The Reformed Church of Newtown is an evangelical multi-ethnic church situated in the heart of Elmhurst, New York. We are part of The Reformed Church in America.
We worship in three different languages: English, Taiwanese and Mandarin. Each language groups come with their own community and culture, but together we worship the same God.
Whether you are looking for a place to connect with others, grow in your faith, put your talents to work, or get your questions answered, our doors are open for you.
We hope you find Newtown to be your spiritual home.
The area of Newtown was first settled by Dutch immigrants. In those days, parishioners needed to travel to Brooklyn for Sunday worship service. In 1973, with the land donated by Peter Berrian and £228-12s collected from various parishioners, the Dutch Reformed Church of Newtown was established with the original octagonal building.
During the Independence War, the British briefly seized and used the church as an Armory. After the war, the church the area continue to grow and be developed, and 1932 the octagonal sanctuary was replaced by the current building.
During the 1930-1940s, the area of Newtown was changed to Elmhurst. It was a time of change for the community: subway was expanded to the area, Corona Ave was significantly widened, and many apartment buildings were built. The area was being transformed from a town to a city.
During the 1960-1970s, there is an influx of immigrants into Queens. Rev. David Boyce saw the change in the community and open the church to many of the ethnic groups within the community. In 1980 a Taiwanese congregation began worshiping at the church, and eventually they joined the church. Rev. Bill Lee was called to lead the Taiwanese congregation.
In the 1990s, an increase in Mandarin speaking immigrants prompted the beginning of the Mandarin ministry. The ministry started with translation through headphones, and eventually the Mandarin service was established in 1995.
Today Newtown continues to worship in 3 different languages: English, Taiwanese and Mandarin.