Taking part in the celebration

Children help with special services: on Palm Sunday, Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas and more.

Teens on a Mission

In recent years, we've sent youth teams to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to repair and improve homes.

Lending a Hand

Our youth volunteer at local nonprofits, from Neighborhood House to the Y to It Takes a Village.

Let's eat!

Picnics, pizzas, brunches, snacks, barbecue, dinners and more: we've got it covered!

Expanding their world

Organized outdoor sports, from snow tubing in winter to biking in summer, offer fun for all.
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Teens Help Veterans Celebrate Their Day, Nov. 11

 

Church youth and their leaders, pictured above, helped brighten the day for residents of the Veterans Administration nursing home in Montrose this Veterans Day by volunteering to help transport them to and from the festivities--and thanking them for their service. Pastor Mashona (pictured far left), herself having served in the armed forces, earns special thanks, too, for her vast effort over 13 years of engagement with those who call the VA facility their home. Says teen leader Robert Wingate (pictured far right), "She worked hard to involve our teens in spending time with those who have protected our nation in so many ways and places. We were all honored to be with her and her colleagues. Further appreciation to Mr. Keith (pictured 2nd from right) for taking the  day off from work to help lead and drive, and Ms. Mary for making herself available on a weekday similarly. These were generous contributions."
 

Church Teens Help Out at ITAV Event

Church youth volunteers assisted with the Soup Soiree sponsored by It Takes A Village 10591, held September 20 at Kingsland Point Park pavilion in Sleepy Hollow. Guests learned how ITAV, a community-organized group, helps seniors remain in their homes and live independently. Music was provided by "Heartfelt" quartet, and food and beverages were served. "Thanks to all the young, and young-at-heart, volunteers collaborating to make the Soup Soiree such a great success for It Takes A Village 10591," said Robert Wingate (pictured below right, wearing a lei), church youth co-leader. ITAV 10591 meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Clock Church.

Rob and Sandra Wingate, Deaglan Reis,Kevon Lewis, Nathan Gargano, Owen Steele

Youth Mission Team to Speak at Old Dutch

2015 Dominican Republic Youth Mission Team

Six teenagers, all members of the church's Dominican Republic Mission Team, traveled together to that country July 4-10 to help restore homes in Jarabacoa. They will make a presentation to the congregation during the worship service on Sunday, July 12. The team, pictured, from left to right: Gavin Ryan, Nathan Gargano, Tesher Zafrin, Hunter Burnett, Juliette Phillips, Jack Steurer. The team was accompanied by chaperones  Stephanie O'Dea and Pastor Jeff Gargano. Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m. at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy  Hollow.

 

"We Are Really Proud of Them"

Earth Day Clean-Up Tarrytown Lakes

 

A tired but satisfied crew of church teens takes a break after clearing trash from around the Tarrytown Lakes' Skating House on Earth Day, April 18. Shown above from left to right are Mark Fry of the Tarrytowns Lakes Committee, and church youth co-leader Robert Wingate. Seated are Kevon Lewis, Jeffrey Assante, Nathan Gargano and Nicholas Wingate. (The man in the cap was not identified.)

Earth Day Cleanup was just one of the community services these and other church teens (Christiana Nisco, Scotty Weaver and Owen Steele) rendered during April, such as helping set up the Warner Library book fair, and assisting with the Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day and the Neighborhood House annual fund-raising dinner for seniors.

Says Rob, "They were entirely indispensable on the many projects where they served. We are really proud of them for the impact they have made, for the way they have made friends for themselves and on behalf of the church; and for what they have learned." Rob and youth co-leader Moira Gargano were assisted by Joann Nisco and Rachael Gargano. "We as leaders are humbled to have seen them do these things, and model for others in our community what it means to serve as Christians seeing His face in that of all those around us."

Ready for the Easter Egg Hunt

Katie McCue-Schwartz is surrounded by Sunday School children on Easter Sunday. They are about to take part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Clock Church. Says Katie, "We combined the age groups and it was a lot of fun! What was sweet about it was that the bigger kids helped the little kids find a majority of the eggs, and shared their own eggs with them as well."

Making Dumplings for Chinese New Year

Left: Sunday School children and visitors joined their parents and other adults after the worship service Feb. 22 to make Chinese dumplings, a traditional snack enjoyed on Chinese New Year. Right: They also got to taste the results of their labors. Stephanie gives a lesson in how to hold chopsticks.

 

Finding Joy in Helping Others

Sunday School FundraisersThe donation jar is filling up! The Sunday School is raising money for an animal rescue in Brooklyn that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters down South. The entirely volunteer community-based organization then homes these dogs with foster families until the dogs are adopted. The kids have selected the animal rescue and Greystone Bakery as their focus of fundraising this year.
 

Special Family Service at Old Dutch

Pastor with Children's ChoirCherub Bell Choir

The 5:00 PM Christmas Eve family service at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow included children's choirs and bell-ringing.

Teens in Mission

Five years ago our church sponsored its first teen mission to the Dominican Republic. In July 2016, a team of nine teens traveled to a small village in Haiti for a week to create a new cement floor in a house with a dirt floor, a significant improvement in the lives of the family members who live there. In addition to the manual labor involved, the team worshipped together each morning and also got to know the people of the village. 

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Dominican Republic Teen Mission Trip 2014

Teens Travel to See the Globetrotters

A happy group of RCT youth and adults traveled to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, Nov. 14 to watch the Harlem Globetrotters face the Washington (D.C.) Generals in a preview of the teams's 2015 tour.

An exhibition basketball team, Globetrotters are renowned for family-style entertainment that combines comedy with ball-handling skill. The game was taped for an ESPN special that will air in December.

The RCT trip was made possible by Keith Elder, who contacted Sara Elder's brother, Shane Beardsley, who oversees events at the Webster Bank Arena.

Getting a Bird's-Eye View

Sunday School Visit to BakeryTwo Sunday School children joined other parents and kids to glimpse Greystone Bakery cooks from a unique perspective on hgh as they prepared baked goods. The bakery is one of two organizations that Sunday School children are raising money for this year. The Greystone Foundation that runs the bakery offers a second chance to those in need of employment who may have had a rocky past. With this open-door hiring policy, the Foundation improves the living situations and the economy in downtown Yonkers. Says Sunday School Director Katie McCue-Schwartz, "We all came away with a better knowledge of how community development coupled with an opportunity for a second chance can really make a difference in everyone's  lives!"
 

Responding to the Challenge

 

When our mission team reported back to the congregation after its week in the Dominican Republic, the team issued a challenge: to help a family replace its very dilapidated home. The team had put in a new floor, but it was obvious that far more was needed. The congregation was challenged to raise $2,000, enough for local carpenters to build new walls and cover the home with a real roof. The congregation's response was immediate. In fact, along with a wonderful anonymous gift, more than enough was raised so that future projects can be met. The photographs show the state of the home and what the congregation's additional support made possible. To learn more about the 2014 mission team, see "Our Teens Make a Difference in the DR."

 

Wii group hosts Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

"Wii Believe" participants recently hosted a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner for their families to join them in giving thanks to God, "something we do every time we eat together," says Moira Gargano, one of the adult leaders. The teens meet regularly every Friday night at the church between 7-9 p.m. to play Wii games on a large projector screen.

Christmas Pageant 2014 at the Town Clock Church