HISTORY AND PARK AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
In 1954, the Collegiate School needed space for its Kindergarten program to meet, and Park Avenue United Methodist Church (PAUMC) was able to provide it. When Collegiate chose to discontinue the program a few years later, the Church decided to develop its own non-sectarian, preschool program. The school occupies space on the fourth floor of the Church’s parish building. It has one very large classroom divided into two sections (one section for the 2s/3s program and one section for the 3s/4s program) and a common area for play, block building and whole group work, including music. Our 2s program is in separate classroom also on the fourth floor. In addition, the school has a beautiful and inviting library in which story time and reading aloud are offered daily to every student during class. The library has a large collection of books which families are encouraged to borrow. A large well-equipped rooftop playground, one floor above, is used daily unless the weather prevents outdoor play. In that event, there is a large and equally well-appointed indoor playground in the basement of the church. The school’s administrative offices are on the fourth floor with the classrooms.
Established in 1837, Park Avenue United Methodist Church is an inclusive, Christ-centered community of faith seeking to love and care for our community and our world. First gathering in a room above a Yorkville tavern, the church moved into its fourth and current four-story building in 1927. A vibrant and diverse congregation of more than forty nationalities, Park Avenue is a member of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Reconciling Ministries Network. The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard, the senior minister, has led the church since her appointment in July 2011. For more information about the church, please visit their website at paumcnyc.org.