Waffle Church: Sticky Faith for Friends and Families
A service that lifts up childrens’ leadership and participation and invites everyone to get a little messy along the way. Waffle Church is made of songs, stories, construction paper, maple syrup, and the love of Jesus.
The service includes singing, a bible story, craft, and of course, waffles, and lasts about an hour.
Over the next four years, the progressive Church will need to be scrappy, tenacious, and impossible to get rid of. Like a weed pushing up through the cracks in the sidewalk, we will need to find insistent ways to thrive, rooting ourselves in love when hate has become all too commonplace.
The fact that St. Lydia’s exists is more important now than ever. Our nation needs churches who will be beacons in the coming years. We need to show people what following Jesus looks like. We need places that will welcome extravagantly, lay a table for everyone, work intentionally to connect people across boundaries, and actively resist hate, fear, and discrimination in all its forms.
This work takes place every day at St. Lydia’s, and it only happens with your participation.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of 2016to allow us to be a place of justice-making every day.
As of December 29, we have raised $21,090, passing our goal and headed for our stretch goal of $27,000!
We hope you will consider a year end gift of $50, $100, or $500.
Through Advent, we waited for God’s in-breaking. Now, we celebrate in joy that Christ has come to live among us.
St. Lydia’s will celebrate a joyful, informal Christmas Eve service at 5:00 on December 24.
There will be caroling, an impromptu pageant, communion and celebratory food and drink! Little ones (and big ones too!) are invited to bring their own angel wings, sheep or shepherd costumes, or use the ones we provide. The service will be about an hour and a half, and will include lots of participation for all ages.
All are welcome!
Please note: there will be no services on Sunday, December 25 or Monday, December 26.
December 24, 2016
304 Bond Street, Brooklyn
What Can I Do? First Steps for Resisting Hate
In the wake of our presidential election, it’s urgent that every one of us steps up and plays a part in resisting hate-based rhetoric, practices, and policies. It can feel overwhelming to try and figure out how to get involved. So…
…here are some simple steps and suggestions for how to get started, based in my participation in the #GetOrganizedBK in Brooklyn led by Council Member Brad Lander. It’s early days, and we’ll be learning more about what organizing will look like, but this is a good place to start!
We believe that every person is made in the image of God.
As such, we believe that every person deserves freedom, dignity, and human rights and that we are called to act in solidarity with those whose lives and rights come under attack.
After our nation’s election, we stand in opposition to discriminatory and hate-based ideals, policies, and practices that claim that any humans are lesser-than based on the color of their skin, their religion, their nationality, or their gender or sexual identity.
We will stand for justice together and work together in love.
Come to St. Lydia’s to chat, connect, pray, or just be in the company of others.
304 Bond Street will be open from 8am to 7pm. Lunch will be served at 1pm. Please come be together, use our wifi, chat with the pastor, and pray for our nation. Staff will be on call to talk and pray with you.
At 8:30 pm we will pray evening prayer. Please come and be in this space of quiet and consolation.
Gowanus is changing, fast. With an upcoming rezoning and new buildings popping up, what are the pressures placed on residents?
“Just Gowanus: Neighbors’ Perspectives” gives voice to residents through portraits by ILLFLIX and statements from neighbors about the pressures they’re under as our neighborhood changes.
Open Studios runs from 12-6 pm on Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16. Stop by to listen to the voices of this neighborhood at 304 Bond Street near Union.
ILLFLO is a self taught musician who writes both scripts and songs. He has performed behind and in front of the lens and has covered everything from live performances to private productions. He is an experienced graphic web designer and filmmaker. Over the years, ILLFLO has worked on feature films like Will Smith’s I Am Legend as well as documentaries, independent films and web series like God is Calling, Tykoon, The Colors of Love, Bum Rush, Liquid Money, The Journey to the Pros, New Face of hunger, The Air it out show and the award-winning Stolen Lives documentary. His photography has been published in the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Straight Stuntin’ magazine.
ILLFLO grew up between the Gowanus and Coney Island public housing developments. A poet from an early age, he has sold over 10,000 mix-tapes and has opened for artists Young Jeezy and Juelz Santana. He was also crowned the 106 & Park FreeStyle Champion in 2002. ILLFLO still lives inBrooklyn, where he owns a music studio and video editing suite where he can produce, record and mix all sorts of media.
October 14-16, 2016
Annual Report, 2015
We’re pleased to share with you St. Lydia’s 2015 Annual Report. Take a look at all we’ve accomplished together this year.
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June 30, 2016
Join St. Lydia’s at the LGBTQ Pride March
St. Lydia’s will be marching in the 4th Section, near the front of the March!
Here are the details:
Lineup location: 41st Street between Madison and Park.
Estimated step off time: 12:30 p.m.
Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. (once we step off, getting to our group will be super challenging).
We are SECTION 5, GROUP 9.
Also note: if you come from the west, walk along 42nd Street and enter 41st from Madison. Fifth Ave will be closed to cross traffic, including pedestrian traffic, starting at 11:00 a.m.
June 26, 2016
Vespers: Song Space Silence
We gather to grieve with LGBTQ kindred, to make our lament, and to pray for the strength and perseverance to be agents of change and to reject hate of all kinds, living in love.
This month’s Vespers service will feature musician Tica Douglas. We will sing Psalms, sit in silence, and remember all those who died in the hate-rooted attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Come and worship at St. Lydia’s Vespers service, led by members of St. Lydia’s community! There will be singing, silence, scripture, and thoughtful reflection. This short contemplative service is just under an hour.
We invite you to offer a $10 suggested donation to support the musicians and the work of St. Lydia’s.
Want to increase your productivity and refine your communication skills? Want to up your EQ? Want to get better at time management? In the midst of busy days and busier brains, taking time to recharge your inner battery improves all areas of your life. We’ll begin with a vinyasa yoga class (beginners welcome!) to engage our body, connect with breath, and quiet the mind. The second hour will focus on gathering tips and tools for taking better care of yourself every day.
Amy Wolfe is a New York City-based yoga teacher, passionate about sharing the joys of yoga with her fellow New Yorkers. Born and raised in Mexico City, Amy first started practicing yoga (often in Spanish) at the age of fifteen. Many years later, after having moved to New York for law school, Amy deepened her own practice and enrolled in a Yoga Alliance-registered 200-Hour Teacher Training Program. Ever learning, Amy has since done further training programs and cultivates her own knowledge through everyday practice, both on and off the mat (i.e. in formal classes and through practicing yoga throughout the day).
Daisy Robinson is a Balancer based in Venice, California who specializes in life coaching professionals by having them look at their whole life from personal to professional, friendships to finances to see what’s working and create success strategies to improve the rest. By mixing Eastern philosophies with Western real life application and employing strategies and exercises from both NLP and ICF accredited trainings, Daisy is able to help you transform your life. Daisy believes everyone deserves and is capable of achieving emotional fulfillment. By learning to live in the wonderment of every moment you can move from suffering to celebrating and to reignite your spark for life.
St. Lydia’s grieves with LGBTQ kindred in the wake of the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
As Christians, we follow a God of love, not a God of hate, and are called to live in ways of love in the world, rejecting homophobia, islamophobia, racism, and hatred of all kinds.
We are called to be agents of change in the world, protecting those who are vulnerable and working to create a nation in which all people might live in safety and security, freely living out their God-given identities.