If you’ve ever dreamed of attending a Gospel Mass in Harlem among local churchgoers instead of being among tourists on the first floor then I’m happy to give you some advice and great tips.
Titre de l’article
├ The top 10 best tips you must know before attending a Gospel Mass in Harlem
├ Where should you go to attend a gospel mass in New York
├ My favorite church in Harlem: the First Corinthian Baptist Church
├ My favorite church in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Tabernacle
├ Additional Gospel churches in Harlem and Brooklyn
├ Is it possible to attend a Gospel Church on Wednesday in NY?
└ Enjoy a Harlem Gospel Tour
The top 10 best tips you must know before attending a Gospel Mass in Harlem
Avoid big and famous churches. The smaller they are, the better the chances you will be among local Harlem churchgoers. The best tip is to walk around Harlem and to enter any random small church. You will always be welcomed.
Try to attend a service early in the morning. The earlier you show up, the less tourists you’ll find. I have noticed that last year when i attended the first mass between 7.30 and 8.30 am.
Don’t be a part of an organized tour!!! Staying in a small group is the best way to integrate the mass.
If you can only attend the 2nd morning mass, choose a small church and try to show up early.
There is no need to book in advance. The mass is not a show but a place of worship where people gather for a spiritual purpose.
Masses are free.
It’s strictly forbidden to film and take photographs inside the church, unless you’re well hidden or among tourists but it’s true to say that it’s not recommended. Since you’ve followed all my advice in order to enjoy a great Gospel Mass, you won’t get in trouble 🙂
Sing, clap your hands and hug each other as much as you want!!! It’s just an incredible experience.
You’ll quickly notice that the attendees are very friendly and they usually don’t hesitate to come see you and hug you during the little celebration of friendship. It’s a real treat!!!
Open you eyes and ears wide since you will experience great moments of joy. You’ll discover that in New York, they enjoy their mass 200%!!
Which Gospel church should you attend in New York?
In New York City, there are a number of churches that perform Gospel masses.
You’ll find churches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens but I sincerely recommend Harlem since church is a great part of the local’s lives.
Thus, this would be a shame not to enjoy this experience at a NY Gospel Mass and then you’ll may want to have a brunch at Amy Ruth’s!
My favorite church in Harlem: the First Corinthian Baptist Church
It’s not small after all, but I have to say that every time I went there, I was never disappointed.
Unfortunately, a number of you have told me that during school vacations, the church gets really crowded with tourists. As a result, instead of being surrounded by locals, they send you to the first floor among tourists.
So if you are planning to visit not during school vacation, then try to go to the First Corinthian Baptist Church but if it’s not the case then my advice is to walk around Harlem and enter any small church that inspires you.
The Gospel Mass takes place on Sundays at 7.30, 9.30 and 11.30am.
Once again, I repeat, try not to go at 11.30 am and wake up early to attend the first mass of the day!!!
Address : 1912 7th Ave New York (at the corner of 116th street and Adam Clayton Powell)
My favorite church in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Tabernacle
The Brooklyn Tabernacle is located in Downtown Brooklyn.
It looks like a concert venue. You won’t find the typical church benches but seats like in any Broadway theater, a giant screen hanging on the back wall of the stage, several tv screens all around the room.
The choir is stunning! It is formed by 150 singers (approx.)!!! They sing for almost 40-45 minutes during the mass, it’s powerful!
Your best bet is to arrive as early as you can to attend the first mass and be seated among the locals.
The Gospel Mass takes place on Sundays at 9.00, 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.
Address : 17 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Additional Gospel Churches in Harlem and Brooklyn
Please note that I indicate the worship schedule but before going to a gospel mass, double-check the hours on their website! They can have special events!
– Canaan Baptist Church at 10 am (132 W 116th St, New York, NY)
– The Salem United Methodist Church at 11 am (2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard/ 7th av – 129th Street)
– The famous Abyssinian Baptist Church at 9.00 and 11.30 am (132 Odell Clark Place (Formerly 138th St.), New York, NY 10030) – Bethel Gospel Assembly at 10.15am (2-26 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035)
– St. Luke Baptist Church at 9.30 and 12 pm (1916 Park Ave, New York, NY 10037)
– Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church at 11am, and at 10am during the summer (1975 Madison Ave, Manhattan, NY 10035)
– Middle Collegiate Church at 9.30am and 11.45am (112 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003)
– First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn at 11.am and 10 am during the summer (124 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY)
– Concord Baptist Church of Christ at 10am (833 Gardner C. Taylor Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11216)
Is it possible to attend to a Gospel Mass on Wednesdays in NY?
If you want to go to a mass on Wednesdays, a number of churches offer a service including 2 locations that I have had the chance to visit and that I can recommend 100%:-
– The Abyssian Baptist Church: 7 pm (Mid Week Manna)
– Bethel Gospel Assembly: 7 pm (midweek worship service)
Map of the churches with gospel mass
Enjoy a Gospel Harlem Tour
If you want to be part of a group because it’s easier for you and you want to make sure you get into the church, there’s a great tour available but you must book right away, it’s called “The Harlem Gospel Tour”.
A gospel mass is really an experience you won’t forget! You don’t need to be a strong believer nor a regular churchgoer to enjoy a gospel mass 😉
If you just want to have the gospel experience only, you can see the Harlem Gospel Choir at Sony Hall every Sunday!
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