St. George's Episcopal Church

Service is at 8:00am & 10:15am

    

Mission

At St. George’s, our mission is to receive the word of God and to be the hands of Christ to serve our neighbors here in the village of Hempstead. We work as one body to express Jesus’ truth and to love the world.

Church Life

Guild of the Christ Child

The Guild of the Christ Child aims to foster the Christian development of the children of the church from baptism throughout the church school years and beyond.

Episcopal Church Women

Episcopal Church Women

An organization which is dedicated to bringing women together and to serve God by providing service to others. They provide a safe place where every woman is free to become the person Christ created her to be.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood focuses on its disciplines of Prayer Study and Service. They are involved in Scouting, Mentoring, and many service projects at the church and in the community.

Altar Guild

Altar Guild

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

Boy Scout Troop 300

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America--incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916--is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Girl Scout Troop 300

Girl Scout Troop 300

Girl Scouts is preparing every girl for a lifetime of leadership—from taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own business.

Acolytes

Acolytes

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.

Food Pantry

Food Pantry

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.

Parish Clergy, Musicians & Staff

The Reverend Frederic A. Miller, Interim Rector
Dr. Albert Stanek, Organist
Caron Langaigne, Parish Administrator
Oscar Hall, Sexton

Members of the Vestry
Wardens: William Johnson (Class of 2018)
Michael Hunte (2019)

Vestry Members:
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

ABOUT

Our History

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.
Please join us after each service for fellowship, coffee and refreshments in the Parish Hall.

Summer Service Schedule
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.

Church Information

  •   516-483-2771
  •   319 Front Street, Hempstead NY
  •   stgeorgeshempstead@yahoo.com

Rector Search

Our Vision for a New Rector:

We seek a rector who is spiritually grounded, a strong preacher gifted in delivery of sermons while understanding the role music plays in our liturgy. We look for a rector who will challenge us as we explore our own spirituality, and a guide to help us understand the power of our faith outside the walls of the church.

As in many parishes, the members of St. George’s Church are concerned about declines in attendance and revenues. We hope our new rector will work with us to welcome new members and find innovative ways to use and increase our resources.

We look for a rector who will care for us and help us to care for one another, especially those among us who are aging. We hope our rector will embrace the cultural diversity of our church and the community, will be an outgoing person with a sense of humor and an ability to make caring connections with individual parishioners. We look for a rector who will play an active role in civic organizations and seek to improve relationships outside the church and be a vital partner with other faith communities.

We would like a rector who will be a strong administrator, yet open to new directions and the opportunities that arise with change. Our rector needs to be committed to developing and strengthening Christian education (adult and youth), lay leadership and our music programs. We pray for a rector who will embrace our strengths and help us become stronger in our faith and our relationship with each other. Most important, our new rector will recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence among us and lead us with vision and prayer to grow as followers of Christ.

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We look forward to deepening our relations with our fellow churches and the community at large. Hempstead’s demographics have been steadily changing and we have great strides to make in serving our new neighbors. We have a solid foundation in our Food Pantry and Scouting ministries, but we are determined to take our mission to the next level. We are strengthening our financial position for operating and capital projects. We would like to get back to weekly Bible study and prayer meetings ...read more
Our Hopes

Our Hopes

For Our New Rector
People call St. George’s “the downtown church” because it graces Hempstead’s business district, which is dotted with elegant historic structures that are still in use. Our stately 1822 sanctuary is the village’s oldest church building; its grand rectory, one block south, dates to 1793. Across Front Street from St. George’s stands the Town of Hempstead’s 1918 Town Hall. Rising two blocks east is the spire of the 1855 United Methodist Church building; several other churches dating back 80 to 100 years are ...read more
Our Community

Our Community

At St. George's
Music is a valued part of our worship at St. George's Church. It has been a source of inspiration and solace over many generations. It supports the various aspects of the service. Our music selection makes use of all areas of church music from Gregorian chant to some best examples of modern hymnody. The hymns reflect the church calendar and are drawn from the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Wonder Love and Praise, and occasionally other sources. The organ in St George’s Church ...read more
Our Music

Our Music

At St. George's

CONTACT US

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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