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UPDATE: After more deliberation and prayer the decision has been made not to hold Art, Hands, and Heart in 2020. This was a very difficult decision, as there are families who were longing for this to happen, and this has been a beautiful part of our outreach to the community for the last four years in the summer. However, as we continue to try to do everything we can to limit short term “unnecessary risks” in order to support the long term re-opening efforts of New York State, this seemed the right thing to do. The energy of planning is being redirected towards several possible ideas for this Fall and beyond.  Stay tuned!

What's Art, Hands and Heart?

Imagine a week of summer when children get in touch with their own hearts, spend time in peace, without electronics and other distractions of modern life. Focusing on simple things, like breathing, and using their creativity to make things with paint, fabric and wood. Dreaming using storytelling and puppetry to investigate big themes and wondrous ideas, visualizing the world they want to live in, and feeding the possibility of those dreams.

A new kind of summer program that brings the arts and the spirit together, celebrating the world and all that is good in it, through hands-on art and music, mindfulness, stories, games, and play. A place where children can explore myths, legends, and adventures in many different ways! Finding their own stories and celebrating being THEMSELF! Great stories, quality art instruction, centering mindfulness activities, games, music-making, and community building activities help children connect with themselves, each other, and the world.

This is Art, Hands and Heart!

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."

These words were spoken to the disciples by our Risen Lord, Jesus, and it is with these words that the disciples began to inform others about the teaching of Christ.

Christ's command to "go therefore and make disciples" began the Christian church, and it's this same command that lead a small group of people from First Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, New York to realize that there was a need for a Lutheran church in New Paltz.

It was a lengthy process that saw our congregation worshiping in a number of different locations, whether it was an American Legion Hall or sharing worship space in Lloyd Methodist church, where people on cold days would huddle around borrowed gas stoves to hear and share the Word of God, our congregation remained committed to establishing a Lutheran presence in New Paltz. And in 1966 our congregation dedicated a house of worship at our current location.

Though we've continued to grow over the years, including an expansion to our worship space in 2001, we've maintained the same devotion to sharing and spreading the Word of God that was present when huddled around those gas stoves.

We welcome you to visit with us, and experience the same joy in Christ that has sustained this congregation throughout the years.

Redeemer is located at 90 New York Route 32 South, just across the street from the south east portion of the SUNY New Paltz campus, in the beautiful town of New Paltz, New York - just a short drive from the New York State Thruway.