Celebrating love at Wantagh Memorial Congregational


Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church leaders recently opened their doors to longtime married couples that wanted to celebrate their wedding day all over again.

The Rev. Ron Garner, the church’s pastor, described the community as “an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which renews and strengthens its commitment to advocate justice and equality for all people in all areas of society.” He welcomed married couples from across Nassau County to the church to renew their wedding vows at a special service last month. 

All of the participating couples had been married for more than 15 years — but wanted to tap into that special wedding day feeling all over again. After each pair sealed their nuptials with a kiss, they were invited to sample cake, punch and coffee with family and friends in the parish hall. 

The vow renewal service was one of several recent programs open to the community. Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church also hosted a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance on March 4. 

Garner said that all residents are also welcome to participate in bible study — with a twist. The church organized a program called Soup and Scripture, during which participants enjoy a hot meal while discussing the Bible. Groups will meet on March 30, April 22, May 18 and June 29 inside of the parish hall, at 1845 Wantagh Ave.

For more information about Soup and Scripture and other Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, call (516) 785-1829.