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DT LAB Launched: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Redeemer Downtown is launching a new congregation — Downtown LAB (DT LAB)  — in the Madison Square Park neighborhood.
The new Downtown congregation will meet on Wednesday nights (7 to 8:45 p.m.) at Baruch College's Mason Hall (17 Lexington Ave, entrance on E. 23rd) and will seek to serve and connect with a community that's not familiar with church or is looking for something different. LAB will invest deeply in the lives of its congregants to see them flourish spiritually and equip them to live out the gospel in their relationships, workplaces and neighborhoods. 

As the name LAB connotes, our new congregation will not be church as usual. We will look to innovate, try new things and create a community and worship space that is inviting to a wide variety of people and backgrounds. LAB will include opportunities for everyone to hear the gospel message and worship with modern music, and there will be a Spotlight feature each week to focus on a guest performer, artist, or mercy and justice cause. We invite you (and your family and friends!) to join us as we discover new ways to experience the gospel and enhance the lives of everyone in the Madison Square Park neighborhood. 

Forming community and training together
To prepare for LAB's official launch (Wednesday, November 28), the team had a series of prayer walks every Wednesday night during the summer. In the fall, Redeemer Downtown focused on an eight-week Catalyst series during the 5 p.m. service. Every week, the pastoral team gave a Catalyst Talk on a specific theme, with staff-led discussions after service. All this helped prepare the Downtown congregation with the opportunity to be trained through a Gospel in Life curriculum, in order to form a new community.

On Wednesday, November 7, LAB hosted a Vision Night, where the core team discussed their hopes for the new congregation and gave the congregation a taste of worship. For Soft Launch (Wednesday, November 14), gospel and R&B singer Liz Vice led worship and also gave a special performance while sharing her journey as an artist. The Official Launch opened with hip hop/rapper Genaro Ortiz and featured a Spotlight on Hope for New York and its affiliate, Restore NYC.

Want to be part of the team?
We're always looking for Redeemer Downtown congregants who are committed to serving this neighborhood and would like to make LAB their home congregation. If you have prayerfully considered joining this congregation and feel that God is calling you to be a part it, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected].


DT LAB Schedule


Dates Event Spotlights

January's Theme
Includes: film, music, visual arts

Wed. 1/2
No service
The location is closed

Wed. 1/9
Regular service
Madi Cunningham
No Story of Grace

Wed. 1/16
Regular service
Downtown Folk Band
No Story of Grace

Wed. 1/23
Regular service
No Spotlight.
Story of Grace resumes

Wed. 1/30
Regular service
No Spotlight.
Story of Grace resumes



November 7, 2018 - Where Are We Headed

November 14, 2018 - A Movement of Radical Welcome

December 5, 2018 - The Longing for Peace