We are a caring community—it's at the very heart of who wants us to be as a church. We're blessed to be served by incredible pastors, and a devoted staff, but we also recognize that care is a communal activity; it's what knits our congregation together. Honoring this, care at Middle happens in a variety of ways! Take a look at the list below to find ways that you can be held in this moment.
And please know: Needing care is not a sign of weakness. God doesn't want you to white-knuckle it alone. Asking for help is part of what it means to be human—and accepting care is part of accepting God's love. So please, tell us what you need and we will do everything we can to help you find it.
Join a Mental Health Support Group!
Join a supportive, caring, & inclusive environment in which members of Middle Church (and any visitors) can speak openly about and/or support each other with respect to:
How you are feeling emotionally during COVID times
Any concerns you have about your own mental health or the health of others in their environment/friends/family
If you are experiencing any mental health-related symptoms or concerns
Discussing any strategies you are currently using to support you own mental health (e.g., exercising, socializing virtually or from a distance, etc)
We Want to Help You Get Vaccinated!
We want to do everything we can to help our seniors and all eligible people receive the COVID vaccine. To find a vaccine location near you and to see if you're eligible to receive it, please visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to email Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft. Family helps each other stay safe!
Deacon's and Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage Grants
At Middle, we recognize that, particularly in this moment, it is insufficient to only address our members' spiritual needs—we must meet material needs as well. We know that we cannot meet all the dire need in our community, but we are committed to doing something and doing it well. That's why, as part of our 2020-2021 budget, we dedicated $100,000 to Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage direct grants to help keep people in their homes. And it's why we've created a Deacon's fund to provide smaller grants to people in need of financial assistance. This is the work the Lord demands—for us to stand in the breach government has created until just governance can fix it.
To request a Deacon's or Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage grant, email Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft.
Middle Pen Pals
In this time of social distancing, get to know other members of Middle by exchanging emails or physical letters through a new Middle Pen Pals program. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. Inspired by conversations during the congregational meeting, this is another way to build community, learn about each other and safely connect with our Middle family. Feel free to email Anna at email@example.com with any questions!
Virtual Coffee with a Middle Pastor
To sign up, please review the available slots with Rev. Jacqui, Rev. Amanda or Rev. Darrell and click on the button to sign up for a virtual coffee date and check-in with Pastor Amanda. Once you sign up, a Zoom link and password will be sent to you to access our "date."
Please only sign up for one slot to allow space for others. Please let us know if you have any issues signing up by emailing Nathan Johnson.
There is so much to mourn right now. Whether you have lost someone close to you, are lamenting missed opportunities and disruption during COVID, or are just grieving the state of our world—you don't need to carry this weight alone. Our fall grief gatherings have ended, but keep an eye out for new dates to be announced this spring!
We can't care for you effectively if we don't know what's going on in your life! Particularly in this moment of virtual community, it's crucial that you tell us how we can care for you. If you need care, please visit our prayer and pastoral care portal and complete the form. Then, our prayer team will pray for what's going on in your life, and we will follow up with opportunities for additional assistance and connection, if requested.
Care On Call
Every day, there is someone on call. If you need someone to talk to, call 212.477.0666 x318, and a pastor, deacon, or one of our lay care team will return your call for prayer and support.
Call 212-477-0666 at any time to hear a prayer, scripture and reflection from a middle pastor, choose option "4" for English, option "5" for Spanish. Offerings are updated each Monday at 8:30 a.m.