The Church of the Covenant Celebrates 150 Years
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Church of the Covenant commemorated 150 years of ministry on February 28. More than 100 people attended the event. Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Minister of The Riverside Church in New York City was the guest preacher. In addition Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spoke to the group and presented a Proclamation. Proclamations were also received from the offices of State Senator Liz Krueger and Public Advocate Leticia James. Remarks were heard from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Special Assistant for Community Affairs, Marilyn Mosley, and she presented a commendation. The Ambassador of Nigeria and his wife spoke, and there were acknowledgements of a host of clergy from the NYC Presbytery, USA Office of the United Nations and other officials.
The Church of the Covenant evolved out of a ministry plan to organize a Mission Sunday School to serve the needs of the very poor immigrants living in a shanty town area around East 42nd Street in Manhattan known as “Goat Hill,” because pigs and goats ran loose in the area. According to J. Cleveland Cady, one of the mission’s founders, in an address given on Sunday, January 28, 1906, “After much search a room in an industrial school above a stable at 206 East 40th Street was secured.” The Sunday Mission School occupied its room above the stable on East 40th Street from January 28, 1866 until December 24, 1871, when its current location of 310 East 42nd Street was dedicated. Cady, who served as Sabbath School Superintendent for 50 years, designed the church and many other notable buildings, including the southern wing of the American Museum of Natural History.
Rev. Cornell Edmonds, the interim pastor, says, “the church once known as ‘the church of the United Nations,’ is often blessed to have in worship alongside our members, dignitaries and tourists from around the world, residents and workers from around the area, and homeless and needy people from just around the corners.”
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