Camp Quinipet Sunday at Union Chapel where Jubilee years are celebrated

Union Chapel in the Grove celebrates its 150th anniversary this summer while Camp Quinipet celebrates its 75th anniversary. They have similar historical roots, both beginning as Methodist camps, although Union Chapel became interdenominational about a decade after its founding.

Both come together on Sunday, July 17 at 10:30 am. In keeping with our shared island location, Reverend Elizabeth Abel of Quinipet will preach on “Be Salt and Light.”

Quinipet executive director Brooke Bradley said Pastor Liz recently served as camp board chair and is a “strong advocate” for Quinipet.

Reverend Abel is an ordained elder of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church and District Superintendent for the Long Island West District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. As an advocate for youth and community development, she was a co-organizer of the Norwalk Immigration Coalition, which helps feed people with food insecurity. Under her leadership, Cornerstone has established a non-profit organization, At The Corner, to provide services to youth and immigrants in the Norwalk area. Visit for more information.

Pastor Liz is also the founder and developer of The Timothy Project and Deborah’s Academy, an initiation rite for young men and women. She is Associate Director of the City of Mount Vernon Youth Office and Director of the Comprehensive Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

“At such a pivotal moment, I’m grateful that we still have so much to celebrate,” she said. “What a testimony of God’s grace and care for the people of Shelter Island. [Camp Quinipet and Union Chapel] are jewels in which you can not only celebrate and witness to God’s creation, but also recognize your part and celebrate your role in the greater scheme of things.”

Music is provided by music director Linda Betjeman and the Cottage Trio, consisting of violinist Ann Marie Chubet, her husband James on keyboards and Jeannie Woelker on cello. The service will be followed by a reception organized by the Stars Café. Our commemorative book, All Are Welcome: 150 Years of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel in the Grove, by Carrie Cooperider, is available after the service or from Finley’s Fiction.

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