About the First Congregational Church of Bay Shore
The First Congregational Church of Bay Shore was organized in 1853. At that time our church was located on Main Street just east of First Avenue in Bay Shore. Our present The First Congregational Church of Bay Shore was organized in 1853. The present sanctuary was built in 1891 by ship's carpenters, whose handiwork can be seen in the ceiling that represents an inverted ship's hull. The sea-inspired pews feature crashing waves carved into the end of each pew.
Our beautiful sanctuary features 29 breathtaking stained glass windows and an organ built in 1905 by Carl Magnus Oman. It was restored in 2003 by JoEllen Elsener of Elsener Organ Works. The Sunday School wing was added in 1969 and renovated in 2007, including the addition of classrooms. The renovation of our basement classrooms was completed in 2015 and is home to our Early Learning Center. Our former Early Learning Center classroom is now the Infant/Toddler Day Care Center.
We are a Protestant church and our worship services are bible-based. Our ancestors were the Pilgrims and our church government is similar to the Pilgrim "town meeting" where every member gets to vote on issues, including but not limited to: the Annual Budget, calling a Pastor, our building, and properties.
We are an independent church, not part of any hierarchy outside the local church. Anthony Vito Colangelo was appointed our 29th pastor in May 2018.