2013-05-03 / Community

BC Congregation Seeks Helping Hands

By Dan Guarino


Standing Together: The congregation and guests of Broad Channel’s Christ Presbyterain Church By The Sea meet in the storm damaged church hall to discuss rebuilding. The church is reaching out for volunteers who can help. Photo by Dan Guarino Standing Together: The congregation and guests of Broad Channel’s Christ Presbyterain Church By The Sea meet in the storm damaged church hall to discuss rebuilding. The church is reaching out for volunteers who can help. Photo by Dan Guarino The church hall may be bare, but even in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the heart of Broad Channel’s Christ Presbyterian By The Sea’s congregation is strong and full or determination.

“God, we ask you, in the places that are hurting the most to make your presence known,” began the opening invocation as congregants, officers and interested parties met on Sunday, April 7th, to discuss how best to go about rebuilding the church and hall.

“Where there has been hurt, to people and to structures, let there be healing,” it concluded.

The walls of the church hall were gone or stripped to the beams. Above, the original decades-old ceiling was visible; below the floors were down to wooden boards. It was possible to trace the history of the church building in the outlines of what was left.

The group was coming together to explore ways to keep the congregation going and rebuild. Specifically they talked about raising the funds, labor and materials needed to bring back their church.

To this end they are looking for anyone who can either donate or help generate donations of dollars and also building supplies.

They are also seeking out people with construction skills who can help with the project and volunteers ready and able to do the manual work needed.

Christ Presbyterian held its first service after the storm, an Easter Sunday celebration, on the second floor of the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s new field house.

Joyce Adamiszyn, Clerk Of Session for the church, has been speaking with Father Richard Ahlmeyer, pastor of St. Camillus- St. Virgilius, about possibly using Broad Channel’s St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church to hold services in.

In the meantime, anyone who can help keep this Broad Channel congregation on the road to rebuilding should contact Don Minor at 347-703-3600.

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