then lead participants in a conversation about how families, friends and faith communities can offer help and hope to loved ones who live with depression. To sign-up, please email [email protected].

Women’s Winter Sabbath Retreat 2021: “Words of Wisdom”
The annual Women’s Winter Sabbath is going virtual this year! Retreat leaders Rev. Kate Dunn and Jaime Staehle warmly invite you to participate. Our theme will be “Words of Wisdom: What Wisdom Does Biblical Wisdom Literature Have for Us Today?” From the comfort of our own homes, we will gather together for prayer, meals, Bible study, conversation, individual and group activities and worship.