Scarborough Presbyterian Church takes part each year in the Midnight Run program, one that aims to “forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring” while creating “a human exchange, rather than exchange of goods”, according to the MidnightRun.org web site.
Several times a year, members of SPC donate food and essential goods, cook a hot breakfast and deliver it all to homeless in New York City. Adults and children alike volunteer to set up tables, serve the homeless and clean up afterwards in a true community of fellowship.
As anyone who ever took part in a Midnight Run will tell you, what resonates beyond all else is the personal connection between SPC members and those they serve. Warm conversation and a friendly smile are as readily received as the breakfast and toiletries that are distributed.
Please view our church calendar to find out when the next Midnight Run takes place.
In the fall of 2009, several things happened serendipitously: Teens at church wanted to do a fashion show, the annual rummage sale was underway, and the Social Creed of the 21 st Century – newly adopted by the PC(USA) and NCCUSA -- - called for sustainability and less waste as one of the Church’s pledges to the future. In true SPC style, we launched an event that combined all three: The Project Greenway Re-Fashion Show!
Project Greenway takes place every November at Scarborough. It is a fashion show with a modern twist. Every item worn on the runway is redesigned, re-styled and recycled from old clothing or other used (or rummaged) materials. Designers and models hail from all over the community and compete in two age categories: Under and over 19 years of age. Children learn to use sewing machines, everyone cleans out closets scavenging for inspiration pieces, and a different local charity is the beneficiary of all the ticket proceeds every year.
Some of the charities sponsored by Project Greenway include Career Closet of Briarcliff, New Beginnings, Cardinal McCloskey’s Hayden House of Ossining, and Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow. Partnerships that have evolved over the past ten years with the Ossining Children’s Center and Westchester Community College’s Fashion Design program have added to its scope and runway roster.
Anyone can enter with a recycled design, made from almost anything, so it’s a special evening full of surprises and fun! The runway show is always followed by a wine and cheese reception (with lots of goodies donated by local markets and caterers). It’s a true community event that’s growing every year, and we’re proud that Project Greenway Re-Fashion Show has found its home base right here at Scarborough Presbyterian Church!
Scarborough Church participates in the Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Association, an ecumenical/ interfaith group made up of local clergy. In 2013, after many meetings with community leaders, police, political leaders and others, BOMA launched the Ossining Homeless Program to house the homeless of Ossining during the coldest months of the year. The first year, BOMA only provided three weeks of shelter, but in 2017-2018, we provided overnight housing in our area churches from December 3 through the end of March. In 2018-19 it will be much the same schedule.
The program is based on a similar one in the Mount Kisco/Bedford area. Meals and a floor to sleep on are provided. All help is volunteer help except for one paid supervisor who stays overnight with the group. We average housing 10-15 people a night. Scarborough Church took two weeks this year.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the minister Tim Ives: 914-941-1142/ 914-645-1482/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
We house an Alcoholics Anonymous group at Scarborough Church on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 7 pm. This is a group that is totally separate by design. We are happy to sponsor this group, but their work and mission is theirs and they should be contacted directly if you want to get involved.
The Ossining Food Pantry has served hungry and food-insecure Ossining and Briarcliff Manor families each week for the last 30 years from its home at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2 miles north of Scarborough Church on Route 9.
Scarborough Church has supported OFP from its inception with money to purchase food as well as bags of groceries our worshippers bring on each communion Sunday. Our members have also served on its board, planned its annual fundraisers, delivered and sorted many tons of groceries, and worked directly with needy families.
Volunteers (and everyone is a volunteer) are needed to help in many ways, and one can learn more at ossiningfoodpantry.org, or by contacting them at email@example.com
We also support the Food Pantry with our summer garden. Produce is grown and sold and all proceeds go to the Food Pantry.
Scarborough Singers and Hudson Bells
These two singing groups rent space at SPC and members of the church participate in both with others.
Scarborough Singers meet on Mondays at noon. Contact Claire Payne for more information.
The Hudson Bells meet on Thursdays at 9:30am. Contact Kathy Davis for more information.
Occasionally, SPC holds its sometimes annual Rummage Sale on the grounds of the church.
Members of SPC donate gently-used goods – such as clothing, toys, jewelry, kitchenware, boutique items, books and athletic equipment – and volunteer to set up, break down and man the different posts on the day of the sale.
Most importantly, our church family meets and interacts with members of the community, sharing our beautiful church while also providing quality goods at affordable cost. Funds generated by the Rummage Sale go to the ongoing ministry of the church.
Make sure to check out the church calendar to find out the date of this year’s Rummage Sale and join us for a worthy cause and a day full of fellowship and fun!
Christmas Eve Service and Pageant
Perhaps the most joyous of all our church services each year takes place on Christmas Eve.
The sanctuary is candlelit and garnished with greens and poinsettias of the season, helping to create a warm festive atmosphere for members and visitors alike.
After a holiday message from Pastor Tim Ives, the children of SPC present the annual Christmas Pageant which – in the name of the holiday miracle – is the Best Christmas Pageant Ever each and every year!
The service concludes with everyone standing and circling the sanctuary, singing Christmas carols while holding candles – family bonded by fellowship in the most beautiful of settings – before setting out into the chilly holiday night.
The congregation of Scarborough Presbyterian Church understands itself to be steward of the whole property of the Church, which is to be held in trust for future generations. It is a part of that trust to serve the needs of the Church and our broader community through use by non-profit and appropriate for-profit organizations. Family celebrations are also welcome.
In that spirit, we make available, for a fee (which are set by our Buildings and Grounds Committee) certain areas on the property. These include the Sanctuary (for weddings and other appropriate celebrations), the chapel, the ‘Big Room’ in Fellowship Hall, and the conference room in the Carriage House.
If you would like to inquire about the use of any of these spaces, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (914-941-1142) during daytime office hours.