A community of faith

We gather as friends to grow more deeply in faith, to educate our children in the Good News of a loving Savior, and to worship an Almighty God.

Steeped in History

Our congregation began in 1697 in the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." We worship there on summer Sundays.

Come as you are

People from many different traditions have a spiritual home in the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. We come together before God and one another just as we are.

Worship Schedule

10:30 a.m. Sundays at 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

Youth Program

Children experience God's love in learning and social activities.

Discipleship

We grow in faith through prayer, study, music and service.

Events Calendar

Check out events at the Clock Church and Old Dutch Church.

 

Destination Weddings

Plan your wedding or vows renewal at the charming, intimate Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow or the elegant. expansive Greek Revival Clock Church in Tarrytown. Read More

Welcome

We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.

You're  also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.

The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano


  • Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks a Major Step Forward for the Accessibility Project at Old Dutch

    "The congregation and friends are doing a remarkable thing for the community," Waddell Stillman, president of Historic Hudson Valley, told a gathering at the Old Dutch Church on April 3. The occasion was a groundbreaking ceremony for the $350,000 Accessibility Project. "Making historic buildings accessible to the physically challenged is one of the most difficult things to do well; we can all think of ungainly examples," Stillman said. "Hats off to the architect and congregation for a sensitive solution. It's a beautiful project, brilliantly conceived." Stillman and Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, who also spoke, noted that the congregation had kept up repairs on the building over three centuries. "The congregation's remarkable stewardship allows us to enjoy the building today," Stillman said.

    Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were (L to R) Fred Volpacchio of Hudson Design Build Group; Rev. Jeffrey Gargano; Renee Chillemi, vice president of the Consistory at the Reformed Church; Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray; Joanne Tall of Kamen Tall Associates; and Aubrey Hawes, president of Friends of the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground.

    Work will begin immediately to install the planned new entrance with expanded landing and wheelchair ramp and paved sidewalks. Completion is projected for mid-June, when regular summer worship starts.

     

  • ODC Groundbreaking Set for Mar. 15 Canceled

    A  groundbreaking ceremony scheduled at the historic Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been canceled due to exremely adverse weather. The groundbreaking for the Accessibility Project renovations will be rescheduled and an announcement made. When the project is completed, the church will be accessible to all who wish to visit. Work on the church entrance will include a wheelchair ramp and a larger landing at the door, with new steps that will be easier to climb than the existing steep, uneven stone steps. Fundraising for the project continues. Persons wishing to contribute may use this form.

     

  • Old Dutch Church Access Project Seeks Donations

    The photograph above shows how the church entrance will look when the Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project is completed in mid-2017. A more welcoming stairway will replace the uneven stones, and there will be a new wheelchair ramp and an expanded landing at the threshold. A fundraising effort has so far raised nearly $260,000. The total cost is projected to be $350,000. Says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano, pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns (continuing congregation of the Old Dutch Church), "Just as we have been gifted this marvelous house of worship by previous generations, we now have an opportunity to enhance it for future generations." Online donations

  • Renovations to Ease Access to Old Dutch for Disabled and Elderly Are Planned for Next March

    Design for the new entrance to Old DutchThe church has received town approval to go forward with the construction of an enhanced entrance to the Old Dutch Church (pictured). Work is expected to start in March and be completed by June, in time for next year's summer worship season at Old Dutch.
       The renovations will greatly ease access to the church for disabled and elderly persons. Specifically, there will be a more welcoming stairway to replace the uneven stones, a new wheelchair ramp and an expanded landing at the threshold.The expanded platform will permit gatherings, which are not possible now.
       The enhancements will make the church accessible to everyone, no matter what disability they may have, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano, adding, "Just as we have been gifted this marvelous house of worship by previous generations, we now have an opportunity to enhance it for future generations."

  • Lent Vespers Continues March 23

    Throughout Lent, time is set aside on Wednesday evening for reflection and simple song at the Town Clock Church. Choir director Jeremy Goldsmith has adopted the "Holden Evening Prayer" for the season of Lent. This has been a gentle and special half hour…settling into the sanctuary and allowing the peace of the place, the rhythm of the service, the reading and meditation on a Psalm to fill our spirit. Everyone is welcome. The next and final Vespers before Easter will be March 23 at 6:15 p.m.

     

  • West Indian-themed Brunch a Hit With Members!

