Guided tour

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

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Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Learn about the history of neighborhood and houses of worship
  • Join the local congregation for worship and gospel
  • See former residences of some of Harlem’s notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance
Full description
Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. But, see more than fashion or a show, Harlem congregants consider church worship and church family an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and cameraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Live guide
  • Tips (optional)
  • Contribution to the church’s offering plate
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meet your guide next to the 125th Street subway at the entrance on the NW corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd. You can access the subway entrance adjacent to the Wholefoods Store. Take the #2 or #3 subway line UPTOWN to the 116th Street station.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Cameras
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • No photography or video during church service, and no backpacks
  • Appropriate dress, no short shorts or bare shoulders
  • While this tour is free, a donation of $5 each to the church's offering basket which is passed during the service is requested. This contribution helps the church to grow its ministry and continue its work
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 112 reviews

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Our Harlem Gospel tour was very informative. Doris, our guide was relaxed, prepared, and knowledgeable. She helped each person on the tour with the rest of their day’s planning and how to make it happen. Having lived in Harlem for so many years, and being such an active contributor, she was a wealth of information historically and culturally. Doris helped us find outstanding soul food and got us tickets to see our Vice President speak at Carnegie Hall! Doris a gem!

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November 1, 2021


It is a mandatory visit when you travel to New York, the gospel mass is exciting, and it is quite long, so you can get a good idea about this tradition. You do it with the locals, which is more authentic. Also, after mass they take you around the neighborhood to explain the most essential of Harlem. I recommend visiting the neighborhood in a group, we were alone last year and we didn't have the same experience.

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August 20, 2019

well done, made the maximum out of this short but rathspecial program

It’s a bit unfortunate and awkward that this church service has become a tourist program and one cannot just attend without being part of one of the many organised hordes. Having said this, we were really pleased by the way our visit was organised and conducted by this team... George was a great guide and we spent a wonderful 2,5 hours in Harlem (where we actually stayed for a whole week)

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August 14, 2019

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