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Community at Abyssinian Baptist Church

Abyssinian has always been a church whose presence extends beyond the church walls out into its Harlem neighborhood and the broader community. "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." – John 13:35

In the Community


On Strivers Row: A Satire on African-American Social Climbing

On Strivers Row: The Metropolitan Playhouse presents On Strivers Row by Abram Hill, directed by Timothy Johnson. Set in the home of an upper middle-class family, The Van Striven’s, the comedy/drama unfolds as guests arrive for their daughters debutante party. This revival from the 1940s was one of the first major productions of the American Negro Theatre. Described as a satire on African-American social climbing, Hill’s play is actually a complex work masquerading as a farce that deals with issues of class, gender roles and intra-racial stereotyping. Performances running through June 18, 2017 at Metropolitan Playhouse.

Tickets: $10-$30, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit for more information.


Church Ladies Book CoverChurch Ladies Explores Black History

Their Voices Tell Our Stories: See Abyssinian, Harlem, and Black America through the eyes of women of the black church in CHURCH LADIES: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era by our own, Dr. Martia Goodson. In this book, more than a dozen Abyssinian women talk about their church lives during the 1920-1970 era, and their struggles against Jim Crow alongside their pastor, congressman, and confidant, Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Available in the Abyssinian Lobby Bookstore, and via



Salvation Army Seeks Tutors

Tutors Wanted: Two seasoned Tutors are needed immediately for youth (ages 6-14) in The Salvation Army Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children. Pays $15 per hour.

Call Ken Burton, 917-683-4228 for details.

Computer Resources, Training Available

New York City Parks Computer Resource Centers serve over 6,000 New Yorkers per week at 32 locations with over 500 open access hours per week and over 200 creative workshops, classes and certification opportunities at 24 locations! Join a class for free by calling 212.255.3066 or emailing for general senior, adult and youth programming.

Contact for teen programming.



Job Training Program Assists Veterans in Transition

The Community Training & Employment Resources Center (CTER) present a program designed to help veterans, members of the National Guard, and the Reserve transition to civilian employment. This program consists of job training and placement. Trainings take place in lower Manhattan. Qualified individuals are:

  • 19-54 years old who are honorably discharged post – 9/11
  • Available to attend orientation and all classroom-training sessions
  • Willing to conduct a systematic job search after completing training

Contact CTER at 1.800.385.2837 or visit by August 31st to learn more about the program and registration process.


Wheeling Forward Aids Recently Disabled

Wheeling Forward is a non-profit that helps recently disabled people who lack a support system and resources, to obtain the services they need. Wheeling Forward helps them navigate the health and social service systems on the way to an active life in the community.

For more information about their services, to donate, or volunteer, visit


Support the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

PUSH Through the Pipeline: Support the Thurgood Marshall Academies PUSH through the Pipeline Scholarship Fund. Give online at or by mail at ADC/PUSH, 131 West 138 St., LL, New York, NY 10030.

Blue Nile: Millennial Volunteers Wanted!

Lend a hand: Blue Nile Passage, Inc. (BNP) seeks volunteers!! A new core of volunteers is needed, especially millennials, to support the next generation of youth, ages 11-15, enrolled in BNP. In this age of uncertainty, our youth need community members, more than ever, to step up in the area of providing support, guidance and love. BNP meets every Saturday at Wadleigh Secondary School, 215 West 114th Street between ACP Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd., from 8:30AM-3:00PM.

Volunteers are not expected to attend every Saturday or spend the whole day…whatever time you can offer would be greatly appreciated!! There are various ways to help including: administrative, lunch, communications, accounting, social work, law-enforcement, legal, marketing, strategizing, fund raising, teaching, etc.. No amount of time is too little.

For more information: Following morning Worship Services at Abyssinian, please see a Blue Nile member wearing the Blue Nile sash. Members will be stationed in the Vestry and at the Lobby reception Desk.

ADC YouthBuild:  Workforce Development for those Aged 17-24

ADC YouthBuild: Are you between the ages of 17 and 24?  Do you want your GED? Looking for a career, but need skills? Need help figuring out your next steps? The Abyssinian Development Corporation’s ADC YOUTHBUILD may be just what you are looking for! We offer the opportunity to learn a skilled trade in Construction, Health Care or Customer Service while you study to pass the new GED exam (HSE). Gain experience, improve your outlook on life, make our community a better place, all at NO COST to YOU!

The Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Workforce Development programs give Harlem young adults the skills and resources needed to increase their economic self-sufficiency and become competitive applicants in today’s job market.

How to apply:

Walk in: Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or
Thursday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Call: 646-230-0578 or 0579