BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Good Friday is one of the busiest days for area churches but when St. Marys Rev. Sandra Seaborn found out that a Briarcliff Manor resident had no one to accompany her to church she took the time to help.
Briarcliff senior citizen Ruth Bergman often attends services at St. Marys Episcopal Church in Scarborough. But St. Marys only held one service on Good Friday in the evening and Bergman was too nervous to travel to church at night. After hearing that, Seaborn said she knew exactly what she needed to do. Seaborn accompanied Bergman to Ossinings Trinity Episcopal Church Good Friday daytime service.
Most of my parishioners will come to our evening service but we have a few elderly parishioners who dont like to venture out at night, Seaborn said. Its a wonderful thing that the churches are so close and that we can all support each other.
Bergman said she was amazed that a reverend would take time on such a busy day to help her.
I think its just wonderful and so thoughtful that she would do a thing like this for me, Bergman said. I talked to my niece in California who told me that I had to tell her that shes just too wonderful for doing this for me.
All four Episcopal churches in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor are carrying that spirit of helping out their neighbors by coming together for Easter weekend services.
Ossinings Trinity Episcopal Church, Briarcliff Manors All Saints Episcopal Church and Scarboroughs St. Marys are joining with Ossinings St. Pauls on-the-Hill Episcopal Church for Saturdays Easter Evening Liturgy.
But its not the only time the churches have come together, Seaborn said.
The four churches do it about four times a year, she said, noting that the last joint service was held on Christmas Day at All Saints. Its very fun but its also encouraging and very supportive. And not just for us but also our congregations.
The Holy Saturday services begin at 7:30 p.m. at St Pauls on-the-Hill , 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining. On Easter Sunday, there are 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at All Saints and a 9:30 a.m. Easter Festival and an Easter egg hunt following services at St. Pauls. There is also a 10 a.m. Resurrection Festival Celebration at St. Marys and 11:15 a.m. services and Easter egg hunt at Trinity.
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