Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church exists to proclaim, to be shaped by, and to live out the good news of Jesus Christ. Reaching out to people in need—in New York, and in communities around the world—has been a hallmark of this congregation from our earliest days.
From the mid- to late 1800s, we were the leading church in New York City in establishing mission chapels, offering Sunday School for immigrant children and “industrial school” for working men and women.
During every era in which refugees have sought to escape danger in their home countries, our congregation has stepped forward to sponsor individuals and families arriving in the United States. Over the past 50 years, the church has helped resettle refugees from Lebanon, Cuba, Vietnam, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Pakistan.
Our outreach to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness goes back half a century. In 1986, we opened the David B. Skinner Shelter, a volunteer-managed facility within the church that provides shelter and hospitality for 12 men, 365 nights a year.
More recently, in collaboration with our neighbors Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral, we created the Ecumenical Outreach Partnership, which provides counseling, social services and basic necessities for hundreds of our neighbors who are living on the streets or in temporary shelter.
We are a 2,000-member congregation, part of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to our Outreach Ministries, we provide Christian education for children and adults, fellowship and service ministries for young adults, women and LGBTQ Christians, and one of the city's most renowned programs in sacred music.
We invite you to learn more by visiting our website, fapc.org.