A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER IN LONG ISLAND CITY
RENEW QUEENS, the newest community development center in LIC, is seeking to offer services, programming, and events for children, youth, adults, seniors, and families throughout Western Queens. Established in the fall of 2016, Renew Queens was founded with the desire to see renewal brought to our neighborhood through initiatives centered upon educational and resourcing opportunities, practical life-stage and life-situation support, and community development through relational connection and networking opportunities for those who call Western Queens home.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018
Annual Queens Easter Festival
The 2018 Queens Easter Festival drew nearly 3,000 individuals between our two locations in LIC on the waterfront, and in Queensbridge Park. This event was offered free to the community, and consisted of age-specific egg hunts, family games and booths, live children’s entertainment, and resourcing tables for local businesses, non-profits, and churches throughout western Queens to engage and partner with local residents.
Women of Queens
In partnership with “The Bridge” serving the whole of Queensbridge housing projects and the surrounding area, this course seeks to build up women as influencers by creating an accepting place for women to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope.
Young Lives: Teen Mom Support Group
We provided teen moms with a safe environment to dive deeper into the Bible, through a group called Campaigners. YoungLives leaders and young mothers come together and explore the intricacies of God's love while being encouraged to ask questions and take part in open discussions. While mommies are exploring scripture their babies are being cared for by childcare workers.
Music Classes for Kids and Parents
Through various local artists and teachers we are able to offer affordable classes for kids in voice, piano, percussion, guitar, theatre and dance.
On a weekly basis we offer our space as a free gathering place for those in the community longing to create relationship, find communities of support, and share best practices in raising kids here in the city.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. Each session begins with a great meal, followed by a short talk or film looking at a different aspect of the Christian faith. After that, there is a time for open discussion in a friendly small group.
LIC Tech Breakfast
The LIC tech breakfast is a gathering of local tech entrepreneurs seeking to network, share best practices, offer resourcing and support and look for ways to partner for business development and community development alike.
Queens Council of the Arts
We have been happy to be the home for the Queens Council of the Arts “High School to Art School” program. Offering training and opportunity for high school seniors to be accepted into top tier art schools at the university level.
Renew Queens plays host to QWNS Connect, an organization aimed to develop relationships and foster community among young adults in Astoria/LIC.
The Praxis Course aims to help a rising generation of leaders to develop an imagination for what we call "Redemptive Entrepreneurship"—leveraging personal and organizational power for the sake of others, leading and growing ventures that join God in the renewal of all things, in all sectors.
Queens Summer Kids Club
A 3-week camp in partnership with YouthWorks and Wellspring Church NYC for kids ages 5-10.
La Leche Community Meetings
Renew Queens is a home for La Leche meetings in LIC for moms looking for resourcing, coaching, and support with breastfeeding.
Holiday community art making events taking place at Renew Queens.
The 2019 Queens Easter Festival
The 2019 Queens Easter Festival will draw nearly 3,000 individuals between our two locations on Saturday, April 20th.
This fun-filled morning will consist of age-specific egg hunts, ample carnival games, live children’s entertainment, appearances from the Easter Bunny, face-painting and more!
This is event is provided FREE to the community and is sustained 100% by the generosity of donors to Renew Queens.
***UPDATE: DUE TO THE WEATHER WE ARE COMBINING THE FESTIVALS INTO ONE LARGE FESTIVAL. ALL WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT GANTRY PARK FROM 1pm-4pm. WE WILL BE HONORING ALL REGISTRATIONS FROM AGE GROUPS FROM BOTH FESTIVALS. SEE BELOW FOR NEW EGG HUNT TIMES. AS ALWAYS, THE GAMES, EASTER BUNNY, AND FACE-PAINTING ARE OPEN AND FREE TO ALL FROM 1PM-4PM, REGARDLESS OF REGISTRATION.
Visit Queenseasterfestival.com for all the details.