Diocese of New York
As an Episcopal congregation, the diocese helps churches work collaboratively for our mutual interest.
The Episcopal Church
Governed by General Convention, The Episcopal Church is part of the communion of Anglican churches throughout the world. The church is "catholic" in it's belief in sacramentality and order; but is "reformed" because congregations and provinces have more authority. The Presiding Bishop is elected every nine years, and represents our church to the outside world.
The Rector's Service
Currently the rector serves as dean of the Westchester Central Clericus, the convener of the White Plains Religious Leaders, the board of Meals on Wheels, White Plains, the Housing Action Council, and the National Clergy Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood. Balancing local and diocesan work, he is proud to offer moral and spiritual support for these excellent, effective institutions.
The diocesan support network
This agency assists congregations who serve. Programs include children's academic enrichment, arts programs, community kitchens, food pantries, health and nutrition, skill development, summer recreation and rebuilding after Sandy. Every year we donate a portion of our unallocated cash plate to support other effective Episcopal Churches.
Episcopal Relief and Development Fund
Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.
Our mandate is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs work toward achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015. We use the MDGs as benchmarks to evaluate our progress.
Our four core program areas:
Alleviate Hunger and Improve Food Supply
Create Economic Opportunities and Strengthen Communities
Promote Health and Fight Disease
Respond to Disasters and Rebuild Communities
When there's a need, the Episcopal Church serves.
Grace Church Community Center
Grace Church Community Center (GCCC) assists Westchester County’s neediest and most at-risk residents, especially those who are under-served by other resources. GCCC is one of the largest social services agencies in Westchester County and has been providing shelter and support for individuals and families for over 30 years. The agency operates eight critical community programs.
Without GCCC’s programs, many individuals in our community would lack the most basic of necessities and others would have to sacrifice their ability to maintain their housing or well being. Each year GCCC assists almost 3900 men, women and children and provides 100,000 meals to the hungry and 26,000 nights of shelter to the homeless.
The agency serves clients directly, by coordinating programs with other agencies, making it possible for individuals to receive comprehensive support and direction. The total casework-management approach to individuals and families with multiple problems has earned GCCC a well-deserved reputation as a service leader.
Rural Migrant Ministries
Rural and Migrant Ministry nurtures leadership among farmworkers and rural workers, acting to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate all members of our society. Rural and Migrant Ministry is an interfaith organization committed to support migrant farmworkers, nurture the development of leaders, bring diverse socio- economic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds together, and promotes the exchange of resources, ideas and hopes. RMM advocates for the rights and lives of those who bring us food to our table.
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
As a non-political, independent nonprofit, AFEDJ partners with the Diocese of Jerusalem by helping to increase its capacity to teach and heal. AFEDJ raises funds for and promotes the humanitarian work of the Diocese of Jerusalem and its institutions so it may better serve the needs of all people in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Israel.
We support the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in two major hospitals, a number of outpatient clinics, 13 schools, 29 parishes and 4 institutes for the disabled in throughout the 5 countries that make up the Diocese. The Diocese provides education and care to those in need regardless of ethnic or religious background and is a beacon of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.
Since 1996 the American Friends have donated over $20 million of free medical, school and infant supplies, as well as cash gifts to the Diocese of Jerusalem.
St. Bartholomews holds fundraisers for AFEDJ and occasionally donates the cash plate. In parishioners are invited to tour the Holy Land through this organization's periodic pilgrimages.