Park Avenue Tree Lighting, Sunday, Dec. 2.
Join us for the 74th Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing! The whole community is invited to gather in front of the church steps on Park Avenue at 91st Street at 6:30 p.m., where Rev. Kimberly Clayton will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church’s Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth.
Before the event, please join us for our:
Social Hour in Watson Hall
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 to 6 p.m.
Come one, come all and partake in fellowship and goodies to warm the heart on a cool night. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
About the Tree Lighting: Trees on Park Avenue have been illuminated every year since 1945 as a memorial to Americans who have sacrificed their lives in war and in celebration of New York’s holiday season. Cherry trees planted on the median, as well as evergreen trees placed for the occasion, are strung with lights. This illumination is organized and paid for by the Fund for Park Avenue.
The Brick Church, has partnered with the Fund to present a lighting ceremony to which all are invited. This ceremony, held for more than 70 years on the night of the first Sunday in December, is interfaith in nature and sensitive to the religious diversity of our neighborhood. It has been customary to close off the south-bound lanes of Park Avenue, roughly between 89th and 93rd, from the late afternoon until the conclusion of the ceremony and dispersal of the attendees at about 7:30 p.m. The gathering has been both a somber and joyous New York tradition of more than half a century.
Generally held on the first Sunday in December, our congregation and neighbors come together on Park Avenue in front of the church steps for words of remembrance and celebration and a rousing Carol Sing with our community. The tree lights are thanks to contributions to the Fund for Park Avenue.
In 1945, following the end of WWII, Mrs. Stephen C. Clark and some of her friends who had also lost sons and daughters in that war, installed lighted trees along Park Avenue as a memorial not only to their children, but to those from throughout the city who had given their lives. These trees were first lighted on Dec. 17, 1945, and dedicated to the memory of those who had died in all of our country’s wars. Subsequently, they became known as the Park Avenue Memorial Trees. In recent years, the memorial has expanded to involve and celebrate all faiths, while furthering the cause of peace and invoking reverence for those who have sacrificed their lives.
The 73rd Annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting from Dec. 3, 2017
Following the Carol Sing, please visit our sanctuary and learn more about The Brick Church. Volunteers will be stationed in the sanctuary and narthex to welcome visitors, provide information about the church and our Christmas worship services, and to pray with any who would like.