As Jesus came among us as one who serves, so he has sent us into the world to serve others in his name. As we minister to others, Jesus ministers to us. Anyone who has done so knows that the hope and sense of well-being engendered in that process are rarely derived from more secular pursuits.
MAPC is committed to ministries that serve the vulnerable in our community and around the world. Currently, our local programs focus on engaging at-risk children, empowering immigrants, supporting the imprisoned, and providing shelter, food, and clothing to the vulnerable. We are honored to work directly and in partnership with other organizations in New York City that share our commitments. Our partnerships also have a global reach through ministries with our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Global South as they commit themselves to preaching and teaching the Good News of the Gospel and reaching out to others in Jesus’ name.
The church’s annual operating budget, funded in part by pledges and gifts from the annual stewardship campaign, includes a significant allocation — 7.27% of the 2017 operating budget with an ultimate goal of 10% — for local and international grants, advocacy projects, and hands-on ministries in which MAPC members and friends participate. This includes our budget for partnerships in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In addition, we regularly receive special offerings to address crises arising from natural disasters. These gifts are distributed through our denomination’s Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program and through other partners.
The church also operates an on-site overnight shelter in partnership with our sister congregation, St. James Episcopal Church. In addition, we serve a Thursday evening dinner to more than 150 women and men who otherwise might not eat that evening.
Finally, we are happy to welcome English as a Second Language students to our Sunday afternoon ESL course.
More information about our outreach programs is available on the Local and Global Outreach pages of our website. If you would like to participate in one of these programs, contact us, or speak with the Rev. Andy Smothers who will gladly help you find a place to serve.