YULETIDE CANDLE WALK
CAROLING AT OYSTER BAY CHURCHES
Oyster Bay is fortunate to have many churches from different eras, each with its own distinctive architecture and history. This holiday season a wonderful new family tradition is born—a candlelight procession from church to church, with the holiday decorations, spirit, and music at their most festive awaiting the guests at each church. A brief introduction to history and architecture of each church will be presented. Local residents of all creeds are invited to share in this enjoyable ecumenical evening.
We start our special journey at 4 p.m. at Christ Church (Episcopal), where President Theodore Roosevelt worshipped, with “Lessons & Carols” (readings from scriptures interspersed with hymns and carols). This will be followed by a short talk, delivered by Reverend Peter Casparian, about the history of the church.
At 5 p.m., with lights in our hands, we walk across East Main Street to the First Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian), an architectural gem on the National Register of Historic Places and parish of TR’s parents. Pastor Jeffrey Prey will welcome visitors and speak about the church’s history. Music director Jessica Chen will then treat us to a medley of Christmas tunes played on the unique organ.
Next, we head up the hill at 6 p.m. to St. Dominic’s Church (Roman Catholic) and its resplendent chapel, where we enjoy the charming voices of its Youth Choir and hear the story of this beautiful church.
We proceed back down to view three more local churches on South Street: the Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Baptist), the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church (African Methodist Episcopal), and the North Shore Community Church (Presbyterian Church in America).
The North Shore Community Church and Pastor John Yenchko invite everyone to warm up and fuel up with hot cider and hot chocolate for the children, eggnog for the adults, and cookies for all! Well fortified, we head into the chapel for a jolly sing-along of holiday songs.
Dress warmly, carry a flashlight or battery-operated candle to light the way, and have fun!
For Additional Information Contact
Diane Meltzer, OBMSA Promotion Chair, 516-922-6481
Ewa Rumprecht, OBMSA Promotion, 516-225-6042