THIS BELL IS
DEDICATED TO GOD’S SERVICE,
AND TO THE USE OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,
YOUNG PEOPLE’S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR.
DECEMBER 25. 1890.
So reads the inscription on the bell in our church tower. The same bell that peels out at the beginning and end of each Sunday worship service or to celebrate a wedding, or which tolls mournfully as we remember those members of our church family that we have lost in the past year.
But who were the members of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor? When was their group founded? And, just how old were these ‘young people’? How did they raise the funds to have the bell cast? Did the bell first ring forth through the crisp midnight air at the end of a Christmas eve candlelight service in the then new church? Alas, the answers are shrouded in the mists of time. But we can imagine the work of these young congregants, holding bake sales, doing additional chores to raise money or canvassing the community for donations inspired by the great oak timbers of the tower which were rising heavenward from the skilled hands of Robert Nunns and his builders. They did ultimately raise the $300. cost of the bell. What a thrill it must have been for them to see the massive bell finally hoisted to its lofty perch and to hear its sweet sound roll through the streets and over the rooftops of 1890 Sayville.
Listen for it Christmas Eve and every Sunday morning.. Better yet, come join us Christmas eve at 5:00 for the ‘Family Service’ and/or 9:00 for the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. Or, any Sunday at 11:00 am for our regular Sunday worship.
Call the Church office at 589-1519 for more information.