October 26, 2015

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Serve and Pray this Thanksgiving
Join CHR parishioners, Harlem parishes and other community faith leaders to help serve and share a delicious meal followed by a multi-faith prayer service on Wednesday, November 22 at 6pm. We have been asked to contribute cooked turkeys and desserts to the meal. Please join us and let us know if you can help! If you would like to travel together from CHR, please meet inside the main entrance of the church at 5:25pm. The meal will be held at All Souls Church (88 Saint Nicholas Avenue at 114-115th Streets). There will be no Celtic Eucharist this night.
Help a Family Have a Happy Thanksgiving
Our partner, PS 30, has asked for our support in donating chicken roasters to support families in need this Thanksgiving. Each chicken costs approximately $25. Please help a family by donating! You can write a check with PS 30 in the memo line, or purchase an e-gift card from Whole Foods and send it to outreach@heavenlyrest.org.
Snack & Story is Back!
Starting December 1, CHR will kick off the second year of its Snack & Story Program with our East Harlem partner PS 30. Each Friday, two CHR volunteers read to a class and also prepare a healthy snack for the class. Volunteers are asked to commit to two Fridays sessions.
Harlem Justice Court – Career Informational Interviews
Reentrants are often unaware of employment opportunities beyond the cafeteria and maintenance jobs they held inside prison. Interviewing us about our diverse careers opens them to broader possibilities. Guidance for the simple interview
format will be provided. Six volunteers needed for Monday, December 4 from 11am-1pm. The event will take place at the Harlem Justice Corps at the Dempsey Center at 127 West 127th st.

Harlem Justice Corps – Mock Interviews
Prisoner Reentrants ready for employment benefit from practice interviewing. RSix volunteers needed to rehearse and critique them in rewarding mock interviews. Brief training provided. Monday, December 18 from 11am1pm at Harlem Justice Corps at the Dempsey Center at 127 West 127th Street.
Volunteer with Talk2Me
Incarceration affects women – especially mothers – in ways that are unique to the roles they play in community life. Talk2me is a support group led by Circles of Support for women with an incarcerated or recently released loved one. Volunteers will provide on-site child support which allows their mothers and caregivers to participate. We will develop recreational and artistic activities that provide a safe space for these children to express how incarceration impacts their lives. Volunteer opportunities are Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm at All Souls Church on 88 St. Nicholas Avenue at 114th Street in Harlem.
Sign up for any Outreach event with Anne Marie at outreach@heavenlyrest.org.

CHR’s MetroCard program provides the gift of free public transportation to our friends and neighbors in need. With the rising cost of public transportation, many New Yorkers struggle to get around. Whether it’s a formerly incarcerated person trying to get to a job interview or a senior trying to get to a doctor’s appointment, the gift of public transportation is transformative.  New and partly used MetroCards can be placed into the donation boxes, as well as cash and checks. Donation boxes are located at the 5th Avenue entrance of Heavenly Rest (90th Street and 5th Avenue) The church’s select Outreach partners will be distributing the MetroCards. Donate online here.

Volunteer Opportunity with Harlem Grown
Church of the Heavenly Rest’s nourishment efforts have recently expanded to a new partner, Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown provides mentoring to inner city youth through urban farming experience. Currently, they are working with 6 schools in Central and East Harlem.  Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, spoke on January 29th during the Rector’s Forum; click here to see a video about Harlem Grown.
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Need a Prayer

Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.