Old First Reformed Church

The Mystery and Wonder of our Old First Chandelier

The Mystery and Wonder of our Old First Chandelier

“One of the contractors who put a bid on the ceiling restoration said to me, ‘this church has secrets still to be discovered.’” That quote from Pastor Daniel Meeter confirmed what we had suspected all along. Our sanctuary chandelier is as mysterious as it is beautiful, with a hazy, unclear past. “We don’t know who made it,” Pastor Meeter says. “We don’t know when it […]

February 14 at Old First: Ash Wednesday

February 14 at Old First: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, and comes out of the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The imposition of ashes is a strangely joyful receiving of the somber admonition to “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Old First will be offering ashes to the public outside on our 7th Avenue steps from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. […]

Hot News! A New Stove at Old First

Hot News! A New Stove at Old First

One of the unsung heroes of Old First: our kitchen stove. We use it on the second Saturday of each month to cook our meals for Christian Help in Park Slope (CHiPS), the Fourth Avenue soup kitchen and social service provider. CHiPS partners with local churches, synagogues, civic groups and volunteers to cook and deliver food to the hungry and homeless. It serves as many […]

Milan Restoration’s Marko Golubovic Brings His Art and Skill To Old First

Milan Restoration’s Marko Golubovic Brings His Art and Skill To Old First

“A few months ago, we did the stations of the Cross for St. Mary’s Church in Manchester, New Hampshire. We completely restored the old church and a couple of ladies walked in and started crying.” This from church restoration artist Marko Golubovic, who is in the process of bringing all of us at Old First to tears as well. His company, Milan Restoration, has been […]

Watch the Lowering of the Old First Chandelier

Watch the Lowering of the Old First Chandelier

Lowering our breathtaking chandelier for cleaning and maintenance is not an event that happens often.  Since Pastor Daniel Meeter’s arrival in 2001, it’s only been lowered three times. In fact, the last lowering, in 2010, is what thankfully led to our discovery that the ceiling needed to be reinforced. The custom-made chandelier, technically called an electro-gasolier, was first installed in the church around 1889. Along […]

January 15 at Old First: Annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Service

January 15 at Old First: Annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Service

Please join us Monday, January 15 at 1pm for our Annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Service, to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and pray for justice and peace in our world, nation, and borough of Brooklyn. All are welcome. RSVP on Facebook. For more information or to volunteer, please contact info@oldfirstbrooklyn.org.

Restoration Update: Milan Church Restoration to repair Old First sanctuary ceiling

Restoration Update: Milan Church Restoration to repair Old First sanctuary ceiling

The Old First Restoration Steering Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected Milan Church Restoration LLC to repair, clean, and paint the sanctuary ceiling.  Milan is a New Jersey based firm that works exclusively with churches. They come highly recommended and are specialists in the work our sanctuary ceiling needs. Over the past week, the Milan crew erected scaffolding in the sanctuary and laid […]

Vera Nieuwenhuis’ Photos Help Bring Awareness To Endangered Turtles

Vera Nieuwenhuis’ Photos Help Bring Awareness To Endangered Turtles

River terrapins are considered a critically endangered freshwater turtle species, mostly due to human consumption and habitat destruction. The Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is working hard to reverse and/or eliminate this unfortunate trend. Our Vera Nieuwenhuis’ impactful images are helping TCS to spread the “word.” Each year, Photographers Without Borders (PWB) connects volunteer photographers like Vera to […]

December 9 at Old First: All Eyes on the Accord Treble Choir

December 9 at Old First: All Eyes on the Accord Treble Choir

The word “vision” can have many meanings and stir many emotions. At Old First on Saturday, December 9, we’ll get to see — and hear — a choral interpretation of what may be our most mystical sense. The Accord Treble Choir presents Oculi as its winter concert, the latest of its performance tradition at Old First. The work is an attempt to explore the mystery […]

Baroquelyn Concert Debuts To a Packed Upper Hall

Baroquelyn Concert Debuts To a Packed Upper Hall

We’ve heard of Brokelyn and Crooklyn, but this is the first we’re hearing of Baroquelyn. And it’s truly something to hear. The baroque-themed concert — complete with violins as well as an oboe, trumpet, cello, bassoon, recorder, and even a countertenor — is the brainchild of our music director, Aleeza Meir; the project’s first concert, on Sunday, November 12, was performed in the Upper Hall […]