A Calvary Community Thanksgiving

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Calvary Community in partnership with NYSUM (New York School of Urban Ministry) was privileged to serve those in need in our community! Over 400 thanksgiving dinners were served and winter coats, clothing, shoes and books were distributed. We are thankful for our partners such as NYSUM, our volunteers and all those who support us to positively impact our local community.

Preparing The Youth For The School Year

Summer is an important time for our youth and at Calvary, we believe that ministering to them during this time is a great way to show the love of Jesus Christ.  Due to our belief in catering to our youth’s spiritual and physical needs, we host several events every summer to cater to these needs.

This year, City Fest was held on June 16th, 2018. Cityfest Basketball Outreach is a basketball tournament that we host each year in collaboration with Evangel Assembly of God of Ringgold, VA. Every year, the youth of the community come out for a day of music, food, basketball and fun activities as we use that day to minister to them as well.

Adventure Week held July 23 – 27 is one of the most important events that we hold at our church. It is a week-long vacation Bible School for the children of our church and our community. At the end of Adventure Week, we give away school supplies to the youth so that they are prepared for the school year. Through this week, we help hundreds of kids through giving and evangelism.

To kick off the 2018-2019 school year, Calvary hosted two events to encourage and cover our church and community youth. As the new school year begins, we believe that the youth need guidance and prayer as they fully settle into whatever the next steps of their lives are whether it be a new grade, college, or the work world. 

Our youth ministry BLAZE hosted a Youth Explosion on September 7th, 2018.  BLAZE Youth Explosion was a great night of drama, worship, and encouragement by the youth for the youth. Children of all ages and neighborhood churches came out to experience the event. There were drama performances and special guests who performed Christian rap songs for the youth. Due to the increase in suicide in our country particularly among the youth, the message centered around suicide prevention. We believe that the gospel can help save the youth of our country and therefore, we presented it in a way that the youth could relate.
*Special thanks to the guest artists who made the event wonderful and to the youth of Calvary who led the event.

Back To School Sunday was held on September 9th, 2018 and every year, we hold a Back To School service for the youth in our church. During the service, we pray for our youth before they go back to school because today’s society is more dangerous than it’s ever been. Our children have to face things that children in past generations never encountered. So, we have made a tradition out of praying for God’s protection over their lives before the school year starts. Our Sunday message addresses the everyday challenges that our youth may face at school and how to handle them.

As we grow as a church, we hope to continue to find innovative ways to encourage and connect with our church and community youth.

Making A Global Impact

Here at Calvary, we believe in community outreach. However, we believe in evangelizing outside of our church walls and doing our part to impact the world outside of our community as well. We achieve our goal of reaching the community both locally and globally by partnering with ministries in Brooklyn and across the world that are ministering to people hundreds and even thousands of miles away.

  1. Rachel’s Joy Maternity House – In an effort to help address social needs, we partner with Brooklyn based organizations such as Rachel’s Joy Maternity House. This organization helps young unwed mothers who need assistance. Realizing that it is not enough to just tell a young woman not to abort her child, Rachel’s Joy is committed to helping her during her time of greatest need.
  2. Anchor House, Inc. – Anchor House is a Faith-based Intensive Residential Treatment program Licensed by OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). Located in Brooklyn, Anchor House helps men and women with substance abuse disorders return to their families as healthy, productive, and self-sufficient members of their communities empowered to reach their destiny.  
  3. New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) – One of our core values is to grow larger through Evangelism so we support The New York School of Urban Ministry. NYSUM hosts, trains, and deploys over 5,000 youth and adults for urban ministry each year by partnering with inner city pastors and churches in New York City.  Their students learn about inner-city ministry at the grassroots through diverse, cross-cultural, “hands-on” outreaches to Muslims, Jews, the homeless, abused women, the disabled, terminally ill, and those victimized by natural disasters.
  4. Elim Fellowship – In upstate New York, Lima, we support Elim Fellowship. Their mission is to raise up a new generation of spiritual leaders to have a global impact through world missions. Elim Fellowship exists to strengthen the leader, to equip the church and, to reach the world.
  5. United Church – We partnered with Pastor Adam Martino to plant United Church in Richmond, VA and helped him and his wife Leslie in their quest to help the Richmond community find God, find community and, find purpose. 
  6. Jews for Jesus – We support organizations like Jews for Jesus who engage Jewish people with the gospel and equip them to follow Jesus and inspire others to do the same. Their staff is active internationally in 13 countries and 24 cities.
  7. Rehema Home, Nairobi – Our network expands to Africa through Rehema Home, Nairobi in Kenya. For more than 100 children, half of whom are HIV positive, Rehema Home serves as more than an orphanage but, a home. 
  8. Isaka Memorial Foundation (IMF) – Our support of the Isaka Memorial Foundation helps ensure that orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) with AIDS have access to essential services in economically depressed communities. IMF currently supports Nyamila Community Center, which is managed and run by a local committee and a paid Manager from the community. The Center is located in Siaya district which is 20 miles from Lake Victoria, near the port city of Kisumu, Nyanza province, Kenya. The services include: education, medical care, nutrition, and food security, water, sanitation and. income generating activities for economic empowerment. 
  9. World Outreach Ministries – In Asia, we partner with World Outreach Ministries to support the House of Refuge Home for Girls in India. World Outreach Ministries presently cares for 375 girls at the House of Refuge Home for Girls I and II (Orissa, India).
  10. New Hope Outreach Ministry – In the Caribbean, we support New Hope Outreach Ministry founded by Evangelist Harry Ramkissoon in Trinidad. This ministry is dedicated to meeting the needs of the underprivileged and less fortunate in Trinidad while leading them to Christ. They are currently in touch with over 550 families. As a result, many have found Christ as their Savior.

