2002-11-02 / Community

Far Rockaway Church Celebrates 93 Years

Far Rockaway Church Celebrates 93 Years

The Far Rockaway First Church of God, located at 1425 Beach Channel Drive, is now celebrating 93 years of service to the Rockaway community.

The church had its beginning in 1909 by a few dedicated saints. The earliest pioneers included Sisters Fannie McCord Combs, Matilda Rogers, L. Wardlaw, Rhina Williams and S. Cooper.

The congregation grew from this group and became the first black church in the Far Rockaway community and the First Church of God congregation in New York City.

First Church of God is open seven days a week serving the community with a variety of programs including noon day prayer, day care, after school program, food pantry distribution every second and fourth Saturday for those in need, substance abuse counseling, computer and job training, housing assistance, offsite Mercy College program, senior and hospital visitation ministries and youth fellowship/choir every Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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