News & Events
Coming Up at Incarnation
Sunday, August 28
There will be a Dutch Treat brunch at a local restaurant following the 11:00 a.m. service and Coffee Hour; cost is around $20. All are welcome. Reservations are not necessary.
Wednesday, August 31
7:00 p.m. Anti-trafficking group meets in the Parish House.
Sunday, September 4
12:00 p.m. A brief tour of Incarnation’s art and architecture by one of our volunteer tour guides. Meet at the back of the church by the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Friday, September 9
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to the Parish House for “The Gospel According to Pixar: Finding Nemo.” We’ll start with a pizza dinner. Then kids watch Finding Nemo while adults discuss the spiritual themes in the movie, including takeaway points to raise with children. Youth are welcome to watch the movie, join the discussion, or play ping pong and other games in the Assembly Hall. Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser for more information or to RSVP. Cost is $10 per family.
Saturday, September 10
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Altar Guild Tea in the Associate Rector’s apartment.
Sunday, September 11
12:30 p.m. Vestry meeting in the Assembly Hall.
Thursday, September 15
Deadline to register for the Parish Retreat. (Read more below.)
6:00 p.m. The 20s/30s Group will join with young adults from other Episcopal parishes for Eucharist at Incarnation, followed by a social hour at the Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge (145 39th St. between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.). RSVP here.
Sunday, September 18
Godly Play, Adult Forum, and the Incarnation Choir return for the start of the program year.
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Our “Christianity in the Workplace” series continues with the guest speaker, Dr. Susan Regisford. Susan is a member of our parish who works in New York hospitals as an anesthesiologist. An article she wrote about her experience appeared a few months ago in The Episcopal New Yorker.
Monday, September 19
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Men’s Group meets in the Parish House. Prof. Greggory Keith Spence will lead a discussion about the upcoming elections. Greggory is a parishioner and professional lobbyist who just attended the Democratic Convention; he will report on the elections as seen from Washington. Refreshments will be available.
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Women’s Group meets in the Parish House. Guest speaker Retta Blaney will discuss the 10 elements of the universal spiritual life — Faith, In the Moment, Listening, Silence, Prayer, Self-Knowledge, Community, Hospitality, Ritual and Transformation — and their importance to practitioners in the arts and in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Retta is a journalist, writing professor and author of Working on the Inside: the Spiritual Life through the Eyes of Actors.
All Parish Retreat September 23-25
We are planning a fall retreat at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut and invite everyone in the parish (youngest to oldest) to participate. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday, September 23, and continues through lunch on Sunday, September 25. There will be spiritual formation, outdoor and indoor recreation, as well as time for rest and worship. Please read on to learn about what we have in store!
The poet Walt Whitman tells us that our days are filled with “letters from God.” However, we seldom take the time to open them. This parish retreat is an opportunity to do just that. We will focus on listening for God, considering our own blessings and burdens, invitations and insights, and how Christ is present in the midst of it all as companion and teacher. We will worship together, learn new prayer practices, and take stock of where God has been at work throughout our lives with a view toward seeing where God is leading each of us today.
One practice we’ll explore is making and using Anglican Prayer Beads.
Rest and Recreation
The serenity and beauty of the surroundings at Incarnation Center provide a sacred, natural setting for rest and recreation. The 700+ acre grounds boast several hiking trails, a nature center, an animal farm and a private, mile-long lake. Indoor and outdoor chapels provide space for contemplation, as do the labyrinth and Stations of the Cross. There are plenty of communal areas for sitting and reading, including a library. We’ll also make use of the fire pit for s’mores on Saturday night!
You can take out a boat or go for a swim in the lake.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get there?
A: You are welcome to drive (approximately 105 miles) or take the train. Travelling by train includes taking Metro North to New Haven, switching to the Shore Line East line, and then taking that from New Haven to Old Saybrook (approximately 3 hours). The Old Saybrook station is 10 minutes from Incarnation Center, and someone from the Center will be there to pick you up.
Q: How much does the retreat cost?
A: The cost of the retreat is $185 for adults and $85 for children ages 4-13, plus train fare (unless you choose to drive). There is no charge for children under 4 years old. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
Q: What are the accommodations?
A: We will be staying in Brooks Cottage, which provides single and double bedrooms, shared same-sex bathrooms, a deck, covered porch and meeting room with fireplace.
Q: What’s the food like?
A: Meals are served buffet style at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 6:00 pm in the Lodge Dining Hall right next to Brooks Cottage. The menu varies with the seasons, but dishes include roast flank of beef with shallots, lamb stew, braised escarole and roasted salmon with lemon. The chef is happy to accommodate special food requirements.
Q: How much free time will I have?
A: Roughly half our time will be spent together in meals, fellowship, worship, and group sessions. The rest of the retreat is completely unprogrammed, providing ample time for rest, relaxation and exploring the grounds.
Learn more about Incarnation Center at https://www.incarnationcenter.org/
Incarnation and Social Media
We are using social media to help spread the good news about Incarnation and all that we offer. Please be sure to “like” Church of the Incarnation Manhattan on Facebook and follow @IncarnationNY on Twitter. You can also download the Church of the Incarnation app.