2011-06-10 / Community

First Congregational Hosts Youth Activities


The First Congregational Church hosted a weekend art program for kids. The First Congregational Church hosted a weekend art program for kids. Spring has been a busy season at First Congregational Church, and members are working hard to celebrate the community in various ways.

On Memorial Day, numerous members of all ages marched to honor the veterans of Rockaway and the entire United States. They include one of our present-day patriarchs, Roy Ferguson who was a pilot in World War II, and the young men from First Congregational who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives. Their names are inscribed on the Doughboy Memorial at Beach 94 Street, where the church was located until the 1930s, when it moved to 320 Beach 94 Street.

On Mother’s Day, the entire service, including the sermon and the blessing, was conducted by the women of the church in a tribute to the role of mothers in our lives.

Partnership with PS 183 continues apace. The prom dress collection was a success; Jackie Stillwell, parent coordinator at the school, presented a recognition certificate to Pastor Joseph Medlin at a recent service.


The First Congregational Church recently marched in the Rockaway Memorial Day Parade. The First Congregational Church recently marched in the Rockaway Memorial Day Parade. The food drive by 100 Precinct Community Council benefited our food pantry. We thank the community for their contributions.

The children’s Saturday art program, under the direction of Rebekkah Rodriguez Thompson, has begun. This weekend, the little ones enjoyed painting murals and waterplay, as well. The partnership with Culinary Kids’ community supported agriculture project is in full swing; church members have been helping to educate the community about the Culinary Kids, and will be working to distribute organic produce shares at their Beach 94 building, sideby side, with student interns from SUNY Westbury and young people working in the city’s summer youth employment program.



Jacquelyn Stillwell, parent coordinator of PS-MS 183, presented a certificate to Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational, in recognition of the efforts made by church members in support of the school. Jacquelyn Stillwell, parent coordinator of PS-MS 183, presented a certificate to Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational, in recognition of the efforts made by church members in support of the school.

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