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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Parishoners from First Parish Church are joined by a group of rescue donkeys in a Palm Sunday a procession down Church Lane in Northville.

Local churches host Easter services

The following is the News-Review’s annual listing of Easter and Passover services hosted by local churches.

Riverhead

Sunday, March 31: Ecumenical sunrise service at Indian Island Park, 7 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST Church

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, ‘Seven Last Words,’ noon.

Sunday, March 31: Easter sunrise service, 7 a.m.; Easter breakfast (ticket required), 8:30 a.m.; Easter worship, 10:45 a.m.

Living Water Full Gospel Church

Friday, March 29: Good Friday communion service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter services, 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.

St. Isidore R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Stations of the Cross, noon; Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m. (English) and 7 p.m. (Polish)

Saturday, March 30: Morning Prayer, 8:30 am.; Food Blessings, 9 and 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Easter Vigil, 7:30  p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter Masses, 6 (Polish), 8, 9:15, 10:45 (Polish) a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m., followed by adoration until 11 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Solemn Good Friday Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter Masses, 7, 9 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

Riverhead United Methodist Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Sanctuary open for prayer and mediation, noon-3 p.m.; Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Fiesta Espiritual Hispana, 6-8 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 am., followed by egg hunt.

Church of the Harvest

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Baiting Hollow Congregational

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service on church lawn, 6:30 a.m., followed by a light breakfast; Easter resurrection service, 10 a.m.

Calvary Baptist Church

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Community Easter celebration for preschoolers to sixth-graders and their parents, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine.

Sunday, March 31: SonRise service at Jamesport Beach, 6:30 a.m.; Resurrection Sunday service, 10:50 a.m.

First Congregational Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday joint Congregational service, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Sanctuary open for meditation and prayer, noon-3 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m., followed by bread and coffee in fellowship hall.

House of Praise

Sunday, March 31: Resurrection Day service, 11:30 a.m.

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday service, 5 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, noon.

Sunday, March 31: Easter services, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Truth Community Church

Friday, March 29: Good Friday prayer service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10:30 a.m.

Aquebogue-Jamesport

First Parish Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday joint service, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10:30 a.m.

Old Steeple Church

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday services, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

North Fork Unitarian Universalist

Sunday, March 31: Easter service: “Be the Resurrection,” 10:30 a.m., Jamesport Meeting House.

Wading River

Congregational Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday dinner, 6 p.m., followed by communion service.

Friday, March 29: North Shore Clericus Good Friday service, noon; evening service led by youth group, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service, 7 a.m., followed by breakfast; Easter worship, 10:15 a.m.

Wading River Baptist Church

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service with foot washing and communion, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Resurrection Lord’s Day Fellowship Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.; Worship service, 11 a.m.

North Shore United Methodist

Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday service, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: SonRise worship service, 8 a.m., followed by pancake breakfast; family Easter worship service, 10 a.m.

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The following is the News-Review’s annual listing of holiday services held at local churches:

Riverhead
Baiting Hollow Congregational Church
Saturday, Dec. 22: Christmas party and potluck supper with entertainment by children and visit from Santa, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23: Christmas Sunday worship, 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m.

Church of the Harvest
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas morning pancake breakfast and carol sing, 9 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Riverhead
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas morning worship, 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Watch, 10:30 p.m.

Galilee Church of God in Christ
Sunday, Dec. 23: Christmas cantata, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Free hot dinners served at church, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve service, 11 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Mass, 10 a.m.

House of Praise Christian Revival Center
Sunday, Dec. 23: Christmas program, 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve service and fellowship, 7 p.m.

Living Water Full Gospel Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 p.m.

Riverhead United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Worship service, 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve family candlelight service, 7 p.m.; candlelight service, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day service with communion, 10 a.m.

St. Isidore R.C. Church
Saturday, Dec. 22: Confessions, 1-4:45 p.m. and following 5 p.m. Mass.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 5 p.m., 10 p.m. (Polish) and midnight.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Masses, 8, 9:15, 10:30 (Polish) a.m. and noon.
Monday, Dec. 31: Mass, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: Masses, 8, 9:15, 10:30 (Polish) a.m. and noon.

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Nativity of Our Lord (new calendar) confessions, 8 a.m.; Christmas Divine Liturgy, 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: Circumcision of Our Lord Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 6: Theophany of Our Lord Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 6: Christmas Eve (old calendar) confessions, 4 p.m.; Great Compline, 5 p.m.; Traditional Ukrainian Holy Supper in church hall, 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7: Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 14: Circumcision of Our Lord Divine Liturgy, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Theophany of Our Lord Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water, 6 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church
Saturday, Dec. 22: Sacrament of Penance/confessions, 9-9:30 a.m., 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Sacrament of Penance/confessions, 8:30-9 a.m.; Christmas Eve Masses, 4, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day masses, 9 and 11 a.m., 7 p.m. (Spanish).
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Masses, 5:30 and 7:30 (Spanish) p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: The Solemnity Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, Masses, 8 a.m., 12:10 and 7 (Spanish) p.m.

