Inspiring worship. Diverse fellowship. Life-changing outreach. We are continually growing as disciples of Christ—and we invite you to grow along with us.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has been worshiping on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street since 1875. But our roots in New York City go back even further—to 1808, and our original home on Cedar Street in lower Manhattan. Today we are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, and the Presbytery of New York City.
We are a Matthew 25 congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a deep commitment to following Jesus’ instruction to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, embrace the prisoner and care for “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:34-40) We are an inclusive and affirming congregation, a welcoming home for LGBTQ+ people of faith.
It’s all here. If you are interested in learning more, fill out the “Contact Me” form on the right side of this page. We will happily (and quickly!) be in touch.
Five Facts About Fifth
1. Some words that define us: Welcoming. Affirming. Diverse.
Lots of churches say “All Are Welcome.” We live those words. The diversity you see in our pews—young and old, white collar and no collar, from practically every state and dozens of countries—is reflected among our clergy, officers and staff. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all..,” we believe he meant for us to include families of all definitions, immigrants and refugees, same-sex and different-sex couples, the prosperous and the poor. We figure that, the more diverse we are, the more we mirror God’s kingdom.
2. Don’t let the name fool you. We’re more faithful than fancy.
Yes, this church was built during the Gilded Age, when the Vanderbilts lived just down the street. But come inside and you’ll find New Yorkers of every stripe, busy doing the ministry we feel called to do—cooking meals for homebound neighbors, providing a refuge for people without housing, teaching children about Jesus, raising our voices in praise. Our worship services are traditionally Presbyterian, but we’re not stiff and formal about it. Wear whatever you like, and settle in.
3. We love kids. Really.
Our Family Ministries program enrolls children and parents from the five boroughs, New Jersey, Westchester County and Connecticut. We start teaching Bible stories to toddlers, and we keep nourishing their faith until we send them off to college. All year long, you’ll find our kids singing, serving, studying and helping to lead worship. So bring yours along to church. There’s no better place to grow up!
4. With our neighbors on the Avenue, we help our neighbors on the streets.
In 2017 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Saint Thomas Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral—three major congregations along a five-block span of Fifth Avenue—created the Ecumenical Outreach Partnership to help alleviate the crisis of homelessness in New York City. Through this collaborative ministry, we help hundreds of men and women access medical care, obtain Social Security and veterans’ benefits, secure housing, prepare for job interviews and more. This partnership is just one part of an outreach ministry that serves vulnerable populations in our city and communities in need around the world.
5. This church may be big, but you’ll never be lost.
Ours is a community of more than 2,000 members. Our magnificent Sanctuary (the largest Presbyterian sanctuary in New York City) can accommodate up to 1,800 people for worship and special events. Yet within these walls are dozens of smaller communities—book clubs, Bible study groups, a young adults’ fellowship, an LGBTQ community group, a theater crowd, multiple choirs—where you’ll find friendship and family ties. Reach out to us, and we’ll help you find your place within our diverse family.
We're glad you found us. Now make yourself at home!