First Congregational Church Celebrates 125 Years
On February 22, 1886, a group of sturdy 1800s entrepreneurs, led by Fannie Holland, came together and voted to form a Congregational church in the heart of Rockaway Beach. The church, which Holland and her neighbors originally organized as the First Congregational Society, has operated continuously since that time, holding services at three different sites in the neighborhood, before the present church sanctuary at 320 Beach 94 Street was dedicated in 1941.
This past Sunday, church members and supporters joined for a festive service, looking back at their history and proudly vowing to move forward even more passionately with their ministries of love and social justice in the future. Other events are planned for the coming year, including a dramatic presentation about the church founders. The community is invited to attend these events, which will be publicized in The Wave. Photos by Vivian Rattay Carter