Grace Episcopal Church in Riverhead, New York, had been a parish in decline for decades, according to its last priest-in-charge, the Rev. Mary Garde. Its deep roots on the East End of Long Island, dating to the mid-19th century, weren’t enough to stem the gradual erosion in membership that led, early this year, to the church’s closure.Read More
Breakfast is served at 8:30, but by 8:15 about 15 people are gathered in a circle to pray. A few of the regular guests had asked the St. George’s volunteers if they could pray together before the meal. Soon several more guests joined in and began leading the prayers.Read More
At the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island Thrift Store Workshop on Oct 7, over 50 attendees representing 27 parishes learned how to make their thrift stores a thriving ministry. Presenters from three parishes shared their experience about everything from merchandising to marketing to volunteer management. The attendees learned that the ministry truly thrives when there’s a welcoming space that offers more than bargains but also the blessings of a caring community.Read More
Barely three months after the Angelmobile took flight, the number of piping hot lunches it delivered to hungry people throughout northern Brooklyn more than tripled. Beginning in the last week of June, this 40-foot mobile food truck started serving about 300 meals across three days a week. The truck is operated by the North Brooklyn Angels, nonprofit organization of community groups, churches and businesses focuses on fighting hunger, food insecurity and poverty.Read More
Imagine for a moment, a 4-year-old boy leaping over tires and tree trunks, playing in the mud, running through rows of corn, tasting tomatoes just plucked from the garden and banging on overturned tin pots. That boy — plus about a dozen other children — lived those idyllic, rural moments this summer in suburban Long Island as part of a new summer camp initiated by The Garden at St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Bellmore.Read More
On recent Monday night, Patricia Street sat down at a linen-clothed dining table decorated with fresh flowers, china and silverware. She scanned the menu. Moments later, she savored a bean appetizer, fettuccine Bolognese, garlic bread, tiramisu, fresh pineapple and watermelon. “I’ll tell you, the meals are fabulous,” said Street, 66, of West Babylon. “This place is a godsend. The people, they’re very nice. They treat you with dignity.”Read More
The Angelmobile - a specially built RV fully equipped with a kitchen, food storage facilities, office space and outdoor awnings - is now open in North Brooklyn to provide aid to those in need. It can serve up to 800 meals per day and also provide critical services, including housing, substance abuse, employment and counseling. The North Brooklyn Neighbors Helping Neighbors Coalition is working with the support of EMLI to bring the street service to the communnity.
When Miriam first arrived at St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Seaford to visit the Mother and Child Ministry, she was worried about her baby’s rash. She knew the problem was the diapers but she couldn’t afford the diapers she needed. She heard about the ministry and hoped they could help.
- "Seaford Pantry Goes Beyond Food, Focuses on Mothers, Children," David Olson, Newsday, July 13, 2017
On December 10, 2016, under the new leadership of Rev. Winfred Vergara, Holy Trinity church in Hicksville organized an introductory workshop on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and a group of clergy and lay leaders spent the day learning and delving deeper into the art and skills of community building.Read More
“It’s her only meal for the day,” says Father Gerardo Romo, about the brown bag lunch that he hands out to a particular woman each week at the East Hampton Long Island Rail Road station.Read More View Photos
An ambitious parish project, with significant backing from Episcopal Ministries of Long Island, is launching in Greenpoint to feed the hungry, provide counseling on social services and bridge the gap between rich and poor neighbors in this gentrifying neighborhood.Read More View Photos