Aquebogue/Jamesport
First Parish Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m.

North Fork Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Sunday, Dec. 23: Christmas Eve service of carols and stories with the Rev. Linda Anderson.

Old Steeple Community Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight worship, 8 p.m.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day worship service, 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve worship service, 7 p.m.

Wading River
North Shore United Methodist Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve family worship service, 5 p.m.; Candlelight service with communion, 9 p.m.

Wading River Congregational Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Service of lessons and carols, 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight services, 6 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30: Worship service, 10:15 a.m.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The 179 year-old Grange Hall on Sound Avenue in Northville is in serious need of repair.

Northville’s Grange Hall has served as a school, church, theater, homeless shelter, art gallery, Masonic Lodge and farmers’ meeting house over its 179-year history.

But the building is now in serious need of repair and its owner, First Parish Church of the United Church of Christ just across Sound Avenue, is planning to invite the community next spring to help revitalize the building and rethink how it should be used.

On January 11, First Parish Church Pastor Dianne Rodriguez will host a meeting with representatives of three other local UCC churches to discuss plans for the hall. She hopes to roll out a public campaign then to fix up the building next spring. She explained she thought of it after Maureen’s Haven officials told her they wanted to bring in the fire marshall to inspect the facility because of safety concerns.

Maureen’s Haven is a non-profit group that houses homeless people in a different congregation on the East End each night, relying on volunteers, space and kitchen facilities from the host churches.

When the small First Parish Church congregation first set up its shelter last year, it didn’t have enough volunteers in to staff the shelter, said Pastor Rodriguez. Baiting Hollow Congregational Church provided money to heat the Grange for the homeless shelter, while volunteers from Old Steeple Community Church agreed to help staff the once-a-week shelter. Riverhead First Congregational Church agreed to help, too, and Orient Congregational Church donated an industrial stove.

But money is so tight for the tiny First Parish Church that it doesn’t have the resources to bring the stove to Northville. It’s sitting in the Orient firehouse.

The Grange’s 80-year-old kitchen is only one aspect of the building that needs updating. The old steam heat system works, but heat is quickly dispersed through the building’s tin downstairs interior walls, which aren’t insulated. There is no bathroom on the second floor, which is used as a sleeping area for the men who stay at Maureen’s Haven. When the building is used as a shelter, the church places a porta-potty outside and the men take the fire escape if they need to use the bathroom at night.

The second story floor is warped, but its problems pale compared to the former first story floor, which the congregation replaced last year at a cost of $40,000 in order to make the space habitable for Maureen’s Haven.

The Grange Hall was built in 1831 on the corner of Doctor’s Path and Route 25 in Riverhead as a church for the UCC congregation, said Richard Wines, the chairman of Riverhead’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, whose family has long been involved with the church.

He said the building was moved to its current site just across from Church Lane in Northville in 1834 after the congregation split; one group stayed in Riverhead and the other took the building with them. It served as First Parish Church until another church was built across the street in 1860. It then became Northville Academy, a private secondary school. The new church building burned down in 1877, and in 1901 so did another one built to replace it. In one case the building was struck by lightning, said Mr. Wines, and the cause of the other fire was a mystery. The current First Parish Church is the third one built on the site across from the old original structure.

In the 1870s, the old structure became a community meeting hall and in the early 20th century, the Grange, a farmer’s association, began meeting there, giving the building its name.

“They never owned the building, they just met there,” said Mr. Wines.

Since then, the building has served a number of community functions. In the late 1990s, it was a meeting place for North Fork Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and it’s been used by theater groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, a quilting group, and, most recently, for organic gardening classes offered by The Nature Lyceum based in Westhampton. There is a piano and an organ and a stage and pews in the upstairs room, which have also seen ample use.

Pastor Rodriguez hopes to use the building for a literary club and art exhibition space in the near future. She said that it has a history of use by literary groups.

Though she is well aware of the building’s rich and varied history, she believes the building will best be preserved if the community at large, and local UCC congregations, decide how it can best serve the community’s needs in the 21st century.

“We want to stay away from making it a historic site. We don’t see our ministry as preserving history. We want to preserve the building for the community’s needs in the future,” she said.

byoung@timesreview.com