Historic Middle Collegiate Church holds first in-person service since devastating fire – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – East Village Middle Collegiate Church welcomed worshipers for in-person services on Sunday.

It was the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and since a fire destroyed the historic church in December, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

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The church was almost 130 years old when the fire destroyed part of the main structure. The steeple and facade remained, and the congregation was determined to return.

New York’s historic Liberty Bell also survived the fire. It rang for many defining moments, most notably to mark the founding of the country in 1776. It is held in the New York Historical Society while the church is being rebuilt.

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The Reverend said Sunday’s service was a sign of resilience and resurrection after 18 months of isolation and loss.

Hundreds of people were to attend the 11am service, which was to include music by Broadway artists.

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Proof of vaccination was verified and masks were required. Those who were unable to do so or who are not vaccinated have been informed that they can join a virtual service.


Martha J. Finley