St. Luke’s Celebrates 100 Years This Weekend

Staff Writer

A year-long centennial celebration will culminate this weekend in Forest Hills.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Forest Hills will hold ceremonies beginning Friday to finish off its year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The church is a 13th century English Gothic style church and it was added to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2010.

On Friday, Oct. 18, St. Luke’s will host a candlelight ceremony, which will start at Station Square, where the church held its first service, and finish at the church’s headquarters, which is located at 85 Greenway South.

Once inside the church, it will offer a traditional service from the Church of England that features sung prayers and hymns.

The Rev. Thomas Reese, who has been the rector at St. Luke’s for the last 14 years, said the services over the weekend will remember the church’s past as well as look forward to the future.

He said the church, because of its longevity, is a stable religious facility in Forest Hills and has brought many people together through its services over the last century. Reese added it must continue to adapt to the times and meet the current needs of the public so that it can thrive for another 100 years.

“It’s about honoring the past and committing to the future,” he said.

St. Luke’s is developing programs that aim at helping its surrounding community in the coming months, Reese said.

One of them is a Forest Hills Teen Chorus, a workshop for teenagers that allows them to sharpen their singing and performance skills. Reese said the workshop will conclude with a concert performance at the church from the kids.

The second is a youth drop-in center that will give children a place to go after school to work on school projects or socialize with their peers. Reese said both programs are scheduled to launch this summer.

The service on Friday will begin at 8 p.m. while the Sunday services will start at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call St. Luke’s at (718) 268-6021 or visit

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