As diverse as we are, the congregation members of Heavenly Rest find many different ways to connect to the church and to each other. Every Sunday morning after each of our three morning services, congregants gather for coffee and snacks — in fair weather on the Fifth Avenue sidewalk outside the church, otherwise in the chapel lobby or the front of the sanctuary. It’s a great opportunity to argue over the sermon, compliment choir members on this week’s beautiful music, check in with fellow volunteers on the status of various church projects, or buttonhole a clergy member to discuss personal concerns. Several times a year, we even convene in Darlington Hall for an after-church buffet lunch, or on East 90th Street for the annual Parish Picnic.
But we are not a church that lives only for Sunday mornings — Heavenly Rest parishioners have many other chances to deepen their attachment throughout the week as well, either at the church building or off-campus. Whatever prompted you to join this community — a longing for worship and prayer, a desire to volunteer, or an interest in forming new friendships — the Church of the Heavenly Rest will meet you where you are. Who knows — it may even take you places you never expected to go.