    The First Sunday Brunch on March 5 was a meal not to be missed! About 70 members of the congregation and guests dined on West Indian themed dishes, including curry chicken, roti, rice and peas, jerk ribs, Creole soup, macaroni and cheese, beef pattie and more. Hats off to Trisha Sue and her team of volunteers who planned, cooked and served the food. First Sunday Brunch is served monthly in Ammerman Hall immediately following the worship service on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Elections to the Consistory Announced

    At the annual congregational meeting in February, the congregation unanimously approved nominations to the Consistory to fill two vacancies. Renee Chillemi vacated her Deacon position to serve as an Elder. Kevon Lewis was elected deacon to serve out the remaining two years of Renee's term. Keith Elder was elected to serve as elder. Click here to learn more.

  • Midnight Run Set for April 15

    The first Midnight Run for 2016 will take place April 15. We are seeking donations of men's clothing in good condition, toiletries, etc. Please bring your donations to the church after Easter. Teenagers will hand out sandwiches and clothing, shoes and toiletries to the homeless in New York City that evening. If you'd like to volunteer to sort clothes and make sandwiches on the day of the run, please contact the church office at (914) 631-4497.

  • 330th Annual Meeting Highlights Growth

    Church members gathered after worship on Feb. 7 to review church activities of the past year and plans for 2016, elect Consistory members, and approve a budget for 2016. Pastor Jeff Gargano highlighted how the work and investment in ministry over the past few years led to a significant growth in programming in 2015. He cited the Cherub and Youth Choirs, with as many as a dozen children attending rehearsals; the Old Dutch Fest's expansion to a "Dutch village" of offerings; and hiring a minister to children and youth to build upon and develop work already underway. The church hosted a vibrant music program, including concerts by organist David McConnell and tenor Marco Panuccio, and continued support of its annual teen mission to the Dominican Republic.

    The pastor gave a special thanks to Rob Wingate, outgoing vice president of the Consistory for the past three years. "So much of what we are seeing come to fruition today is not only because of Rob's support, but because of putting his nose to the grindstone," said Jeff. "Beginning with the Property in Mission effort five years ago, ministry to our youth where Rob met every Friday night year-round along with Moira for three years, developing our budget and Stewardship program and the sale of two properties in 2015 all were accomplished because of Rob's hard work and dedication to our church family." The two properties sold were part of the Vydareny Estate, a bequest of Julia, Paul and John Vydareny.

    The 2016 budget shows a "steady commitment to growth in our community." Among questions was one about the progress of the Old Dutch Church Restoration and Accessibility Project. "Sadly, this project has been tied up in both local and state government agencies," he noted. A buffet lunch was served after the meeting.

     

  • Join With Us This Holy Week

    We will gather at the Town Clock Church and Old Dutch Church on this, the holiest week on the Christian calendar, as follows:

    March 29
    Festival of the Palms, 10:30 a.m., Town Clock Church. Commemorates Jesus's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. In the days following, many welcomers turned against Him.

    April 2  Seder, 7:00 p.m., Ammerman Hall, Town Clock Church. We gather on Maundy Thursday, the name given to the day Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, known as the Last Supper. We use traditional elements of the Jewish Seder and incorporate the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist.

    April 3 Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Also known as the Service of Shadows, commemorates the day Jesus was crucified. The service is conducted by candlelight only, and includes readings of Christ's words from the cross. It ends in darkness, in silence and reflection.

    April 5  Sunrise Service, 6:34 a.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. We begin our celebration of the Resurrection at first light, in the stillness and early morning mist of the Old Dutch Burying Ground.

    Then, at 10:30 a.m., we gather at the Town Clock Church for the Easter Festival of the Resurrection, a joyous service featuring music from Handel's Messiah, with the Chancel Choir and orchestral accompaniment, on the church's new digital/air pipe organ; and a message by Rev. Jeff Gargano. It is followed by an Easter egg hunt for small children. Nursery care is available.

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns (the "Town Clock Church"), is located in the center of Tarrytown, NY, at 42 North Broadway (Route 9). The "Town Clock Church" is handicapped accessible. Ramps enter from the rear parking lot.

    Visiting the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow--which is located one mile north of the Town Clock Church, and is the oldest standing church building in New York State, built in 1685--requires ascending a long, steep hill; traversing uneven, steep stone stairs; and entering through narrow doorways and into narrow seating. Dress warmly; the church has no heating source other than a wood stove. We are sorry; there is no wheelchair access to the Old Dutch Church.

     

  • What It Means to Be a Church

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns formally welcomed ten new members on March 9. The growing membership, and a 2014 budget that "reflects serious commitment to ministry, outreach and care of our property," writes Pastor Jeffrey Gargano in his latest newsletter, " point to the way that together you carry out meaningful ministry within the life of our community. And, of course, that's what it means to be a church: to grow together, to grow in affection and care for one another, to serve wherever God gives us opportunity, to be examples of our faith to our children and encourage their spiritual growth, to welcome all in a spirit of fellowship. And most of all to love God with heart and soul."

