Please join us as we celebrate Church of the Heavenly Rest’s 150th anniversary!
It all began in 1865, in the first heartsore months after the end of the Civil War, as a group of veterans – both Union and Confederate – gathered for healing prayer and mutual support in the hall of the Rutgers Female Institute at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Soon they were joined by two Episcopal clergymen, the Reverend Robert Shaw Howland of Holy Apostles Church and the Reverend Thomas K. Conrad of St. John’s Church, Staten Island.
By May 18th, 1868, the group had evolved into an official Episcopal parish, with Howland named as its first rector. Ground was purchased for a new church building on Fifth Avenue, just above 45th Street. The new church’s foundation stone was laid in 1868, with services first held there in October 1868.
For the next three years, we will be celebrating a century and a half of Church of the Heavenly Rest’s life as a spiritual haven in New York City. Our celebration began on Saturday, October 24 with our All-Parish Day of Service, followed by our Anniversary Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 29, and a special commemorative service on Sunday, November 1. In the months to come, we will be installing an historical exhibit in the church, publishing a pictorial history, and collecting oral histories from parishioners. If you have an idea for an event or project, please let us know!