In the fall of 2004, upon moving our worship space to Union Theological Seminary, our contemporary worship service was launched at 1 pm. It grew from about 15 people at its inception to a current average of 65 to 75 during the school year. It comprises students and young adults with ages ranging from 18 to 35.
Our afternoon service is held at 1 PM. We incorporate modern Christian songs from artists such as Chris Tomlin and Starfield with more liturgical elements such as responsive readings. The messages aim to feed the spirit and the mind while promoting practical ways to live out the Christian life in a city context.
Couples Small Group meets once every other month for couples who are married, engaged or dating. Come out and get to know other couples for mutual accountability and encouragement! Contact Pastor Mark:
A prayer group meets at 7:30 pm on Fridays in Pastor Mark's office. We pray for personal concerns as well as the spiritual needs of our ministry and larger community. If you need healing or would like to grow your passion for prayer, please join us! For more info, contact Pastor Mark or email him at
Morningside sends volunteers usually once or twice a year to Habitat for Humanity projects in the New York area to help build low-income homes for those in need.
If you'd like to volunteer through Morningside or want more info about Morningside's participation, please email us at
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please check out their website: www.habitatnyc.org
Harlem Explorers is a Saturday program run by Peniel Mission that
seeks to instill the love of God in the hearts of children and youth of
the East Harlem community, to nurture their souls with the gospel so
that they may love unconditionally, do justly and walk humbly with God. Its mission statement is:
To instill the love of God in the hearts of children and youth, to nurture their souls with the gospel so that they may love unconditionally, do justly and walk humbly with God.
There are two programs that take place each Saturday from 11am – 1:45
Morningside Ministry is involved with their children’s program, called Explorers!, which serves children from first to six grade. Explorers seeks to bring the word of God to life through experiential learning so that the Bible will come alive and be coherent, applicable and comprehensible for the children’s own lives. It provides an environment for worship, learning and service through bible studies, activities and arts and crafts. The purpose of the program is to build a sense of family and community, to help develop a strong identity in Christ and to equip the children to be effective Christian leaders. Free lunch is also provided to the children.
Morningside Ministry sends volunteers usually on the third Saturday of each month except during Jan-Feb and Jul-Aug when Harlem Explorers is on break. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in obtaining more information about the program, please send us an email at: office
Morningside's roots goes back to the days when it was known as English Speaking Congregation and then English Language Ministry. It brought together 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans who wanted to worship with those who shared a similar background and those who wanted to worship in English. As time went on, we realized that as God's children, this was a place for all.
Morning service is held at 11 AM. It begins with praise time,which prepares our hearts for the rest of service. During service, we strive to bring the community together through joint prayers, responsive psalm readings, and hymns. We also encourage lay participation in service and sharing of people's experiences. In addition to the pastor's sermon, there is a time for children, where children learn new hymns and praise songs, and learn God's word.
New York Cares is a
city-based volunteer program that organizes projects at nonprofit organizations
throughout the city. Morningside sends volunteers to its Hands on New York
Day held in the spring and the fall. It's a day for New Yorkers to gather in
different parts of the city and help clean and beautify schools, parks and other
public spaces. Whether volunteers spend time painting or cleaning or other work,
it's a chance for us to serve our neighbor and support our
Painting a wall
Christine (far left)
and James (center) join other volunteers to beautify a public
Nurture Ministry seeks to comfort, nourish and assist the members of the Morningside Ministry to grow spiritually and emotionally. Weprovide various programs to support the members of our church community in their spiritual journey as the children of God.
NY/Connecticut Fellowship takes place every other month, about 6 times per year. This is primarily focused towards couples and families who live in NY/Connecticut area. Childcare is provided and there is usually much food, fun and fellowship.
4 groups are available in NYC, attended primarily by young adults, college and graduate students:
Tuesday Evening: Pastor Mark leads a men's group that meets on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday Evening: Tom Oh and Ohn Choe lead a group that meets on Tuesday evenings. Contact:
Wednesday Evening: Mike Rhee and Mark Lee lead a group that meets on Wednesday evenings. Contact:
Women's Accountability Group: Nancy Kang and Ellen Oh lead a Women's group each week for personal accountability and Bible study. They meet on Wednesday evenings. Contact them at:
The Outreach & Missions Committee’s mission is to reach out to the wider community and world with God’s love through acts of mercy and justice. The committee is responsible for:
1) Local outreach in New York City such as participation in Harlem Explorers, New York Cares, PSALT NK, and Habitat for Humanity
2) Global missions such as mission trips to Mexico and Central Asia.
Retreats are wonderful opportunities for all
members of the Morningside community to get to know each other on a deeper
level.In the past our retreats have
been divided evenly between the attendees of our morning and afternoon
services. Since many of us do not have opportunities to interact with the
members of the other services, retreats provide a wonderful opportunity to
create a greater sense of connection among the the 2 services, and a great way
to get to know all members in a fun and relaxed environment.
Pastor Mark leads a Sunday Bible Study on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 12:30-1:30 in the fellowship hall. All are encouraged to attend for fellowship, Bible study and group prayer. Bible Study passages can be found HERE.
The mission of the Sunday School is to reveal the character of God through scripture and age-appropriate application within an environment that affirms the uniqueness and talents of each child and compels them to glorify God in their own lives and communities...
The web committee maintains and develops the church website as an informational resource for the Morningside congregation and the outside community. It supports the needs of the various ministries, provides website visitors with recordings and syndications of sermon messages, and serves as a bridge connecting church members from different backgrounds and locations within the body of Christ.
If you would like to consider contributing your talents, enthusiasm and valuable time, please email Terry Kim to find out more.
The Witness Committee's mission is to bear witness to the hope of the Gospel of Christ for our community and those who are new to Morningside. The committee has three key functions:
1) Welcome newcomers and integrate them into our community
2) Organizing annual baptism and membership classes, and coordinate baptisms and new members induction services
3) Organize witness events such as coffeehouses that proclaim the Gospel in relevant ways.
The Worship Ministry of Morningside is responsible for keeping Sunday services going smoothly, from designing the format of the service to the planning of special events and guest speakers. This ministry also coordinates much of the unseen logistics of worship services, which includes scheduling and training liturgists and ushers, preparing and cleaning up the worship hall before and after service, and coordinating with our praise team and other musical ministries for special services.
Those with a heart for worshiping God and seeing others commune with God during services, or who have suggestions on how we can better meet the needs of our growing community, are urged to join the Worship Ministry, or at the very least, to voice their opinions to those on the Worship committee.
With this year's theme being "Reborn in Worship," ways to help our community to encounter God in deeper ways will be incorporated in to our blended and contemporary services, as well as joint activities between the two.