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The Altar Guild, divided into teams, works closely with the Clergy to observe the liturgical seasons. This ministry assures that the worship and prayerful sacramental elements are present for both the clergy and the congregation. The Altar Guild also ensures the visitation boxes are prepared and ready for Clergy and Lay Eucharistic ministers.
Boy Scout Troop 300
Acolytes are active participants in our worship services. Becoming an acolyte is a great way to get involved and to learn more about Episcopal worship. While dedication is a requirement, a sense of discipline must be maintained as well. Acolytes can be any interested person. Schedules are posted and emailed. You may contact the Clergy if you are interested in becoming an acolyte. Periodic mandatory training sessions are required.
Greeters & Ushers
Our Ushers ensure that all who come to St. George’s feel welcomed. These men and women volunteer to be at the front door before the 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services to ensure each person entering receives a welcoming smile and a bulletin. They encourage first time visitors to sign our guest book so we may reach out to them.
Our food pantry was opened in 2007 when one of our church members saw need in our community. The Pantry serves the Hempstead Community at large, and all are welcome. Since its inception, over 1000 people have been recipients of food and other donations. Serving both individuals and families, we currently make distributions to about 230 people twice a month.
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Parish Clergy, Musicians & Staff
Mr. Veselin Evgeniev, Organist & Music Minister
Caron Langaigne, Parish Administrator
Oscar Hall, Sexton
Members of the Vestry
Wardens: William Johnson (Class of 2018)
Michael Hunte (2019)
Michael Amadi, Rosalind Whitehall (Class of 2018)
Raphael Roper, Donald Franklin (Class of 2019)
Joan Oxford, Ena Taylor (Class of 2020)
Youth: Aaliyah Johnson, Pacika Guerra
Chancellor: Janet Gordon
Treasurer: Joan Pinard
Clerk: Beverly R. James
The Rev. Ajung Sojwal
Mr. Veselin Evgeniev
Organist & Music Minister
Veselin Evgeniev was born in Bulgaria, and from the age of four he started learning the piano. He completed his professional qualification in piano and conducting at the National School of Arts ‘Panaiot Pipkov’ with the well-known Bulgarian pedagogue Ms. A. Vodenicharova. He moved to the USA in 2008 and graduated from The Long Island Conservatory in NY with Professor T. Poddubnaya Director of the Piano Dept. in LIC. Mr. Ninov has won over twenty competition prizes in national and international competitions. Mr. Evgeniev has performed chamber concerts and recitals in many European and North American music halls, including Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC. He has performed as a soloist with state philharmonics in Bulgaria, Russia and the USA. He has played for the Cathedral of the Incarnation since 2017 on many occasions and more regularly at Christ Episcopal Church, Garden City.
Our Parish is among Long Island’s earliest Episcopal (originally Anglican) congregations. We consider our founding date 1702, when England’s Society for the Propagation of the Gospel responded to Hempstead inhabitants who were seeking the services of the established Church of England by designating Hempstead a mission site for an Anglican parish. Reverend William Vesey and Reverend George Keith preached at St. George’s whenever possible until the first permanent rector, Reverend John Thomas, arrived in 1704. Since then, the succession of St. George’s has been unbroken. Reverend Thomas was responsible for the beginning of public education in Hempstead because he convinced the Hempstead citizens to create and maintain a fund for hiring a regular schoolteacher.
In 1706, Queen Anne of England provided the new congregation with a silver plate and a Book of Common Prayer. In 1734 the rector and congregation members were granted a charter of incorporation by the Province of New York, transferring what had been the property of the town to this corporation “absolutely and forever.” In 1735, King George II granted a Royal Charter to the parish. The bylaws of the Royal Charter govern the congregation’s corporate life to this day.
The 1648 meeting house was replaced in 1683, and again in 1735, at which time St. George’s famous rooster-shaped weather vane was mounted on its steeple. Fire destroyed the 1735 building in 1820, but the weather vane survived, and was affixed to the present church building, completed in 1822. The interior columns that still support the lofty sanctuary ceiling were hewn from oak trees dragged across the Hempstead Plains by teams of horses. The 1822 structure was extended in 1856 and remodeled in 1893 and 1906. Several of its many stained-glass windows were designed by Tiffany & Co. In 1854 the tower clock was purchased from Sherry and Brypan of Sag Harbor (four years before London installed Big Ben on the Palace of Westminster). St. George’s is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, along with its rectory, which has stood since 1793.
During the American Revolution, Hempstead inhabitants remained loyal to King George III. St. George’s became a headquarters as well as a place to worship for British soldiers, who occupied Hempstead for most of the Revolutionary War. Local folklore has it that the rooster weather vane was used for target practice by Hessian mercenaries, leaving it with sixteen bullet marks.
Our historic church represents stability, continuity, and insights conferred by our rich past. May we together share the blessings of life and love that God continues to reveal among us.
Schedule of Services
- Sunday 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
- Sunday 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir
- Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.
Summer Service Schedule
- Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.
Our New Rector:We have found a rector who is spiritually grounded, a strong preacher gifted in delivery of sermons while understanding the role music plays in our liturgy. Reverend Ajung Sojwal is a rector who will challenge us as we explore our own spirituality, and will help us understand the power of our faith outside the walls of the church.
Reverend Sojwal will work with us to welcome new members and find innovative ways to use and increase our resources.
We have found a rector who will care for us and help us to care for one another, especially those among us who are aging. Reverend Sojwal embraces the cultural diversity of our church and the community. She is an outgoing person with a sense of humor and an ability to make caring connections with individual parishioners. She is committed to playing an active role in civic organizations and seeking to improve relationships outside the church. Under her leadership, St. George's will grow as a vital partner with other faith communities.
Reverend Ajung is a strong administrator, yet open to new directions and the opportunities that arise with change. She is committed to developing and strengthening Christian education (adult and youth), lay leadership, and our music programs. We see Revered Ajung as a rector who will embrace our strengths and help us become stronger in our faith and our relationship with each other. Most important, she recognizes the Holy Spirit’s presence among us and will lead us with vision and prayer to grow as followers of Christ.
The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island
The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, Assistant Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Daniel Allotey, Assistant Bishop