Brooklyn's Notable Features and Attractions: Churches Part II



Emmanuel Baptist Church at Lafayette avenue and St. James place is a comparatively new church, having been organized in 1881. The pastor, the Rev. Dr. John Humpstone, is one of the most prominent clergymen in Brooklyn and has gathered a large and devoted congregation about him. The church is a very handsome one and is famed throughout the Greater New York for its choral services. Greene and Gates avenue cars run to St. James p lace, which is but a block from the church.

The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Messiah at Greene and Clermont avenues is one of the handsomest in the city. The Rev. St. Clair Hester is rector. The church contains a number of rich ornaments and decorations and several valuable altar pieces, which have added considerably to its fame. it is one of the few Brooklyn churches which boast a peal of chimes. Greene and Gates avenue cars pass the door.

Directly opposite to the Church of the Messiah is the residence of the Right. Rev. Charles Edward McDonnell, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Brooklyn. It is a large square structure of granite, imposing in appearance. Adjoining this building is the Roman Catholic Cathedral, of which only a part is completed, although the foundations of the entire edifice are constructed. The completed portion contains many valuable and precious relics and objects of interest to Protestants as well as Catholics, and is a splendid promise of what the completed structure will be.

The fame of the Rev. Dr. A.J.F. Behrends, pastor of the Central Congregational Church, at Hancock street, near Franklin avenue, is national. Dr. Behrends is one of the leading metaphysicians in this country and his sermons are profound and able. Though not a young man, he is still vigorous, and his brain is as keen as ever. His church, which is a large structure of peculiar architecture, is always crowded during service. It may be reached by Fulton street cars, from the bridge, or by Franklin avenue cars, from the Broadway Ferry.

The Marcy Avenue Baptist Church, in Marcy avenue, near Putnam, is one of the largest in the city. The Rev. Dr. C.L. Rhoades is pastor and Professor Stout is organist. The latter has made the church famous for its musical services, his programmes embracing the most classical oratorios and selections. Putnam avenue cars pass the door of this church.

One of the youngest and most enterprising clergymen in Brooklyn is the Rev. J.F. Carson, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church, at Jefferson and Marcy avenues. Mr. Carson has been connected with this church but a few years, but he has made it one of the largest and most prosperous in Brooklyn. When he was called to the pastorate a number of years ago the church occupied a small and inadequate building at Willoughby and Tompkins avenues. Mr. Carson began at once to mend its shattered fortunes and has so far succeeded that it now has a new building which is much larger than the old one, but still is too small to accommodate the crowds who go every Sunday to hear him preach. Mr. Carson believes in popular preaching, though not in sensationalism, and his sermons, while strong and untrammeled by traditions, do not overstep the limits of propriety. He is fearless in his utterance, but always just, and to this probably is due his great influence in Brooklyn religious circles. As a man he is very popular and possesses a strong personal magnetism which has helped him in his work of rejuvenating the fortunes of his church. Putnam and Halsey avenue cars run within two blocks of this church.

The Nostrand Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, at Nostrand avenue and Quincy street, is one of the handsomest in Brooklyn. Like the Hanson Place Church, it has had some very able preachers among its pastors. The church is very large and adjoining it are the church parlors and chapel. The Rev. John H. Willey is pastor. Gates avenue cars run a block distant.

The Washington Avenue Baptist Church, at Washington and Gates avenues, is one of the oldest in the city. The Rev. Robert McDonald is pastor. The church has become famous on account of its Chinese Sunday School, which nearly all the converted Chinese in Brooklyn attend. Greene and Gates avenue cars run within a block of this church.

In State street, near Bond, is St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church, of which the Rev. Lindsay Parker, D.D., is rector. Dr. Parker is one of the foremost citizens of Brooklyn and from his altar he frequently discusses matters of public concern. Being an eloquent and forceful speaker, he attracts large congregations, and is much sought for public gatherings and occasions. Atlantic avenue and Smith street cars are the nearest to this church.

The Rev. Dr. R.R. Meredith is regarded as one of the leading American divines. He is pastor of the Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church, which is one of the largest and most modern church edifices in Brooklyn. It is at the corner of Tompkins avenue and McDonough street and is reached by Fulton street elevated and surface cars and by Tompkins avenue trolley lines.

The most famous of Eastern District churches is the Roman Catholic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, in Wythe avenue, near South Second street. The Rev. Father Sylvester Malone is rector of this church and has ministered there more than half a century. The church became prominent during the Civil War, when Father Malone nailed an American flag to the steeple and he has ever since taken an aggressive part in all matters affecting the public and national weal. The church is most easily reached from the bridge by the Williamsburgh branch of the Myrtle avenue trolley line. The display-of-the-flag business also marked several other Roman Catholic and many Protestant churches in the war and Father Malone is too much of a man to claim a monopoly of it.

Christ Protestant Episcopal Church in Bedford avenue, near Division street, is one of the leading Protestant churches in the Eastern District. The Rev. Dr. J.H. Darlington is Rector and his sermons are always placid and refined. The musical service in this church is always of the highest order. This church may be most easily reached from the bridge by the Williamsburgh cars, which run within a short distance of it.


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Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle June 18, 1899
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