The Welsh Congregation of New York City

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Who We Are

Come, visit us - we are the Welsh Congregation of New York City, and we invite all, the Welsh and all those who are interested in our country and our culture. Once a month we gather at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for worship, song and socializing.

Our services are held in both languages, so don’t worry if you are not a Welsh speaker.

Worship is led by Dr. Philip Rutherford Newell, who delivers his inspiring sermons in English. Welsh speakers give readings and lead in song. We are lucky enough to have David Enlow, one of New York’s most gifted organists as our Director of Music, providing joyful music.

The church service is followed by a "tê bach" to which all are welcome for a good Welsh tea and fellowship. In addition to the Christmas Service of Carols, the Church has two great celebrations during the year: The Annual St. David's Service and Dinner in March, and the Cymanfa Ganu, Festival of Song, in April.
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    Saturday 12:00pm

    Address: Strawberry Fields, Central Park, 72nd and Central Park West New York, NY

    After the success of last year's Summer picnic we'll be organizing it again this year: on Saturday 11th July from 12 noon to 2 pm in Central Park (No rain date). It'll be potluck, so bring food ... More info

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What to Expect

What are services like?

Services are in Welsh and English.


What is the community like?

Native Welsh and diverse friends.


What if I'm not a Christian?

All are Welcome!

Our Services

Sunday: 03:00pm

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236 W 73rd St.
New York, NY 10023
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Church Leader

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Philip Newell

Dr Newell possesses some truly incomparable gifts: strong academic credentials in Church history and deep scriptural knowledge conveyed through incisive preaching. One additional qualification marks Dr Newell's resume, he has served the Church at the local, national and global levels and is ordained in both the Church of Scotland and the Church of England traditions. This makes him a very good match for the diverse Welsh Congregation whose members come form a broad range of religious traditions: Congregationalist, Unitarian, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian. It forms a diverse and extraordinary cosmopolitan membership. Dr Newell has led many congregations over the course of his pastoral career: He has held posts in major urban churches, in Washington DC for example but also served as interim minister for the French speaking Congregation in New York City. He moves easily between different parts of the church because he cares equally about all, as well as each and every member. Under his guidance the Welsh Congregation enjoys unique and insightful sermons - he preaches not from the height of the pulpit but rather form the Lectern and the open bible. His approach is to explain the text in terms of contemporary conditions and to prompt decisions and actions which address contemporary realities. He is as much a Teacher as a Preacher. After Harvard, Dr Newell also pursued post graduate studies in Scotland for two years at the Iona Community under its founder George MacLeod, a formative experience in his path to a remarkable life of pastoral service. One interesting fact is that he served as a graduate teaching assistant at Boston University when Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was a doctoral student there. He has not only taught and preached the message of the Gospel but has also lived it: he worked on providing logistical support for the March on Washington in 1963 and was jailed during voter registration efforts in Mississippi in 1964. What is Dr Newell's perspective on the life of the Welsh Church? "...There is a kernel of faithfulness and a historic life in the current Welsh congregation. My regret is that it isn't shared by more people; … a lot more people would enjoy the friendliness and the spirit of humanity that is present..."