“What this means for us is tremendous," said Reverend Gilberto Hinds. "For several years, we've suffered from multiple leaks, either from drizzles to storms and the fact that this is done is a great accomplishment for us,”
The replacing of the roof, which has been going on for one year, will culminate in a special community Thanksgiving Evensong on Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m.
The roof on the landmarked church will be replaced with the same material and enable the preservation of the historic structure for another 137-plus years.
In the last 16 years, the roof has been deteriorating. The wind would blow off loose copper shingles and church members often had to rest buckets at various parts of the church to catch dripping rainwater. “In the last few years it was becoming worse,” Hinds said.
The church was able to replace the roof thanks to a $10,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which was given to the church because it is both a state and federal historic site. A $250,000 matching grant was also awarded to the church by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
While in the process of replacing the roof, the main stained-glass window, which features four archangels, was found to be in bad shape. The window was carefully removed, restored and reinstalled.
Reverend Hinds urged the community to come out and show their support on Saturday.
“This small congregation is really happy about all of this,” he said.
The Church of the Resurrection is located at 85-09 118 Street in Kew Gardens. For more information, call (718) 847-2972.