MAY 14, 2021 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Dreams Do Come True"
by Kara Flannery, Director of Communications
I’ve often described last year’s transition to virtual worship as my worst nightmare and a dream come true happening all at once. The nightmare began on March 3, 2020. We were already working with parishioner Greg Harper on pre-pandemic plans to set up live streaming at St. Bart’s, when news reports prompted us to expedite and move our deadline up four weeks from Easter Day to the Third Sunday in Lent, March 15 — which ended up being not a minute too soon.
Sunday at 5 pm
Spring has come to New York City and the COVID infection rates in the City are declining. Thanks be to God! Restaurants, theaters, museums, and other venues are beginning to re-open and we have resumed in-person worship again at St. Bart’s on Sundays at 5 pm. It is important to reserve a seat. We will continue to ask all attendees to remain masked through the service and to maintain appropriate social distancing. We joyfully welcome you back! Learn more and register here.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
MAY 16, 2021
Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers
The Reverend Tyler Sit, a pastor and church planter in the United Methodist Church, offers a refreshing vision of the Christian faith that puts social justice at the center. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

The Reverend Peter Thompson preaches. Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

Sunday at 1:30 pm 
The Peace Book Club continues its discussion of Jesus and the Disinherited, a classic work about the connection between Christianity and social justice by Howard Thurman. Thurman was the dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and served as a major influence on The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please read chapters 3 and 4 in advance.

“The church is God saying: 'I'm throwing a banquet, and all these mismatched, messed-up people are invited. Here, have some wine.'”
Rachel Held Evans

St. Bart’s, if anything, has always been a welcoming community at its core—throwing a banquet for all. Your giving actively supports all that we do to extend the invitation.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH


for a list of groups meeting after church each week. 
Newcomers welcome to all groups! 


ONGOING AND UPCOMING
Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
The entire parish is invited to a virtual Town Hall, hosted by the Clergy and Wardens.

Tuesdays, May 25-July 27, 7-8:30 pm
Continue to learn about systemic racism and its devastating effects through a webinar series presented by the Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and a companion set of discussions intended just for members of the St. Bart’s community. The Diocesan-wide webinars and St. Bart’s discussions will be held on alternate Tuesdays over a two-month period. Register for the May 25 Diocesan-wide webinar "Educational Opportunity Denied: The Legacy of Segregated Housing", featuring Congressman Jamaal Bowman and others, here. Register for the biweekly St. Bart’s discussions (beginning June 1) here. Complete information about the whole Diocesan-wide series is available here

Thursdays, June 3-August 26, 7-8 pm
This summer, take a break from the serious study of dense theological texts and find God on the silver screen! The Reverend Peter Thompson leads weekly discussions about three TV series featuring clergy and their families: in June, the Danish show Herrens veje (Netflix); in July, the British show Grantchester (Amazon Prime, PBS Passport); and in August, the American show Greenleaf (Netflix). Join us for one show or all three. Ahead of the first meeting, please watch episodes 1 and 2 of Herrens veje

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-8 pm 
Dartmouth Professor Randall Balmer returns to St. Bart’s to discuss his new book about the separation of church and state, its long history as a key principle of American government, and the many challenges it faces in the current political environment. This weekday class will serve as a follow-up to Professor Balmer’s June 6 appearance at The Forum focusing on the same topic.

Saturdays, May 8-June 26, 10-11 am
The Saturday discussion group reflects on the many identities and enduring appeal of Jesus. Diana Butler Bass' book Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence serves as a guide and basis for discussion. Please read chapter 1 before the next session.

Wednesdays, April 28-May 26, 7-8 pm
The whole world has been living through the trauma of COVID-19 over the past year and some months. How do we emerge in a way that allows us to simultaneously acknowledge the pain we've endured and move forward? Join the Reverend Peter Thompson for a discussion based on Shelly Rambo's wide-ranging book Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. Please read the third chapter before the next session.

Wednesdays at 1 pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez-Leach.

AND MORE
This week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement on the violence in the Land of the Holy One. Read the entire message.

Our fabulous restaurant reopens for lunch and dinner on the week of May 17! Lunch service begins at 11:30 am, Dinner at 5:30 pm, and Social Hour 3-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For reservations and information, please visit insideparknyc.com, @insideparkny on Instagram or call 212-593-3333.

An Evening with Bishop Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Assistant, The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 pm Via Zoom with Q&A
The Church Club of New York, an New York-based organization of Episcopal laypeople, warmly invites all St. Bart's parishioners to a special event with Bishop Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Assistant of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, held this year in lieu of its annual dinner. Click here to register.

May 23, 26 at 12:30 pm, May 27 at 7:30 pm
With the introduction of ranked choice voting in NYC, this year’s historic June 2021 primary election has the potential to profoundly transform our city government. Click here to sign up for a virtual session breaking down the logistics of ranked choice voting in the upcoming election. 

If you are a morning person, we need you! Volunteers are needed to cook a delicious breakfast for our guests, serve the meal in go-to bags, or clean up after. Volunteer today.
Summer Camp at St. Bart's is open for registration! Children 2 through 6 years old will enjoy a wide variety of activities at our day camp, from games and athletics, music and movement, and arts and crafts, to science experiments, yoga and drama for the older campers. Our shaded rooftop playground and newly renovated 26,000 square foot gym provide the setting for hours of fun under the supervision of our experienced camp counselors. Each session is two weeks. 10% sibling discount.

St. Bart's Community Preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For over 40 years, our preschool has provided a warm, nurturing first school experience.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


  • The Forum with Boston University professor Shelly Rambo, an expert on the theology of trauma.


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