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Community Groups

Community is a huge part of what it means to be a parishioner at St. Bart’s. We are an active and diverse group of people, working together to create a warm and caring community, reflective of New York City and the world at large. We offer many opportunities for fellowship, formation and outreach, and we openly invite and encourage you to join us in any (or all!) that may be of interest. We encourage you to contact Manny Rodriguez at  to inquire about any of the below fellowship opportunities or to simply say hello and learn more about our community. Whether you're a newcomer to New York City or just wanting to learn more, St. Bart’s has a place for you.

Explore our current groups:

Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF)
Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. We are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peacemakers. Next meeting:  Sunday, September 17, 12:30-2 pm (light refreshments included!).  All are welcome.  See us at our  table at the St. Bartholomew's Fair and then attend our monthly meeting that will report on recent and upcoming events and include mention of our new association with Manhattan Together, a community organizing group associated with the national Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).

Questions about EPF? Email us at   or visit epfnational.org.

St. Bart's Adult Professionals Group
The St. Bart’s Adult Professionals Group is focused on active and inquisitive career-minded individuals seeking fellowship with other, similarly-minded people. Our events include networking, educational, service, spiritual, and social activities. The group is non-exclusive and is not age-specific; all interested people are welcome. For more information, please check out our Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/102522876853874/ or e-mail Michael ( ) or Dulcie ( ).  

Movie Group
Make a date with us to discuss the latest films. Each month, we choose several movies — you can see all of them, or one or two, and join us for stimulating conversation and insights. We meet the last Wednesday of each month (except when noted), at 6:30 pm. Friends and newcomers are always welcome. We meet in the Welcome Center. If you have any questions about the Movie Group, please contact the Rev. Matthew Moretz

Dream Group
“In the city that never sleeps, some still find time to dream. Some even to belong to a dream group!”* To suit the city's lifestyle our dream group meets for several weeks, breaks for a while, then gathers again for another round. We invite you to join us to experience the spiritual practice of dreamwork: the art of listening for God’s words in our dreams. Group led by Annette Thies, MA, spiritual director and dreamwork guide since 1997. The Dream Group is open to all and instruction given each week. Come for the series, or as you are able. Please bring pen and pad, and a dream if you have one. (*Quotation from The Rose magazine, "St. Bart's Dream Group, NYC", summer-fall 2007.)

Interested in being on the Dream Group's mailing list? Please leave your name and email address at St. Bart's Central.

Join us for spiritual insights into your nighttime dreams:

  • Wednesdays, September 6,13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8. We meet from 6:30-8:15 pm in the Welcome Center.

Mindful Eating
Join us as we continue our journey to promote ethical, responsible, healthy food choices. We are surrounded by a wealth of food possibilities. Our stores and farm markets provide a splendid array of fresh, wholesome, untainted, unprocessed foods. Often we can buy produce that has been picked just a day or two ago. Yet we are daily tempted by foods that are over-processed and supplemented by chemicals and antibiotics that are difficult to pronounce, much less digest. These foods appeal to us because they are fast, efficient, often cheap, attractively packaged, and widely advertised. This group convenes every few months for an evening of farm-fresh food, fun and fellowship, meanwhile learning about and discussing issues related to healthy and mindful eating. For more information, please contact the Rev. Matthew Moretz. And don't miss the article on our group in the special Food issue of the Episcopal New Yorker!

Garden Guild 
A dedicated group of parishioners gather every other Saturday in the warmer months to plant, weed, sweep, and prune. We often follow our work with a cold drink, a little lunch, and some good conversation. This may be your best chance to be a Park Avenue gardener, maintaining the most beautiful gardens on the Avenue, experience not necessary. Interested? Leave your name and email address at St. Bart's Central, and we'll be in touch!

LGBTQ Fellowship
Are you LGBTQ, or do you know someone who is? Are you looking for a spiritual and social community where you will be safe and welcome to explore the great questions of life? St. Bart’s Lesbian and Gay Fellowship is fully integrated into the leadership of our large church, but also works to meet the real needs of its members with a variety of speakers, service, social gatherings, brunches, friendship and support. For many years, we have taken a leading role in the struggle for full equality of St. Bart’s LGBTQ members not only in in the Church, but also the nation. We welcome you to visit St. Bart’s at the 11 AM Sunday service (also at 8, and 9am, and 5pm.) If you’re ready, make yourself known at the coffee hours that follow. Come as you are! We’d love to welcome you!

Meditation Practices
We offer a variety of weekly meditation opportunities at St. Bart's, including Living Christ Sangha, Meditation Mondays, and Yoga. Click here to learn more and join one of our growing practices. 

20s/30s 
Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or somewhere close, our young adults group at St. Bart's is a growing community that has a lot of fun together, but is also a group whose core is about making a difference; becoming the change we want to see in the world. A mix of work and fun, we collaborate with Habitat for Humanity, Ecclesia, and the St. Bart's Food Pantry/Shelter while also taking time to meet socially. We usually have brunch on the first Sunday of each month at a nearby restaurant following the 11 am service! Keep an eye out for our next announced date. All are welcome! Please email Matthew Moretz with any questions or to receive additional information. 

40s/50s Plus 
St. Bart's Plus group is a fellowship ministry for people in their 40s, 50s and above (single or not), who are looking for fun ways to engage in social activities, spiritual growth, a sense of community, and to gain new friends. Typical activities include our monthly brunch, occasional outings to sports events, movies, local festivals, seasonal spectacles, and spiritual and community outreach opportunities. We usually meet on the second Sunday of each month, but occasionally we alter the schedule so please take a look at the email updates to see what is up. Most of our events require an RSVP so we can make the proper reservations at the restaurant or event. St. Bart's Plus group welcomes all that wish to participate. The steering committee meets a few times a year for lunch or dinner and to plan our upcoming events. It’s a great way to know this group a little better. If you are interested in being part of the steering committee, please contact us. Even if you are not part of the committee, you can share one of your favorite parts of New York by planning and hosting an event. Please contact .

Cursillo
Cursillo is short course of Christianity and an apostolic movement of the church.The Cursillo focuses on showing Christian lay people how to become effective Christian leaders over the course of a three-day weekend. The weekend includes fifteen talks, some given by priests and some by lay people. There will be lot of activities, singing, and prayer. To find out more about Cursillo, or if you are interested attending the weekend, please contact: Jude Hayo at . Read The Episcopal New Yorker’s article on Cursillo, here

Download the Cursillo application


St. Bart's Connect

An opportunity to experience different cultures and ideas throughout the "melting pot" of New York City. We generally try to have "themed" cultural outings, pairing an art, music, or educational opportunity with a meal from the same culture. 
If you'd like to be notified about our next outing or even offer a suggestion for the group, please contact the Rev. Matthew Moretz.