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Church of the Redeemer

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Church of the Redeemer in Merrick in 1963


According to the information in AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF Merrick, Long Island, 1643-1900, by Charles Kent, the non-denominational Union Chapel had existed in Merrick with no “settled minister“ since 1876.


“Services were held for several years with considerable regularity, but there was never a settled minister, his place being supplied by students from the Seminaries, engaged for each Sunday at the rate of seven dollars and fifty cents and expenses.  Large congregations resulted for a time, but gradually interest in the services declined. It became difficult to make the necessary payments and reimburse the young theologians. Efforts were made to transfer the property to other denominations in the nearby villages, but without success, and it was finally sold at foreclosure. 

Steps were then taken for the formation of a church mission under Episcopal jurisdiction and for repurchasing the Union Chapel property, which was speedily accomplished.


An Episcopal Church mission was started in Merrick in 1882.


“The church edifice was consecrated by the Right Reverend Bishop Littlejohn, July 26, 1887, and its title vested in the Trustees of the Diocese.”


In April 1890, “the church and parish were incorporated under the name of ‘The Church of the Redeemer.’"

See: http://www.archive.org/stream/historicalsketch00kent/historicalsketch00kent_djvu.txt


In 1912 the church had 65 families, with 290 parishioners.


Eventually, the Church of the Redeemer ceased operation, and in 1994 its property was sold to the Mar Thoma Church, which occupies the space today.



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