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Address: 132 Odell Clark Place, Harlem, New York City, NY (Formerly 132 West 138th Street)
Phone Number: 212-862-7474
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral...

One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.

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Shameful. As ordained ministers in another denomination, we sought out this "Church" for worship last Sunday morning (1 Nov 2015) as it was mentioned in the guide books for... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2015
Watchet, United Kingdom

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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

There is no doubt this is a community church first, they are strict on what is ok! That said we were able to leave our backpack at a store around the corner for a small tip (I don't know there babe but they deserve loads of good karma). We were there 30minutes before, they are strict people, they check you... More 

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Watchet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Shameful. As ordained ministers in another denomination, we sought out this "Church" for worship last Sunday morning (1 Nov 2015) as it was mentioned in the guide books for this, our first visit to New York. However, I suspected something was not right when, instead of the usual "welcome" signs outside, there was a board outside demanding NO shorts, NO... More 

2 Thank John_UK_1954
Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

We were there on Sunday morning in front ot the door for gospel. The guys at the door say there is no place for tourists. We were said that the church is full of the community and no place for guests. Then we went to another one two blocks furhrer. It seems so that the travel guides have to suggest... More 

1 Thank Anonymus3434
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

After my early devotional time, I woke up my family to go together to praise together to this church... Dress us up (a couple and 3 little girls)... 2 Subways to get there and we finally reached the location. We were "not welcome" by 2 members of the church letting us know that "the tourist service is at 11am" I... More 

3 Thank CelinaIOP
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I can't recommend a trip here enough. It does involve arriving around an hour before the service, and then committing to a 2 hour mass, so not just a casual trip. You also have to wear smart, modest clothes as a mark of respect to the regular parishioners, but these are small inconveniences for such a unique experience. I am... More 

1 Thank BurnsAlex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Cannot believe tourists with negative comments. Many tourists come with no respect for regular churchgoers who come with passion for the Lord. Tourists come in shorts, talk during service and show little interest in the service. We were welcomed into the congregation, loved the passion of the sermon and the two hours passed like no other church service ever before.... More 

5 Thank Phillip H
Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I am a Christian. During my stay in NYC I decided, with my family, to go to this Church for the Sunday Mass. We wanted both to meet the Abyssinian Community and to listen to their (supposed) wonderful voices. WE WERE SIMPLY NOT LET INSIDE. Our sin was to be tourists and to not be part of that Community. Now... More 

5 Thank davidest23
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

First thing to remember is that this is a church which exists to offer a place of worship for the congregation. Don't go if you are just after "a show". The Sunday I attended, out of perhaps 100-150 tourists, only a handful actually participated in the service (singing, praying etc.). Service took 2hrs, we arrived to the queue 40min before... More 

2 Thank cloudberry2011
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I arrived with several hundred other visitors in search of inspiration and that's what this church provides: an excellent choir and band, beautiful building, warm welcome and inspirational service. It's an insight into the dedication of people in Harlem to help one another and build a real sense of community. However... the church advertises its presence to tourists and receives... More 

2 Thank Linda H
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I was attending a service with a friend on a very warm sunday in June. We arrived about 1,5 hours before service was supposed to start. There were about 20 people in front of us but in half an hour the line reached the next street corner. Members of the church were marching around and giving orders. People were supposed... More 

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