Monday, April 15, 2019


Century-old Brewster church to close its doors in two weeks

Parishioners gather around several of the antique items purchased at the farewell bazaar. Those 
pictured include: Shelley Pirre, Bob Cinque, Liz Farrell, Christin

BREWSTER – Dozens of parishioners and friends of a century-old spiritual institution in greater Brewster said ‘good-bye’ Saturday at a farewell bazaar sponsored by St. Andrew’s Church.

The more than 100-year-old tradition for Episcopalians comes to an end in two weeks when the stone church located on Prospect Street in Brewster Village closes its doors.

Church administrator Stephanie Florentino described St. Andrew’s as “not only a beacon for the community but also for our parishioners serving as their second home. We are losing our spiritual residence but will always remain in each other’s lives. The parishioners here are an amazing and loving group of people, many of whom have been attending St. Andrew’s since birth.”

The bazaar featured a wide array of merchandise including three vintage rocking chairs as well as an antique spinning wheel.

Long time worshipper Doris Vichi described the day as being bittersweet. “We hate to see our church close its doors but are happy that so many people attended our final bazaar and took home some of the treasures.”

Another longtime parishioner, Bob Cinque, was also saddened that the church was closing. “St. Andrew’s served as our second home for many years. We are so distressed that it is closing.”

The church will be celebrating its final Easter worship service on Sunday at 10 a.m. followed one week later by a closing service at 4 o’clock in the afternoon officiated over by a presiding Bishop from the New York Diocese. The community has been invited to both services.

The church itself and adjoining property are owned by the Episcopal Diocese of New York, which will decide what will happen to the 138-year-old stone church that is registered on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Register of Historic Places.


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