MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- 2017 has been a very special year for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck.
The church, at 168 Boston Post Road, is celebrating its bicentennial this year and has been having a series of events to mark the occasion, including performing Handel's Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Despite its advanced age, the congregation is still going strong, with a membership of 105 families.
St. Thomas is the oldest and longest standing church in Mamaroneck.
"It's pretty terrific," Rev. Carol Gadsden said. "This church really lives up to the spirit of the gospel when it comes to outreach. To hit 200 is very exciting."
Gadsden was called to the church three years ago, having been a reverend for 33 years.
"I saw there was an opportunity for growth and we have a vibrant and growing congregation," Gadsden said.
The church is known for its community outreach, offering a brown bag program for families three days a week and a community dinner once a month.
"It's for people who need a hot meal and want some companionship," Gadsden said. "It's great for a lot of older folks."
St. Thomas also runs a thrift shop two days a week, and every cent goes back to more outreach program.
"We want to help enrich lives in the community," Gadsden said. "People understand the importance of volunteering."
Gadsden said she enjoys being in Mamaroneck, surrounded by two wealthy communities.
"We have undocumented immigrants, we have lower-middle-class residents," Gadsden said. "It feels more real. To me, it's a real vision of the Kingdom of God."
Over the next 200 years, Gadsden said she hopes to continue to have a vibrant congregation that passes down through generation.
"I hope we're still enriching lives in the community," Gadsden said.
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