NYC Places of Worship

NYC Places of Worship

Black folk created NYC Places of Worship since the early 20th Century, with most of them in celebrated Harlem.

Mother AME Zion Church
DESCRIPTION: Similar to the AME congregation, in 1796, James Varick and 30 other members splintered from the Methodist Episcopal Church due to racism. They chose not to join the AME Church headquartered in Philadelphia, due to procedural differences; members built their own edifice in 1801 under the name John Street Methodist Church now affectionately called “Mother Zion” for short. The church continued to be led by a white minister until 1820. Mother Zion served as an Underground Railroad station and counted Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass as members. The current edifice designed by George W. Foster, Jr.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 140 West 137th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-234-1545
WEBSITE: http://www.motherafricanmethodistezchurch.com

Abyssinian Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Segregation in a white Baptist church led Ethiopian merchants and one white to found this church in 1808. They named it after ancient Ethiopia. The church moved from lower Manhattan to Greenwich Village to West 40th Street to this location. The current edifice was designed by Charles W Bolton and opened in 1923. Powerful civil rights leaders Samuel Proctor, Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. held the pulpit before Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9a and 11a
ADDRESS: 132 West 138th Street (Odell Clark Place), New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-862-7474
WEBSITE: http://www.abyssinian.org

Saint Phillip’s Protestant Episcopal Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1809, it was the first African American church to move into Harlem. The current edifice was built in 1911 with New York’s earliest black architects — Vertner W Tandy and George W. Foster, Jr. The Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church is now located here.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 204 West 134th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-678-4284
WEBSITE: http://www.stphilipsharlem.dioceseny.org

Salem United Methodist Episcopal Church
DESCRIPTION: Began as a mission under St. Marks Methodist Episcopal Church in 1881. Salem was split from the church in 1902 when it moved to a 232 West 124th Street, but a fire soon destroyed it. Growth of church congregation forced them to move in 1908 to 102-104 West 133rd Street. Continuing its growth pattern, in 1924 the church had to move to a its current edifice. The church features four spectacular choirs.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 2190 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-678-2700
WEBSITE: none

Second Canaan Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: the late Rev. John Polite Ladson was instrumental in building the infrastructure of the church to this day and leading the congregation here in 1956
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 10 Rev. John P Ladson Place (Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-722-7080
WEBSITE: http://www.secondcanaanbaptistchurch.org

Muhammad’s Mosque #7
DESCRIPTION: Shortly after Malcolm X’s assassination by a handful of NOI members, the original mosque at 113 Lenox Avenue was set ablaze by arsonists in retaliation; consequently, the replacement mosque opened at this location is the northeast headquarters for the Nation of Islam
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 106 West 127th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-865-1200
WEBSITE: http://www.mosque7.org

Greater Refuge Temple
DESCRIPTION: the Mother Church of Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith with more than 700 Pentecostal churches worldwide in 33 countries
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 2081 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-663-4959
WEBSITE: link

Metropolitan Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: an old Baptist congregation in Harlem
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 151 West 128th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-663-8990
WEBSITE: none

Mount Calvary United Methodist Church
DESCRIPTION: Oldest United Methodist Church in Harlem
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10a
ADDRESS: 116 Edgecombe Avenue, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: B, C lines
PHONE: 212-281-1658
WEBSITE: none

Convent Avenue Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: a Christian fellowship founded in 1942 by Dr. John W. Saunders; the church retired its mortgage after only 3 years; under Rev. Saunders, the church established a youth center, nursery, scouting programs, vacation bible school, after school classes, a Junior Church. Under his leadership, the church acquired three nearby townhouses
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a, 11a, 6p
ADDRESS: 116 Edgecombe Avenue, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: A, B, C, D lines
PHONE: 212-281-1658
WEBSITE: http://www.conventchurch.org

ATLAH World Missionary Church
DESCRIPTION: organized in 1957 by the late Reverend Millard Alexander Stanley, this church has a large following and one of the most remarkable sanctuaries in Harlem; ATLAH means, the land where the people shall walk barefoot, because the land is holy ground.
SATURDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 36 West 123rd Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-427-2839
WEBSITE: http://atlah.org

First Corinthian Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Though founded in 1933, it is a growing 3,000-member congregation in Harlem
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a & 11a
ADDRESS: 1912 7th Avenue, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: B, C, 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-864-5976
WEBSITE: http://www.fcbcsermons.com

United House of Prayer For All People
DESCRIPTION: Charismatic congregation that is an NYC off-shoot of the main one founded by Bishop Daddy Grace in 1919
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 2320 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: A, B, C, D lines
PHONE: 212-531-4418
WEBSITE: http://www.tuhopfap.org/index2.html

Riverside Church
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” protest speech on 4 April 1967 at this huge church on the outskirts of Harlem; the speech elevated his status in the anti-war movement and caused many African Americans to re-think their position on the war; unfortunately, the speech also moved him up on the disgraceful J Edgar Hoover’s Cointelpro list of undesirable black leaders
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:45a
ADDRESS: 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 1 line
PHONE: 212-870-6700
WEBSITE: http://www.theriversidechurchny.org

Faith Temple Deliverance Church of God in Christ
DESCRIPTION: Features four choirs and community outreach programs for hungry, homeless, youth counseling and unwed parents
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 12a and 4:30p
ADDRESS: 206 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-534-7018
WEBSITE: none

Malcolm Shabazz Masjid
DESCRIPTION: This orthodox Muslim mosque honors El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X; though it was formerly the Lenox Casino, in 1954 Elijah Muhammad assigned Malcolm X to build up the original Nation of Islam Mosque#7 at 113 Lenox Ave (now called Malcolm X Blvd); at the nearby corner of 116th and Malcolm X Blvd, Malcolm gave several famous outdoor speeches that attracted thousands of listeners; the same corner hosts the current orthodox Islamic mosque and several small businesses
ADDRESS: 102 West 116th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-662-2200
WEBSITE: none

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
DESCRIPTION: The warmth inside and the community impact of this church belie the lousy exterior; former pastor Wyatt Tee Walker was a former aide to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr; 5 outstanding gospel choirs
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:45a
ADDRESS: 132 West 116th Street, New York, NY MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 2, 3 lines
PHONE: 212-866-0301
WEBSITE: http://www.canaanmail.org

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