Incarnation has launched an advocacy ministry to help combat human trafficking. Our anti-trafficking group is reaching out to hotels in the neighborhood about the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (“The Code”) and how hotels can train their employees to spot and respond to signs of child sex trafficking on hotel premises. The fall 2016 edition of Murray Hill Life features an article about this ministry. Click here and see page 19.
Here are three actions you can take to help:
- The anti-trafficking group is partnering with Anneke Lucas, a survivor of child sex trafficking, who was sold in hotels. Click here to watch her incredibly moving story and sign this petition to urge NY lawmakers to make anti-trafficking training mandatory for hotels employees.
- Incarnation also partners with ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), which developed The Code and works with travel companies to put in place policies and programs that assist them in identifying and reporting cases of child sex trafficking. You can use your dollars to support businesses that are involved in ECPAT’s efforts. Click Members of The Code for a full list of companies they work with. Print this letter to ask the hotel you are traveling with to become a member of The Code. Make sure to hand it directly to the General Manager.
- Help fight sex trafficking by uploading photos of your hotel room to TraffickCam. These photos will be used to determine where perpetrators of sex trafficking are committing their crimes.
Computer Help for Seniors — Senior Resource Day
The next Senior Resource Day will be Sunday, March 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Responding to current needs of senior citizens, some of whom have limited experience with computers and social media, Church of the Incarnation has developed a unique outreach program to teach and assist those who would like to learn computer skills or put the knowledge they already have to better use. Three times a year, Incarnation holds “Senior Resource Day,” when parish volunteers offer one-on-one tech assistance to help seniors in the neighborhood navigate the Internet and email, video chat, Facebook, smartphones, and tablets (such as iPads).
One of the first attendees of Senior Resource Day asked to get connected to Twitter so she could stay in touch with her granddaughter living far away. An 84-year-old who said her parents lived well into their 90’s decided to set up a profile at a dating site. Others have learned computer skills and how to use new APPS.
Senior Resource Day continues to be a meaningful experience for seniors and volunteers alike, a testament to the power of ministry in Jesus’ name. To quote one volunteer, “I got a hug from one of the seniors, as she was so happy with what we were able to do for her. I certainly made a new friend. It really felt good and for me; the presence of the Holy Spirit was evident. We get so much from helping our neighbors as Christ taught us.“
Each Christmas season, Incarnation participates in Operation Santa through the James A. Farley Post office. We go to the post office to select letters written to “Santa” by children and families in need. Then we fill the letters by purchasing, wrapping, and shipping the presents requested.
Incarnation is regularly involved in projects at Moravian Open Door, a transitional housing program for homeless seniors. Moravian Open Door is currently seeking the following items for welcoming new residents: pillows, blankets, and twin sheet sets. All items must be new. You are welcome to purchase and drop off donated items at the Parish House or order items online and have them shipped to the church. Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser for more information.
As part of our Children’s Ministries, we periodically host Family Fridays, which include a child friendly service project. Children assemble toiletry kits for the homeless clients at the Mainchance Drop-In Center in Murray Hill. This project is made possible by generous donations of travel size toiletries from hotels that have become our community partners in combating sex trafficking in our neighborhood.
To get involved or to learn more about our local outreach programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center was founded as “Incarnation Camp” in 1886. Now a 700-acre site in Ivoryton, Connecticut, east of New Haven, the facility includes almost 60 buildings and a mile-long private lake. It is open 365 days a year for overnight and day camps, conferences, nature study and recreation. The Incarnation Vestry annually elects the governing Board of Directors, which has representatives from our parish and 25 other sponsoring parishes. A link to the camp is provided; its main phone number is 860 767-0848.
Link Parish in London
In 2009, our parish established a link with a Church of England parish in the Diocese of London, with which the Diocese of New York has a “companion” relationship. Our link is St. Vedast Alias Foster, located in the ancient City of London, just behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. Incarnation members visiting London are encouraged to attend St. Vedast’s and to make themselves known to the clergy and parishioners there. We recently received a visit from Father Alan McCormack who has been our chief contact. Father McCormack is moving on to a new position in the summer of 2015 but our association with St. Vedast will continue as will our friendship with Father McCormack.
“Ask me for a blessing. God’s grace is meant to be shared.”
Each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., we put out a sign with this message in front of the church. One of the clergy stands outside to offer blessings and prayers for healing to those who pass by.