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Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved at Incarnation. Whether it is a group that meets monthly, a committee that meets quarterly, or a seasonal event—there is something for you. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like to learn more about these opportunities; we can work together to find the volunteer commitment that suits your needs and makes use of your gifts.

To make a special donation of Flowers / Music on a specific Sunday or Holy Day, please contact the office at 212-689-6350 or by email at office@churchoftheincarnation.org.

Altar Guild

Behind the scenes, the Altar Guild prepares the Lord’s Table for every worship service and ensures that the linens and Communion vessels are maintained in pristine condition. New members are appointed by the Rector and trained by veteran members of the Guild.

Contact the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley, Rector.

Building Committee

Incarnation’s landmark buildings are treasures that require consistent maintenance and repair. The Building Committee oversees this work and is a particularly appropriate ministry for those with knowledge or skills in construction, architecture, engineering and design.

Contact John Chadwick.

Children’s Ministries

Children are welcome at all parish events, including worship as well as programs geared toward their spiritual nurture and development. During the Sunday 11:00 am service, children ages 3 to 9 are invited to Sunday School for Godly Play – a Montessori-based method of Biblical storytelling that allows children to wonder about the stories and respond to them with play or art. On Sunday mornings, the nursery is available for younger children and is supervised by a professional attendant. During the summer Sunday-School hiatus, children of all are welcome in the nursery, and a week-long Vacation Bible School is offered. For 2015, VBS was offered from August 10 – 14 from 9:15 to 12:00 noon.

Godly Play will resume on September 20, 2015.

All of these programs depend on the support and participation of parents and other adults.

Contact the Rector, the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley, or the Associate Rector, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser.

Christianity in the Workplace

Members of Incarnation occasionally speak to the parish about how their faith affects their professional life. Recent speakers have included actors, psychiatrists, and professors.

Contact the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley, Rector.

Christmas Fair

The Incarnation Christmas Fair, held annually since 1942, is one of Murray Hill’s most anticipated events. Held on the first Saturday in December, the Fair includes a Silent Auction, a Christmas Boutique, a Café and Bake Sale, as well as the sale of lovely holiday gifts. Parishioners are essential to the Fair’s success. Those interested can donate items for sale, solicit Silent Auction offerings or volunteer for the event itself. The tentative date for the 2015 Christmas Fair is Saturday, December 5.

Contact Laurie Mygatt.

Garden

Incarnation’s 35th Street garden is the church’s most public ministry, enjoyed by parishioners, neighbors and all who pass by. Church members oversee the design and maintenance of the vibrant landscape. Volunteers are involved in plant selection, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and mowing. Volunteers are welcome to join in cleaning up and planting the garden. We had a very successful gardening afternoon in May and look forward to another one later in the summer.

Contact Brian Lamb.

Hospitality

The warm greeting and invitation to Coffee Hour that first-time visitors receive is often the beginning of a lasting relationship with the church. While all members are encouraged to greet newcomers at Sunday services, Hospitality Committee volunteers prepare and host the Coffee Hour, help organize social events, and provide refreshments on special occasions.

Contact the Rector, the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets monthly at the Parish House to discuss spiritual and social issues. The conversation is led by the Rector, other members, and guest speakers who present the topic for the evening’s discussion. Refreshments are provided.

Contact the Rector, the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley.

Spiritual Development Committee

The Spiritual Development Committee was created following a recent renewal program at Incarnation. Its purpose is to monitor the various efforts to foster spiritual growth in the parish (such as Spiritual Tips in the Sunday leaflet) as well as to suggest new projects to deepen our religious life.

Contact the Rector, the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley.

Twenties and Thirties

Incarnation’s 20s/30s Group gathers regularly for fun, community service, and focus on spirituality.

Contact the Associate Rector, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser.

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group gathers monthly for conversation on relevant faith-based matters. The discussion is facilitated by the Associate Rector and typically hosted with refreshments at the Parish House on a weekday evening. During Advent and Holy Week, a Saturday retreat for women is offered for those who wish to attend.

Contact the Associate Rector, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser.

You can also inquire about – or volunteer for – any of the above by contacting the church office, 212-689-6350.



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