Every child deserves to know they are loved by God. We believe that nurturing a prayer practice and spiritual exploration of Jesus’ teachings promotes resilience and healthy development of self and purpose for children and adolescents. Young people are leaders and vital change-makers in our community. We hope that you’ll find a safe place here to explore the big questions about difficult times, and times of joy - and who God calls us to be in the world. We consider ourselves a shame-free culture. We know the work cycle of parenting and career in New York City can be overwhelming—we can be your grounding place in the midst of chaos, and we also know that sometimes getting out the door just isn’t happening on a Sunday morning.

Our innovative and joyful community of staff, volunteers, educators, and engaged families is committed to unlocking the truth of how we can be a resource for families throughout East Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Upper East Side of Manhattan. We know that being a Christ-centered community means engaging the world beyond our walls to experience and practice God’s love for us. On Sunday mornings, we provide experiential arts-based spaces for intergenerational fellowship, exploration, and community building. We believe that no matter what we do, we do it with intention, curiosity, and a commitment to the sacred.

To inquire about any of the programs below, reach out to our CFM Director, Lucy Breidenthal.

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Sunday Mornings

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Service & Learning

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Playgroups & Pageant

Child Care is available on Sundays from September-June from 8:30am-12:30pm for ages 0-2. Head down the stairs on your left when you enter the Church, head through the glass doors, and follow the signs all the way to the end of the hallway to the Nursery.

Play & Pray Space is available during our 10:30am service at the entrance to our sanctuary: a soft place for children ages 0-5 to move freely and explore the liturgy with their parents.

Sunday Explorations: All ages, arts-based intergenerational community time with breakfast, espresso, hot chocolate, storytelling, and art. For parents and children—drop-off optional.

Children’s Chapel: 10:30-11am available for ages 3-6. Come be a part of our Montessori-inspired Godly Play program during the first half of the 10:30am service on Sundays. Meet at the entrance to the Church at 10:20am to line up! This is a drop-off program.

High School Internship: We have 2 interns per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, for high school students interested in learning about program development, curriculum development, teaching experience, and community organizing.

Service- Learning: We have opportunities for all ages throughout the year, and individual one-on-one service plans in partnership with our Outreach Initiative.

Choristers and St. Cecilia Choir: Click here to learn more.

Confirmation: A year-long program for 8th graders who wish to complete the rite of Confirmation in the Spring.

Acolyte Program: 3rd grade and up

Sunday Service Reader Program: 3rd grade and up

Infant & Toddler Parent Playgroups (Mondays & Fridays 9:30-11:30am)

Monthly Saturday Playgroups: Join us for a monthly Saturday playgroup from 10:30am-12:30pm for parents of infants and toddlers! We will gather for storytelling, music, and play. Coffee and bagels provided, cash donations accepted. 

Free to Be Under Three: NYC’s premier infant, toddler and two’s program is now a part of Heavenly Rest’s weekly activities.  We currently have open enrollment for all parents and caregivers with children from birth to thirty-four months. Read more at freetobeunderthree.com. For any questions please call us at 212-988-1708

Pageant: Be a part of our legendary Christmas Pageant in December! Every child is welcome and parents are invited to volunteer! (Please contact Mollie Nichols with questions).

Want to get involved with any of the programs above? Questions about them? Reach out to Lucy at lbreidenthal@heavenlyrest.org.

For music and pageant related questions, please reach out to Mollie Nichols at mnichols@heavenlyrest.org or click here!