A Community of Faith

We gather as friends to grow more deeply in faith, to educate our children in the Good News of a loving Savior, and to worship an Almighty God.

Steeped in History

Our congregation began in 1697 in the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." We worship there on summer Sundays.

Come as you are

People from many different traditions have a spiritual home in the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. We come together before God and one another just as we are.

Worship Locations

Sept.-June: "Town Clock" church; summer at Old Dutch Church

Youth Program

Children experience God's love in learning and social activities.

Discipleship

We grow in faith through prayer, study, music and service.

Events Calendar

Check out events at the Clock Church and Old Dutch Church.

 

Worship Schedule

Starting September 9, 2018, and continuing until mid-June 2019, we meet for worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in our winter home, the "Clock Tower Church," 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y. Everyone is welcome.

Welcome

We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.

You're  also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.

The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano

The Church That Inspired the Legend

Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow It stands on a knoll, surrounded by locust-trees and lofty elms, from among which its descent, whitewashed walls shine modestly forth, like Christian purity, beaming through the shades of retirement.... To look upon this grassgrown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.__The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

When Washington Irving set his ghost story about the Headless Horseman at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, he made the church world-famous. Ever since the publication of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1819-20, visitors have come to see where Ichabod Crane led the choir and courted Katrina Van Tassel among the old gravestones in the churchyard, and looked for the grave of the Headless Horseman in the Old Burying Ground.

The church was already old when Irving first saw it, when he was a teenager. It was built in 1685 and formally organized as Dutch Reformed in 1697. It served as the congregation's home for imore than 150 years, until a new building was constructed. Even then, it was retained for worship on summer Sundays and special holidays. This custom continues today.

1685 BellIf God is for us, who can ever be against us? __Romans 8:31

This inscription on the bell that hangs in the belfry of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been a comfort to the congregation through war and peace, personal joys and tragedies, since it was commissioned in Holland and installed in the belfry. Most historians date the church's construction to 1685, the year engraved on the bell.

The church is recognized as the oldest extant church in New York and a National Historic Landmark. The Old Dutch Burying Ground, which surrounds it on three acres, is believed to predate the church. Washington Irving is buried just up the hill, in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery adjacent.

Interior Old Dutch Church of Sleepy HollowDuring Holy Week and Easter, the Reformed Church holds Good Friday services and an Easter Sunrise service at the Old Dutch Church. Summer worship services at Old Dutch feature "Seven Sundays of Worship and Music," with guest musicians each Sunday morning during the season.

Other events at Old Dutch include Christmas Eve candlelight services, organ concerts and the Old Dutch Festival in the fall. Tours are scheduled on summer weekend afternoons. The Reformed Church partners with Historic Hudson Valley to present several dramatic readings of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the fall, and Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol."

 An engaging history of the church is now available from Friends of Old Dutch. The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends and Lore of the Oldest Church in New York by Janie Couch Allen and Elinor Griffith may be purchased from The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, Proceeds go toward preservation and upkeep of the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground.

 

 

 

 

 

WORSHIP at the Old Dutch Church this summer was deeply meaningful. The "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship" again brought an eclectic and talented bunch of musicians. Along the way we met a half-dozen women of the Bible, heard from a missionary to Oman, were blessed by the leadership of the Rev. William Burke, and extended our gratitude to young teens for looking after even younger children. We were delighted to host more than 30 children for Vacation Bible School at the "Clock Church" in Tarrytown.

We hope the photos above will bring back delightful memories to those who were with us this summer. To those who weren't, we invite you to join us on our path to furtherthe  spiritual growth, fellowship, and fun when the new year starts September 9 at our winter home at 42 North Broadway--the "Clock Tower" church--in Tarrytown.

Laughter and joy, singing and art, a cool theme ... all made VBS a spectacular event for 35 children in mid-August. Making it such a success was the amazing leadership offered by Lauren McBride, Patty Kreamer, Nanette Malera, and Pastor Julia. Planning began months ago with the theme: Journey with Jesus, VBS camping. The lobby and hallways were decked out to complement the theme, and even food was collected for the local Food Pantry.

And, as great as the leaders were, so great were all the rest of the volunteer staff. It could never have been done without Nell MacDonald, Melissa Doellman-Brown, Emma Krebs, James Roche, Christopher Roche, Julia Mirabella, Frankie Morabito, Vincent Heintz, Jon Falconer, Melanie Urgiles, Siena Tornello, Brendan Roche, Georgine Morabito and Rebecca McNally.

New in Town?

Clock Church

The Reformed Church has been engaged in the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown community since 1697, first at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow and continuing at the Town Clock Church in Tarrytown. The first meeting of the YMCA was held here, and the local Boy Scout Troop has had its home here for more than 60 years. Our New Beginnings Nursery School provides children with a great early educational opportunity in a loving and gentle environment. Five recovery groups meet in our building. We host concerts and recitals throughout the year, and our congregation supports the local food pantry, the Midnight Run, and several denominational ministries. We would be honored for you to join us on a journey of faith and service as we grow together.

An Overview

A unique video tour of the church and town, courtesy of Jeremy Goldsmith.

Reformed From What?

What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.

“We are not loved because we are precious, but we are precious because we are loved."

       - Henri Nouwen