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.


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