Outreach and Fellowship
The best way to find a listing of fellowship activities is to access the calendar. This will all you to see all upcoming activities.
Below is a list of some of the regularly occurring activities, though there are many special events throughout the year:
The best way to meet Saint Thomas parishioners and clergy is to go to Coffee Hour following the 9am and 11am liturgies on Sundays. The Coffee Hour following the 11am service is much larger, mostly becuase the congregation at the 11am servcie is much larger.
Coffee Hour is held in the Parish House, which is adjacent to the church. It usually occurs in the Living Room and Dining Room on the second floor, though sometimes we gather in Andrew Hall on the third floor.
If you are a newcomer, please consider introducing yourself to one of the priests or to a member of the Welcome Committee, who also distribute name tags to anyone who wants one. There is also a place to sign the guestbook and to complete a welcome card, if you are interested in obtaining specific information. Better yet, there's no need to wait for Coffee Hour if you are seeking information or to meet with someone. Simply email us right now, and we'll be in touch soon.
School-age members get together on Sunday mornings at 10am on the third floor of the Parish House. Youngsters attend Sunday School. Those in high school help out with the youngsters or meet separately in youth group. In addition to Sunday morning activities, the youth gather at other times for outreach events, fellowship activities, mission trips and seasonal events, such as the Christmas Pageant.
For more information about youth activities, please contact Fr Spurlock.
This fellowship was formed several years ago, as it became clear that many of our new members are finishing college, recent college graduates, or early on in new careers. Most of the participants are in their 20s. They tend to gather a couple times a month, sometimes for Bible study and sometimes for activities and discussions, such as movie nights.
For more information about Young Adult activities, please contact Fr Austin.
The 30s-40s Group was started as an outgrowth of the Young Adults Fellowship, as we realized there was a whole other set of new members coming into the Parish who had recently moved to New York due to career and family changes, or who were re-finding (or finding for the first time) their faith as they entered the middle part of their lives. Led by Fr Spurlock, this group meets approximately once a month for various activities. The group also goes on a retreat once a year. For more information, please contact Fr Spurlock.
Approximately once a month, parishioners gather to discuss one of a wide range of books chosen by Fr Austin. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to the discussion, which usually lasts for about an hour and a half. Some recent book choices have included Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif , Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Check the good books page for upcoming selections.
Twice a month, usually on a Tuesday at 1pm, parishioners and freinds of Saint Thomas gather for a couple hours to make prayer shawls for those who are homebound and otherwise in need. We welcome all knitters or crocheters, expert or beginners, both ladies and gentlemen to join us in creating these shawls to help bring a smile to those in need. No need to RSVP. If you are interested, simply show up. Please check the fellowship calendar to find the next date.
Every Saturday morning at 9:30 parishioners and friends gather in the Parish House living room and dining room to prepare approximately 300 box lunches of soup (winter) or fruit cup (summer), sandwiches, and cookies. Volunteers depart at 11:00 walking along nine routes in mid-Manhattan distributing lunches to the homeless. Twice a month toiletries are distributed. Volunteers return to the Parish House about 12:15. Volunteers are welcome to participate in any portion or all of this important ministry to the homeless. Participation in the Soup Kitchen fosters Christian community and friendship amongst the volunteers and the homeless.
Our boy Choristers founded the Soup Kitchen at the Choir School in 1984. Parish participation in this outreach program began the summer thereafter and continues to this day. Financial support is received from public and private sources with the difference made up by the church.