The 150th Anniversary of Our Current Church Building: 1863-2013
Dear Friends in Christ,
We are blessed in this Parish with an incredibly rich heritage that spans three and a quarter centuries. We are further blessed that our current church home has been our center of worship for a century and a half.
Those numbers are hard to take in, so let me connect this heritage to our national history. When George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States, in New York City in 1789, this Parish was already 101 years old! When the doors of our current church (our fourth church building) opened in 1863, Abraham Lincoln was President.
Longevity, however, is merely the tip of the iceberg here. The true riches of our heritage are found in matters less tangible than dates or buildings. This place has been sanctified by 325 years of prayer, by scripture and sacrament, by the continuous stream of weddings, baptisms and funerals. To walk into this church is to experience a place made sacred by the lives and prayer of many generations.
People have come through the doors of four church buildings on this site and have found God and a community here. From this place, generation after generation have reached out to meet the changing needs of their times. We began as a refuge for those fleeing religious persecution. Very soon the rectory became a boarding place for students when there were yet no public or private schools in the area. When the Parish House was built in 1892, it consolidated in one place the wide variety of ministries of the parish that had developed over a long time. This building was envisioned as a place to bring together the life of the parish; it was to be a community center to the wider community as well. Here the parish provided religious education for children and adults, but also broadly accessible musical, literary, social and recreational options. After World War II, we became a center to collect non-perishable food to send to Japan. Later a thrift store provided clothes to those of limited means and raised money for outreach. As community needs changed, we provided space for a moveable shelter and a theater, and established our own Brown Bag lunch program that now serves those in need five days a week.
The beauty and depth of our worship combine with our education and outreach programs, and our focus as a center for the arts, to make this a truly blessed parish. We come from the Caribbean, from Africa, and from all over the States to connect to a rich heritage and to build something wonderful for God as a Parish Family. We have so much to celebrate! Please join in the events celebrating this terrific year!
In Christ’s love, Fr. Robert E. Gahler, Priest-In-Charge
Inaugurating the Parish’s 325th Anniversary Year
The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York Episcopal Visitation to Trinity St. Paul’s, New Rochelle, Sunday January 27, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m. Patronal Feast of the Parish: The Conversion of St. Paul.
The Huguenot Cross
Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Anglican) 311 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Fr. Robert E. Gahler, Priest-In-Charge Office: 914 632 5368 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.trinitystpaul.org
325th Parish Anniversary 1688-2013 Parish and Settlement of New Rochelle founded by Huguenots, French religious refugees, in 1688.
150th Building Anniversary 1863-2013 Current building (our fourth), designed by Richard Upjohn, opened September 13, 1863
Trinity St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Anglican) 311 Huguenot St., New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-632-5368 Email: email@example.com * Website: www.trinitystpaul.org
“RAISE THE ROOF” GALA DINNER
SATURDAY JUNE 1, 2013 @ 7 PM The Parish Hall at Trinity St. Paul’s
The 1892 Parish House and its needy roof. Photo by Francis Logan.
In Honor of our Parish 325TH Anniversary: A Fundraiser for a New Roof for our 1892 Parish House.
Elegant Dinner provided by area Restaurants. Silent Auction & Dancing.
SAVE THE DATE!! More details to follow.
325TH FESTIVAL WEEKEND: FRIDAY DINNER DANCE
September 13, 2013 The Davenport Club 400 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle.
An Evening of Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner & Dancing.
Photos during Hors d’oeuvres, Our 320th Dinner-Dance, September 2008.
Photos by Francis Logan.
325TH FESTIVAL WEEKEND: SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE & FUN DAY ON THE GROUNDS
Fun Day on the Grounds, September 2008. Photo by Francis Logan.
Saturday September 14, 2013
Games, Treats, Face Painting, Food, Face Painting, Steel Drum Band, Historic Tours, Fire Truck, and lots more!
325TH FESTIVAL WEEKEND: SUNDAY EVENSONG
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop & Primate, The Episcopal Church USA, will Officiate at a Festival 325th Parish Anniversary Evensong Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 4 p.m. Trinity St. Paul’s, New Rochelle.
The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, Honored Guest & Host Bishop.