Greater Refuge Temple, New York City

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  • I went on a Sunday at 4pm as their website stated they had worship at that time. They did have a service but there was no choir :(  more »
  • Today, we waited on one side of the temple as there were two lines... a first "security" person told us it was not worth staying as it was already full... but people were still coming in, including so...  more »
  • It was definitely one of the best events we attended on the new York visit. The Baptist church is organized as a theater: the audience is reserved for the local faithful while the gallery to the guests. It is quite popular with tourists so to find a place it is good to arrive a little before the start of the function that on Sunday is scheduled at 11:00. Already at 10:30 a.m., a series of prayers and hymns proposed by the individual faithful begin and it goes on for almost three hours. The choir is very numerous and the voices are definitely good. The songs are engaging and it is spectacular to see everyone singing and dancing. The precepts and prayers of those who come to the pulpit are very different from what we are used to, in our churches: to be seen. Unlike other reviews, I have not witnessed an exaggerated "transportation" situation but surely the emphasis given to everything does not leave indifferent: you can consider it ridiculous or move depending on the sensibilities. In any case, it's something to check for yourself.
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  • We went to the 4pm service. It was nice that we were welcomed into the service with no issues. We were 2 dressed appropriately for the occasion. The participants of the service where around 80-90% tourists. A bunch of them not very respectful, talking loudly, with casual attire and even suitcases. Once the service started the gospel singing was beautiful and the atmosphere was engaging. Half the way through the service the pastor gave a passionate sermon that felt very oriented to non-believers, which presumably were most of the crowd sitting there. While I do recommend the experience, and the message was beautiful, maybe try the morning service, to get the real deal. Remember that this a place of worship and not a show when you get there.
  • My home church. Warm welcoming and worship for all. You leave with the spirit and the good word. After 30+ years I’m so blessed to still feel part of the church even after my absence over the years. God is good all the time!
  • TOURIST-TRAP. Being there waiting for an hour in the queue (10 a.m. worship starts at 11) we kept watching groups of tourists tours/buses entering massively. Around 10:45 we were told there wasn't any more space for non-locals. Then they explained to us that the tourists that could enter had booked a paid tour. It's a business.
  • The anointing this church, there is no other like Greater Refuge Temple. God bless you GRT.
  • Beautiful Church my family's been going his since I was a baby
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