We believe that through our many partnerships, we are bridging the gap across the world.

Pastor Cecil Henry honored by the 77th Precinct Community Council

On August 7, 2018, Pastor Henry received several awards from the 77th Precinct Community Council for his exemplary leadership and positive impact on the local community.  His participation in community activities such as National Night Out Against Crime is a testament to his commitment to serve the community.  

Ministry In Action

Here At Calvary Community Church, we believe in the power of ministry. We believe that this is how the church grows and therefore we have many ministries that cater to the needs of everyone in our church home and the community. Our ministries hold many events that serve to create fellowship among the church family and serve the community.

Women’s Ministry:

Every year, the women’s ministry holds a Mother/Daughter Brunch and hosts other events like Culture Night celebrating our diverse community. The monthly meetings that the ministry holds on Fridays called Sisters to Sisters is the heart and soul of the women’s ministry. Sisters to Sisters offers a safe & positive environment for women to connect and talk about sensitive topics such as Health, Mental Wellness and, Finance.

Cityfest Basketball Outreach:

Cityfest Basketball Outreach is a basketball tournament that we host each year in collaboration with Evangel Assembly of God of Ringgold, VA. Every year, the youth of the community come out for a day of music, food, basketball and fun activities as we use that day to minister to them as well.

July 4th BBQ:

Every Independence Day, all ministries combine to host our annual July 4th BBQ to engage our community while celebrating our country’s independence. This is one of our church’s longest standing traditions. 

Men’s Outreach:

The Men’s group host an annual men’s retreat and monthly fellowship breakfasts open to the community and congregation. These are very important ways in which the men of our church fellowship with one another.

B.L.A.Z.E. Annual Youth Explosion:

B.L.A.Z.E. collaborates with local churches to engage the youth in our communities through entertainment (music, dance, rap, mime etc.) at our Annual Youth Explosion.

Thanksgiving Dinner and Outreach:

Every Thanksgiving, Calvary’s ministries collaborate with NYSUM (New York School of Urban Ministry) to bring hope for the holidays through our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and outreach. 200- 300 people are served annually and coats are distributed to help keep many warm for the winter season.

Christmas Program and Giveaway:

Every Christmas season, The Junior Church and Nursery ministry host our annual Christmas program and Giveaway featuring our youth and their perspective of Christmas.  At this event, clothes and toys are given away, as well.


As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10

Spotlight On The Youth

Here at Calvary Community Church, we believe that people matter. We believe in uplifting our community and ensuring a better future for our community and the best way to do that is by providing for the youth. Our Senior Pastor Cecil Henry has a caring heart for the youth and believes that uplifting and bringing the youth of our community closer to God is part of our calling as a church. As a result, we have many programs and do many events geared towards the youth inside our church home and outside our church walls, as well. Events such as Adventure Week are events that we do every year to develop a knowledge of who God is in our youth. It is a summer vacation Bible school that is held one week every summer during the evenings and is geared towards elementary school and middle school kids. This is something that we as a church have done for many years now due to our compassion for the youth of the community. Other events include our Back To School event, where in 2017 we partnered with NYSUM (New York School of Urban Ministry) to give away over 200 backpacks to the community; Graduation Sunday where we highlight those in our church that are graduating or have graduated in the year. In addition to those, we have our weekly programs like our Junior Church that is held during our Sunday Services for the children to learn about God and who Jesus Christ is in a fun, yet educational way and B.L.A.Z.E Youth Ministry which is held every Friday night for the older youth to fellowship with each other under the guidance of our youth leader. God called us to serve just as Jesus Christ did. Therefore, we have and will continue to bridge the gap through service.

Calvary Intergenerational: Faith-Based Development Initiative


Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams detailed more than $2 million in Fiscal Year (FY17) funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to construct and preserve hundreds of affordable housing units across Brooklyn, highlighted by detailing the first projects that will break ground from his groundbreaking Faith-Based Development Initiative. He made the announcement outside Calvary Community Church in Crown Heights, a house of worship that will build more than 150 affordable units for low-income seniors and families, working in partnership with a regional non-profit providing supportive services and a local developer.

…$500,000 in funding was granted by Borough President Adams to be used for construction costs of Calvary Intergenerational, a 154-unit mixed-use affordable housing development in Crown Heights targeted to serve low-income seniors and families. To be built across two buildings located at 1485 St. Johns Place and 1575 and 1579 St. Johns Place, the project will include 11,000 square feet of ground -floor retail space and a 17,000 square-foot multi-use community facility to be operated by the Calvary Community Church.

Calvary Intergenerational will include 72 units set aside for low-income seniors between 27-47 percent of area median income (AMI) AND 81 units for families with incomes between 47-97 percent of AMI, plus one super’s unit. Selfhelp Community Services will provide on-site support and programming to senior residents with the mission of maintaining their independence; they will provide a broad range of engaging activities, classes, and health-related services, in addition to offering video and Internet technology in residential units to create an interactive experience that reduces social isolation, promotes wellness, and provides better access to community services.

“Long before there was a borough president named Adams or a mayor named de Blasio, there was a dream,” said Pastor Cecil Henry of Calvary Community Church. “Now that –the dream to minister not just to the spiritual needs, but also to the physical needs, of this community — can be reality.”

“Borough President Adams’ generous investment in this project will help ensure that, together with our partners, Selfhelp Community Services is able to develop a residence for service-enriched affordable living that enables our city’s seniors to live with independence and dignity,” said Stuart C. Kapla, chief executive officer of Selfhelp Community Services. “We look forward to serving the residents at Calvary Intergenerational in homes in that are attractive, safe, and affordable….

Pastor Gilford Monrose
Director, Faith-Based & Clergy Initiative
Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams