The "Little Chapel", on the Great River
Road, became a reality in 1862 when Mr. & Mrs. William Nicoll
deeded one-half acre of land to St. Mark's Church, Islip. On November
15, 1862, the Rev. Reuben Riley, Rector of St. Mark's Church,
officiated at the Chapel's first service. On July 23, 1873 the
Vestry of St. Mark's passed a resolution to transfer the Chapel
to the charge of the Vestry of St. John's Church, Oakdale. The
property legally remained with the St. Mark's Church, but St.
John's assumed future operation of the Chapel. Finally, the Chapel
was incorporated under the Dioceses of Long Island on May 18,
1878, and admitted formally to the diocese in 1880. On October
28, 1899, some fifteen years after the Chapel first opened, the
congregation met and voted by ballot to formalize and officially
name the Chapel as "Emmanuel".
The bell in the chapel tower was presented to the church in December
1877 as a gift from Mr. James Gregory. It was inscribed with the
words, "Emmanuel Church, Islip, L.I., Thou shall open my
lips, O'Lord and my mouth shall show thee praise". Mr. &
Mrs. W. Bayard Cutting donated the funds to build and furnish
the Church Rectory in 1889. In 1880 a new entrance to the church
was made through the old chapel bell tower and narthex areas.
This was necessitated by the Plumb Family's gift of the stained
glass window from France that is now located at the site of the
original Chapel's entrance. The Tiffany windows known as the Sarah
Nicoll's "Crown of Heaven" and the William Nicoll's
"Jewel Cross" were donated as a memorial by the Nicoll's
Family. The other Tiffany windows were also presented to Emmanuel
from 1903 to 1915.
"Emmanuel" remains the profound truth and blessing
that continues to form the biblical and theological foundation
of our parish family. This fact is why we as a community of faith
and worship continue to declare to all, "Welcome to Emmanuel
Church!" -a parish family where God is known to us
in Words and Prayer
in Holy Celebrations and Song
in Fellowship and Christian Studies
in Outreach and Services to others
in the "Body of Christ" which remain the Church
Family of Yesterday and Today.
Please come and join us as
we share in God's love and blessings.