Mayfield church celebrates ground breaking ceremony
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MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- Mayfield Presbyterian breaks ground on their new church on Sunday. It has been just over a year since their prehistoric church burned down.
Fire officials said lightning caused the 200-year-old church to burn to the ground. Since then, members have come together, fundraising in the community to help offset the $1.3 million price tag for a new church, all while never canceling a service.
On Sunday, the congregation took out the shovels to start work on the new building. While they have not quite met their fundraising goal, church officials said the hope the new church will be up and running by Easter 2013. Many are in anticipation of the new, one floor, energy efficient church that is yet to be built. However, members said the church that was lost last April, will always be missed. As a result, Rev. Bonnie Orth said it was important to incorporate some of the old church in with the new.
"We're moving forward, and we're using some of the things we've salvaged to create some of the new things. Some shards of stained glass, we are going to use to build some new things with," said Orth.
The church is working with Foresight Architects of Schenectady. Orth is hoping more volunteers will come forward to offer a hand in the construction phase, which would help cut down on costs.