NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s an emotional time for members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newhallville. The church that’s over a 100 years old will close next month.
“It’s a loss. I’ve spent 40-plus years in this church. We’re family,” said church member Carrie Kelly.
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut said the reasons include a decline in the number of parishioners, a sizable debt and limited financial resources for paying off the debt.
“It’s sad. It’s not easy. It’s not easy at all,” Kelly added.
Monday, members of the New Antioch Church of God toured St. Andrew’s and met with the congregation. They’re looking to buy the church.
“What we are looking to do is possibly purchasing this great edifice and establishing again they committed congregation that’s going to reach out into the community and embrace everyone in the community from all walks of life,” said Pastor Esau Greene.
The church has a long history. In the past, it was a children’s day care center and a food pantry.
“Though they may not be here in person we are just going to take on that great tradition and try to enhance it and update it a little,” said Greene.
Members of New Antioch Church of God said they want to keep the legacy going.
“To embrace the history of an African-American church that has been around for so long and to just be a part of it it is a great honor,” added Greene.
New Antioch Church of God said they are hoping to move in the first of the year. The final service for St. Andrew’s Episcopal church will be held on December 4th.