  • Day of Celebration at Old Dutch Church

    Special tours of the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground are planned for Saturday, April 5, in celebration of Washington Irving's birthday. Scheduled activities include two one-hour tours, at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., of Catriena Van Tassel's gravesite and the gravesites of other possible inspirations for characters from Irving's most-famous story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Also included: an overview of Irving's life and a visit to his gravesite in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Cost for each tour is $10 per person. Tours begin at the South Gate of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. A free celebration and church tour will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Old Dutch Church. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.

     

  • Easter Week Services Announced

    Everyone is invited to Easter Week worship services and activities at the Town Clock church in Tarrytown and the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.

    April 13 Palm Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns (Town Clock church).
    April 13 Palm Sunday Concert 5:00 p.m., Town Clock Church. Free will offering. TE DEUM: We Praise Thee! Choral and orchestral music, handbells. Works by Haydn, Britten.
    April 17 Seder meal and service in Ammerman Hall, 7:00 p.m., Town Clock church
    April 18 Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
    April 20 Easter Sunrise Service, 6:10 a.m., Old Dutch Church
    April 20 Festival of the Resurrection, 10:30 a.m., Town Clock Church. Choral and orchestral music, brass, handbells. Featuring selections from Handel's Messiah.

    And for Children:
    April 12 10:00 a.m. Children will make Palm crosses to give out at the Palm Sunday service April 13.
    April 20 8:00 a.m. Teens will hide eggs around the Clock Church property.
    April 20 11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Treasure Hunt for younger children begins after the worship service.

     

  • NBNS Hosts Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

    The New Beginnings Nursery School will host its annual fundraiser, an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, with raffle and silent auction, on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ammerman Hall. Tickets are $12 adults and $6 children ages 2-12. For more information telephone the school office at 332-1943, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • Art Show Set for April 4

    The Spring Art Exhibit April 5 at the Town Clock Church will feature artwork by Dyan Rosenberg. Stop by after 5:00 p.m. and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and classical guitar by Joseph Grimaldi. The exhibit closes at 9:00 p.m.

     

  • VBS Is Coming!

    For five days each August, the sounds of children's laughter and activities ring out in the halls  of the Clock Church, as children gather for and take part in Vacation Bible School. It's a time for making new friends, singing, making crafts and learning Bible stories, and all children are welcome. VBS starts August 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon. This year's theme is "God Always Loves Us".  Download the registration formor obtain one at the church office:  914-631-4497.

     

  • Walkway Gives Easy Access

    New handicapped access

    A  handicapped-accessible walkway provides easy access from the Clock Church parking lot in the rear of the building to the church sanctuary via Randall Lobby. Renovations in 2012 widened the walkway, removed the steps and added  railings.

     

     

     

  • Lent Vespers Continues Two More Wednesdays

    Throughout Lent there is time set aside on Wednesday evening for reflection and simple song. Choir director Jeremy Goldsmith has adopted the "Holden Evening Prayer" for the season of Lent. This has been a gentle and special half hour…settling into the sanctuary and allowing the peace of the place, the rhythm of the service, the reading and meditation on a Psalm to fill our spirit. Vespers continues on Wednesday, March 16 and 23.

     

  • Getting ready for the empty tomb!

    March 25- All ages met together to build a scene that would remind us of Jesus burial and resurrection.

     

  • Easter Schedule

    Remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus.

    Palm Sunday, April 1
    12 noon  Egg-Candy shopping

    4 pm    Palm Sunday Concert

    Thursday, April 5
    7pm  Seder Meal at Clock Church
     

    Friday, April 6
    9-1-ish  Egg Hunt at Camp Warwick (meet at Clock Church)
    7 pm Good Friday Service at Old Dutch Church

    EASTER Sunday, April 8
    6:27 am  Sunrise Service at Old Dutch Church
    7:15 am  Middle Schoolers hide eggs at Clock Church

    10:30 am  Easter Service
    11:30-ish   Easter Egg and Treasure Hunts

    EASTER Monday, April 9
    3 -6 pm Wall Climbing Outing
     

    Any questions about meeting places, transportation or costs, contact Moira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A growing faith community

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  • Look at a bronze serpent, and live? Numbers 21:4-9 5th-8th Grade

    Moses was leading God's people around the land of Edom.  They became very impatient, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food."  Then God sent poisonous snakes which bit and killed many people.  The people realized and acknowledged their sin against God and prayed for the snakes to go away.  God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent.  Whenever someone was bit, he/she had to look at the bronze serpent on the pole.  And they would live.    Wasn't Jesus raised on a pole so that we might look on him and believe in him so that we might live?  We want, we hurt, we are wrong a lot.             We need Jesus to save us.

