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)

November 14 2018

Thursday, October 25

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

Building and Grounds Workday - 9 a.m. 

Friday, October 26

AA - 9 a.m. 

Sunday, October 28

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m. 

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.

Church Council - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29

AA - 9 a.m. 

Women's Breakfast Club - Hellenic - 9 a.m. 

Tuesday, October 30

Christian Ed, 2:50 - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 1

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

Building and Grounds Workday - 9 a.m. 

Friday,  November 2

AA - 9 a.m.

Saturday,  November 3

Suffolk Association Fall Meeting, Patchogue Congregational, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Sunday, November 4

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.  

Monday, November 5

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club, Hellenic, - 9 a.m. 

Tuesday, November 6

Christian Ed, 2:50 - 4:00 p.m

Thursday, November 8

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

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

Friday, November 9

AA - 9 a.m.

Saturday, November 10

Pastor Ann's Retirement Party - 12 - 3 p.m.  Poquatuck Hall

Sunday, November 11

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.  Special Veterans Day Service

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, November 12

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club - Hellenic - 9 a.m.

Tuesday, November 13

Christian Ed, 2:50 - 4:00 p.m 

Wednesday, November 14

Suffolk Assoc Church & Ministry Mtg, Mt. Sinai, 10 a.m.

Thursday, November 15

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

Church Workday - 9:00 a.m. 

Friday, November 16

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.  

Sunday,  November 18

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.  

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.  

Monday, November 19

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club - Hellenic - 9 a.m.

Tuesday, November 20 - No Christian Ed Class

Thursday, November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23

AA - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 25

Celebration of Worship - 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Ann's Last Sunday before Retirement

Fellowship Hour - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, November 26

AA Meeting - 9 a.m.

Women's Breakfast Club, Hellenic - 9 a.m. 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

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