Church History

"To all Christian People, Know Yee, that I, David Youngs of Southold, Taylor, in consideration of ye sum of five shillings, currant money to me in hand paid, by the persons that have builded a meeting house in ye Oysterponds lower Neck in ye sd Township, doe grant, bargaine and sell unto sd persons interested ... so much land as the said Meeting House taks to stand upon ... this first day of January 1717/19 ... David Youngs"

 

With the above words, written into the town records by the hand of Benjamin Youngs, Town Clerk of Southold, it is seen that the meeting house mentioned was erected in Orient before the end of 1717.  While the new year began in March under the old calendar, under the new style it began the first of January.  How many months the building may have been standing when the deed was drawn are not known; yet undoubtedly this was the first place of worship in the eastern hamlet. 

 

The piece of land deeded by David Youngs was not only very small; it was covered by the structure upon it.  So before sealing the document he adreed that the "sd persons shall have the liberty and privilege of halfe a pole width of land against the east end, and the North side, of ye sd meeting house, the sd persons fencing the same."  As the years went by this land was increased by further purchases and the stipulated fencing, if it was ever placed there, disappeared.

 

From Augustus Griffin, chronicler of Orient's earliest times, we have a description of that first meeting house.  Indeed, Mr. Griffin (1767 - 1866) was one whose lifetime spanned all three of the buildings on this site.  He said of that early one that it was "a singularly constructed affair, about thirty feet square, two stories high, and on top of the second storey was raised another square building ten feet square and nine feet high, and then the finish something like the lower part of a steeple, with an iron spire, which supported a sheet iron figure of a noble game cock, showing the course of the wind, which it continued to do so with unerring precision for a term of ninety years."

 

Although this building appeared "singular" to Augustus Griffin, it had its counterpart in several other meeting houses in the colonies at that time.  Windows being expensive, our meeting house doubtless had few.  They probably were of the casement type with leaded, diamond panes, for sash windows, introduced some places in 1715, were too new for this little community.  Within, we can be sure there was a gallery running around three sides of the second story level, while on the first floor the plain pulpit at the rear was faced right, left, and front by backless benches.  There was no heating arrangement; lighting, when necessary, was by candle; no musical instrument was provided; and no form of decoration or symbol of any kind was used.

 

All avoidance of the latter was in strict keeping with the Puritan tradition, in which religious art  and decoration were considered popish.  Altars were never used and even the word "church" had bad connotations to these people, who had broken with the established Church of England.  Calling themselves religious "societies" they held services in "meeting houses" and adhered to the congregational form of government or rule, being completely independent from any other society of central body.

 

(More to come)

December 12 2017

Monday, October 9

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club, Sterlington Deli - 9 a.m. 

Tuesday, October 10

"Tuesday's Angels," 2:45 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 11

Community Garden Team - 9:00 a.m. 

Thursday, October 12

Men's Fellowship Breakfast - 8 a.m., Sterlington Deli

Building and Grounds Workday - 9 a.m. 

Homemaker's Club - 12:30 p.m. 

Friday, October 13

AA - 9 a.m. 

Sunday, October 15

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m, Rev. Ben Burns preaching

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m. 

Monday, October 16

AA - 9 a.m. 

Women's Breakfast Club - 9 a.m., Sterlington Deli, Greenport  

Tuesday, October 17

Greenport Ecumenical Ministries, 12 noon 

"Tuesday's Angels," 2:45 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 18

Church and Ministry, 10:00 a.m., Mt. Sinai

Marsha Williams Listening Tour, 12:30 p.m., Mt. Sinai 

Thursday, October 19

Men's Fellowship Breakfast - 8 a.m., Sterlington Deli

Building and Grounds Workday - 9 a.m. 

Homemakers' Club - 12:30 p.m.  

Friday, October 20

AA - 9 a.m.

Saturday, October 21

Mary Van Nostrand Memorial Service, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 22

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m. - Mission Sunday, Helen Proud preaching

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.  

Monday, October 23

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club - 9 a.m., Sterlington Deli, Greenport 

Tuesday, October 24

"Tuesday's Angels" - 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25

Church Council - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 26

Men's Fellowship Breakfast - 8 a.m., Sterlington Deli

Building and Grounds workday - 9:00 a.m. 

Friday, October 27

AA Meeting - 9 a.m. 

Sunday, October 29 - Reformation Sunday

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 30

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club - 9 a.m., Sterlington Deli

Tuesday, October 31

Tuesday's Angels canceled today.  Happy trick-or-treating!   

Wednesday, November 1

"Messy Church" - 5:30 p.m.  

Thursday, November 2

Men's Fellowship Breakfast - 8 a.m., Sterlington Deli 

Church Workday - 9:00 a.m. 

Friday, November 3

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Saturday, November 4

Suffolk Association Fall Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Mt. Sinai Congregational UCC

Sunday,  November 5

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Ryah Henderson preaching

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.  

Monday, November 6

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club - 9 a.m., Sterlington Deli, Greenport 

Tuesday, November 7

"Tuesday's Angels" - 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 9

Men's Fellowship Breakfast - 8 a.m., Harbour Front Deli

Building and Grounds Workday - 9 a.m.  

Friday, November 10

AA - 9:00 a.m.  

Sunday, November 12

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.   

  

  

 

 

 

 

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