  • Feeding of 4,000-Matthew 15:29-39

    When asked why did Jesus feed the 4,000 people, the answer was simple enough from our second graders:  "They were hungry!"  Jesus fed the people as God did through Moses in the wilderness.  Has God provided you the things you need?

  • Register for Vacation Bible School

    Vacation Bible School is held each August for a week. Children join singalongs, make crafts, learn Bible stories and play together. The half-day program, held each morning for five days, is open to all the community and free for all who take part. Registration opens each June. Contact the church office (tel:  914-631-4497) for more information.

    Vacation Bible School Brochure

     

     

  • Godspell at Broadway

    Thirteen youth and young adults went with Pastor Jeff to see "Godspell" Sunday, March 11.  We first read Bible passages that inspire the songs such as, the passage about John the Baptist shouting "Prepare Ye the Way."

  • Miracle or Magic? 2nd-4th grade

    Jesus turns water to wine when the wine runs out at a party!  Here are other miracles we want to share...bunnies, kids, babies,sunrises, and cochlea implants!

  • Jesus gets angry? 5th-8th grade

    "He always forgives"  USA Soccer                      "It shows that he is human too."  detechman

    "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers."  Mark 11:17

    Our places of worship should be safe places where we can speak with God.

    "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up."  John 2:19  "Oh, I know, Jesus is fortelling the disciples about his death and resurrection."  USA Soccer and detechman

    Jesus is our temple where we can be safe and speak with God.

  • John Rose, Organist, to Perform March 10 at 5pm

    John Rose, organistThe new organ in the Clock Church sanctuary arrived February 28, and it is magnificent.  This week (today is March 5) is voicing and finishing, and the inaugural recital is Saturday, March 10 at 5pm.  Internationally acclaimed organist John Rose will grace us with a varied program that will demonstrate the new instrument's marvelous capabilities.  It is sure to be a memorable event, so come and share our joy!

  • "...and those who lose their life for my sake, and the sake of the gospel, will save it."

    We planted a "dead" pumpkin seed so that it will spring new life! 2nd-4th grade

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Holy Week 2018

March 25 Festival of the Palms, 10:30 a.m. at the Town Clock Church, 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y.
March 30 Good Friday Tenebrae, 7:00 p.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, 430 Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Also known as the Service of Shadows, this deeply moving program is an observance of the day Jesus was crucified. The service begins in candlelight and ends in darkness, as the congregation files out in silence.
April 1  Sunrise Service, 6:39 a.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Weather permitting, it is held outdoors in the early morning stillness of the Burying Ground.
April 1 Easter Festival of the Resurrection, 10:30 a.m., Clock Church. Special music by adult and bell choirs and musicians. Easter Egg Hunts for Sunday School following the service.

Sunday School & Infant Care

Infant care is available for children up to age 2. We have two Sunday School classes for 2-year-olds through grade 5, and a class for teens. More information

Activities at RCT This Month

New Beginnings Nursery School every weekday;
Twelve-step meetings Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday;
Capoeira twice weekly on Monday and Thursday;
Bible study at New Hope Fellowship on Tuesday;
ITAV monthly meeting plus board meetings on the second Tuesday;
Music Therapy for middle-stage Alzheimer's and family caregivers on the fourth Tuesday;
NAACP on the second Tuesday;
Boy Scouts on Tuesday;
Cub Scouts on one Tuesday per month;
Bells rehearsal on Tuesday;
Choir practice on Wednesday;
Bible study at RCT on Wednesday;
Yoga on Tiesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.;
Tai Chi on Friday.

On many Saturdays, Ammerman Hall is occupied with parties or preparation for Sunday brunch, and of course RCT worship on Sunday morning and New Hope Fellowship worship Sunday afternoon.

Old Dutch Church Is Now Wheelchair Accessible

Pictured above is the new entrance to the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. The renovation work was completed last spring. A new stairway  with an enlarged platform at the top has replaced the former uneven steps up to the church door. The church is easily accessible via a wheelchair ramp, which connects to paved paths through the Burying Ground and also to a sidewalk from the parking area.

An Overview

A unique video tour of the church and town, courtesy of Jeremy Goldsmith.

Reformed From What?

What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.

“Our salvation is not that we know, but that we are willing to be known."

       - William Willimon