Historic Bayside Church kicks off 130th anniversary celebration

BAYSIDE, QUEENS — Bayside’s self-proclaimed oldest church kicks off its 130th anniversary celebration this weekend with a community concert and food insecurity project.

All Saints Episcopal Church, which has stood on the corner of 40th Avenue and 215th Street in Bayside since 1892, is hosting a concert in the cemetery at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 with a local troubadour (among others).

Admission to the concert is free, but All Saints asks attendees to bring stable food and dry donations to put in the new “Blessing Box” – a take-out pantry that is currently being built by the church members.

The pantry is expected to be at the corner of 40th Avenue and 214th Street in early July, church leaders said.

This event and project marks the start of the annual celebration of the 130th anniversary of All Saints’ Day, during which the church will focus on local community engagement.

“As we celebrate our first 130 years and look forward to our next 130 years, we have intentionally chosen to focus on our recommitment to our hometown of Bayside and the wider community of northeast Queens,” said Laurence Byrne, rector of the church.

“With these first two projects, we hope to support our neighbors by helping to nourish their bodies with food and nourish their souls with music.”

All Saints has had a presence in Queens since the 1860s, according to its website.

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