2014 NY Assembly Site Visit - MISSION GRAPHICS

July 15, 2014

 

The Episcopal Church of Our Savior has served the Lower East Side for more than forty years. It seeks to bring the love of God in Christ through its pastoral programs and various ministries and outreach programs. In addition to its worship and pastoral services, it includes Mission Graphics, the Jubilee Enrichment Programs, Jubilee Youth Chorale and Gateway.  Mission Graphics was created under one of our mottoes: “Think outside the box.” Although it was originally launched for the survival of the new Church established in the early 1970s, it has grown into a ministry well recognized in our Episcopal community. It works closely with the Diocese of New York, its Cathedral and the Episcopal Church Center. The Jubilee Enrichment Program along with the Jubilee Youth Chorale was created to provide quality services to children and youth, ranging from assistance with schoolwork, and classes in the arts. It seeks to form and mold not only the minds, but also the hearts and souls of these children and youth. Gateway Program was created to provide computer and ESL classes for adults

 

About the Church: The Episcopal Church of Our Savior is located in Chinatown, New York and primarily serves the Chinese community. Prior to Our Savior, there was the Saint Christopher Chapel of Trinity Church which closed in 1971. In 1972, the Right Reverend Paul Moore, Bishop of New York,  launched Mission 72 which, among other things, would develop a mission project in Chinatown not only to provide pastoral services to Chinese immigrants but also to create various outreach programs. In 1973, this mission, the Chapel of Our Savior (formerly on the site of Saint Christopher’s Chapel) was formally established. In 1976, Mission Graphics, the publication division of the mission was established. Missions Graphics is to share publishing expertise and to reduce printing cost for churches and other non-profit communities. In 1981, the Chapel of our Savior became the Church of our Savior. In the same year, responding to the call of the National Church, a ministry to refugees was started. 1983, it was formally admitted as a mission into the Diocese of New York, and attained status of a parish church in 1987.  In 1992, the Richard Grein Jubilee Community Center was established, the first Asian American jubilee Center in the Episcopal Church. The Jubilee Youth Chorale, an English as a Second Language class, and ECOSERVE, a computer ministry were started in 1992 as programs within the Jubilee Center. In 1997, a preschool was added and in 1998, a Summer program for children and youth preschool  as well as a Computer Recycle Program (to provide refurbished used computers to non-profits and parishes) was created. In 2001, Gateway as well as the Afterschool program were started. On the fateful September 11, 2001, the parish was opened as a refuge for people seeking shelter from the collapse of the Twin Towers, to make phone calls, to wash up and to pray. In 2006, the Jubilee Enrichment programs offering academic and arts classes to children and youth  totaling over one hundred students. In addition, the Church also partners with other churches and community organizations to provide other services, such as flu shots and healthcare seminars and consultation.  

 

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