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Getting Involved

Ways to get involved at MAPC with hands and hearts!

“Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17) The following opportunities to participate in hands-on ministries are provided by the Outreach Committee as it seeks to help the congregation become involved in the organizations we support through our Outreach grants. If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities, e-mail Andrew Smothers at Let’s put our faith into action!

Teach English as a Second Language

We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic and faithful response of MAPC volunteer teachers seeking to participate in this new hands-on ministry. You don’t have to speak a foreign language to teach ESL! You just need a desire to teach and compassion for non-English speakers making a life for themselves in this country. Classes are held on Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm in fall, winter and spring semesters. Teaching is done in teams, which makes scheduling flexible. If you are interested in teaching ESL, or have questions about the program, please contact Sharon M. Davison or Anne Connor through the church offices.

Know someone interested in Learning English?

The number of ESL students is growing, but there is still room for more students. Do you know of someone looking to learn English as a Second Language? We are now working to fill the remaining spots in the various levels of instruction being offered on Sunday afternoons, here at MAPC. Please refer them to Lissette Perez at to see if they might be able to benefit from the new ESL program here at MAPC!

Sign Up Now to Be a Host in MAPC’s Shelter

If you are already trained as a shelter host: A big “Thank you!” to all who have volunteered to be overnight hosts in the MAPC overnight shelter. You already know what a blessing it is to provide hospitality for the 12 homeless men who call our shelter home 6 nights a week. Contact Andy Smothers for scheduling.

If you would like to explore becoming a shelter host, please contact Andy Smothers at Andy will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you. This is a life-changing ministry, both for our hosts and our guests–don’t miss it!

LEAP Reading Enrichment Program

LEAP is a life-changing reading and enrichment program that enables adults to spend one-on-one time with at-risk children in East Harlem. Participants develop wonderful relationships with the children, helping strengthen their reading skills and engaging in fabulous art projects. Once a month, activities also include puzzles and computer activities.

New Weekday Tutoring Program in East Harlem!

Weekday volunteers are also needed to provide after-school tutoring for students from 4-5:30 pm. Volunteers of high school age and older, who want to spend time with children, are welcome to participate. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

Help Serve Thursday Evening Shelter Dinner

Each Thursday evening, MAPC feeds over 125 homeless and near-homeless individuals from our neighborhood and beyond.  To become involved in this wonderful outreach ministry as a server, contact Andy Smothers at  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

New York Common Pantry

The New York Common Pantry offers opportunities for volunteers to help pack and distribute food to the working poor on Saturday mornings and other times each week. MAPC has supported this very well organized and effective organization since its inception 30 years ago. This is a wonderful way to follow Christ’s command to “feed my sheep!”

Help an Elderly Neighbor Walk and Care for Their Pet

Search and Care (S&C) ministers to elderly adults in our neighborhood who cherish their independence, but have difficulty caring for themselves. MAPC has supported them for years through our Outreach grants. Now is the perfect time to get our hands involved along with our dollars!

S&C has developed a new program to help low/fixed income adults who are too frail or ill to properly care for their 4-legged companions, an essential relationship in their lives. S&C provides opportunities for hands-on ministry by walking a dog, changing a litter box, cleaning a cage, taking a pet to/from vet appointments or shopping for food and supplies. No one person is expected to do all of these things, nor on a daily basis. As they say, “it takes a village.”

Do you have a friendly pet that could bring a smile to an elderly person? For those who are frail and isolated, and missing companionship, we are looking for hands-on ministers from MAPC whose own pet is super friendly and well-trained, to make home visits.

Other Opportunities for Ministry

There are additional programs areas with opportunities to serve that may be of interest to you. Worship, Christian Education for adults and children, and Music all offer places for you to practice your faith and connect with our community.

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